Preamble to this post: Who is up for Quilt-Cam tonight?? 9pm Eastern! Let’s do it!
I seem to be on a very yellow bend lately. Or at least over the past few years!
This is Kiss in the Corner, found under the Free Patterns tab and made with chrome yellows and recycled fabrics and scraps. Originally slated to be included in Scraps & Shirttails II, there was not enough room in the book so I offered it up as a free one. Yep, I love yellow!
I was able to stop yesterday on my way home from Buck Mountain and match the yellow I needed for the String Spider Web.
Yellow Yellow Yellow, oh so many shades of yellow!
Did you know that the Kona Cottons sold at Joann are no different than Kona Cottons sold anywhere? There is no such thing as different greige goods with them. I had heard this discussion before, but I went searching for the reply that had been posted:
Found on the Missouri Quilt Co Forum:
We hope you don’t find this to be an intrusion on your privacy, but we saw this discussion, and thought we could help clear up some confusion on several issues pertaining to our Kona® Cotton Solids brand.
What is presented here is an official response from Robert Kaufman Co., Inc., to be posted and hopefully correct the inaccuracies brought to our attention, as well as answer some of the questions you might have had.
To begin with, Kona® Cotton is a brand that has been around for almost three decades. In that time, the brand has become synonymous with quality in the fabric and textile world.
Kona® Cotton Construction
Kona® Cotton is based on a standard cotton sheeting construction of 20 x 20 (20 singles) yarns and 60 x 60 thread count. However, this standard construction doesn’t provide the weight or bulk that Kona® is known for. To achieve this, we add extra yarn for a custom construction, which creates a higher thread count and adds to the overall bulk of the finished product. Our Kona® Cotton will therefore weigh more than standard cotton sheeting.
All Kona® cotton is dyed using reactive dyes and is processed and tested according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, satisfying the requirements of its product class. Click here to learn more about this testinghttp://www.oeko-tex.com/OekoTex100_P...dex.asp?cls=02
Country of Origin
Country of origin does not reflect upon quality whatsoever. We seek the highest quality for our Kona® Cotton brand, using only FIRST QUALITY goods, regardless of country. All of the countries we deal with are capable of producing the highest quality that we demand for our Kona® Cotton brand.
Not to be confused with Kona Cotton, Kona Premium Muslin is a high thread count muslin exclusively produced in Pakistan. Kona Cotton Solids, on the other hand, have never been produced in Pakistan, and are currently being woven and dyed in Indonesia and Thailand at mills that are capable of achieving the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. While we have discontinued production in China and Korea, some bolts may still bare those Countries of Origin on the label.
Greige Goods and the Production Process
“Greige” (pronounced “grey”) or “Greige goods” are simply terms to refer to fabric in the raw state, before bleaching, dyeing or finishing processes.
First quality goods can have variations in look and weaving pattern due to the different types of weaving machines that are used in weaving the greige goods. This difference in weave look in no way suggests a lesser quality, but only a difference in weaving style.
The first step in the dyeing process is called lab dipping. Lab dipping entails dipping a small swatch of fabric in dye to match a specific color standard. Sometimes many dips are necessary before a color is approved. Once approved, a bulk dye formulation is made. Bulk dyeing is done in lots. Lot sizes can be 2000 yards or more. This lab dipping process uses “prepared for dye” greige of the same quality that will ultimately be used for bulk production.
Robert Kaufman uses the same quality greige and dyes for all customers purchasing Kona Cotton Solids - all customers receive the same product. We have never produced a lesser grade of Kona for any customer. All seconds are rejected prior to leaving the mill.
Here are some examples of defects that would result in rejected goods:
Excessive slubs, knots, zippers, mis-weaves, contamination, holes, and color shading.
Millions of yards of Kona Cotton are produced and shipped throughout the U.S. and internationally. We are always striving to maintain the highest level of quality and provide the best product. We therefore ask you to bring to our attention any Kona Cotton that you feel does not live up to your expectations.
Please send in a 3” square swatch of the quality you feel does not meet Kona® standards. We will provide you with a detailed analysis report – the results of our testing process.
Please send your swatch to:Robert Kaufman Co., Inc.Attn: Quality Control (re: Kona test)129 W. 132nd St.Los Angeles, CA 90061Robert Kaufman Certification BadgeDid you catch that line?? I know it was long, I highlighted the important bit!
“Robert Kaufman uses the same quality greige and dyes for all customers purchasing Kona Cotton Solids - all customers receive the same product. We have never produced a lesser grade of Kona for any customer. All seconds are rejected prior to leaving the mill.”
The Kona at Joann is the same as the Kona anywhere. But the only thing that makes it any more affordable is there is a coupon!
I bought the last 3.5 yards on the bolt, and remembered to take a photo of the bolt end so I could remember the name/color if I need more:
See that 7.99?? They actually scanned it as 8.99!!
I pointed out to the clerk at the cutting table that the bolt SAID 7.99 and that was the price I was willing to pay. I also have a 50% off text coupon – so that brought the price down to $4.00 for me. Still, I am shocked at how high the prices for solids have gone since they have become “popular” again. I’ve been sewing with solids all along and was happy with the $5.00 range..boy am I grateful for my burgeoning stash!
Back to the yellow. Several months back I misplaced a project. An EXTREME piecing project that has taken me a couple of years to get this far. I was just getting ready to get things to top status for inclusion in my next book ---but I could NOT find this project anywhere. I could see it in my mind, I knew what was in the box, it was a clear project box, it should be readily visible in the studio. NO! I checked everywhere. I thought it was at the cabin, HAD to be at the cabin, and I checked this week. NO.
I panicked, wrote about it on facebook….started thinking about the last place I had worked on it – it had to be on a road trip, just had to be because the box is too big to travel in my luggage….
And then it hit me…
Would you have seen it in here? I really can’t!
The top center bin is recycled strings. I was working on making the string sashing for my cheddar sampler the last time I had those blocks with me…..
TADA!! They were buried in the strings! I never would have found them!
And this is a round about way to say..yes…MORE yellow!
Florabunda also used a lot of solid yellow! OH, I love this quilt!
Free pattern found under the Free Patterns tab above.
4 patch X from my new book MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders also uses yellow!
Lots of yellow in Blue Skies from String Fling too!
On the list today ---HAIR CUT! The first one I’ve had since I first chopped my hair off. I should have done it 2 weeks ago, but I’ve been too busy on my gal was booked up. Bye bye again, hair!
The van REALLY needs a washing. Big time. DIRTY SHAMU. And I may or may not have time for a pedicure. Tomorrow morning early – I’m off to Charlotte to go get Mickey Depre! YAY!!
See you tonight..9pm..be here!