Tuesday, June 7, 2016

True Kona Story

No sewing to show this week. We took time off from our everyday lives last week to do daycare for two of our grandkids. So. Much. Fun. We played and played. We celebrated our granddaughter's half birthday. With cake and 4 1/2 candles! (How did she get to be that old already?) Our grandson seemed to have a new word every minute and kept us in stitches with his physical comedy. Eventually, we had to come home. Sigh. Good thing we have Skype. 

This past weekend, I started planning the colors of a new quilt using my Kona card. You know that I made my own Kona swatch book a few weeks ago. But I don't have a wide range of fabrics, and my book is kind of limited at the time. So I used the card. You know how those Kona swatches are glued down, and you try and try to figure out the subtle differences between the colors so you can pick just the right one? Sure you do. I love my Kona card. But I don't want to mess it up by bending it to make close comparisons, so I pretty much spent Sunday off and on squinting, picking colors and then second guessing myself and starting over and generally driving myself crazy. 

Now I know that lots of quilters cut up their cards. Many a time I have been tempted to cut up mine. But you know, I backed out every time. It's kind of like cutting into a favorite bit of fabric. Finally, before I went to bed, I decided that I just had to cut up the card the next morning. Then I remembered that Lara over at Buzzinbumble.com was having a final post for her month-long blog hop celebrating her new book, so of course, I had to check it out before I logged off the computer. And then I squealed. There in the post was my name paired with a giveway: A KONA COLOR CARD!!!  Right then I knew that I could have my cake and eat it, too. (Is that old phrase even used anymore?) Monday morning, I happily cut up my card. I'm going to mount the chips on a board with velcro and then keep the card from Lara nice and neat for reference. Once my chips were cut, I figured out my quilt colors with only about 15 minutes of auditioning. I can show you a few of the chips from the card, but the color decisions for the quilt are a secret for now. Sorry.

If only I had read Lara's post earlier. Second sigh this post. 

Today, I spent a good chunk of time pressing a zillion eighth-yard cuts of fabric. It was a chilly day, so I didn't mind working with the iron. Can't show you. Now I'll start cutting fabric while I wait for my Kona order to come. 

The other thing I did this past weekend was plant my flower pots. We usually do that on Memorial Day weekend, but we knew that we'd be gone for several days and that no rain was predicted. To avoid coming home to parched flowers, we waited until we came home from daycare. I got the flowers planted 15 minutes before it started raining. Yea! 

So because I have only one fabric/quilt-related picture to show you, I'll finish with some pictures from the garden. And you'll see that Eldin the painter has been at it again. (If you read my blog regularly, you'll get this. Maybe he needs his own label?) We have a lot of sort of floppy perennials. This year I decided to be proactive in helping them stand  So I bought tomato cages and put them over the plants as they emerged. I wanted colorful cages, but because they cost 4 times as much as plain metal ones, I bought the cheaper ones, and Eldin helped me pretty them up with some old spray paint. Also, our hummingbird feeder hasn't done a very good job of attracting birds, so I bought a metal pail, and Eldin painted that, too, so I could hang some flowers instead. 

Okay. Time to go. I'm linking up this week with Freemotion by the River and Sew Fresh Quilts for their linky parties. Buttons are on the right side bar. 

And Thursday I'll link up a post about an old quilt with A Quarter Inch from the Edge. Really. I was going to last week, but Jenn was taking the week off to go to a quilt camp. (The nerve of her!)

I hope you are having a great week whether you're sewing, quilting or picking colors!


Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I am guilty of bending my color card. A lot. Perhaps it is time for me to take the plunge and cut it apart, too! How perfect that the win from Lara was the perfect solution for you. :)

Mari said...

Are you going to put all those on a ring or a chain? I know that I would lose them if I didn't! It's a great way to choose colors, though. And what a great-looking garden!

Bernie Kringel said...

Go Eldin! Great job. :-)
I used to have painted daisies (your pink ones) and forgot about those. So pretty! Your flowers, coleus and the pots all look gorgeous. Have fun with your secret project Janine!

Cheryl said...

I have two Kona cards, a new one and an older Kona card with about 30 less colors than the new one. I have been meaning to cut up the old one, it would be so useful to be able to rearrange the colors.

Lara B. said...

Your flower gardens are so beautiful Janine!
I still get the biggest kick out of the timing of your winning a Kona Card. It really is helpful to have two and be able to cut one apart.
We say "having your cake and eating it too" in our family. It always left me confused as a kid. LOL

Lorinda Davis said...

I cut up my card shortly after getting it in the mail and it was a great decision. So much easier to choose colors. I do still want to get a second card to keep intact and pretty!

Lorna McMahon said...

That is so crazy about the Kona Color Card. You lucky girl! Congrats on the win. Can't wait to see some sneak peeks of your secret project. Your gardens all look so pretty! I'm just trying to stay warm today.

Karen @runsewfun said...

Your gardens are beautiful and I enjoyed the color card story, but my favorite part of your post was the fun time you had with your grandchildren! Yay for being a fun Grandma!!!

Valerie Reynolds said...

I hope you'll share your Kona Card project once your "win" comes in! But now ya have me thinking I should really think of adding some solids to my stash. Thanks for sharing your flowers with us and so glad you visit with the grands was wonderful!!

Paige said...

I'm considering a second Kona card for the same reason! Your flowers are so beautiful!

Kaja said...

Isn't it lovely when life throws you a little treat like that?