Now is a great time to shed some light on the ever popular Kona Cotton, a staple broadcloth material amongst quilters and crafters for it's universal appeal and large spectrum of colors. This weekend we'll be having a sale online on all of our Kona Cotton Solids, so we wanted to share some ideas and pictures.
In case you are unfamiliar with broadcloth, it is characterized by a dense weave, which lends itself to sturdiness and long term durability. So as you can imagine, quilters choose this material for its ability to hold up to many washings and time, as quilts are traditionally handed down through families and generations as long lasting heirlooms. Not to mention the fact that it is 100% Cotton. If you know me well enough by now, you know that I am a huge advocate of natural fibers, especially for worn or slept-in items. I think blankets qualify. Nobody likes waking up clammy or damp. A material like Kona Cotton will give you the vibrant colors and long-term durability, paired with the added benefit of being a breathable, natural fiber that will ensure a comfortable sleep.
There are a ton of online tutorials and quilt patterns if you'd like to try your hand at a Kona Cotton Quilt. The most elaborate designs use analogous colors to create dimensional and gradated patterns. This one here is an interesting take on a classic chevron. I like the simple instructions drawn out on graph paper, very clear:
Another notable, somewhat retro, design using Kona Cotton can be seen here. Or the Shattered Rainbow,which is here. The possibilities are endless. Just do an online 'image' search for "Kona Cotton Quilt" and you'll be overwhelmed by choices.
But you aren't only limited to quilts with Kona Cottons, I imagine them working wonderfully in both children's garments or women's dresses and skirts. And as the examples show, Kona Cotton works great for making bows and other semi-rigid items. You can also use a Kona Cotton Solid for any of the components in our pillowcase blog or the potato bag blog. Here are a few photos of garments that could easily be replicated using Kona Cotton Solids as the main fabric or contrast:
Whatever you decide to do or make with the Kona Cotton, it's bound to yield pleasing results, and this weekend is a great time to stock up during our Kona Cotton Solids Sale!