Thursday, January 16, 2014

Waking Up With Kona!

Welcome to Why Knot Kwilt!  Thank you so much for stopping by on your way through the "Wake Up to Kona" blog hop!!  

You may note that my stop may run more along the "good night, Kona" theme as I used the gorgeous Sunset line of  Robert Kauffman's Kona Solids along with Kona white solid for the background.


I also thought it most fitting to take photos of my quilt ... 
well, at sunset ... 

{grin}









I was able to assemble this quilt in one weekend ...
seriously! It probably took me longer to figure out which pattern to use than it did for me to actually make this sweet piece ...
that includes being plagued with a bugger of a cold and having my daughters and their sleep-over friends with me during the weekend!  

If that isn't endorsement enough on the ease of Amanda's patterns ... well ... {wink}

The quilt is backed with minkee fabric, so in an attempt to alleviate the difficulty of quilting, I did basic straight-line quilting and I chose to enhance the colors and white background by making a a scrappy binding from the remains of the fat quarters used for the quilt top.

Since those photos did not best show the full beauty of Amanda Murphy's Circus pattern found in her most recent book ... Color Essentials:


I did take a quick snapshot of the quilt top, pre-quilting, just to show the completed top.
Please forgive the quality of the photo, I really did mean to get another but this is the only one I was able to use for the blog today ... lighting and weather are tricky in our northern states at this time of year ...


Those of you making comparisons to Amanda's original pattern will note that I did not add the yo-yos and since I didn't add those, I turned the pointed triangles on the ends "into" the flying geese to better point attention to the center of the quilt and, since the receiver of this quilt was so very eager to start using it, skipping the yo-yos meant I could quilt and bind it quicker so she could take possession: 


And at the end of the day ... being wrapped in love is truly more important than getting every piece exactly right ... wouldn't you agree?

Again, I thank you for visiting.  My thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for hosting this hop, Madame Samm for all your creativity, and to all my fellow Blog Hop participants so posting so very much inspiration!

Please be sure to visit our other hop stops for this day as I am sure they will have fun and creative works of art to share too!!

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Until next we get a chance to visit, 
I wish you all happy hearts!


104 comments:

  1. Lovely work, Wendy, I'm honored to share the day with you! Beth @ Words & Stiches (who finished binding her project this morning...lol.)

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  2. Your quilt is wickedly beautiful and looks so sweet wrapped around that cutie. Love it and your photo! Thanks for hopping around with us...I'm so glad you did!

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  3. I have seen several versions with the yo-yos which I did like. Now that I have seen your quilt without the yo-yos I have to say I like this version much more. The lines in the quilt look clean and crisp. I like this colorway, too. Your girl looks very happy to have the quilt and is a lovely model. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  4. I am not a yo-yo person, so I like this better. And minky love - you go girl. What a happy face, think you have a winner.

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  5. Yes, I agree. I'm also not a big yo-yo fan, and I like how this quilt looks a lot. Thank you for sharing it Wendy!
    ~Brandy

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  6. I like how you took pictures of the quilt at sunset. How fitting!

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  7. Your quilt is wonderful.. Love that grouping of fabrics. It is nice to know when your quilt will be loved!

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  8. Lovely quilt for a lovely little girl! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Love your quilt, especially the way you modified the pattern. Those Kona solids are heavenly. You must have "super powers" to be able to sew/quilt, tolerate girls sleep over, all with a bad cold. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Gorgeous color and lovely pattern; a fantastic result!

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  11. What a lovely quilt for a lovely girl! She looks so proud and happy to receive this gorgeous quilt. You did an excellent job, Wendy!

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  12. Your quilt is gorgeous and the princess wrapped in it too

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  13. Beautiful quilt and a very cute and lucky young lady!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  14. And....I agree with all of the above comments! You have done a beautiful job there! What a wonderful quilt and equally wonderful model! Thank you for sharing yet more of your talent with us!

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  15. Simply lovely! I do love the sunset colors!!

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  16. Sehr schöne Farben, ich kann mir vorstellen das, das kleine Mädchens as quilt nicht hergeben möchte.
    Regards Sylvia

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  17. Absolutely beautiful. Your little girl looks pretty happy about it too.

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  18. What a great quilt! And the recipient is more than happy about it (even without the yo, yos). I think I like it too without. A nice idea with the sunset! Keep on quilting and sewing!

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  19. So wonderful. Circus is one of my favorite in the book. The girl seems so happy hugged in a a lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop.

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  20. Love that sunset collection, too! Your quilt turned out beautifully and I enjoyed seeing both the before and after pictures, especially the one being modeled! Thanks for sharing everything today.

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  21. Okkkkk I love this and without the yo-yo's and points going the other way…I kinda like this too…isn't it wonderful when your imagination let's you do that lol great quilting too Wendy…you did good….your wee one looks great wrapped up in too..

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  22. Love your version of the pattern! Beautiful fabrics! Hope you are feeling much better. :)

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  23. Wendy this quilt is a delight for sure. I don't know why I never think of using minke on the back but I'm going to remember that for my next one. I assume you don't use a batting when you use minke? Is slipping a problem when you quilt it? For some reason blogger is determined not to let me spell minkee right! Blessings, Marlene

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  24. What a beautiful model to show a lovely quilt. It looks so cuddly on her. I love that you lost the yoyos and changed the direction of the triangles. Great idea to make it your own. You can't beat good sunset pictures. Love those colors.

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  25. Great quilt - I love the colours!

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  26. Fabulous and your little girl is delighted with it!

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  27. Your version came out great Wendy, lovely quilt.

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  28. Love your take on Amanda Murphy's design. Your quilt recipient is charming all wrapped up in her sunset.

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  29. Very pretty and isn't fun to make something so beautiful in just a weekend. Nice job.

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  30. I like how you changed this pattern a little. Great color too

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  31. Beautiful. I think making 'tweaks' to patterns is what makes them special. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  32. Seriously, I love EVERYthing about this quilt! Absolutely beautiful. :)

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  33. Beautiful! Both the quilt and the receiver. :) vickise at gmail dot com

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  34. Pretty, pretty quilt. I like how easily quilters been able to adjust Amanda's patterns to make the quilts their own. Nothing like a very appreciative recipient to keep us quilting. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Beautiful! Such a gorgeous pattern and perfect in the Sunset colourway, Wendy. Nothing beats the look of happiness on her sweet face - I think your quilt is a hit! :o)

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  36. Wendy, your quilt is beautiful and so is the recipient! She looks so proud of it!

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  37. Wendy,
    What a beautiful quilt. The white makes the colors softer then when the black or gray. I love the effect. A quilt destined to be loved.

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  38. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. this is lovely, full of warmth and bright color. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing.

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  40. I know she loves it!!! Beautiful!

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  41. Wow...what can I say! All my favorite colors. What a beauty. No wonder that adorable little one has a smile from ear to ear. I love seeing the difference between now the colors change from outdoors to indoors. There is a big lesson here!

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  42. Wow, that came together fast! It must have been an amazingly well written pattern. I like it without the yo-yos. :)

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  43. Beautiful quilt, love all the flying geese!

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  44. What a beautiful quilt you've created. You used my favorite fat quarter bundle too. I think either with or without the yo-yo's this quilt is very stunning.

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  45. Thanks for sharing your pretty quilt.

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  46. What a gorgeous quilt. Thank you for sharing it.

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  47. Those colors are perfect on your georgious quilt. I love the design and neatness of it. I always preferred a white back ground before black. (Although I did see some neat black ones). I am no fan of making yo yo' either. Like to see them though!

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  48. Gorgeous quilt! Thank you for sharing.

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  49. Beautiful quilt. i don't usually like yo-yos sticking off a throw type quilt . i like the idea of pointing those triangles into the center. neat idea.

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  50. Your Kona solids quilt is stunning! With the Minky backing it must be heaven. Your model looks very beautiful and happy wrapped in it. Thank you sew much for hopping...

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  51. A beautiful interpretation of the original. Both the recipient and the quilt, beautiful!

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  52. Wow. That's a beauty--both the quilt and the model. Really like your colors.

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  53. Your quilt turned out lovely. Great shot with the sunset...winter, any pop of color is welcome.

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  54. Love the color choice and the adaptions you made. The model really sets the quilt off!

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  55. Love the color choice and the adaptions you made. The model really sets the quilt off!

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  56. A stunning quilt. I really like it.

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  57. Very nice colours, and cute little model too.

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  58. I love this is Sunset. (And your model is adorable!) Thanks for sharing, Wendy!

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  59. Wonderful quilt! I love it!!!

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  60. Beautiful quilt. I like it without the yo-yos.

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  61. Beautiful job! Love how this turned out!

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  62. Great job and so good to see the smiling recipient, I like how you graduating the vertical strips of colors and reversing the end triangles certainly gave your quilt a fresh look. Thanks for sharing, K

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  63. What beautiful clear colors!...and I have to admit that I actually like it better without the yoyos. :)

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  64. Beautiful quilt. I like how you made the points face the middle of the quilt and left off the yo-yo's.

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  65. Nicely done. I love those colors together.

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  66. Very pretty. You made a little girl very happy, I can see. I love these colors and the pattern.

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  67. Yes I do agree! Thanks for sharing your beautiful geese quilt.

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  68. so glad you mentioned the time it took you to make this marvelous quilt ... i'm more inclined to make it now! love your kona color choice; more my style.

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  69. Love the quilt. The colors are lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  70. I love your rendition of Circus, Wendy. Of course, Sunset Kona colors are absolutely gorgeous. I definitely want this book - it's on my list - maybe a Valentine present to myself...???

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  71. I love it, and your little model looks like she does too!

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  72. Very beautiful Wendy I love the colours,they are my favorite colours. I have never seen with solids but after seeing what you can do with them I am hooked.

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  73. Its wonderful. I like how you turned the triangles to point up. I'm not a yo-yo fan but love the rest of the quilt and what you did turned out so nice.

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  74. Beautiful quilt. It looks as if you have already lost it to one of your sweet little ones.

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  75. Wendy I love your quilt. And isn't it fun to make a quilt that is so loved!
    xo jan

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  76. Love it! Especially the changes you made:) perfect!

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  77. Love this quilt & not addin the yo-yo's was perfect....No catchin on things! :) Your lil model sure seems to love it too (& she is adorable!)

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  78. Beautiful pattern, all the triangle shapes and sizes.

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  79. Great quilt finish and adorable model!

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  80. I love how your adjustments change the quilt. Very nice.

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  81. Love your color choice and the clean white background! Makes for a happy quilt!

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  82. I love your quilt, love the colors. It looks sew snuggly. Great job.

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  83. I love your quilt choice and how you made it your own. What a beauty you have to model how happy a quilt can make you ! Great job Wendy !

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  84. I love your colours and the quilt.

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  85. Lovely! I love the use of colors - and your writing makes me smile! Thanks for sharing.

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  86. Just spectactular Wendy and I'm betting by the smile on her face that it will be well loved.

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  87. I love the Quilt you créateur with the Kona solides. It is a very happy Quilt.

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  88. What a beautiful quilt and I can see the thrill on the face of the recipient. The colors are beautiful and you did a fabulous job. I'm in awe that you attempted to put Minky on the back. I haven't had the courage to try Minky yet. Thanks for participating and showing the girls what quilting is!

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  89. A picture is worth a thousand words and the smile on your sweetie's face says it all. Beautifully done :)

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  90. Wendy, your daughter is growing up so fast! What a beauty she is. =)

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  91. Aw, what a great quilt and such a cute pic with your daughter!!

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