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The Beauty of Solids

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Let me tell you a secret. I used to think Solid colored fabric was SO boring!!! I never purchased solids for my quilts or projects. I’d use a dot fabric or a fabric with a white on white pattern.

And then I joined Instagram. I saw all these gorgeous quilts that had solids in them! They looked so balanced, not too busy and so so pretty!

So I decided I’d go out of my comfort zone and make an all solids quilt! Yes ALL solids!! Crazy huh! I found the perfect pattern, a Tetris quilt for my husband. I loved how it turned out so much! The Kona Cotton fabric by Robert Kaufman is so vibrant!

Tetris Quilt

Solids can help balance out your quilt and showcase the block designs. If you have too many busy prints the design can get lost.

So I had some left over solids from my Tetris quilt and I decided to test out my Stepping Stone Quilt pattern with the solids too. I love how it turned out too!

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I bound it with a Black with White dash fabric called Thicket by Gingiber for Moda and the backing fabric is made by Riley Blake. This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

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Then I saw this awesome fabric from Arrow Flight by  Michael Miller fabric and got inspired to make the front of my quilt mimic the backing fabric.

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So I came up with my super easy Colorful tiles quilt pattern.

colorful tiles quilt

This Colorful tiles quilt is also listed for sale in my Etsy shop here.

I used the Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Color chart to help pick some of the solids for the front of this quilt.

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This color charts is super awesome! It’s great for picking out backing fabric and coordinating solids. You can buy one online from a variety of quilt fabric shops. What’s also cool, is this color chart matches up with all of the Kona Cotton fabric sold a Joann Fabric Stores online and in store

If an all solids quilt isn’t for you. You can try to mix more solids in with your quilt to help the pattern pop. Like in my X Marks the spot quilt. The white fabric makes the design pop. You can find the pattern here.

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So if you haven’t made an ALL solids go try it!! Or at least try adding some solids to your next quilt, I’m sure you will love it!!

Happy Quilting!
Andrea

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Hand Knit Dish Cloth Pattern

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These are my all time favorite dish cloths! My sister had made me a pair and I absolutely love them. They are great for scrubbing counters and dishes. It’s an easy knitting project you can do when relaxing and watching TV. My favorite type of yarn to use is Sugar n’ Cream 100% Cotton. They have a great variety of colors.

This is a very common pattern. I love how easy these are to make!

*You will need Sugar’n Cream 100% Cotton yarn (1 ball will make 2-3 dishcloths, depending on how tight you knit and what size needle you use)

*Knitting Needles size 6-9 US (4 – 5 1/2 mm), I like using size 8 US (5 mm)
K – knit
YO – Yarn Over (to increase)
k2Tog – Knit 2 Together (to decrease)

Cast on 4 stitches
k 1 row
Next row, k2, yo, k2
Next row, k2, yo, k to end of row
Continue to repeat the (k2, yo, k until end of row) until you have a total of 43 stitches on the needle (If you want a smaller dish cloth do Less)
Next row, k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row
Continue to do the (k1, k2Tog, yo, k2Tog, k to end of row), decreasing each row until you have 5 stitches are left on the needle
Next row, k2, k2Tog, k1.
Bind off the 4 stitches
Weave your end in.

Yay you have a beautiful finished dishcloth!

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These Clover knitting needles are my new favorites!!

Have fun knitting!!