Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Life is a Circus - Day 7 - Wake Up With Kona

Welcome to
Day 7 of
Wake Up with Kona
Featuring awesome Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman,
"COLOR Essentials"
a most fabulous book by Amanda Murphy
and luscious Aurifil Threads - yum yum!
~These fantastic folk are also our generous sponsors for this hop~
Thank you Madame Samm for choosing this beautiful
"Sunset"
bundle of fats for me to play with.

Oh, I knew I was in for a fun time when I saw this label
Isn't that just too cute? 
Hello Fat Quarter Bundle...pleased to meet ya!
Plump AND Versatile - LOL

I must admit...I am not was not exactly a "Solids" kinda gal...
but Amanda's fabulous book 
(from Stash-Books backed by C&T Publishing)
just tickled me fuchsia and teal and green and...well, you get the drift!
Her book is jam packed with great information
about color palettes and how to use your color combos
so that your quilts will
Zing!

With 12 Modern Projects to choose from...
gosh, I thought my head would explode!
It was pretty much a no brainer as to the project I would pick...
I mean really...who can resist the
CIRCUS!

All of Amanda's projects have such wonderfully clear cut
and easy to follow instructions and illustrations.
When I thought about making 100 flying geese...
I was thrilled to find she had included my favorite method
of "easy flying geese"
that start with squares.

A template is provided for the 'tall triangles' featured on the 
top and bottom of the quilt.
I simply made traced a copy and taped it to the backside
of my ruler for ease in cutting. Easy peasy!

Dear Darling Spouse Bob worked his quilting magic,
inspired by Deborah Norris's quilting design.
I really need to work on my photo skills...
it's so hard to get the quilting to show up in pics sometimes...
Here's the back...that might help...
I am such a lucky gal to be married to a longarm quilter!

Yo-Yo's provide a bit of whimsy...
You're a Genius Amanda!

I attached mine with buttons.

Another quilt featured in the book is called
"Spring Blooms"
I made one "Bloom" for fun....
Can you say 'bloomin' cute!!!
I will surely have to make more.

Another quilt titled
"Confetti"
I celebrated with a few blocks...
I thought I would add three solid triangles and make a little table topper...
but oh lordy...these were fun...I just might have to party
and make the whole quilt!

A "Must Have" for your quilting library!
To see more spectacular quilts in this book,
visit
Amanda Murphy

There were lots of great little odd shape scrappies building up on my cutting board...
and you know I can't resist the temptation to use them up....
Madame Samm also sent some cute little pins...
sew....

Pincushions!!!!

Little projects are a great way to play
and experiment with fun stitches and quilting
and colors of thread...

Aurifil
of course!
One shouldn't covet....but I do when it comes to my Aurifil stash!
LOL



More scrappies + coffee on the brain =

Mug Rugs!!!

I sometimes get a little carried away when I'm on a roll sewing....
and I was on a roll when I was stitching the tall triangles together
for the CIRCUS quilt...
added "2" too many...
took them off but couldn't waste them....

Another Mug Rug born!

There's no telling what else will come from my leftovers...
There's the start of a great "Placemat" from Amanda's book...
I think I'll work on that next!

Thank you
our Cheerleader for this Blog Hop
and as always...
Big Hugs to the Madame
for letting me play along!
Don't forget to visit
Sew We Quilt
(that's where Madame hangs out)
and be sure to leave a comment with her
for a chance at winning some fabulous prizes!


Be sure to visit our other players today!
See the list below.

Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<

January 15


101 comments:

  1. For not being much of a "solids girl" you sure rocked them! I love everything you made, so much fun. The mug rug with the coffee cup stands out to me though, I think it's the rays of fabric shining on the cup. Thank you for sharing!
    ~Brandy

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  2. On a roll? I'd say! You are on fire! Your Circus quilt is Sew-Weet! The button embellishments were a nice touch. My fave in your KONA line up were those pretty pin cushions. Looking forward to seeing what else you make with the remainder of that lovely bundle!

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  3. Oh, Lynn, you never disappoint. Your post is so full of wit. I love that you used buttons on the yoyos. All of you projects make me smile. So much fun beauty in all. Your hubby's quilting is just super. Thanks for all the cheer. You love Amanda's book as much as I do...

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  4. Wowie!!! You have sure been one busy Lady!!! LOVE every single project!! ( think you are havein toooo much fun!! I wish you lived next door to me!! Wewould have grand time!! FOR SURE!! lol )

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  5. What a fantastic time you had with Kona and Amanda's book! Love all of your projects. Your hubby does wonderful quilting, lucky you. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Wow. You have been busy. There is very beautiful work

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  7. Oh wow! You have been busy indeed! And the colours are so vibrant! Love your little mug rug! X

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  8. Wow! So many wonderful projects you created! It was great to see how much fund YOU had making all of those with JUST Kona solids! Great teamwork with the quilting! Yes, you are very lucky to be married to a long arm quilter!

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  9. Wow! Such lovely projects. Mug rugs are my most favorite.

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  10. That quilt is somewhat beautiful and the colours are so outstanding. Dieses Quilt anstatt so schön bunt und die Farben leuchten so schön.
    Gruß Sylvia

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  11. What wonderful projects. I love the colors and The quilting is awesome. You are lucky to have a longarm quilter for sure. Love the mug rugs too. Best use of scraps.

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  12. Diesen Zirkus hätte ich auch gerne.
    Gruß Sylvia

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  13. Two words...Holey Moley! Fantastic work...can I borrow your hubby...at least the quilting longarm part of him LOL. I really am speechless...love all your projects!

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  14. Well, you are non-stop! Each project a wonder of color.

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  15. You are my fav kind of circus, you bring out the child in all of us…your circus is fab and tell hubby he did a delightful job in quilting it….as always we can count on you to reach heights we can only imagine…..

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  16. Wow! Thanks for sharing your amazing projects.

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  17. Wow!!!! Your projects are amazing. My favorite in the book is also Circus. I will make one for myself later. Will be a spring project.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  18. Wow, what a gorgeous collection of projects. They're all stunning! I adore "Circus" and the yo-yos are the perfect finishing touch...along with the amazing quilting!

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  19. You did a great job with Amanda's projects!

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  20. Wow! Lots of spectacular projects. They are all very nicely done and wonderful color combos!

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  21. Wowzers! You really went sew crazy with your Kona....LOVE IT! It's always a pleasure to stop by and see what you've been up to and today you were once again a total delight! Thanks for sharing all your amazing masterpieces.

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  22. Gorgeous projects. Love the label, first time seeing it and just made me chuckle. What a lucky girl to have a LAQ in the house.

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  23. Your projects are all beautiful! You've certainly been busy!

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  24. Wow!! You did get a lot done there....very nice post. I love reading your posts; you keep them up scale and fun...thanks

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  25. So busy you were! Love the purple!

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  26. You've been very busy with solids! love the mug rug and your color choices on the circus quilt. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  27. Great minds think _ _ _ _ _! Your Circus is colorful, just makes you want to party !

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  28. These are stupendous works of art! Was almost blinded by their brilliance!

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  29. Wow, I love the quilt you made and all of the other fun extras with the fabric, such fun!

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  30. The Circus quilt is charming and I am quite taken with the Confetti blocks. You sure took to solids like you were born to them.

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  31. Just love these Kona solids projects. The colors jump right out and say "quilt me." Thanks for sharing

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  32. I love all your projects - fabulous colours!

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  33. Good heavenly days - they're every one beautiful! What fun projects. :) blessings, marlene

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  34. What fabulous use of the Kona line. Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

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  35. Great colorful projects all! I like the "confetti" block pattern. Thanks for showcasing this. As always, Lynn, I love visiting blog ... <3 Pat

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  36. Oh my, I'm so impressed with all you got done! Wow! Lovely projects. I'm off to madly finish machine quilting and binding mine for Friday...as they say, "If it wasn't for the last minute, I'd never get anything done!" lol pbstrand@msn.com aka Beth @ Words & Stitches

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  37. Gorgeous projects and the longarm quilting is wonderful!

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  38. I love everything you made. Love the quilting stitches you played with as well. I need a nap just thinking about how busy you've been.

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  39. Wow girl, you went Kona Krazy! FABULOUS Circus quilt you did. Talk about some great eye candy! It's always a joy to visit and see what you have been up to! :-)

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  40. Just awesome!!!! You definitly took the bull by the horns and let the creativity flow!
    Love them all!!!

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  41. Wow! You were on a roll! I like them. :)

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  42. wow you really where on a roll, your projects are fantastic. I love how you combined colors. Thank you so much for sharing and for inspiring.

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  43. okay, what was in your Kup a Koffee? Must have had a high caffeine content to have the engery to make all these wonderful items.

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  44. Lol! Love all of your cute projects! Thanks for sharing them. vickise at gmail dot com

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  45. A feast for the eyes! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful Kona projects. I'm in love with the colours you used. Wow. So delicious!

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  46. Your fabrics are all so adorable and so neat looking. Kona makes everything so clean and crisp looking. All your projects are delightful and I can see why you had to use them up.

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  47. Great projects. I love the Circus Quilt. Thank you for sharing
    xo jan

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  48. Goodness......you are like the Energy Bunny! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful projects. They are gorgeous. I want to be just like you when I grow up! Wish I was like you.

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  49. loving the falling hearts! I love valentines day! Great job on all your projects! Your mug rug looks like the pattern I pinned (altho that one wasn't solids) and inspired me to make my coffee cup. I love yours!

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  50. All of your projects are beautiful! You are very talented.

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  51. I love all of your projects. all those beautiful colors. i am not much of a solid quilter either but i have changed my mind after seeing all of those mug rugs and quilts. beautiful quilting too.

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  52. Beautiful projects…every one of them!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  53. Holy Moly! You really brought the Kona solids to life with your projects. I don't know which one I like the best. They are all beautiful.

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  54. You are an entire hop all on your own with all of your fabulous projects using Kona solids. Thank you for being so inspirational. Circus quilt bliss with your shapes and hubby's quilting stitching. Thank you sew very much for hopping...

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  55. Wow, that was color rich and idea rich! I really like your circus quilt and the little piece you did - each one is so inspiring. I always loved solids, but hadn't done too much with them in quilting until this hop.

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  56. My eyes are on overload. Yikes you've been stitching and showing us some really neat projects with some of the greatest color combos.

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  57. WOW! Love your circus tent quilt, and the mug rugs and the pincushions...You really were on a roll. Beautiful fabrics and lovely projects.
    cheers
    maggie
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  58. Wow. SO many awesome projects all in one post! Although I must say - your little tip about taping the template to your ruler? GENIUS!

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  59. How lucky your husband is into quilting...wish mine was. I loved your projects. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  60. Wow! I think you managed to use every color! I love your projects and your enthusiasm! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. What a fun collection of many sizes of quilts. Keep up the good work. K

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  62. Very nice collection of quilted projects! Such colour. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. I can't believe all the projects you made from Color Essentials! I'm so honored and glad you and fun! They are beautiful!

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  64. Good goly, my dear, you did get carried away but that was to my/our advantage!! For me, too, solids weren't really my thing until lately. Looking at your projects really makes me want to get some of my own! Love all your fabulous projects but the 'leftovers' certainly made some adorable pincushions and mug rugs.

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  65. Wow, all so beautiful! I love geese but haven't tried them yet . . . . feeling inspired. :)

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  66. Only wish I had the time to get this carried away! I love all your fabulous projects,don't ask me to pick a favorite,not possible! (I leave that to Madame Samm;)

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  67. Wow! So many projects and so beautiful.

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  68. Holy cow you've been busy, I love them all.

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  69. so much creativity
    LeeAnna
    leeannaquilts@gmail.com

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  70. Your mug rugs are darling, and the long arm quilting -- perfect!

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  71. Lynn I love all of your projects especially the quilt and lucky you to have a hubby who is a wonderful quilter

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  72. Wow! You were on a role! You made so many great projects--I love them all!

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  73. You definitely were on a roll and love all that Amanda's book has to offer! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful projects. Happy quilting.

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  74. AMO SÓLIDOS!!!!!!!Lindos trabalhos!Parabens!!!!!!

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  75. I love all your projects. I am really starting to really like all these solids.

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  76. Wow! What lovely projects and a lovely blog!

    ShirleyC
    www.prayersformymom.blogspot.com

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  77. Oh my goodness. You certainly had some wonderful projects.

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  78. love your kona projects! enjoyed browsing our blog, too!

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  79. Wow...you accomplished so much! Your quilt is wonderful. I've tried to talk my hubby into learning to use a long arm....I mean what guy wouldn't like a huge machine like that? But to no avail! You are a lucky girl to have him quilt for you. :)

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  80. Your projects are amazing. That circus quilt is so colorful without patterned fabrics!

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  81. Oh my gosh, now I want to make Confetti...will this ever end, LOL. I hope not!

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  82. Wonderful creations you came up with!

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  83. Great mug rugs & quilt! textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  84. Wow! Love the colors and, my dear, you had wayyyyy to much fun! Love the Circus quilt and think it might be a must at my house too. And the mug rugs, the coffee one is me. Thank you for sharing the tape the template to the ruler-love easy to follow tips.

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  85. Thank you for the button at the top that told me about being a no-reply blogger. Had no idea and think I have it fixed now! Love getting help.

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  86. Nice quilt projects. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  87. Oh my gosh! Your projects I'm pretty sure are my favorite on the blog tour so far. I just love all the great ideas you had. So pretty too with all those gorgeous colors.

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  88. Congratulations on being chosen as one of the top 2! It was well deserved!!

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  89. Really awesome quilts and lovely mug rugs. Your stash is a dream come true! Congratulations on being in the top 2!

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  90. Wow what you had done lovely work :-) Great job!

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  91. Love it! I have got to get this book:) You made some good use of this bundle girl!

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  92. You and spouse make a great team - I don't which is the ring master (or mistress)! How clever you were to make a copy of the tall triangle template and tape it to the back of your ruler. This is one of the things that I love about this hop - learning new tricks. I'm in charge of night education for my guild this year. No, it's not getting speakers for our night meeting. It's a 5 minute spiel each monthly night (we have a night and a day meeting) to give a quilting related tip. This month I told the folks how to make an design board for individual blocks (Lori Holt of Bee in a Bonnet). Next month I plan to discuss pressing hints. At a quilt show, a lady was going to buy a pattern, I told her to buy a different pattern that she could get the pattern she wanted online for free - save her $. I believe in supporting our quilt shops and I believe in being thrifty, too. I had just talked her into taking a $ make/take class with the ladies to make a tea towel applique class, so I didn't feel bad telling her that and I was encouraging her to spend money there, too. I just felt she should get something for her money. You can buy 4 less expensively than 3 at that booth, so each year my friend and I go together and buy 4 together and then take our 2 each. They know what we do because we split them up right there. They know we are smart. The lady also knew that I drummed up two customers for her make/take class, too. My friend and I each made a tea towel, too. Back to you - you are phenomenal and I love your choice of the Kona bundle. Your work is impeccable and your captured the essence of the fun of the circus. Your husband did a wonderful job of quilting, too. I can tell you had fun making the quilt. Well done and you deserve top honor of the day!. Thanks for participating.

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  93. Thanks for sharing all these fun projects.

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  94. WOW! What a great group of projects. I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite if I had to! I love them all!!!!!

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  95. So lovely! :)
    Greetings from Finland!
    Hugs, Ulla

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