Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com
We have an exciting (mini) finish to share with you! We got in this awesome panel last week, the Robert Kaufman Kona Digital Printed Color Chart. This thing makes my color-loving heart go pitter-patter, just look at these selvedges!
The little squares of Kona color look almost pixelated, and the panel even features the 2016 Kona color of the year, Highlighter, in the bottom right corner.
I wanted to make something with it, rather than frame it or just keep it in the stash, but I wanted to keep it simple. I thought it would be best to showcase as much of the panel as I could, so a simple wall hanging/mini quilt is what I landed on. Something you could hang on the wall of your sewing room for inspiration or reference. It will especially come in handy when deciding sashing colors!
- 1 Kona Cotton Color Chart panel
- 1.5 yards Kona Cotton in Jet Black
- .5 yard Kona Cotton in Kale
- 26"x48" piece of cotton batting
The construction is quite easy; I just cut a backing out of Kona Jet Black the same size as the panel, even the selvedges, and four 2.5” strips from my binding fabric (Kona Kale). I didn’t bother with cutting them on the bias since the quilt won’t get any use.
I made a quilt sandwich with the panel, a scrap of batting, and the jet black Kona, and basted with pins and got to quilting. I like using grey quilting thread when I want a neutral, because white can be hard to match and darker colors give too stark of a contrast. I had some Aurifil Silver on hand and it worked perfectly.
I popped my walking foot on the shank of my machine, adjusted my stitch length to 3.5, and quilted in the horizontal rows ¼” from the edge of the little Kona squares.
When that was done, I trimmed and squared up the edges and did a machine binding. I trimmed the selvedge edges to about 3/8” from where I wanted the binding to stop before sewing it on.
It’s so bright and cheerful!