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!

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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!

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  • Anita

    July 4, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    I love that the fabrics don’t distract or change the focus. I think they really draw a person’s eye to the quilt design. Happy fourth of July to you and your family.

  • Lynn

    July 4, 2012 at 8:44 am |

    I love that you can focus on color with no distractions of pattern!

  • Jan

    July 4, 2012 at 8:47 am |

    Solids make me focus on the design; but I really love that I don’t have to pay attention to a right or wrong side of the fabric!

  • Marie

    July 4, 2012 at 8:48 am |

    Quilting with solids frees your creativity. Your eye sees the relationships and the overall emotion of the design. Can’t beat it.

  • Linda S.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:01 am |

    I love not having to worry about mixing patterns and scale of patterns. Using solids lets the design come through as well.

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski

    July 4, 2012 at 9:02 am |

    I love sewing with solids because the design doesn’t get lost in the print. So many beauties to choose from on that card of new colors!

  • Four dogs and one quilter

    July 4, 2012 at 9:04 am |

    I love the clean, simple lines of a solids quilt.

  • AmyDe

    July 4, 2012 at 9:12 am |

    I love how solid fabrics can both punch up or play down prints. Thanks for such and awesome giveaway!

  • Margit Szasz

    July 4, 2012 at 9:19 am |

    I love the dramatic, clean contrast that can be achieved with solid colors.
    In fashion, solid color garments allow the wearer to be the star and in quiling they allow the block and quilt design to shine much brighter.

  • Sarah

    July 4, 2012 at 9:30 am |

    I love Kona solids because there are so many to choose from, and you can get just the right color. In all solid quilts, it’s fun to focus purely on color combinations without having to factor in print patterns.

  • Erin

    July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am |

    I love that solids help direct focus in my quilts. I like them to set off prints I like, or to highlight contrast in my quilts. And Kona is just the best!

  • Linda

    July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am |

    Solid colors showcase the pattern of a quilt. I also like to mix them with prints to provide emphasis or a resting place for the eye. Would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!

  • Diane W

    July 4, 2012 at 9:37 am |

    It allows me to get just the right shade of green I want and it shows off the quilting so well.

  • Betsy

    July 4, 2012 at 9:41 am |

    I love using solids because they are more of a challenge to me. It’s really hard to fudge when using them. Love the new Kona solids.

  • Jo Ann

    July 4, 2012 at 9:43 am |

    I love how the quilting shows itself more,as it is not hidden in the print of the fabric.

  • Jenny

    July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am |

    I love giving patterns a chance to breathe, or show off, whic hever they are inclined to do! I am crazy about some of these new colors and I can’t wait to order them. I sure would love the book too! Thanks!

  • Shayla

    July 4, 2012 at 10:00 am |

    Your quilt is beautiful! Solids can make quilts more “useable” and “manly”.

  • mjb

    July 4, 2012 at 10:05 am |

    I love that I’m not limited to someone else’s palette!

  • DianeY

    July 4, 2012 at 10:06 am |

    I love solids because the design really shines whether it is a simple one or a complicated one!

  • karen

    July 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    I love all of the solid color OPTIONS!

  • Annette

    July 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    It seems easier to choose the fabric. No scale issues.

  • blue.crab

    July 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    I love that they allow the color combinations to shine.

  • Chelsea @ pinsandbobbins

    July 4, 2012 at 10:15 am |

    I’m really a print girl, so my favorite thing about solids is how they make the prints sing!

  • Josée Carrier

    July 4, 2012 at 10:20 am |

    I feel working with solid is the best way to feature the design. Your latest book, which I just got, is a good example of this. I guess this new book We Love Color is too. I can’t wait to see what all the designers came up with. Congratulations for your participation!

  • Diann Cornell

    July 4, 2012 at 10:26 am |

    I love the clean look of solids.

  • Kristen A

    July 4, 2012 at 10:26 am |

    I love that solids are NOT DIRECTIONAL, so I can make any sort of block with them without worrying about how to cut them correctly…

  • Emily

    July 4, 2012 at 10:28 am |

    woohoo! i would love to win!

  • Emily

    July 4, 2012 at 10:29 am |

    I forgot to mention my love of solids… they are clean and bold and modern which is just my style!

  • Lisa

    July 4, 2012 at 10:33 am |

    I am just learning to love solids now–such a refreshing change. I started out in quilting with calicoes in the 70′s and watch the prints get bigger and bigger through the decades. Who would have thought the next step in fabric evolution was solids? I’m thrilled.

  • Elizabeth

    July 4, 2012 at 10:37 am |

    I like that they look great with dots, stripes or chevron prints for a simple but beautiful look that pops.

    Thanks for the chance!

    lwghosts at yahoo dot com

  • Mary

    July 4, 2012 at 10:37 am |

    I love the look of solids to accentuate piecing and quilting. They look terrific in modern patterns, but also look great in traditional blocks!

  • Sarah

    July 4, 2012 at 10:42 am |

    I would think solids would be more challenging, I have never made a quilt out of completely solid fabrics, come to think of it the only solid I have in my stash is a navy that is left over from backing fabric! Thanks for the chance to broaden my horizons!!!!
    Sarah

  • Beulah

    July 4, 2012 at 10:43 am |

    I enjoy the use of solids in quilts as it ‘pops’ the prints and highlights the stitchwork of the quilting.

  • Barb@Witsend

    July 4, 2012 at 10:49 am |

    I am a new longarm quilter and solid colors are a little scary cause you can see all the quilting and there is no hiding. At the same time I love the clean lines you are not looking at patterns in the fabric but the design it’s self. I would love to win the book and fabric. It is always important to challenge yourself and stretch your abilities. So I guess solids won’t be scary anymore!
    Barb@Witsend

  • Bruinbr

    July 4, 2012 at 10:49 am |

    I love solids because the quilting really stands out! Happy 4th of July!

  • Lizii Bii

    July 4, 2012 at 10:53 am |

    Working with solids let’s me play with color and experiment with the interplay between colors without the distraction of print or scale.

  • Mary

    July 4, 2012 at 11:09 am |

    Solids to me are very relaxing, you look at them and you know what they are, and they are great showcase some really awesome quilting!

  • Ashley

    July 4, 2012 at 11:11 am |

    I love how much quilting shows up on solids

  • Tammy Silvers

    July 4, 2012 at 11:12 am |

    Solids are the building blocks, the basic form that everything else is built on. Working with solids gives breathing space to designs, and to the eye. And working with solids alone challenges me to rethink color palettes and consider fresh new ways of expressing a concept through color and line. Go solids!

  • Joann Sarachman

    July 4, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    This may give me the courage to do a quilt with only solid colors.

  • Katie B

    July 4, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    I love the clean, modern look of solids!

  • Cheryl

    July 4, 2012 at 11:30 am |

    I love color blocking when making small quilts and children’s clothing.

  • katie r

    July 4, 2012 at 11:32 am |

    i like the emphasis they add to prints and the stark contrast they can offer :)

  • Anne

    July 4, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    I adore working with solids and I’m so excited about the new Kona colors. :D It seems like whenever I’m looking for a particular shade, I won’t be able to find it in the prints section, but there it is in the solids. And I love the way it adds a breathing space when used with prints. But I also really love the look of an all solids quilt. Basically, you just can’t go wrong. ;)

  • Devon

    July 4, 2012 at 11:51 am |

    I like solids because they’re usually cheaper, and because my family prefers modern quilts with bold solid colors!

  • Elisabet

    July 4, 2012 at 11:55 am |

    I often use solids to emphazise the color I am looking for in my quilt. Solids give me more freedom to be daring in other color choices!

  • Kathy

    July 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

    I like the pure “color experience” without the distraction of prints. Using solids also puts me in mind of Amish quilts, which I find very beautiful.

  • Susie Williams

    July 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm |

    I’ve always preferred solids and texture. Even in my household furnishings, clothing. I’ve had to learn to appreciate any pattern at all. Hmmm. Solids and texture. Quilting with solids allows the texture of the actual quilting show off! Thanks for the opportunity to “play”!

  • VickiT

    July 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm |

    Solids can be easier in the aspect of not worrying about which way they have to be stitched together since they lack direction as prints have. Just today I had to rip two rows apart when I realized I had stitched the one upside down but had those been solids I wouldn’t have needed to waste that time.

  • Joelle

    July 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm |

    Solids can make your favorite prints pop!!!

  • Kathy Ryan

    July 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm |

    I love working with solid fabrics because the quilts made with them often look like modern art paintings. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I would oh so love to win these fabrics. Can’t wait to get a copy of the book.

  • Lindsay

    July 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    I love solids because they are so versatile, they look great mixed with prints but can stand on their own too.

  • Krista - Poppyprint

    July 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

    I love how a quilt goes from pattern to patchwork when quilting with solids; how the overall layout/design is what you appreciate when you look at it initially. I love Parchment, too.

  • Bobbi

    July 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

    I love mixing solids with a pattern to just change it up or calm the pattern down a little. Thanks for the chance. :)

  • Fenna

    July 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm |

    I like how a solid can tone down a busy print and make busy prints totally wearable or usable :)

  • Jennie P.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

    I love working with solids because I can focus only on color!

  • Judith

    July 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

    For me, quilting is all about the colour, and no other fabric provides the colour impact that solids do. Mind you, solids are also a bit unforgiving, so that means that I have to concentrate on what I’m doing. My mind can’t be wandering and thinking about the day job. Perfect.

  • Anya

    July 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

    I’ve just sewn my first all solids quilts. It was so fun. I love the face that with solids, it is the piecing and quilting that really stand out – no distractions from prints to draw your attention away.

  • PaulaK

    July 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm |

    I love graphic quilts and solid color is the best way to achieve the look I like. Love the new solids and plan to purchase this book but would really rather win it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Anne

    July 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm |

    I’ve been a print person from the start. Especially big scale like Kaffe Fasset. But now that I’ve tried solids they are definitely making a big impact on my whole quilt design process. I have several all solid quilts in various stages of development. Favorite color is melon.

  • Debbie H

    July 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

    I like solids because of all the color combinations possible. I especially like bright jewel tones with black. thanks!

  • Brooke

    July 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm |

    I love sewing with solids because they add such a fun change to all the patterns we normally use. You can show how color can still be fun even if it’s solid!

  • Sharon S

    July 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

    Solid colors are somehow easier on the eyes. Not so much going on. Thanks for the fun blog hop.

  • Heather

    July 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm |

    I love how crisp and clean geometric piecing can look with solids.

  • Barb in MI

    July 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm |

    For one there is no fussy cutting with solids ;-) and I think they have a more modern & clean look. But then there is the point of seeing all your quilting so much more, nowhere to hide – and I am still struggling with it… Thanks for a chance!

  • MarciaW

    July 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    Solids delineate between patches which gives a strong graphic appearance to quilts. I like to mix solids with prints in order to give the eye a point to rest. Thanks for the lovely giveaway, and insight into color.

  • pam w

    July 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm |

    love working with solid no prints to cause distractions in a quilt

  • Lindsey F

    July 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm |

    I love solids because they create a quilt that is graphically visual, I love adding a pop of solid color in with a quilt that includes prints, and, I use a lot of neutral solids in my quilts.

  • LJ

    July 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

    I would love to have the book but having all these new colors would be exciting; aren’t they gorgeous! I’m just getting into solids but think I’d tackle a pillow to start.

  • amorette

    July 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm |

    i love that it takes me back to the basics of color theory and coordination- its the simple colors to have to pick from, not the distraction of prints.

  • Becky Greene

    July 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm |

    I have really enjoyed this book tour! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jan

    July 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm |

    I love working with solids because they have the richness of Amish quilts.

  • Erin M.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm |

    I like colors because they are more timeless than prints. And I’ve been able to thrift solids I like much more easily than prints, so it’s what I have. Thanks for the great giveaway and congrats on being part of the book.

  • KimT

    July 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm |

    So far I have just paired solids with a print, but I love seeing all the possibilities to use just solids in a quilt!

  • Tamie

    July 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm |

    I’m so excited to see this book in person. Thanks for the chance.

  • Amy

    July 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm |

    I love that with solid colors, the focus is on the shapes and patterns, as well as the color combinations…instead of the prints.

  • Xandi

    July 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm |

    My favorite part of using solids is how calm and focused the designs are with these fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • chloe

    July 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm |

    I love working with solids because they look so clean and crisp. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Maria

    July 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

    Solids help to ground busy fabrics, but I also love working with them alone as they can make a beautiful geometric statement. Thx for the chance to get in on the solid action!

  • Emma

    July 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm |

    I love using solids because I love seeing how they compliment and change how printed fabric look.

  • Peggie T.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    I like the way they help the design stand out.

  • charlotte

    July 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm |

    They have such a vibrant feel in a quilt. Quilts made with all solids make me go WOW!

  • Alice R.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm |

    I love the clean almost architectural look solids give a quilt – very modern and fresh!

  • Judith Reynolds

    July 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm |

    Solid and prints fabrics compliment colors itself. Blues are my favorite….Judith, Texas

  • Fran

    July 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm |

    I love the way that the use of solids can transform a quilt pattern from a bit ordinary to vibrant & contemporary. Using lots of solids is such an important part of the way I quilt, I couldn’t do it without them! I LOVE your quilt, thanks for the giveaway.

  • Camilla

    July 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

    Solids seem to make a quilt more crisp and modern and all the amazing colours available mean that there are so many possibilities and I can find one as a foil to any print too.

  • Colleen

    July 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm |

    When working with solid colored fabrics only, the quilt lends itself to a much more modern style. Love the bold and bright colors added to a white background (or light gray). A nice change from prints and marbled.

  • Terri Shuffield

    July 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    I haven’t sewn with solids a lot yet but I am collecting!! I am like you and have used coal and slate but am ready to use some of my bright pinks and oranges. Thanks for the chance to win some new fabrics!
    Terri

  • Patti

    July 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    I love that the design of the quilt becomes the focus and not the printed fabrics. Also, there are just so many amazing colours! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

  • Amy Losordo

    July 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm |

    Agreeing with others who stated that the design becomes the focus. It also becomes a challenge to show depth and texture without the aid of printed fabrics. I am loving the tour and meeting all the contributing quilters!

  • kay

    July 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

    I love the way solid colors show off my quilting (and force me to work on it and improve, since the quilting stitches are more visible).

  • Linda H.

    July 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    What I like about color is the way it impacts prints. Any solid does it. Makes the print more vibrant… I guess that’s the word. If you’d asked me ten years ago if I’d ever again make anything with a solid fabric – after the trend of Amish quilts made in muted solids – I would have said, “No way!’ Now, just take a look at my solids stash! Thanks for the chance to win this super giveaway.

  • Hannah

    July 4, 2012 at 7:35 pm |

    I love how much the design of the quilt becomes the focus when working with solids. It forces me to be more creative instead of just letting prints do all the work. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Kate F.

    July 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm |

    I love the clean look of solids. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re less expensive than prints. My fabric budget is tight, but I know that buying a solid is never a waste.

  • mrsmoore

    July 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm |

    I love the clean graphic quality of solids in quilts. I really admire Amish quilts–the design is so predominant.

  • Margaret

    July 4, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    I like how the right mix of solids can stand on its own, and I like how by adding just one o two prints to a solid or a mix of solids can change the whole look and feel of a quilt.

  • susana

    July 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm |

    Hace muy poco he descubierto el encanto de los sólidos .Experimentar con ese libro y esas telas …Gracias por la oportunidad.Y si el regalo no es internacional esta bien .Cariños.

  • Catherine

    July 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm |

    Quality, price and LOADS of colours are all the things I love about Kona. And the colour card, so I can choose the right colour from home here in Australia

  • Olivia

    July 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm |

    Prints tend to overshadow quilting, and wholecloth quilts are all about the quilting. Quilts made with solids create the perfect opportunity for both the pieced design and the quilting to be showcased. I’m so excited about this book!

  • Sonia B

    July 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm |

    Solids make a great pallette for gorgeous quilting. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jo

    July 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm |

    So many wonderful colours to choose from. To me they allow more of a focus on the pattern and the quilting. I just love them.

  • Renae

    July 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm |

    I like the dramatic difference between solids. Definite contrast–and a little artsy to boot.

  • Meredith

    July 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm |

    It works like white space in graphic design. Modern. Clean. Punchy.

  • Nancy

    July 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm |

    Have the book, love to use Kona solids, but haven’t made a quilt with just solids yet. However, the book is inspirational!

  • robin

    July 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm |

    Sewing with solids really shows off the gorgeous colors!

  • Brooke

    July 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm |

    I haven’t done an all solids quilt yet…it’s on the list. I totally need to build up the solids stash though ;-)

  • Therese

    July 5, 2012 at 12:24 am |

    Sewing with solids let the quilting pattern come out more clearly. I do love the combination though, solids and patterns together.

  • Alice Porosanu

    July 5, 2012 at 12:26 am |

    I love all the new blue fabrics, especially Alegria and Nautical!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Ali M

    July 5, 2012 at 2:09 am |

    I love sewing with solids because I love SUCH busy loud prints, I need them to balance things out. Love this book, thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jeannette

    July 5, 2012 at 2:18 am |

    I haven’t sewn much with solids however I recently took a class with Denyse Schmidt that had a lot of solids. I really liked the way they gave depth to the quilt.

  • Brige

    July 5, 2012 at 2:32 am |

    The simple clean non-busy look of solids is what I like about them. – Thanks for the chance to win!

  • mathea

    July 5, 2012 at 2:50 am |

    I love that working with solids lets the design stand on it’s own. And it also gives the quilting a starring role!

  • Andrea

    July 5, 2012 at 3:00 am |

    While I like prints, they can be tricky to co-ordinate. Solids are easier to mix and match and give a lovely clean look to the finished quilt. I have just finished doing your Hot Spot quilt as a reversible quilt in a variety of Kona browns and I love the result.

  • Joyce Mitchell

    July 5, 2012 at 3:21 am |

    There is a huge variety of solid fabrics available now. The fabric companies are also making them to coordinate with their prints which is a wonderful help to me when choosing fabrics for a new project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • cindy

    July 5, 2012 at 3:22 am |

    I love amish quilts so that’s why I love working with solids. I also love the graphic quality the solids give to a quilt.

  • Erica

    July 5, 2012 at 3:44 am |

    So many things to love about quilting with solids, but what I like most is that the visual interest comes from the combination of colors, the layout of the quilt pattern and the quilting. It really makes for a bold design, no matter what colors are used. Love working with Kona solids~thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jenny Green

    July 5, 2012 at 4:37 am |

    Solids are perfect for embroidery. It lets the stitches really stand out (not that you can’t embroider on prints).

  • Archie the wonder dog

    July 5, 2012 at 4:41 am |

    I love the choice of colours available!

  • Sharon

    July 5, 2012 at 4:55 am |

    This book looks so great. I like how piecing with solids so the pattern really stands out

  • Jill

    July 5, 2012 at 5:04 am |

    I quilt an awful lot of scraps so solids give a bit of calm amid the craziness.

  • MissMary

    July 5, 2012 at 5:18 am |

    I love how solids allow for crisp lines more so than prints – definitely give emphasis to shape and form.

  • diane

    July 5, 2012 at 5:24 am |

    I am a new quilter and have not sewn with solids yet but seeing all these beautiful colors has be itching to dive in!

  • Lisa Marie

    July 5, 2012 at 5:52 am |

    Using solids provides a great opportunity to showcase beautiful quilting. I used to use solids only rarely but lately I’m using them more and loving it!

  • Vreni

    July 5, 2012 at 5:59 am |

    So far I have used solids more in combination with patterned fabrics, but I’m intrigued by all the wonderful modern quilts using solid colours only “flying” around the Internet. I’m planning to try my hand on one myself soon.

  • Sara

    July 5, 2012 at 6:05 am |

    i love how graphic and bold solid colors look.

  • Laura

    July 5, 2012 at 6:12 am |

    I love how adding solids to a quilt can make it look more modern and I love the patterns you can create with varying shades of a solid color.

  • Theresa

    July 5, 2012 at 6:16 am |

    I like the way the solids provide so much contrast especially when used as a background.

  • Kristin

    July 5, 2012 at 6:46 am |

    As a graphic designer, I love quilting with solids because it’s so graphic and really show’s off your style! Quilts look so modern and hip when using them, and you can’t always achieve that with patterned fabrics.

  • Kate

    July 5, 2012 at 6:53 am |

    When I use solids in a quilt, I love how the design shines through. And I think they also help highlight the quilting!

  • marcella

    July 5, 2012 at 7:05 am |

    I love the contrast they make with prints. The solids provide such a nice sparkle to prints.

  • Rita

    July 5, 2012 at 7:15 am |

    I love how solids show off the quilting and the piecing.

  • Martiel Beatty

    July 5, 2012 at 7:19 am |

    I love the rich colors offered. It makes sewing that much more fun!

  • patty

    July 5, 2012 at 7:45 am |

    I like the contrast between light and dark solids and how the quilting can either be a design feature using a contrasting color or you can make the quilting disappear into the background.

  • Sharon B

    July 5, 2012 at 7:54 am |

    I love the clean, modern look solids provide.

  • Allison C

    July 5, 2012 at 7:55 am |

    I haven’t done an all solids quilt…yet, but I love pairing solids and prints for the contrast they create.

  • Mandy

    July 5, 2012 at 7:58 am |

    I like that you have to be a little more on your game with solids–it can be easy to make it not-quite-right, and you also have to think about the quilting because it won’t be lost as easily as it might be with a pattern or print.

  • Sew Very Sherry

    July 5, 2012 at 8:08 am |

    I’ve just started working with solids on a whole quilt scale. I’ve always loved the way they showcase the quilting motifs.

  • Lindsay

    July 5, 2012 at 8:14 am |

    My first all solids quilt was part of the MQG Kona challenge, and I was hooked. Seriously–I do like looking at prints in my stash, but I’ve made several projects with just solids since, and I love how modern and clean it looks.

  • Kris

    July 5, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    I love the contrast that is achieved when using solids, thanks for the chance!

  • Lora

    July 5, 2012 at 8:48 am |

    I love how quilts made purely of solids allow you to focus on the shape of the blocks and the actual stitching/quilting. When mixing solids in with patterns, I love how the solid can pull your eye to your favorite part of any given pattern, and allow that print to shine. Solids are just a great tool to have at your disposal!

  • LC

    July 5, 2012 at 8:56 am |

    I like sewing with solids because it gives your eye a place to rest if you’re using a whole bunch of other patterns.

  • Garilyn

    July 5, 2012 at 9:03 am |

    I will soon be making my first solid quilt. I have an order for Kona solids to make a pinwheel quilt. I can wait to try them out. The contrast between the black and the brights looks awesome.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Garilyn

      July 5, 2012 at 9:05 am |

      Oops, that should be “can’t wait”.

  • Mitzi

    July 5, 2012 at 9:07 am |

    I love the dramatic effect that solids can bring to a quilt! Love it!

  • debora

    July 5, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    Lots of prints seem to distract me, that’s why I love solids. It’s modern, fresh and it makes nice contrast!

  • Leslie A.

    July 5, 2012 at 9:30 am |

    I like that with such wide range of colors, you can play with using analagous values, or go for the high contrast look. Solids means that really the color is the focus.

  • Diana

    July 5, 2012 at 9:46 am |

    Love how solids make the other fabrics pop out of a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • lycia naff

    July 5, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    Solids. It gives a rest to the eye from what can be the chaos of prints. When I look at modern quilt designs that are created with all solids, it’s like a meditation. There’s something relaxed and easy. And so effective. I also think it’s really brave to bridle back on using a bunch of complicated prints. I should know. I’m a print junkie. But when I just stop all of that mixing plaids with dots, etc., and pull out two solids and lay them by each other — grape and grey, or blue and seafoam green — there’s something dynamic, yet subtle about that feeling. There really is something to the modern movement of using less than more.

  • Cristina Schweitzer

    July 5, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    There are so many great solids. Solids really make a project look modern and it allows the pattern or design stand out much more than with prints.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Stephanie

    July 5, 2012 at 10:13 am |

    Once a stack of folded pants in my closet looked back at me – it was a splendid color combination. I want to use solids to recreate that palette in a quilt.

  • Joan Rodriguez

    July 5, 2012 at 10:19 am |

    Solids give your eys a rest from the prints in your quilt. I always like to use a skinny solid border in my quilts. :)

  • KerryQ

    July 5, 2012 at 10:57 am |

    I like how sewing with solids makes the shapes pop – you don’t muddy the waters with print. Also, choosing colors with a color card is like choosing penny candy at the candy store. Almost. Maybe Mr. Kaufman could work on the taste a little.

  • Cassandra

    July 5, 2012 at 11:34 am |

    I love using solids, they bring print fabric projects together, and they are also wonderful all by themselves.

  • Yolanda

    July 5, 2012 at 11:38 am |

    I LOVVVVE the quilting designs that POP with using solids.

  • Amy

    July 5, 2012 at 11:40 am |

    I love your colors! Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Ann

    July 5, 2012 at 12:23 pm |

    Solids do not have much agenda or baggage – girl print – boy print – flowers or monsters all only work for a smaller group but solids work for everyone.

  • Stephanie

    July 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

    I’ve recently started using more solids as i think they are timeless. Some prints can look dates after a while but solids… they’re really starting to steal my heart!

  • Becky

    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm |

    I love working with solids, as they seem to give more places for the eye to rest and enjoying just the quilt composition. I would say about every quilt has at least 50% of it in solids, and I love to try new shades of my standard colors.

  • Catherine Sylvester

    July 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

    I love the freedom that solids give. They also leave the story of the quilt to the imagination.

  • Kelly

    July 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm |

    i’ve actually been thinking about this a lot lately, and i don’t know if this even makes sense, but for me, i like that you’re actually creating the print, instead of using prints. for example, you’ve made quilts that look plaid, but you don’t use plaid fabric. i love that!

  • Kylie C

    July 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm |

    I love that using solids allows your quilting to really POP!

  • Gigi

    July 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm |

    I love using solids like paint to creat an image. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Lynnette

    July 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm |

    I love that you can use solids to make a very minimalist quilt or you can use solids to provide bright saturated shapes that pop.

  • Kathy Gordon

    July 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm |

    I have been a traditional quilter but am leaning toward adding more solids as I am being drawn into the modern quilting arena. Thnx.

  • Heather in Montreal

    July 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    I am a rather traditional quilter,who loves bright colours,and in the past, I have almost never quilted with solids. Lately, I have been reading lots of blogs on Modern quilting and I am falling in love with solids. Whatever am I going to do with my print stash?!!! I guess I will have to use it as accents to the solids I am going to start buying now!! I hope this give away will get me started!

  • Carol Y

    July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |

    Solids have the potential to be timeless, whereas patterned fabrics may be dated. I also like to showcase the quilting.

  • Maria

    July 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm |

    I love the richness of color that solids can give! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  • Claudia

    July 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm |

    No matter how bold my fabrics are, solids calm them down and give a place for your eyes to stop.

  • Melanie

    July 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm |

    I really love the clean lines. And it really let’s the quilting shine through. Thanks for the chance!

  • Angie

    July 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm |

    I like to use solids because I like clean feel it gives quilts.

  • kat

    July 6, 2012 at 4:23 am |

    Solids highlight the design of the quilt. With all of the beautiful fabric lines out now sometimes the fabric takes center stage over the design but not with solids. Solids are also more economical to work.

  • Sharon Johnson

    July 6, 2012 at 5:41 am |

    I’ve been a traditional quilter, but with the new modern movement my tastes are going in a whole new direction. It’s exciting to create quilts my daughters love. Solids make the creating process SO MUCH FUN!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Pattij

    July 6, 2012 at 5:45 am |

    I love the variety of colors! They just make me happy!

  • Irena

    July 6, 2012 at 7:32 am |

    Solids give me a freedom in designing quilts: work w/ prints and without, work w/traditional quilt & w/modern… Imagination of using it is unlimited! Love it!

  • Cheryl

    July 6, 2012 at 8:13 am |

    Solids can allow for a striking design- with or without prints.

  • Meg

    July 6, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    I love how versatile solids are, whether you’re using a neutral (or not so neutral) as a place for the eyes to rest, or pops of color to move the eye across a design, there’s little a solid can’t do. My favorite way to use them is as a pop of colorful binding–cerise and grass are two of my go-to’s!

  • Jacklynn Grimm

    July 6, 2012 at 8:47 am |

    I love the solids and how bold and saturated the colors are. I would love to make something for my husband – a lap quilt for football season – he would appreciate the color and lack of flowers!

  • Valerie

    July 6, 2012 at 8:51 am |

    I was originally drawn to quilting after seeing the Amish style of quilting. What I love about solids are that they have that Amish appeal with a bright and modern twist.

  • Margaret

    July 6, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    I love how solids can be the focus of a quilt or just a background, and the myraid color combinations are so fun to play with.

  • Cheri

    July 6, 2012 at 10:31 am |

    I love how all the colors pop, thanks for a chance to win.

  • Kristin

    July 6, 2012 at 11:13 am |

    I love solids because they are so timeless. Solid quilts will not go out of style. I also love solids with a print or two or with lots of prints. I love that they are less expensive, but they really add zing because of the clean lines.

  • Jan

    July 6, 2012 at 11:53 am |

    Solids make me focus on design, more than prints. I love working with solids.

  • Kelie

    July 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm |

    I love sewing with solids because you can use them in any way shape or form and more than likely it will look great! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Haley

    July 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm |

    I love solids in quilting because of how bold and graphic quilts can be. I also love the simplicity of solids; I love patterns, but sometimes they can distract and detract.

  • Linda Cartwright

    July 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm |

    I love sewing with solids, to add contrast to the print!

  • Krystal Muller

    July 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm |

    I love that yellow color too! Thanks for the chance at such a great giveaway!

  • Willa

    July 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm |

    Have not sewn much with solids but enjoy using as accents to prints.

    A favorite room I visit matches your parchment!

  • Sharon

    July 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm |

    Solids just make such strong contrast, that is why I like them

  • shannon

    July 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm |

    i *love* solids. i love solids because i like the “cleanness” and simplicity of them. and while solids might be “simple,” they give you the opportunity to create something “simple” or something “complex.” i love that with solids i love how i can just focus on that color. solids are timeless.

  • SewLindaAnn

    July 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm |

    I love the way it makes me feel so artsy when I use solids. Like I’m composing an abstract painting.

  • Kate

    July 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm |

    What I love about solid colors is using them against really busy coordinating fabrics. Just because it gives your eye a place to rest. And I think quilts made with all solids look like they have cleaner lines.

  • holly wright

    July 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm |

    I like the clean, minimalist but vibrantlook solids create.

  • Pam

    July 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm |

    I have been quilting with prints for many years now and I am always excited when I see new fabric lines come out, but recently I find myself drawn more and more to solids like never before (except Amish quilts). Thanks for the opportunity to win this book so I can plan my first solid quilt!

  • Sue SmilesAlot

    July 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm |

    I think they add a crispness to a piece. Also it gives some solid area for the eye to rest if you use a lot of busy patterns.

  • MelodyJ

    July 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm |

    Everything matches.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Tiffiny

    July 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm |

    When I use a solid it is usually to make a bod statement, you want it to be noticed :-) Thanks for the chance to win :-)

  • Kirsten

    July 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

    I really love using solids for more graphic and modern quilt designs. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Heather Mentzer

    July 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm |

    I love how sewing with solids really lets the design stand out.

  • Amy Seven-Stitches

    July 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm |

    I love the way that certain combinations of solids can seam so plain alone, but just buzz when put together.

  • Lori

    July 7, 2012 at 5:07 am |

    I love color! The thing I like most about quilting with Kona colors, (besides the great colors), is all of the possibilities for patterns. I like to use big stitch quilting and that type of quilting accented so beautifully on quilts using Kona solids. Thank you, Lori

  • Jane

    July 7, 2012 at 5:24 am |

    Love solids and am so glad to see them “in” as a main component of a quilt! They used to be just for sashings!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • bee

    July 7, 2012 at 7:10 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sandy

    July 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Debbie

    July 8, 2012 at 2:06 am |

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

  • Anita T.

    July 8, 2012 at 4:13 am |

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

  • 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.

  • Sew Good Pals

    July 8, 2012 at 7:50 am |

    Love using solids to create clean and fresh projects.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Dianne

  • 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.

  • cruz

    July 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm |

    Using solid colors forces a focus on the beauty of color

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Hueisei

    July 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm |

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Alexis

    July 9, 2012 at 1:07 am |

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

  • Sharon

    July 9, 2012 at 4:29 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Gill

    July 9, 2012 at 7:40 am |

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

  • 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!!

  • Teressa

    July 9, 2012 at 9:22 am |

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 :-)

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Parthena Wollen

    July 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm |

    Just love the clean look of them.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • nik

    July 10, 2012 at 4:57 am |

    I love it because it’s a blank slate…you can appreciate it as pure color, pair it with prints, embellish the heck out of it…whatever you fancy. :)

  • Jess

    July 10, 2012 at 7:03 am |

    I love how solids can really pull out the colors and lead to a cohesive final product when working with lots of patterns. I also love the boldness and brightness of a quilt made entirely of solids. My favorites are always the ones that are so bright they almost hurt your eyes, like citrus in the new colors.

  • Susan

    July 10, 2012 at 10:07 am |

    I love that the pureness of the colour is able to stand out, your eye goes to the overall picture, not just the different prints.

  • cecilia

    July 10, 2012 at 10:36 am |

    I used all solids once and found them very comfortable, flexible, I do not know how to put it

  • Laurel

    July 10, 2012 at 11:30 am |

    I love using solids in my quilts. Being a longarm quilter having some solid space on the quilt to show off some of the quilting is a plus.

  • Tabitha

    July 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm |

    I do love prints, but I like solids to help ease the eye a bit. I use solids a lot when I paper piece too. Thanks!

  • Anne

    July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm |

    I love the new Parchment too. Can’t wait to see the new colors in person and get a hold of the book.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    July 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm |

    I enjoy sewing with solid colors because they are bright, crisp and more versatile.

  • Karen O

    July 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    I love solids because of the contrast they provide.

  • Jeanne

    July 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm |

    Solids are the tie that binds. Once a solid is chosen, I am so ready to pick coordinating prints or other solids.

  • Andrea B

    July 11, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    I love solids because of the effects you can get by using many shades of one color – the richness this technique provides is amazing to me.