Kona Color of the Year Quilt


First of all, a HUGE thanks for all of the kind words about my upcoming fabric line, Gingham Girls. It’ll be fun to share more again when I have the fabric in hand and the time is closer to it’s release.

Today I’m excited I get to share this fun little project that I got to work on last summer. I made it’s debut at Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston last week as part of the Kona Solids Color of the Year exhibit.


Last summer I was contacted by Robert Kaufman, the makers of Kona, and invited to participate the creation of an exhibit of 60 mini quilts featuring their 2016 Color of the Year – Highlighter.  They sent bundles of Kona solids to all of the designers and asked them to create a 20″  x  20″ mini quilt using these fabrics.  The exhibit had 4 different colorways (all featuring Highlighter). I received this gorgeous rainbow bundle, which is right up my alley.


I new I wanted to play with the color-spectrum and I love monochromatic blocks, so this is the combination I came up with. They challenge basically gave us free-reign to create whatever we liked as long as it was 20″ x 20″ and prominently featured Highlighter.


I used a paper-piecing template to piece these traditional economy blocks. I love the way it helps the accuracy of the piecing. I worked on these blocks while I watched the Rio Olympics this summer, so they’ll always remind me of that.


I’ve been so excited to see pictures of the Exhibit and to see what other quilters did with that same bundle. The variety is always fun to see. You can see pictures of the 60 quilts and the four different colorways on the Robert Kaufman Instagram page. I’ll update the link when more pictures are available.

Also, can I just say I’ve never been so excited for Monday?! This weekend was a doozy – the main culprit was the fact that my computer crashed and I ended up spending Saturday buying a new one and trying to salvage and transfer files, blah, blah, blah. (I’m sure you’ve all been there or can imagine.) At least the good news was the end of Daylight Savings time and an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning. Although, that still didn’t feel like quite enough and by last night at 7:45 I was begging my kids to all go to bed. (For some reason they weren’t buying it.) I crashed. Feeling renewed and happy to be back on a working laptop (although still working our all the new-computer-kinks) today. Happy Monday!

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  • Reply
    November 7, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I saw it in person yesterday! It was happily nestled amongst all the other mini-quilts. I really like that you used a rainbow of colors to showcase how well the color works with others.

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      Amy Smart
      November 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Oh that’s so cool! Thanks Summer!

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    November 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    This is lovely and I really like that it’s so tiny! Great work!

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    Lazara Abernathy
    November 7, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    It is beautiful! I love how you did the one little block different than the others.

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      Amy Smart
      November 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Me too! That was kind of fun.

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    Karen Seitz
    November 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I love this quilt!

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    November 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I love this little quilt – such clever use of color!

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      Amy Smart
      November 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you! I sure do love those Kona colors.

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    Barbara McDonald
    November 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    (Whispering) Yours is one of the bestest ones they got.


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      Amy Smart
      November 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      (Whispering back) Thank you! You are the best. (wink)

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    Summer Daisy
    November 8, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful ♥

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    November 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

    It’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the link to photos of the other quilts, too!

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      Amy Smart
      November 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Aren’t they cool? It’s so fun to see the huge variety of quilts and creativity.

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    November 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Beautiful little quilt , I find myself drawn more and more towards solids

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    November 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    All that gorgeous rainbowness tucked into a mini–Wow!

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    November 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    WOW. I would love to make something like this
    This is beautifical Amy♥️

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