Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wake up



Sew we quilt

Good Morning - its time to Wake Up with Kona!
I must admit, I have never worked with solids - I even have trouble using them with prints, never mind by themselves. When I signed up I thought it would be a great time to use up the Jelly roll I bought ages ago. Then I looked at the Jelly roll and it wasn't Kona. Oh stink! I have less than a week to find fabric and then make something fabulous. Why didn't I check that sooner? ( because it's me) Of course last week - we were in a polar vortex and it was 16 below zero. and my driveway was very full of snow. Thankfully I had a friend who was going the right direction and she offered to pick up my fabric! (I have the best friends)To make things easier I  told her  just to grab 2 blues, 2 greens and a white.at this point I didn't really care- I just needed fabric. I still didn't have a clue what to make. 


you will meet professor Kona in a moment
Stanley doesn't care about the catnip, but he
did play with it a little
In my Hawthorne Threads Newsletter there was a pattern for catnip mice- "hey, they are solid I will try those!" Of course they are made from felt so it didn't work quite right- it took me a few tries but I got one to look ok!
 
Making the mice got my creativity jump started and I found the pattern for Owl you need is a Sewing buddy and made....
Professor Kona:
 
Professor Kona is holding all my little necessities.
I added some elastic on the one wing to hold more stuff! 

He also sells my supplies so I can't find them
I noticed with the rotary cutter covering his eye that he looked rather villainous. I believe this could be the gremlin responsible for all those sewing mishaps. 
Kekoa Pueo means Warrior Owl




Kekoa Pueo's Pet is one of the earlier attempts at the mouse
I just couldn't get the formula for the ears right



 
 
 I found this pillow on Pinterest and decided to give it a try- I really love the pattern and will definitely make it again. I made it a pillow case for my favorite reading pillow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Pinterest find ! I fell in love with this heart
 decided to try a solid one- I found a piece of black solid in my stash- I stole it out of a kit so hopefully I will remember to replace it before trying to make that project. It is definitely NOT Kona- not good quality at all. I made a postcard ( thanks Sheila for getting me addicted to these) This picture is not the greatest. :(
Since these hearts were so small, I decided to FMQ all
 over them instead  of around the edges of each one.
 

 
 
For my last project- I was inspired by a comment left on another post- " I was expecting a coffee cup"  Since the logo for this hop is a coffee cup, I made another postcard.
 
The Best Part of Waking up is Kona in your Cup- be it coffee or fabric! Since I didn't have much color to work with  ( the yellow is a scrap of "not Kona" from my stash) I used a variegated thread for some more color and rickrack for fun.
 
 
 





the postcard backs


 
This hop was a challenge and I will definitely be adding to my solid stash and making more all solid projects! (although I still really want to add some polka dots to my owl!) Thank you Madame Samm and Carol for S t r e t c h i n g my creativity!

Be sure to check out these other GREAT Projects!

 





 
 
 



72 comments:

Anita said...

Lovely small projects!

Scrapatches said...

Cute ... cute ... cute ... thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

Judy B said...

What fun projects! Thank you for sharing.

Karen Ackva said...

Hi Bobby! Prof. Kona is so adorable! The rotary cutter over his eye is quite clever, just like a real professor. I am so happy you enjoyed the challenge and started to make only with solids...I love the wave pillow. Where did you get that pattern? I would like to make one myself! Keep up the good work!

Kylie Lloyd said...

I loved the owl

Teacosy said...

Die Eule ist süß.
Lieben Gruß Sylvia

Britt-Inger said...

Your projects are so cute . My favorite is the owl.
Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Peggy S said...

Looks like you had tons of fun. The owl is adorable! Thanks for sharing all of your projects.

charlotte said...

Very nice projects. Love the pillow. The postcards are awesome too.

Gill said...

Great projects!!

JoyceLM said...

Fun projects - thanks for sharing. I have 2 cats - Grady could care less about catnip, but Mollie loves it.

Marla's Crafts said...

Wow for only having a week you did great. I know what its like to get to that sewing room and being on a deadline you seam to get so much more done. Great job and have a nice day.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

What a wonderful collection of projects...well done!

Mdm Samm said...

what fun projects for you to share with us….

VickiT said...

You did great on your projects; especially for having just one week to find inspiration and then come up with the ideas.

gpc said...

What fun projects! I need to spend more time on Pinterest clearly -- love the hearts! :)

Lorna McMahon said...

Thanks for sharing all those cute makes with us! My fave is the owl! How creative!

Dorian said...

Those are some cute projects, great job on them!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very cute projects...love that owl

Carol said...

Your owl and pillow look great in Kona solids! I love the wavy look to that pillow...great design and colors. Thanks for hopping with us!

CeLynn said...

My,you really were on a creative roll! Love all of your super adorable creations.

Linda said...

I hope you're thawing out at this point, but if not, you have all those beautiful projects to keep your heart warm! You did a great job!

apple blossom said...

lovely projects really love the owl and mug rug.

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

Wow! You sure made a lot of projects from a little bit of fabric. Professor Kona is adorable. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Robin said...

Oh, I love that owl!! I made one with that pattern and was so happy with it. I didn't notice the rotary cutter eye cover until you said something. Hahaha, he does look a little maniacal! No one messin, with that Proff!!!

vicki said...

Cute Projects! I really like Prof. Kona and his Mouse assistants! Thanks for sharing them all. vickise at gmail dot com

Carla said...

Your Prof. Kona is so cute. I love the rotary cutter picture. Thanks for making me laugh out loud. You have a lot of creativity to show here and it was a lot of fun to see. Great projects.

Vickie said...

You got a lot of super cute things made in a short time. Great work !

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Love Professor Kona! All of your projects are fabulous!

Purl Buttons said...

Small projects are great fun, aren't they? Like eating fast food!

Leah said...

Very clever! Love all your projects!!

thequiltedcat said...

Very cute projects! I need to make some of those little mice for my quilt inspectors.

DuAnne said...

Those were so adorable! I'm a project quilter also and those look so fun! Nice job.

quilter said...

very nice!

Kathy H said...

Great projects and good for you trying all those different things. i am trying to do that this year too.

Just Quilt It said...

Great projects! I love the pillow.

sandra said...

Your projects were all charming and you seemed to be having so much fun thinking them up and then making them. Thanks for sharing.

WhoMom said...

Adorable projects! Love the mouse (because I have always loved mice-and drempt of them last night, unfavorably, hmmm).
Professor Owl is great fun. And the pillow is lovely, and I would love the pattern.
Your postcard is cute (to small for me to play with yet).
Coffee mug rug, right up my alley. I'm in the Great Pacific Northwest and I'm not getting up without my coffee!
Thank you for sharing and hoping you are "thawed" some now.

Katherine said...

Fun projects, Bobbie! Your owl made me smile - looks like a clever way to keep organized. Loving that wavy pillow, too.

Thanks so much for sharing your Kona projects!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

That owl is so CUTE!!!

Createology said...

How fun to see your creative process beginning with Professor Kona's pet mouse. Lovely projects you have created. Thank you sew much for hopping...

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Great little projects and love the owl!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Cute projects!! Thanks for sharing :)

Susan said...

Like the pillow case--pattern and colros.

Amanda Murphy said...

What wonderful projects! I like how you used the colors in each!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Very nice projects!

LJ said...

Your post made me smile to hear about the non-Kona fabric you intended to use! Crazy how that stuff happens. :) I loved your reading pillow especially with that green peeking out-so adorable. Since Professor Kona sounds a bit devilish, I'm concerned that he and mouse will get together to add more mischief to your sewing studio/room. I've always said sewing room but lately I've been seeing studio being used and so I'm changing my sewing room/spare bedroom/storage area to 'My Sewing Studio'!!!! lol

Tiffany said...

Cute projects! The owl is my favorite.

madebymeinred said...

Wow. You have been busy. Great colors and adorable projects. I can feel the waves in that pillow.

Sheila said...

Professor Kona owl is just too cute , what a great addition to tyour sewing room . Love those postcards , glad you are enjoying making them :-)

ritainalaska said...

ahhh, professor kona knows the value of kona solids! love all your projects ... the pillow is great!

Cindy said...

So many projects done is such a short time! Woo hoo.
I love your solid version of Professor Kona. I made one with prints a while back and think its such a cute project! Well done.

Paula Hughes said...

How cute! Love the glow in the dark:)

JanesQuilting said...

What cute projects you have. I love the idea you had making the mice. I wonder if my cat would play with one. I like you was challenged with using just plain colors. But after seeing all these projects....I am no longer afraid. Thanks foe sharing.

lauraluvsloons said...

What a lot of fabulous small projects. I especially like how the heart pillow came out.

tink's mom said...

You have been a very busy gal. Wonderful projects. Great job all the way around.

Theresa said...

Cute projects!

Audrey said...

Professor Kona is an awesome guy keeping everything in order. I truly love your pillow case. Thanks for sharing.

MooseStashQuilting said...

Whoo hoo, what a great menagerie of animals you have.
Love all your projects!!Kona sure packs a punch.

Margaret said...

You really got busy and made some very cute projects. Thanks for sharing

MalinisQuilts said...

WOW! such cute project!I especially love your Prof KONA!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Oh my, you've been busy! Great projects!

DebraKay Neiman said...

Love your projects. As a new quilter, solids are less scary to use. I am loving this hop. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Lori said...

love all your projects, especially professor owl. thanks for sharing and inspiring

Janarama said...

I love your wavy pillow and the heart piece. Great job!

OhioLori said...

Wow...for short amount of time you had...You sure had a "Creative Vortex" goin!!! Maybe it was the Polar one creating such a Swirl of Busy! lol Looove all the coool things you created!!!

jan said...

I love your projects especially Prof Kona. i need one of those for my sewing area. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. xo jan

Suze said...

Thanks for participating. You certainly did well under extreme circumstances. It's great to have great friends who go the length to help you, too. I had the seen the pattern for the adorable mouse and thought it would be cute in cottons, too. I'm glad to see you made it. Cats sure can be finicky! The owl is adorable and useful, as well. I like the pillow coverful - very novel. I absoultely adore the hearts made from hearts and the quilting is phenomenal. You are very clever with the cup of coffee, too. Again, thanks for participating and showing how inventive you are.

Patty D from NC said...

Thanks for sharing that fun selection of small projects!

Emily C said...

Haha. I love Professor Kona. Hilarious. I bet he does sell your supplies.

Cathy's Chatter said...

Oh your projects make me smile! What a darling owl! Thanks for sharing - glad you have such a wonderful friend!!!

sew.darn.quilt said...

You've done a fantastic job! Your owl is sweet and I'm lovin' the pillow :)