Kona Solids

Good Morning!

How’s your challenge week going?  I hope you are making progress!

I think I’m finally kicking this cold – my head is feeling clear once again.

I have this fabulous pile of Kona solids, and I was trying to decide why I love working with solids so much.

My conclusions, so far:

I love being able to select my own palette.

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

I love the subtlety of shades available, especially with Kona – over 200 colors – that’s like the biggest box of crayons times 2!


This stack of solids will be worked into a quilt in the coming weeks.

I’ll have a few sneak peeks for you as I work!


Do you love solids?  Why do you love working with them?


By | 2017-02-06T09:18:39+00:00 March 24th, 2011|Inspiration|19 Comments


  1. Karen March 24, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I never really paid attention to solids before. Now I love the clean and 1930’s look of quilts with white. I have recently bought Kona cotton and it is beautiful!

  2. Jill March 24, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I’m planning my first all solid quilt right now, so pretty excited about that!

    I agree they are great to work with because you totally control the colors.

  3. ga447 March 24, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I love solids, I am always running out and getting more. Lots of quilters I know, disagree. Solids put a calmness to the quilt.

  4. molly March 24, 2011 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I love the clean look of solids plus the fact that you don’t have to worry about cutting out parts of a print. I made a quilt a while ago where I used a fabric with a bird motif and many squares had decapitated birdies along the edge of the square. Not appealing …..

  5. Andi March 24, 2011 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I’m actually doing the Monochromatic Challenge with Project Modern (deadline is next week). This has really started blazing a trail for me, and I solids in a whole different light. I am loving them more and more.

  6. Becky March 24, 2011 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I tend to love solids used in conjunction with patterned material because it brings out the patterns next to it, and makes that particular color pop. I feel like sometimes there are more possibilities and combinations that you can play with when using solids.

  7. Kristi March 24, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I am still pretty new to quilting and the thing that pulled me into it was the fabulous print fabrics. So I am still working on those! But I just purchased City Quilts by Cherri House and will definitely try a couple of them when I use up more of my prints on quilts from Modern Basics ;)

  8. WendyLou March 24, 2011 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I am just learning how to work with solids, but I’d love to chime in! They give the eye a place to rest in a busy quilt. They are a great way to ‘extend’ a group of prints when you didn’t buy enough – ha! I think they are also great to use in a busy quilt pattern – they really show off the design of the quilt. They are also great for showing off a favorite print and really helping to make the print a featured fabric. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that great group you’ve picked out!

  9. Angie Allen March 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I love solids, especially the clean vibrant ones. Blocks of color are inviting and energizing. I’m looking forward to seeing the evolution of your project!

  10. Jody March 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I just bought a bundle of fat quarters in denim colorway of Kona Solids. I can’t wait to use them, but I have no idea what to use them for yet. I just wanted them! LoL I’m thinking of trying a “little twisters” quilt, which means a lot of cutting of 5″ squares. We’ll see!

  11. Debbie-Esch House Quilts March 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I love solids because of the intensity of the color they provide and how they accent the design of the quilt. Can’t get enough of them!

  12. liveacolorfullife March 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I adore solids! When I worked in my LQS about six years ago, solids were available but not really recommended because they were considered too “flat,” and didn’t add any dimension or excitement to a quilt. I’m so glad so see that solids are coming into their own. Like you said, it’s like having a box of new crayons times two. Their potential is unlimited and the colors are gorgeous!

  13. Lynn March 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I am totally into solids right now. The post on my blog today uses all Kona solids. The majority of the fabric I have purchased recently are Kona solids. So yes, I love solids. With solids your piecing lines are accentuated. The geometry of the quilt is more apparent. Solids also show off quilting lines much better.

  14. Julie Fukuda March 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    The only quilt I have made for my own personal use was all of solids. Sadly, the house where I live is too small for a queen size bed so a daughter is now enjoying that quilt. A smaller version is knocking around in my brain.

  15. Suzanne March 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    I’m learning how helpful solids are. They give the eye a place to rest and help other parts of the quilt pop. I can’t wait to see your work!

  16. Rut Thode March 25, 2011 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Yes, I too love solids very much but have some trouble using them. I think I have exactly the same coulour selection as you are showing here, so I am looking forward to see what you will do with them.

  17. TheaM March 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    solids are timeless and classic – they won’t be out of style ten or twenty years from now…. when I finally get them finished!

  18. Candy March 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    The main reason I dye my own fabric is one that could be why use solids…to allow my work with color and texture be the feature, rather than the work of some fabric designer!

  19. Kelsey Rose March 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I love the simplicity of solids, but honestly I think it’s also influenced by the fact that I find it easier to pair solids than to try to pair patterns without having them fight each other.

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