It was so much fun taking part in the Kona Cotton challenge that Robert Kaufman was generous enough to sponsor for many many of the Modern Quilt Guilds.

Each group was allow to create their own rules for the challenge.  Here in LA, we were each given one charm pack in the dusty palette.  From there we were allowed to add one additional solid fabric in the quilt top, and one more for the binding.  Here’s the quilt I made.

Kona Solids Challenge Quilt

The quilting is 100% inspired by this quilt.

This type of random piecing is so much fun for me to do.

Kona Cottons Challenge Quilt Detail

And I used some scraps from the piecing in a bit of the binding.

Kona Solids Challenge Quilt Detail

There were so many amazing entries into the challenge. We had a lot of categories that the guild picked winners for but these are the two that tied for “best of show.”

LAMQG Kona Cotton Challenge Winners

Amazing, right?? So wonderful! And isn’t it funny how much they work together?? They both picked Ash as their background! You can see all of the quilts that were made by The LAMQG here.  And there’s also a flickr group for photos of all of the different guilds’ challenge quilts.

LAMQG Solids Challenge Group Photo

And here we all are showing off our quilts!

Oh and Jacquie’s talk? So so inspiring!


Everyone was so thrilled to get to know the woman behind the blog we’ve all been reading. She was open and warm and just an all around wonderful speaker. And the quilts! She brought many more than you’d imagine could fit in one suitcase and each one was more beautiful than the next. I heard rumors of a petition getting started to get her to move to LA…

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  • Nancy

    March 14, 2011 at 6:19 am | Reply

    i love your quilt! I am working on mine and have ripped it out 3 times…lol My little charms won’t be worth stitching if I don’t figure out what I am doing soon… Love the quilting..

  • Chris

    March 14, 2011 at 6:21 am | Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you

  • Bonnie

    March 14, 2011 at 6:24 am | Reply

    Oh my goodness the quilting on this is to die for!

  • Michele

    March 14, 2011 at 7:13 am | Reply

    I ripped my quilting out too. Send us some of your vibes. I love that circular quilting!

  • wendy

    March 14, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply

    Great post! Love your quilt. I just did that exact hand quilting on my new modern baby quilt here: Did you mark yours? I didn’t!

  • Krista - Poppyprint

    March 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful challenge quilt and the others from your guild – they are all amazing!!! We’re getting our charm packs at this months meeting and already my brain is whirring. Lucky that Jacquie came to visit you. Jealous!

  • Dan

    March 14, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply

    So lovely. The quilting is the perfect complement to the minimalist piecing.

  • Manda

    March 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply

    What a great challenge! Beautiful quilts created from it! Love the quilting on your quilt! 🙂

  • Carol

    March 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply

    There surely are some lovely quilts on that group shot. Bravo to all the members…..and yours….WOW! The quilting is amazing!

  • alex

    March 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply

    Ummm, no. You can not have Jacquie! 🙂
    All the solids quilts are so great. Fabulous show, LAMQG!

  • What Comes Next?

    March 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Reply

    simply amazing quilt – I love it! I love the other ones you showed, too! The two that tied are gorgeous and they look like they were made to be together! Wow, did everyone rise to the challenge or what?!

  • Melissa

    March 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Reply

    Your quilting is spectacular! I can’t wait to look through the flickr group.
    And there’s no way you can have Jacquie! We missed her too much at the last guild meeting. But you’re welcome to come visit anytime 🙂

  • Eileen

    March 14, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Reply

    Wow! Your quilt is Gorgeous! I can’t believe I missed the meeting and couldn’t see these in person!

  • Arita

    March 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Reply

    All the quilts were amazing. Thank you for such a wonderful show and tell.

  • Paula

    March 15, 2011 at 2:07 am | Reply

    Great quilts! This was a fun challenge. Can’t wait to see the group photos from our own KCMQG……and Oh no…Jacquie is ours!!! We’re going to keep her!

  • Jody

    March 15, 2011 at 6:57 am | Reply

    Can you tell us how you quilted it? It’s fabulous~!

    • Alissa

      March 15, 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply

      Thanks for your kind words everyone… and to answer how i quilted it… I did it all with a walking foot. I should have done the very center with a free motion foot through, it would have come out better since it’s really tough to take those sharper turns with your walking foot. I drew the center of the spiral on the quilt with chalk and once I had sewed around a few times I just used the edge of my foot going around and around and around… and around. Oh and around some more. It did take a lot of time!

      P.S. I guess you Kansas City people can keep Jacquie!! We’ll just demand some more visiting! 😉

  • Jessica

    March 15, 2011 at 7:40 am | Reply

    Love it! I’m going to have to start using more solids in my work.

  • Cherri House

    March 15, 2011 at 8:47 am | Reply

    Your quilt is wonderful, as are all of the quilts that I’m seeing in your photos! What a great challenge, and nothing could be closer to my heart ♥

  • patty

    March 15, 2011 at 10:10 am | Reply

    The quilts on the flicker page are fantastic. I wish there was a Modern Quilt Group where I live or could I join one and be a long distance member?

  • jacquie

    March 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply

    gee…those kc people are possessive, aren’t they! love your quilt and all those in the la challenge…totally talented group!

  • Pattie C

    March 16, 2011 at 9:55 am | Reply

    You should by so proud, your quilt is a work of art.

  • Rene

    March 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply

    I love how you used your RK solids. Beautiful quilt!!! The LA group made some fabulous projects.

  • Kaaren Babb

    April 4, 2012 at 6:14 am | Reply

    I love your work! Hope I can follow in your footsteps. Courage, one must have courage!

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