Robert Kaufman Kona 30 Quilts for 30 Years

Aurifil LOVES Robert Kaufman Kona solids!   When asked to take part in sharing the Happy 30th Anniversary news and participate in a blog hop it was very easy to say yes to our friends!

Today’s quilt , North & South, was designed and made by Nichole Ramirez.  Nichole works for Robert Kaufman in Marketing.  Many of the great people that work for Robert Kaufman are also incredible quilters!  This stunning quilt was displayed in the Aurifil booth during International Quilt Market.



“Working in Marketing, we get to brainstorm and bounce ideas off of each other all the time. The great thing about working at a company like Robert Kaufman is that in one meeting I can say “let’s make 30 quilts to celebrate 30 years of Kona!” and before I know it, there’s a list of amazing designers and tons of quilts being sent to our office.

Narrowing it down to just 30 designers was probably the hardest part. We made sure to pick all sorts of designers: Modern, Traditional, Contemporary, Modern Traditionalists… a little bit of everything! It’s a very well-rounded group and does a great job showing off the many different ways to use Kona.

In designing my own quilt, I reached for the 32 new colors that were released in July. I have been obsessed with flying geese lately, and wanted a design that showed the movement of the colors in the new bundle. The layout of the blocks reminds me of migrating birds, so the title was kind of a no-brainer.

The quilt was pieced by the talented Andrea of Knitty Bitties and she did an amazing job bringing my sketches to life. The quilt then got passed off to one of my favorite long-arm quilters and fellow Los Angeles Modern Quilt member, Tanya of Freerange Quilter

The pattern is available as a free download from the Robert Kaufman site in the Free Quilts & Projects section.  The bundle used to make this quilt coordinates perfectly with 30 of Aurifil’s lovely colors.”



It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite quilt, but the one that stands out for me is Anita Grossman Solomon’s Make It Simpler Two Color Pineapple. It’s the perfect example of a Kona quilt managing to be both classic and modern.



To follow along with all the fantastic quilts (some with free patterns) being presented in this series please visit:

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!


Now for today’s giveaway!


To enter for your chance to win a Kona Solids charm pack please leave a comment sharing your favorite Kona Solids go to color!

This giveaway will be open until November 12 10AM EST and is open to all of our International friends! The winner will be announced on this post on or around November 13.

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  1. Eek- how can I pick just one! Jamaica , watermelon, niagra just to name a few! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  2. I have never used Kona before, so I guess I don’t know which is my go to color. I would guess something creamy for background!

  3. Snow is the best! I use it for my sashing. Sure there are lots of wonderful colors, but the quality of Snow for that great background is unbeatable 🙂

  4. Kona Steel is the one I’ve got on the bolt as my go-to background colour, but I’ve been thinking that next time I would go with Stone.

  5. Kona Snow is my favorite go to color. Whenever I need a light background that’s what I choose. When my daughter got married she didn’t want a traditional guest book so we had everyone sign a 5 inch square (cut from Kona Snow) and I turned them into a quilt!

  6. I have had a precious stash of black for many years, but it is almost gone because I do “go to” it!

  7. Love Anita Grossman Solomon’s pineapple quilt. I’m actually taking her class on Craftsy right now! I love Kona Solids especially Kona’s black!

  8. That pineapple quilt is my favorite too. I love all the reds, but I probably use more Kona Snow than any other solid. It’s the perfect not quite white.

  9. Of course too many colors to pick a favorite, but right now I’m leaning towards cobblestone. Thanks for the fun.

  10. My favorite Kona is their neutrals, which I love Eggshell. But if I had to pick a color it would be Oasis. So cool and refreshing! Thanks!

  11. My fav Kona solid is actually the white. I use a ton of it! That’s a great new quilt pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Well I have to say the ‘color’ I use the most is Snow because it’s the best white for my vintage fabric taste. BUT, I’d like to get my hands on the new Pickle – such a cute name and the color would be fun to combine with a complimentary.

  13. I use a lot of the white and the gray. I don’t know if I could pick which one I like best. I did use a charm pack for a table runner last year, and that was really fun. To see so many colors all at once was amazing!

  14. The one I like the best is Robin Egg, but probably the one I use the most is Ash since it makes a great background to make many colors pop.

  15. I love all the colors in any Kona Cotton Charm Square pack. It would be hard to choose just one color. I love how all the colors interact with each other.

  16. “Snow” has got to be my go to in Kona. It can be a background color to make the blocks pop in a modern quilt or used in my reproduction quilts to give it an old timey look…love it

  17. Wow I love your use of all those colors with grey, And I love Anita’s Pineapples! Goto Kona coor for me is Sky!

  18. I was just looking at fabric yesterday at a local fabric store and found myself picking beach/sand and ocean blue/green colors.

  19. I love that there are so many colors. I know that they can’t all be my favorite but it does depend on the day and what project I am working on.

  20. I’m pretty new to the process of quilting, especially choosing color combinations, after sewing garments for years. So unless someone walks me around the fabric store and picks for me, I’m totally befuddled. I went to the Robert Kaufman site and looked at all 303 Kona colors and they are fabulous – I love the organic names. I could pick the perfect shade of my favorite color, but after reading all the comments so far, I’m beginning to get the message that one needs a good neutral to serve as background. With that in mind, I like the looks of Shadow – at least on the computer screen ;), but I notice not too many commenters choose grays for their neutrals. I’m looking forward to seeing it in person next time I get to a city with a fabric store. Nearest one is 150 miles away.

  21. So many amazing quilts! Kona Snow is a go to background color, love it!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  22. Love the pale greys for backgrounds…. Iron, Silver, mixed up with any and all of the reds/yellows/oranges!

  23. I’m currently using Kona Slate for some sashing and loving it. I want to make more quilts with a non-white sashing.

  24. Reds, yellows and oranges are my favorites to use in a project now. It is very cold where
    I live now — the bright colors seem to add a bit of warmth to my sewing area.

  25. I use Kona Snow and aqua in many of my quilts. Another new color I love is the light gray. I don’t know the correct name. 🙁

  26. I’ve used Snow and Oyster the most this year for sashing and backing, but there are many other awesome colors! In fact trying to decide on one to finish my daughter’s birthday quilt!

  27. All of the colours are gorgeous – so much choice! A colour for every project. I’ve just bought white, astral and black to paper piece a Lego Captain Rex!

  28. Depends on what project I’m making. I tend mainly to snow but have been venturing into a few greens and reds.

  29. Oh my…. I can’t pick one…. I haven’t seen any in my neck of the woods 🙁 but I have heard a few southern friends talk about the Kona solids 🙂 My colour preferences seem to change about as much as the weather does lately, so I wouldn’t be able to pick just one anyways! LOL

  30. Today my favorite color is Silver, but it depends on what project I’m working on at the time. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  31. I love the Kona solids. My favourite colour is Snow. I love Anita Grossman Solomon’s Make It Simpler Two Color Pineapple – gorgeous!

  32. I love “North and South”! The Kona color that I use most often is Snow. However, I love “Jade Green”.

  33. I like so many Kona Cotton solids that I don’t have a single favorite! Currently, Royal (blue) is at the top of my list. Truthfully though, it is being paired with White in my upcoming houndstooth quilt.

  34. The Kona color that I’ve bought the most yardage of this year is black. But that’s not a color. So I’ll say goldfish because that’s the next most purchased yardage this year.

  35. The gorgeous colours make it so hard to choose a favourite and the wonderful, fun names of them make it even more difficult.

  36. Is it possible to have a go to color when there are so many to choose from? I’ve been in love with hibiscus for a year, but who knows how long it will be until another color steals my heart.

  37. I’m currently working on some hawaiian style projects with a modern twist and charcoal is a perfect background!
    Thanks for the giveaway but most of all to have opened it to international friends 😉

  38. I love your quilt design with so many beautiful colors! I am sewing eight different Kona colors right now! I love the way my quilt is coming together…a rainbow of colors making up A Trip Around the World pattern. It’s so hard to pick just one color but I’ve always been fond of blues.

  39. While I’m in love with all solid colors, I tend to use grays more than anything else for contrast. I recently used two Kona grays with black in a batik quilt and as a neutral in a T-shirt quilt. I can always depend on Kona solids for their consistency of color and broad range of colors, so I tend to use them when designing my own quilts.

  40. The best thing about a huge variety of colors is it eliminates the necessity to choose just one. Fourteen shades of green are better than one; 37 blues beat one, and so on. Nature doesn’t stick with one, and I don’t either.

  41. Kona Snow is the color that I use most. I love all the different colors that Kona cotton solids are available in

  42. It depends on my project – right now I am in love with orange, but I always have a soft spot for celadon green, and purples.

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