In mid April we hosted a wonderful event here in Hamilton! Robert Kaufman Fabrics was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their Kona Cotton solids fabric line, so they selected 30 amazing quilters and invited them each to create an original quilt using Kona Cotton fabric. For more information on the history of Kona and a complete list of quilters contributed, Robert Kaufman created a fantastic Lookbook, which you can find here
There were so many quilts that they filled our Sewing Center as well as a couple of our shops! They are just gorgeous and we loved having them here! This photo shows just some of the quilts that were in our Sewing Center, where we host frequent quilting retreats!
This quilt by Shea Henderson is gorgeous! We love the colors and it’s such a fun, memorable pattern!
The detail and color of each quilt was so impressive and mesmerizing!
Along with these incredibly meticulous and artful quilts, we had a few great events to add to the fun! Our very own Jenny Doan was signing copies of Block Magazine and gave one of her fabulous trunk shows!
We also had book signings with Shea Henderson for her new book, School of Sewing, as well as with Angela and Cloe Walters for their new book, Get Quilting with Angela & Cloe.
We had a super fun Cars & Quilts event that weekend, where people brought in their vintage cars and lined them up all along downtown Hamilton, then went inside to view the 30 Quilts from Kona! There was nowhere to park in town!
We love to look for opportunities to serve those in need, so during Kona Days we created kits for people to come in and sew pillowcases to be donated to a local women’s shelter. We also were accepting food donations to the local food pantry! Peanut butter and jelly are a treat for those receiving assistance from the food pantry, so we asked for those specific items when attending Jenny’s trunk show and got an amazing response!
We had a blast and can’t wait for our next big event in Hamilton!! Thank you to everyone who attended, participated and donated!!!
I have recently joined a few of the mini quilt swaps that are going on around the internet. It has been really fun to make mini quilts. Its totally new to me as I have always made larger quilts, or table runners. But, mini quilts are so small that you can really be creative and try out all kinds of new things. You can do things that seemed hard or too time consuming. I have experimented with embroidery, new blocks (Dresden plate!), free motion quilting, and using scraps in a creative way. It is something I highly recommend! So, enjoy these pics of a few of my mini quilts!
Making mini quilts is so much fun…and you can try all kinds of quilting challenges out on a small scale! So, get brave and try something new! Then show us a pic in our forums!