Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wake Up to Kona Blog Hop

Today is my day for the Wake up to Kona Blog Hop and I am excited to show you what I created!

I started with this Classic Color Palate roll up and a bunch of Kona White and a wee bit of Kona Pacific.
I was inspired by the "Jelly Roll Strip Starburst" pattern by 
Kimberly Einmo, which can be found at www.fairfieldworld.com.

I sewed the strips into groups of two and cut them on the 45 degree angle to get the diamond shapes.


The jelly roll gave me enough for 10 color coded stars plus four scrappy stars, I only ended up using two scrappy stars for my first project.


This is one of the bigger quilts I have made.  It measures 76 x 96 inches.

It needs a little more quilting in the white sections and the border and then it will be finished.
I am thinking about entering it as my challenge quilt for my quilt guild's annual show.
The theme is "A little Color in My Life".  But to do that I want to put some really spiffy quilting in the white space and that will take me awhile to finish up.

I am loving these pretty points!
I have really impressed myself with this one.
A little patience and a hot iron really pays off.  :)


After I was done cutting my star blocks I had a lot of these scraps leftover.  I am not one to throw away fabric so I came up with an idea.  It meant getting out the stitch ripper and the rotary cutter again but it was worth it.  The idea was to make a bunch of small pinwheel blocks and turn it into a small child's quilt that had pinwheels with wide sashing.
These are some of the scraps trimmed, grouped, and ready to be turned in to 3.5 inch pinwheels.

But then my husband gave me a better idea.  He looked at my design wall while I was in the middle of sewing together the first quilt and he said, "I really like these fancy pinwheel blocks.  You don't see these everyday."  When I told him those weren't the blocks I was making he didn't seem as excited. I told him they only looked that way because I was sewing the other half of a star block.  He really liked the pinwheels, so I got to thinking... 


Why not use the two left over scrappy stars and turn them into the fancy pinwheels you don't see everyday.
To spice it up even more I added all the tiny 3.5 inch pinwheels in the border and some more Kona White and TADA!  

I call this one "Floating Pinwheels".  It is 50 x 50 inches
I think I like it better than the first quilt and already want to make another one using the same color combo as the pinwheels that were on the design wall.

And as if that wasn't enough, 

I still had some scraps leftover so I decided to make a pouch.
The gray I used is Kona Pewter.

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These twenty 1.5 x 2.5 inch scraps, plus one jelly strip (a brown that didn't seem to fit anywhere), are all that is left from that jelly roll.  I could probably chuck these, but you never know, I could find just the right project for them.



Make sure you go visit the other hoppers today.
They have some great Kona projects to share with you as well.

97 comments:

  1. Goodness...you really made some amazing Kona projects! I love the different look you created with your blocks. So beautiful!

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  2. That is really using what you have to its fullest. I love the colors on that first star quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Well I just have to wipe the drool off my face. Love the star quilt, but then you went to a pinwheel (love those) and I hate throw anything out, too - the pouch is so cute - sure you will find a home for those little left overs. Stunning!!

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  4. WOW! That is an amazing quilt! Those brights take my breath away.

    I applaud your determination to use all the scraps, too. You did a great job. :)

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  5. I love both of your quilts! The second one is really calling to me to make it. Would you share how you did it? K-

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  6. Fantastic projects! And it is amazing to see the results of the leftovers from the first project. I love scraps!

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  7. Your projects are all sew fabulous. I really likes what you did with the first pattern. I looked at the original pattern and like your layout better, The quilting is looking great on this.

    Thanks to your hubby for inspiriting you to make the second pinwheel design. I really like this one!

    .. and the adorable pouch ... you are sew accomplished.

    Thank you for all of the colorful inspiration ... :) Pat

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  8. What a busy girl you have been, 2 quilts and a purse, beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Okay, you win! You have my vote for creative, wow, and color pop! I love your second quilt. Your husband was right! I would love to make that quilt as well. It is so friendly and refeshing! Your points are so perfect! Your show piece for your quilting guild is going to know the socks everyone! Keep up the good work. Loved the quilting as well!

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  10. Lots of beautiful stars here. You have made beautiful projects

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  11. I love the Stars, Dterne sind so schön.
    Uß Sylvia

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  12. Just spent a good deal of time looking at all your work. Fantastic!! I have come to the conclusion that you do not sleep and I need to get off the computer and get sewing!!

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  13. Your projects are so awesome and amazing. My favorite is the skinny pinwheels. Thanks for sharing your adventure in the Kona cotton solid world.

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  14. Each project is more beautiful than the others.

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  15. Gorgeous work, I love that you made so much out of the one jelly roll.

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  16. I'd say you have a LOT of color in your life, LOL. Love the star quilt and then I saw the next quilt and wow & it kept getting better and better! Wonderful projects, thank you for sharing and yes, you should enter in the show. The quilting enhances the stars..love it!

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  17. What bright and beautiful quilts you made. Love them both. Your hubby has a good eye.

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  18. Totally loving all your projects! Really love that first quilt...very eye popping with colour! Second quilt is very pretty too...and that little pouch with the tiny butterfly zipper pull. What fun!

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  19. Great projects - I love them all!
    what a great use of a jelly roll
    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Great projects - thanks for sharing.

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  21. Beautiful. I love how you took a part of the first quilt and made another amazing quilt. The colors really pop against the white. Very nice job. Thanks for showing.

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  22. Gorgeous projects!! I love the quilting on the scrappy stars!

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  23. These are certainly 'quilted delights'! Well done!!

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  24. Great projects -- I love the pouch, the color on gray is beautiful! :)

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  25. WOW, these are beautiful quilts! and pouch too. I love the Lone star pattern, you did a beautiful job with it.

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  26. You were busy! What a showcase of lovely projects. I have to say the diamond star quilt is my absolute favourite in the lineup though. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. Gorgeous quilts....I love both of them.

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  28. Well you certainly know how to use up a jelly roll! Both quilts are great, but I really like that second one. Your husband has a good eye!

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  29. Your projects are all beautiful and show off those gorgeous colors really well! Great job!

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  30. delightful quilts. I love color really really like your projects

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  31. Oh my, but it is all so gorgeous! I am really taken with the first quilt. It is quite stunning!

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  32. I especially like the 2 scrappy stars that you used in the center of your quilt. Very creative. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  33. You were busy! Your first quilt is bright and exciting. The "don't see everyday" pinwheels quilt is inspired! Good job, husband, acting as Muse.
    I quite like the little bag, also.

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  34. I'm impressed by your points too; as someone who had abandoned (for now) a star made out of all those hard to line up diamonds, I really appreciate all the effort that went into making those blocks. And, the quilting that you have done so far in the stars is lovely. Best wishes for your guild entry!

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  35. Wow, awesome! Thanks for sharing them. vickise at gmail dot com

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  36. Bright stars and pinwheels can never be beat. Your projects are beautiful. I love the bright colors with white. Can't wait to see how you quilt them. Cute pouch, too. Love the contrast of grey with bright colors too.
    That quilt will be a perfect show piece.

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  37. LOVE<LOVE<LOVE your quilt ! One can never go wrong with stars, yours are gorgeous !

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  38. Your stars are out of this world! Even though I haven't yet used them, except for some grays as neutrals in quilts, I love the Kona solids. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Wow - love all your beautiful projects. The colors just sing! I especially enjoyed that little butterfly charm on your adorable little bag.

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  40. Pretty star quilts.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  41. Wow. You really did a lot and each one is gorgeous. I love the first quilt a lot. Of course, I love them all with their bright colors. So pretty.

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  42. Wow bright beautiful and wonderful projects, loved them all . I think I would like to try some solids.

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  43. It's amazing how striking these solids are. I just wouldn't have thought it. Convinced now though and am ready to try my hand.
    Love the pinwheels, something that is just attractive and eye catching...
    Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Gorgeous! I am in colour heaven with your projects. I am so going back to stare in admiration...

    Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring us!

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  45. Oh! WOW!!! Pin worthy for sure!! Great job!!

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  46. Wow love your projects! The quilting is great too. You got a lot of mileage from that jelly roll.

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  47. All those fiddly little bits of Kona solids are amazing. Your quilt is stunning and the stitching really adds to the gorgeousness. Thank you sew much for hopping...

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  48. Love, love, love ALL your projects!

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  49. Your quilts definitely have the 'Wow' factor!!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  50. I loved your first quilt but then I saw the second quilt which is even more gorgeous.

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  51. Super colorful and beautiful quilts and a cute bag to boot. Do you have tutorials for these?

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  52. I say,you have added quitd a bit of color to your life! Love that scrappy little zippy.

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  53. Great Job! I love all your Projects. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. I love ALL of your projects! LOVE LOVE LOVE! They are beautiful, each and every one!

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  55. Wow, those are both really amazing! I love the multicolored stars with the shaded stars, they draw your eye in. Just gorgeous, and makes me want to make one! Thank you for sharing!
    ~Brandy

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  56. Wow. Kudos to you for using up so much of your jelly roll! I love not wasting fabric. ;)
    Your star quilt is gorgeous. I love the two scrappy blocks.

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  57. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! Both are fabulous and the pouch too! I love the quilting that you showed on the close up photo! I'm really liking those floating pinwheels that you don't see everyday! I like pinwheels! Thanks for participating and inspiring us today!

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  58. Your pouch is adorable. But how anyone could do a pouch after making all those stars amazing. The quilt is unbelievable. The multi colored blocks just jump out and grab me.

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  59. Great quilts and love the pouch! Using your little bits reminded me of a similar thing I did with a jelly roll. I made a Line Art quilt (lap size), then made a wall hanging (same design) with leftovers, then a mini table topper with the new leftovers (same design). I was left teeny tiny pieces but unlike you I threw those out! :)

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  60. i'm impressed! all those great projects from one kona jellyroll! your star quilt is heavenly!

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  61. I just love, love, love those eye catching and colorful quilts. Had to run and get my sunglasses, only kidding, but you really did a fantastic job on the color combos. Da Hubs was right about the fancy pinwheels, they are not something we see very often. Are you going to be selling the pinwheel pattern in the near future?
    I think it would be very popular, or maybe a tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing your creations with us on the Blog Hop.

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  62. Oh my goodness! You are killing me:) too much quilty goodness! These are all great and such good pics. Well done!

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  63. I love all three projects. It's sew fun when you can even use the leftovers in such a beautiful way.
    Great job.

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  64. Wonderful projects, great use of color. I love the stars.

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  65. Beeeuuutiful! I love both of your quilts - the colors are exciting. The quilting on the stars is super so I know you'll have an excellent quilt when the white is done. The second quilt is a show-stopper. The pouch is so sweet and I like the gray background.

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  66. Oh my gosh! I am so impressed! These are some of my favorites from the hop. You did an amazing job.

    ShirleyC
    www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com

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  67. Love all your projects! All those colors are just fabulous.

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  68. Ohhhhh I love your stars!!! So bright and cheery! Don't you love those "bonus" quilts? Such happy happenings.

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  69. All three of your projects are winners. All are so bright and cheerful. The second quilt is my favorite but it only came to be because of the first! Thanks for sharing.

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  70. I love both of those quilts. They are so bright and beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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  71. WOW! Lovely projects! I especially love the rainbow starts. The scrappy pinwheel project is awesome too.
    You do get a lot done!

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  72. Love these stars! The two middle ones are my favorite :)

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  73. Love the rainbow quilts. You did an awesome job.

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  74. Wow I love your 2 quilts, and your pouch. Your FMQ on your 1st quilt stars is wonderful. It will be fabulous when finished. Good luck when entering it. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration you have given.

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  75. Love it all! Love the quilting on the first quilt. Beautiful!

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  76. They are beautiful quilts. Yours stars, perfect choice and I like how you have floating pinwheels.

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  77. Beautiful star quilt. I absolutely LOVE the pinwheel flimsy. It's going to be awesome when finished.

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  78. Awesome use of brights :)
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  79. wow, wow and wow! All three projects are so cute. Love love your creativity!
    xo jan

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  80. WOWIE! loooooove both your quilts (& the lil pouch too!)...but am with your Husband on thinkin those are the coooolest Pinwheels ever!!! AWESOME!!!!

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  81. what a great set of projects - those colors really pop!

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  82. I love it when spouses support quilting habits. My second husband (who is now in heaven) loved my quilting. He had a great eye for color, too. I'm thrilled that you listened to your husband and love the quilt that he inspired. You make a great team. You certainly need to enter your quilt in your guild challenge. I love the quilting that you have done on the quilt thus far. It's amazing. You accomplished much with that jelly roll and some yardage. The pouch is adorable, too. I have a friend who laughs at me for saving all my scraps. I just hand pieced a Kona solid project from 1" scraps. I think I'll send it to my brother who makes seam rippers. It might make an eye catching piece to put under his seam rippers as a display piece for them. It's just a small piece but I like it. Thanks for participating and being a great inspiration. I know from a few of the comments that I'm not the only one in awe of your projects.

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  83. Beautiful! I love the quilting in your stars. The second quilt is beautiful too! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents.

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  84. So many projects and they are all great, I really like your pouch too, so cute.

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  85. Spectacular! You've blown me away with your ideas!

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  86. I also like the pinwheel pattern....your husband had a great idea....

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  87. I love the colours! The star quilt is divine. The stars look like glittering, shimmering jewels. The fancy pinwheels are great recycling too. But I have to agree, the layout on the design wall is most interesting. Hope you create that into a quilt.

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  88. This is so colorful and beautiful!

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