Friday, February 13, 2015

Kona Color Wheel Quilt - Work in Progress

Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Kona Color Wheel Quilt - Work in Progress
Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I have had a really big sewing week. Most weeks are big sewing weeks but this one involved long days at the machine. Good sewing days. The kind that induce a sewing frenzy, but does not come with the completion of chores, nor a cooked dinner. I am not complaining, for this kind of patchwork piecing I love to do.

Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts
Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I drafted up this traditional Fan Block in EQ7 (quilt design software) and printed foundation patterns for the arcs. Foundation paper piecing is accurate and once I found my sewing rhythm - piecing four arcs at a time - the process was relatively quick. Cut, sew, press, trim. And again. (Color Wheel Block Pattern information here).

Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
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My original plan for a traditional Fan Block layout turned into a four-patch Wheel Block and as all fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons I am calling this quilt the Kona Color Wheel Quilt (I dare say naming quilts is not one of my strengths). The curve sewing for the project was easy compared to my last project - The Drunkard's Path Variation Quilt - for the blocks are bigger and the curve is gentle. Again, no pins were used to piece this quilt.

Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT STATS
Quilt measures 62.5 inches x 62.5 inches.
16 Wheel Blocks or 64 Fan Blocks.
64 paper pieced arcs.
512 patchwork pieces.
All fabrics are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons
(with the exception of one dark blue print from the

Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts

I have already basted this quilt and plan to start quilting today. Solid fabrics are the perfect canvas for quilting, accentuating both the stitches and the texture created by the quilting lines. The plan is for lots of quilting and texture!

RELEVANT LINKS:
Kona Color Wheel Quilt - A Finished Quilt
Color Wheel Block - Pattern and Tutorial
More RPQ Kona Cotton Projects
More RPQ Paper Piecing Projects
Sewing Curves without Pins

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton available from:

Kona Color Wheel Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
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- more than 200 colors available in store.

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27 comments:

  1. Rita - this is an incredible quilt! There are more than 300 Kona colors now right? You sure picked a great combination of them! They all work together for a beautiful effect. Great work with the curved piecing! No pins? - hooray!

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  2. I have to agree with Salsy.....WOW!!!! And amazing!

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  3. I am totally in love with the block with the pinks! It would make a great pillow, too

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  4. Love your wheel quilt, especially the backgrounds!

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  5. Wow, great quilt! I love the colour contract between the outside and inside of the arc. It's sometimes high and sometimes low contrast. Very hypnotic!

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  6. Wow, this has to be one of your best! I love solids too and this block is amazing!

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  7. Love the mix of colours and the way you put them together. Excited to see the quilting. Thanks for generously sharing.

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  8. This is eyecandy at its best! Love it!

    Anja

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  9. Stunning - it's definitely a "wish I'd thought of that" quilt:-)

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  10. Love, love this one! It's stunning!

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  11. Rita, this is amazing!!!! It's an absolute beauty. Can't wait to see it all finished.

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  12. This is such a fabulous design! Will you be creating a pattern to sell in your Etsy store? I bet there are may of us that would love to try this one! Your eye for color never ceases to amaze!

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  13. I esoecially love the changing background, it really adds to the overall effect. Plus, every once in a while the little bit of patterned fabric! Looks like a lot of fun.

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  14. I love the bright colors and how the background blocks are all different! Nice choices on giving the traditional fan block a new, modern look.

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  15. This one is going to be fabulous! Can hardly wait to see it all quilted.

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  16. The colours pop of my computer!! Very nice job! And...I pinned it to remember and hope to make it someday.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  17. Beautiful!!! Colours are so bright and striking. Bet it's even more striking in person.

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  18. This is gorgeous! Love solids!

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  19. This is very very cool and I'm happy to hear that you are human too and dinner takes a backseat sometimes;)

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  20. Lovely quilt! I so enjoy seeing your creations. One question/observation. Why do you sew quilts that are square. All the best to you.

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  21. This is fabulous! It looks so flat, how are you pressing your seams?

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