Wake Up to Kona on the Beach + Giveaway!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today is my day to share the project that I made for the Wake Up to Kona blog hop, and I’m so excited! I’d like to give a big thanks to Madame Samm, our wonderful hostess and supporter of all things quilty and our great cheerleader, Carol, who inspires us all.

We have great sponsors for this blog hop – Amanda Murphy (author of Quilt Essentials), Robert Kaufman (all those delicious Kona solids), and Aurifil threads that keep us in stitches!

For my project, I started with Kona black as my background color and added this delicious grouping of colors:

Beautiful Kona solids!

Beautiful Kona solids!


The colors are: #110 Peony, #141 Carnation, #1062 Candy Pink, #1066 Cerise, #24 Petunia, #1484 Lupine, #1383 Violet, #188 Hibiscus, #1005 Aqua, #1009 Azure, #442 Capri, and #1064 Caribbean.

Next, I selected the Night Sky pattern by Jaybird Quilts for its striking beauty! This quilt uses her sidekick ruler to create the triangle and diamond shapes that are used in the construction of the quilt. Each starbust (or starfish?) has 4 different shades of a color group.

I pieced the entire quilt top using Aurifil threads, 50 wt (#2000 light sand color and #2692 black color).

I used Superior Threads So Fine #50 in Genoa Gray because I really wanted the quilting to stand out against the black background.

We took the finished quilt to the beautiful Oregon Coast this weekend to take some photographs. I had my hubby and son be my scouting location/photography assistants, and I think they did a wonderful job.

Since my cats aren’t too keen on traveling, my dog (and best hiking buddy) became my cat quilt inspector stunt-double. (Yes, he earned extra dog cookies for his hard work!).

Here are some pictures of my finished Night Sky quilt using Kona cotton solids:

Me and Hubby Holding Night Sky (dog legs too)

Me and Hubby Holding Night Sky (dog legs too)

Night Sky with My Dog (cat quilt inspector stunt-double)

Night Sky with My Dog (cat quilt inspector stunt-double)

Me holding the quilt in the wind!

Me holding the quilt in the wind!

Night Sky Quilt - starbursts resemble starfish!

Night Sky Quilt – starbursts resemble starfish!

Night Sky Quilt - backside

Night Sky Quilt – backside

These last two pictures show the free-motion quilting that I did using the Genoa Gray thread. The quilting alone took me 12 hours! I did a swirly pattern in the black background and did some straight-edge echo quilting in the colored starbursts.

While I was doing the quilting, I ran out of thread – yikes! I called local quilt stores within an hour of my house, but no one had the same thread in stock. Fortunately, I was able to order the thread from Superior Threads directly via 2-day shipping and completed it in time.

I really love how the free-motion swirls accent the Night Sky stars:

Night Sky Quilting Detail

Night Sky Quilting Detail

Closeup of the quilting

Closeup of the quilting

I hope you enjoyed my project and please check out the other bloggers on the last 2 days of the hop!
January 20th
More Stars in Comanche
Buzzing and Bumbling
Quilting Quietly
Grammie Q’s
The Quilted Cat (you are here!)
The Quilting Queen Online
Lauraluvsloons
Sew Incredibly Crazy

January 21st
Just Sew Sue
Pigtales and Quilts
Miss Priss Quilts
Charlottes Creation
Childlike Fascination
Renee Luvs Quilting
Cherry Blossoms
Sew We Quilt

I am giving away 4 Kona cotton solid fat quarters! Just leave me a comment to enter. If you follow my blog, let me know how you follow for a second entry. I will ship internationally.

Wake Up to Kona Giveaway

Wake Up to Kona Giveaway

Happy quilting!
~Jennifer

183 thoughts on “Wake Up to Kona on the Beach + Giveaway!

  1. oh oh my my…..you were certainly in our tops to choose today. Everything and I mean every thing I loved…your colours, your quilting, your photos…wellllll simply put….perfection….

  2. Beautiful quilt and great photos. The quilting is gorgeous. Thanks for showing the back, too. I am glad you were able to get more thread to finish. Thanks for sharing … 🙂 Pat

  3. OK, I can’t decide if your fabulous quilt or the setting for your photo shoot was better. Wow Wow. I love them both. I love your quiliting. It is perfect! I do have to say, I did a double take at your blog header. I though you had my cat for a moment! 🙂

  4. I have been in love with that pattern since I first saw it and your quilt just confirmed that I really need to get it and make one for myself. Love your color choices and the quilting is perfect.

  5. I have Julie’s Night Sky high on my priority list of must dos and it just moved to number one. It is a quilt just made for solids. Your version is stunning. I love the quilted swirls as well. Beautiful photography. A nice reprieve from the mountains of snow and frozen lake out our front windows. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I would love to be out on a beach with Kona!i am hanging out in my beach house today (aka laundry room) how ever your beach looks more inviting 🙂
    Your quilt is out of this world fabulous! I love the on location pictures and Kitty’s stunt double too

  7. Oh gosh, what a great photo opportunity!! The quilting is amazing, and your stunt double did a very good job 🙂 Hey, nice Valentine’s colors for your giveaway! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous quilt with us.
    ~Brandy

  8. your color choices are wonderful. it is wonderful to have a four legged inspector for your quilts. all quilts should include a tag that says inspected and approved by insert name of pet here. thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt. babscorbitt@gmail.com

  9. FYI. I don’t think your BlogLovin button is working but I hopped over to their site to follow you. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  10. Wow! That is a stunning quilt. I especially like the way you left the top and bottom edges jagged to compliment the stars. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  11. I love the quilting and the back looks fantastic! it was a good idea to quilt it in the contrasting thread. its a real ‘wow!’

  12. That is beautiful! Your inspector did a good job of helping you because he didn’t let you do anything wrong with the wonderful quilt!

  13. I love the fabrics you chose for your amazing quilt. Yes, your assistants and you did a wonderful job of photography. WOW! Of course, the quilt is the absolute star (no pun intended). You must be a Jaybird fan. I saw that you made a Rock Candy table topper, too. I got that pattern and the ruler for it for Christmas and it’s on my short to-do list. Your quilting is wonderful on both. You have an amazing quilt. I was in love with the pattern and now that I see your quilt, I have another pattern and ruler to add to my wish list. Thanks for participating and being a wonderful inspiration I hope to see you in more hops.

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