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My Maple Charm Quilt

My Maple Charm quilt is finished just in time for fall, and it’s been a long time coming since I cut fabric in March 2018 and made blocks in February 2019. Shortly after that, we sold our house and moved 1,200 north where everything was nicely packed away for another time. In late summer I put the quilt top together hoping to have it done in October—mission accomplished!

Most of my quilt is made from Moda’s Chestnut Street collection by Fig Tree and Co., a bundle I purchased in October 2017!

There’s also some Farmhouse fabric included as I had a charm pack from a few years ago (back when fabric stores would sell them as a daily deal for $2, remember that?!?) I only used natural leaf colors from the bundle and I added some Dear Stella Mini Dot fabric as needed.

I chose Kona Cotton Cream for the background to give the quilt a nice, warm feeling. And of course I love to save on cutting time by using my Stripology ruler.

Since selling my house, I no longer have a design wall so I have to use the floor for laying out my quilt tops. 😦

Because I had all the blocks made and the sashing strips cut before moving, sewing together the quilt top went pretty fast.

But, it wasn’t without issues…when I set out to make this quilt I didn’t plan on a border. I don’t really like borders on quilts; I just don’t feel they’re necessary (even if they’re written in the pattern). As an exception, I thought this particular quilt would look better with one, so I decided to add it. Since I didn’t purchase border fabric in the beginning, and so much time had passed since the fabric line came out, finding something I liked and available was quite a challenge! I ended up going with a red polka dot border and a solid red binding, both from Fig Tree’s Farmhouse II collection.

For the back, I used a leaf print in mustard from Moda’s Valley collection by A Quilting Life. I bought yardage on sale ages ago when I planned to make this quilt. I think it’s a perfect fit, I just love that fabric!

And after many, many months—my finished quilt!

Pattern by Coriander Quilts – Quilted in Whirlpool

I’m really happy with this fall quilt and plan to display it on my quilt ladder through Thanksgiving. After all that time it is finally finished! 🙂

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Should You Cut Up Your Kona Color Card?

Instagram images of cut up Kona Color Cards got me wondering if that was something I wanted to do with mine. Was it better to leave it as is or cut it up? I needed some time to think about it, weighing two things—ease of use and storage.

While I love how the card looks in its fold-out format with all the colors in perfect order (referring to the New 340 Kona Cotton Solids Color Card), but it is cumbersome to use when trying to chose a color. However, if colors were available in individual swatches, choosing would be much easier.

The book-type card is awkward for me to store as I don’t have anywhere to stand it up in my closet due to wire shelving. That said, I have to lay it flat and I always end up putting something on top of it making it difficult to find. For me, there are only two options for storage once cut into swatches, either a divided box allowing for organization or just a plain box with everything thrown in; either way I have room to store a box and with easy access.

Overall, cutting it up would make it easier to use and store, so one afternoon while in between projects I decided it was time to take the plunge. I grabbed my ruler and rotary cutter and got down to business.

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The first thing to do is to cut it into strips. I left a bit of cardboard on top so the pieces would be easier to hold since there won’t be any cardboard along the sides. Also, if I need to clip the swatches onto anything, I’ll have that little edge.

Next, cut into individual colors. This took some time! And I should mention, take breaks in between cutting. Cutting through all that cardboard does put a bit of strain on your wrist and arm (at least it did on mine).

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Here’s a lovely sampling of what you get. Oh so colorful!

Lastly, what to store everything in. I am using this cute little bin temporarily. This shows just the bottom row but I cut a piece of the excess cardboard and made a divider. Eventually I’ll get something with a lid, but I’m not sure whether I’ll go with a divided box or not. I was thinking maybe an embroidery floss box might work so I’ll check that out at my local craft store next visit.

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So, there you have it, 340 Kona Solid Color swatches. You may be asking yourself, should I cut up my Kona Color Card? I say yes, definitely recommended!