When I opened The Next Stitch just over 2 years choosing which line of solids to stock was one of the easiest parts of the process. While my head was swirling with logo proofs and building my website, this was a no-brainer.
It was only ever going to be Kona cotton solids from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
So why only Kona cotton?
1. Its a colour thing
There are just so many to choose from. Robert Kaufman's Kona cotton range continues to be the largest range of quilting cotton solids available on the market. There are currently over 340 different shades and we have over 120 of them in stock. You can check them out here
The names of Kona solids have become part of the language of modern quilters. Let's face it, if someone mentions 'Pickle', we all know they are talking about this delicious shade of yellow-green.
2. You can't beat Kona cotton for quality
Have you ever cut into a solid fabric to find it frays easily? Or held it up to the light to find a horrible loose weave? If so, you can be certain it wasn't a Kona cotton.
Kona cotton is soft yet sturdy. I actually like to mix it up a bit and use different substrates of printed fabrics in my quilts. Kona is a perfect all rounder. It is softness and even weave works beautifully with lawn, and its sturdy enough to pair perfectly with heavier fabrics such as linen and canvas.
The fabric is woven in a similar way to standard cotton sheeting, but with extra thread woven in. This creates the higher thread count and firmer weave, while retaining a soft cloth which is easy to stitch.
2. Kona COTY & 90 free patterns
For the last three years Robert Kaufman has released a limited edition Kona Cotton Colour of the Year. 2018's colour is a shade of orange called Kona Tiger Lily.
As you can see, Tiger Lily is deeper than Kona Tangerine (excuse my grotty chip - I spilled my coffee on it), and a similar value to Kona Flame, but not as saturated.
Each year some of our favourite designers are invited to create a pattern using the colour of the year. One of my favourites for Tiger Lily was this fun Mushroom quilt designed by Elizabeth Hartman.
You can grab a copy of the Mushroom quilt here - its FREE by the way.
If orange isn't your thing there are over 90 free patterns ranging from uber modern through to traditional block based designs on the Robert Kaufman website.
Exclusive Kona bundles
With so many colours to choose from it can be a little paralysing so I've pulled together some bundles which are exclusive to The Next Stitch
You could go for one of our bright and bold Kona Rainbow Bundles , or for something soft and pretty there's our Gelato bundles
We also have a Kona Club which is a great way to build a stash of solids.
Its also perfect if receiving regular fabric deliveries makes your heart skip a beat ;-).
Win a Kona colour card
Enter our competition over on Instagram and win yourself and your quilting buddy one of the brand new 340 Kona colour cards valued at $45
To enter all you need to do is:
- Repost using #nextstitchwithkona
- Tag a friend you's like us to give a card to
- Follow us on Instagram
The competition is open to Australian entrants only (sorry to my international followers) and the winners will be announced 8 May.