Friday, August 19, 2011

Kona Challenge--Pixelated Color Wheel

Our chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild just finished up the Kona Challenge.  Last night was our show and tell for the challenge.  We had some fabulous quilts and projects.  I was amazed at the diversity as well as the skill in our group.  I'm always inspired by those in our quilt guild.

For the challenge we were each able to use a Brights Kona charm pack from Robert Kauffman to make anything from a pillow to a large quilt.  The only rule was that you couldn't add any prints, although you could add as many different solids as you wanted.  I had the advantage of already having Kona charm packs on hand.  Part of my prize as a runner-up in the Fat Quarterly contest a while ago was a stack of charm packs--one in each Kona colorway.  For this quilt I used two Brights packs, one Darks, one Classic, and one Pastel.  Most of the Dusty palette didn't make the cut.


The color wheel was my inspiration with this project.  I was going for a gradual color change, but wasn't seeking to perfectly imitate the color wheel.  I learned a lot about color during the design process.  It was certainly a challenge to place some colors, but I loved the process. I would love to make another project like this after completing a few rounds of the Color Wheel Charm Swap.  I think it would be a great idea for prints as well.

The individual squares are 1.5" finished.  The quilt size is about 44" square.  I'll share my design process in another post next week.  I quilted this in a spiral beginning at the center four white squares, working my way from the center out.  The quilting is spaced about 1/2" apart (just the width of my walking foot from the needle to the edge). 


Because I designed this as a wall hanging, I chose not to do anything on the back.  This is an Ikea bed sheet I had on hand.

Although, I do love how the quilting looks on the solid sheet.

I played with the image size on this.  I love the look of it shrunk down.  Maybe I'll turn it into a new favicon for my blog.

We decided to have secret voting on our favorite quilts of the night.  Everyone brought their projects in bags, and then they were laid out and numbered for voting by a group member who didn't do the challenge.  I was super excited when mine received first place.  Surprisingly, no one guessed this was my quilt.  Several people agreed it isn't my normal style.  I'm just not sure yet what my normal style is.  In the meantime this quilt is hanging in my living room and has totally expanded the range of colors I can incorporate into my decorating.  I already have fabric for new throw pillow covers on the way. 


There were multiple winners for the night, and we were each able to choose a prize.  For some reason I decided to choose the FQ bundle of Habitat.  We're doing the Habitat fabric challenge for the next couple months.  Everyone received fat 1/8's, but there was leftover fabric that became one of the prizes.  The problem is this fabric isn't my style.  My challenge is turning it into something I love.  We'll see how I do.

68 comments:

  1. Kati, it's so beautiful! Completely fabulous! I tend to agree with you about the Habitat fabric, but I'm confident you'll be able to make something incredible with it!

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  2. Kati, I think this quilt is stunning! I absolutely love it. I love that you are still trying to figure out your style too- me too.
    Great job- you deserved to be the winner!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! Congrats on the win :)

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  4. It`s unbelievably gorgeous - I love it and that detail shot of the dusky pinks shows what an amazing design you came up with. Well done for winning! I hear you on the Habitat fabric but a challenge is good and perhaps some solids may help to break it down a bit and I`m sure you`ll come up with something beautiful.

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  5. You SO deserved to win! This is stunning!!!!!

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  6. I love this quilt - what a wonderful idea and execution. The quilting really enhances it.

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  7. No wonder your quilt took first--this is amazing! Love the circular quilting, too. Did you use an off-white thread?

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  8. Oh, the quilt is AMAZING, just fabulous!!!

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  9. Kati!! This is absolutely incredible! I am absolutely in awe! And the quilting is the perfect touch.

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  10. Kati!!!!!!! STUNNING!!!!!! Dang it, that is just a jawdropper!!!!!

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  11. Congrats! It's a stunning quilt and worthy of the win. :)

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  12. Wow! Kati this is just amazing!! Great job, fabulous as always!!!

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  13. I know what your normal style is: Totally Awesome! Every quilt you make goes into my favorites collection and this one is no different! Just gorgeous!

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  14. congrats on your win! What a beautiful quilt! It will be nice to see your design process next week!

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  15. Wow this is amazing! I am pinning this for inspiration, but there is no way I can ever come close to recreating this masterpiece! Simply stunning!

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  16. Simply stunning! T really love your quilt.

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  17. Gorgeous! I love the quilting!! I wonder how our color charms at 2.5 would look this way. The binding and changes in color are fantastic! Congrats!

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  18. I'm not going to lie, Kati...that is one of the most gorgeous quilts that I've ever seen. I love what you did with the solids and the gradual progression of color is amazing. It is gorgeous from far away and gorgeous up close. Oh, and the quilting? Love it!

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  19. Kati - it turned out really great! And a great use of all those charm packs you had on hand.

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  20. It's just gorgeous Kati!! I'm not surprised at all that you took first place. And you are too versatile to be put in a box!! Who cares what your "normal" style is when you produce amazing pieces one right after the next!

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  21. I love your quilt. It's gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you do with Habitat, it doesn't appeal to me, either.

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  22. I love it! Have fun with the Habitat.

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  23. Ridiculously gorgeous quilt!!! And I love it when you have to turn something that isn't normally "you" into something you love! You'll do great!

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  24. This is one of my favorite solids quilts EVER! Beautiful!!!

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  25. Wow, that looks great! I'm really curious to hear more about your design process. And I love the spiral quilting. Fantastic job!

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  26. The colour wheel is totally amazing and wonderful - a deserving winner!
    Hmmm the Habitat is a bit 'odd', it's going to need to be cut up very small and added to a lot of something neutral (then given away as a gift!).
    Have you seen the Against Traffic quilt?
    http://www.fatquarterly.com/issue-6-sneak-peek-against-traffic.html

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  27. this is fabulous and I am so excited I am doing your swap. You have inspired me!

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  28. WOW! That's an incredible quilt/piece of art! The way you quilted the circles into it is brilliant! Fantastic job!!

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  29. Congratulations on a job very well done -- I mean, ART very well done. Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  30. Oooh I am into the Habitat fabric. I'm sure you'll come up with something amazing!

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  31. gorgeous! i am a sucker for color gradient work, and this takes the cake. i love the quilting too. excellent all around.

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  32. I know other have already said it but all I can say is WOW!

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  33. Kati this is gorgeous!! I am so sad I missed the meeting last night & didn't get to see this in person. LOVE it - you deserved the win!

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  34. Oooh, Kati, I really love this!!! I agree, it's not what I would expect from you (then again, I can't seem to articulate what that would be), but I absolutely adore it! Wow. Breathtaking :)

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  35. totally splendid ... I am in total awe - you must make this your favicon ... stunning quilt ...

    habitat is a bit weird, but I think you can make something stunning if you use a lot of coordinating solids ... you'll crack it ... you're brilliant!

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  36. Truly incredible. I'm totally inspired and really want to do this kind of project! I guess it would be perfect use of the Color Wheel swap charms!

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it! I can't even imagine being able to do something like this... amazing!

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  38. The effect is incredible! When I first saw the thumbnail on flickr I was sure that you pixelated the photo for some reason. And it makes the same impression on me even on the photos where you are holding the quilt. Amazing. I wonder how much time you spent arranging the colours.

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  39. That is awesome and must have taken a lot of time to get the colors just where you wanted them. I also LOVE the circular quilting. The first picture where you can only see bits and pieces it looks like a big finger print. Great Job!

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  40. OH MY GOSH! I LOVE THIS QUILT! <3

    It really appeals to both the nerd and the quilter in me, an awesome combination! Fantastic job!

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  41. Kati, Kati, Kati. What can I say but that this is simply fabulous. The colors and design are striking, and your quilting enhances it perfectly. It's just the right combination of design elements to make it a success. Good for you, and congratulations on your first. You deserve it.

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  42. Love this quilt! I am obsessed with pixel quilts and this is right up my alley. Can't wait to read about the design process!

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  43. I'm in awe! How did you even begin to arrange those colors? the effect is perfect.

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  44. wow that is amazing! I can't believe it is all 1.5" squares! Crazy! :)

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  45. Beautiful quilt. I just "pinned" it on my Quilts board.

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  46. Wow! Great quilt! We are doing the habitat challenge, too. :)

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  47. Katie, that quilt is stunning, and what a wonderful idea! Sorry to have missed seeing it in person - Congratulations! Can't wait to see more.

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  48. One of the coolest quilts I've seen in a long time. Bravo! (I might have to do something similar for my LQS.)

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  49. COngratulations! This is a wonderful quilt!

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  50. I LOVE your quilt/art. It's just beautiful.

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  51. That. is. absolutely.stunning!

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  52. Such a great choice for the quilting. It makes the eye move to just the right spots on your quilt :)

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  53. Kati this quilt is AMAZING! Such a work of art. Congrats, well deserved!

    Lindsey

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  54. Hello Kati! Your amazing quilt is going to be my special favourite! I enjoy so much watching all those colours and shades going from the lightest to the darker! I love simple squares and that quilting spiral all around is so perfect for this quilt!
    Great desing and fantastic work!
    xxx Teje

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  55. What a cool quilt! I'm super impressed with your quilting skills too!

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  56. this is truly magnificent! wow

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  57. Wow, this is fabulous. I love how the quilt turned out, and your quilt job is just amazing. Really, this is a treasure!

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  58. That is unbelievably gorgeous. Well done!

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  59. Wow, as I keep exploring your blog, you keep blowing my mind with your amazing work. Such an inspiration. It's blogs like yours that makes me so happy we have this amazing little thing called the internet. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. How in the world did you do the quilting? Awesome.

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