t's no secret we love sewing with solids, but sometimes choosing colors to use and how to stash them for later can be a little overwhelming. To help us learn about using and stashing Kona Solids from Robert Kaufman, we talked to some of our favorite designers!
Violet Craft uses solids for her amazing Animal Abstractions quilts, with varying shades creating facets of color and bringing the creature to life. Read on to see what she had to say about her favorite colors, how she stays organized, and why Kona is her favorite solid.
How do you Stash Solids? (How much do you buy when you don't have a specific project? What's the best size to stash, etc?)
It completely depends on what is in front of me. I often buy fat quarter bundles of colors because I love the way they've been used together. If I'm stocking up on a color just because I see it and have to have that particular color I will buy one to three yards. If it's just REALLY YUMMY, I'll have to get at least 3 yards.
What colors do you gravitate towards?
How do you use solids in your projects? (backgrounds, main feature, binding, etc)
All the ways!
What do you love about Kona Solids?
Kona solids come in such a wonderfully diverse amount of colors and have a great hand for piecing. They're sturdy enough that I'm not scared to slice them up and use them in all sorts of projects, but they have a beautiful finish that just feels great too.
What's one piece of advice you want to give about sewing with solids?
You need the colors you don't think you need. That beige-y cream-pink might not look so exciting on the bolt all by itself, but you pair it into your more saturated colors and it just makes them POP! Don't be afraid to get a good range of things and just start mixing and matching them up in piles to find the palette that works. This is why I love fat quarter bundles so much. You can get a smaller piece of a LOT of colors to play with.
Thank you Violet for your tips and tricks! If you're interested in collecting all 340 Kona Solids, click here.