Monday, 29 November 2010

Thoughts on solid cottons

Upsidedown, but no less beautiful.
This Kona pastel jelly roll is a cheering sight. A while ago I had pondered whether there was much difference between Moda Bella solids and Kona cottons for quilting...one quilt down with this in mind and I am a Kona convert. The colour range appeals to me so much more and the cotton washes beautifully, so despite the fact that nearly the entire range of Moda solids is available in a shop less than 2 miles from my front door, I am willing to sit by the letterbox waiting for the postman to come calling with deliveries of Kona. You can find Kona in the UK at Simply Solids and The Fabric Loft. (This jelly roll came from Cottonpatch - which has an amazing range of pretty much everything, but they took six whole days to even dispatch this lone jelly roll and as this seems to be standard practice, it puts me off shopping there...but perhaps it's a much-needed lesson in patience).


This jelly roll's purpose isn't entirely decided - I wanted some of it for a specific project but I've got a feeling it may end up appearing piecemeal in various other things.

Florence x

Ps. Sorry, I'm behind with replying to some of the lovely emails I've received - I've only had my laptop on for sending out patterns over the weekend - later in the week, hopefully. One of our lovelies is in hospital and so time is more scarce at the moment.  

11 comments:

  1. Such soft pretty colours! Can't wait to see what you make with it.

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  2. Oh my goodness - I hope your little one is on the mend very, very soon.

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  3. It's actually my mother-in-law - who I very much count as being one of my lovelies. But thank you so much for your well wishes. x

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  4. Thanks for your opinion. I've been thinking of investing in some solids stash and couldn't decide between the two. Do you have anymore details on what is superior about the kona in your opinion?

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  5. Radmall - I think it's a very subjective thing, as the Moda are undoubtedly good quality. However, for me it's the colours - there seems to be more subtlety with the Kona colours - a bit like the difference between the Dulux paint chart and the Farrow & Ball paint chart. There's also certain colour palettes that they cover more extensively - I think that the Kona covers a much wider range of greys for example. You could mix and match between the two ranges...but the idea of that freaks me out a little...it just feels wrong.

    Hope that helps. x

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  6. I hope that your mother-in-law has a swift recovery.

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  7. I know what you mean about the Cotton Patch. They are lovely people with a great selection of goods but my order took 6 days last week and I think it's a bit of a cheek that if you are prepared to pay extra, you can get your items quicker. I have the Moda solids, I must give Kona a try. Thanks for the links to the stockists.

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  8. Those colours are just fabulous, I must investigate further. Do hope your mother-in-law recovers soon.

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  9. Healthy wishes to your mother in law - and how nice that you count her as a "lovely"!

    I try to use what the Americans so charmingly call "pre-loved" fabric for patchwork. But if I need a solid colour to make something work, I'll head here: http://www.organiccotton.biz/store/fairtrade_handloom?page=1
    One of these days I'll splash out on a remnants bundle. I see they've just started doing FQ colour packs too. I love the little unevennesses in the handwoven fabric, it gives it a real warmth.

    I seem to remember Cottonpatch being somewhat slow to send me a box of quilter's safety pins.

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  10. Hope your mother in law is better and will be home soon.

    Those pastels really are a confection. Can't wait to see what you will make with them.

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  11. So excited to see what you are going to make of these. And many well wishes yo your mother-in-law.

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Florence x