We Love Color blog tour!

Today is my stop on the We Love Color blog tour.

We Love Color

I blogged a while back about the book and my quilt that is included. The book features lots of beautiful quilts!


The focus of the book is all quilts made with only Kona Cotton solids. I’m supposed to pick my favorite Kona cotton color and that’s incredibly hard to do! Do I go with the one I use the most (Coal) or with a more vibrant fun color?? I guess I’ll go with something more exciting than a neutral and pick the yellow in this quilt because I love it a lot… Butterscotch. It’s a great color!

And did you know that there are 28 great new Kona colors?

28 Konas

As part of the tour we were asked to feature one of the new colors, and mine is Parchment which you can see in the photo above, third from the top on the right. It’s a nice tan-ish, taupe-ish neutral. There are so many great new vibrant colors!

The book tour has been running for awhile now and is wrapping up soon but you have another chance here to win a copy of the book and a bundle of all of the 28 new Kona Cotton colors! Comment telling me what you love about sewing with solid fabrics and I’ll post a winner on July 11th. Good luck!

262 Responses to “We Love Color blog tour!”

  1. LisaT July 7, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    Solids are very versatile; they can scream loudly, front and center in blocks as we have seen demonstrated in these modern quilts and they are just as happy sitting quietly in the background letting the others get their due attention.

  2. Joyce July 7, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    I love solids because it’s all about the color. Well, shape, design, etc enter into it – but, the colors really shine.

  3. bee July 7, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    i love how solids can make a pattern look so clean & simple & graphic. happy quilting!

  4. Flaun July 7, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I love the variety in the Konas, so I can get a really great range and depth to a finished quilt.

  5. ritainalaska July 7, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    i love kona solids and use them for applique and accents, borders and bindings, frames, sashings and cornestones … there is always the perfect color to that adds pizazz!

  6. susan July 7, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    I just like the way a solid color quilt looks and feels without the distraction of pattern.

  7. Elizabeth Johnson July 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I like sewing with solids to see the quilting designs. I just use a color wheel when I can’t figuare out what matches but sometimes just throwing another solid in draws it all together! I have really enjoyed the blog hop, but still haven’t won. I enjoyed reading each blog and how so many personality came together in one book. I cannot wait to read it!

  8. Lisa E July 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    Solids are versatile and you can find so many different colors allowing you to get the exact shade that you want.

  9. Nathan Grisham July 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I love working with solid colors because I feel uninhibited about how a print might otherwise look when patched with other prints. Solid colors allow me to just flow right into the work. That might sound like a cop out, that I’m trying to simply, and maybe it is to some degree, but it’s also about seeking out and displaying the beauty in the simplicity. I also really like nice blocky patterns and solids are perfect for that.

  10. Kristin Sliwicki July 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    My maternal ancestors are Amish and Mennonite, which I learned after making my first quilt in the early 1980s (a sunshine and shadows pattern). There is nothing like the crisp, clear cottons and the clean lines of a traditional Amish quilt made from deep, saturated solid colors. Patterned cloth is “fancy”, which is why the Amish use primarily solids. Yet I love how they allow themselves to stand out and be showy through their exquisite use of color, pattern and handwork. Batiks may be beautiful, but the souls of my Amish grandmothers speak to me through quality solids.

  11. Sandy July 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    I love the clean and uncluttered look of quilts made with solid colors. It’s refreshing.

  12. Joy July 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    I really like how solids highlight the quilting which adds an extra bit of “texture” to a quilt.

  13. lisa m July 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    I love how the quilting shows up, especially if it’s hand quilted I want to be able to see it!

  14. Maria July 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    The solid color give the color and the tone that I am looking for a quilt, they give the light of the quilt, work with silid color is like to paint with oleum. I like very much. The new color are fantastic, I like all.

  15. Bridget Butler July 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I love solids because the pattern, design and layout of the quilt becomes a more front stage player, and the mood is set with the use of solids.

  16. GG July 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Solids have the ability to calm down a more busy, patteren quilt top but it also can add a spark, an interest, a highlight, a frame. They are very defining.

  17. Debbie July 8, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    It’s just cleaner looking. Much easier to design with than tone on tones.

  18. Anita T. July 8, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Working with solids you can get just the shade or tint you want.

  19. Karen M July 8, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    I love the subtleties you can get when using a gradation in hues with solid fabrics. Endless possibilities! Thankyou for the give away.

  20. Sew Good Pals July 8, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Love using solids to create clean and fresh projects.

  21. Alisa July 8, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I like how restful solids can be to the eye, when that is wanted, but also the ways they can interact to bring a quilt to life, making it really vivid and engaging without dragging your eye into patterning that might distract.

  22. Dianne July 8, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    I like that solids provide a place for your eye to rest. I think selecting just the right color can totally make the quilt


  23. leanne July 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    thanks for the giveaway – I love solids as they are fresh and clean and make a really nice quilt just by themselves – I also love that there are so many colours to choose from.

  24. cruz July 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Using solid colors forces a focus on the beauty of color

  25. Julie July 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Solids add simplicity and clarity to a design for me. Can’t wait to see the new colors in person!

  26. Sallie July 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I love solids because they are clean and modern, yet they look great in all kinds of quilts! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Kate Brown July 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    My first quilt was an Amish quilt and I have always loved the way solids work with each other. They can relay all kinds of moods and depths. There is nothing as good as a great solid.

  28. Robyn July 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I realized how much I love solids when I liked the back of a quilt I had made more than the front!

  29. Hueisei July 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    I love to use solids in a scrappy quilt to make it mo appealing.

  30. Amber July 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I love sewing with solids to bring out little prints and details. It’s so fun to use solids to set everything else off, and apart!

  31. Betty Ayers July 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    I love the clarity working with solids. Your lines are more crisp (and less forgiving) and less muddled.

  32. Alexis July 9, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    I love how solids seem to make everything else pop. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Sharon July 9, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    Solids look so great with prints as well as other solids, they always look good

  34. Laura July 9, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    The first quilts I feel in love with were traditional Amish quilts. I loved (and still do) the bold use of color and the really vibrant patterns that were created using a no prints and sometimes a very limited palette. Now that I am exploring sewing more with solids myself, I find myself thinking alot of those first quilts and of growing up in the country.

  35. Susan Santistevan July 9, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Your blog is amazing! Or rather, you are amazing. This tour has been a great opportunity to see new talent. Thank you!

  36. Gill July 9, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Solids are so versatile – you can use them by themselves or mix them with prints!

  37. Melissa Corry July 9, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    I love that you can get just the perfect color combination with solids. They are perfect for making your favorite prints pop!!

  38. Teressa July 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I can’t wait to work with some solids! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  39. Binks July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Everything always comes out looking nice and crisp. I love the simple and clean look sewing with solids. They’re also really great ways to play with color and to emphasize/complement a treasured print fabric.

  40. Karen Z S July 9, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    When I started quilting, it was ‘Amish’ solids or polycotton prints. How wonderful to see appreciation for them come back in a fresh style!

  41. Suzanne Shattuck July 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I feel that solid fabrics when paired right give a much classier look than most prints.

  42. Shayla Sharp July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I like the way using solids makes me feel like a kid with a box of crayons–no prints, just me, creating the design.

  43. April Campbell July 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I like using solids both to complement busier prints and by themselves to let a design shine

  44. lynne s of oz July 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I love solids for the simple boldness they can bring to a quilt. They can take a step back and set off prints or they can just play by themselves and make a classy modern quilt :-)

  45. kay July 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Working with solids reminds me of an Amish approach to quiltmaking. And Amish quilts are my favorites!

  46. Connie in California July 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Using solids in a quilt is like adding cream to your coffee, like drizzling chocolate on our vanilla ice cream….you know? Adding solds just makes your quilt so vibrant!
    Connie in California

  47. Parthena Wollen July 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Just love the clean look of them.

  48. Donna F July 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    What I love about sewing with solid fabrics is the versatility of making a quilt scream out loud “HEY Look at Me!” Or whisper “I’m here and I’m shy but oh so lovely”. You can not only match them up to one another, you can also place them so that they are telling a story such as…. Folks in the USA knows what red, white, & blue means, the world knows what pink means combined with a ribbon. Colors make their own statements but the way we locate them in a pattern of a quilt brings on feelings. For instance, pink makes me feel girly but green makes me feel fiesty. Match them together in a quilt and I think of a spring rose garden. I love colors especially solids, it’s a must for a quilt to have solid fabrics.

  49. Sheila July 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    This book looks fantastic! I really need to get my hands on a copy! What I love about solids is that they are like a box of crayons or paints…you get to draw with them in a way that you can’t with prints (although I love prints, too, of course). And with so many options, you can always find the perfect one!

  50. Kathy Santos July 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Kona Solids make it much easier for me to chose as a coordinating fabric. I can’t wait to see the new color choices in my local fabric store. I can’t wait to get the new book in my hand.


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