Aug 22

Kona Solids Challenge: 48 Pound Quilt (68)


*I just realized that I missed the meeting to display the quilts.  Bummer.  I was really really excited to see what everyone had made.

I joined the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild in May, and I have enjoyed attending the meetings.  Two months ago, they gave us a charm pack of Kona Brights and challenged us to use one additional solid for the front to make this quilt.  So, this is my quilt.

Kona Solid Challenge Quilt

I did intend for it to have a little improv feeling to it.  I initially cut the squares into three strips and sewed 1 inch white strips between them, resulting in a final strip .5 inches wide.  This made it so that the final block was still about 5 inches tall and 5 inches wide.  Then, I cut that block into three strips, cutting through the lines, and sewed those together again with another set of 1 inch white strips between.  This made a resulting 5 inch by 5 inch square (after “squaring it up”) and a # symbol.

Kona Brights Solid Challenge

Some of the colors had a darker value than the others, so I chose some of the darker blocks and cut them into 1 inch strips.  Then, I used four strips with a 5 x 5 square of Kona White in the same way as the other blocks to make these inverse # blocks.  I was also able to use the extra strips to make three multicolored # blocks.

Kona Solids Challenge

I only had enough blocks to use 42 in the front, but I just had to include the other blocks and strips that I had.  So, I added them to the back with some Kona Tarragon, which added a whole 6 pounds to my quilt!  🙂

Kona solids challenge

I quilted it with a maze/blocky meandering style free motion quilting pattern, and bound it with Kona Ash, which was perfect because it framed the quilt without taking away from the color in the middle.

So, 42 pounds in the front.

6 pounds in the back.

Thus the title, the 48 pound quilt.

Now looking for a 48 pound baby to give it to.  🙂

Kona Solids Challenge quilt

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Jill says:

    I completely love this! Really, everything about it, the solids, the design, the quilting!

  2. Colleen says:

    I love it. Hopefully if you find a 48 pound baby, it’s actually a toddler…

  3. Geta says:

    Wonderful quilt ! A great mix of colors and I love how you combined blocks with white and colored sashings. Fantastic!

  4. celeste says:

    this might be my favorite quilt yet!

  5. I came across your quilt in pinterest and just had to let you know how much I love it! I hope you don’t mind if I use your idea to create one of my own?

  6. Caroline says:

    I just found this quilt (and your beautiful blog) on Pinterest. I love this quilt and the method you used to make it. How big is this quilt? And, why does it weigh 48 pounds??? I have made king sized quilts that don’t weigh that much.

    • Tanya says:

      Thanks for visiting my blog! The name, the 48 pound quilt, is in reference to the pound signs (#) on the quilt. There are 42 in the front, and six in the back, thus “The 48 pound quilt.” This quilt is actually a crib sized quilt, and it will be on a traveling display with the modern quilt guild this next year!

  7. Terry says:

    I just found your quilt on pinterest (where have I been?), as I was looking for a gener-neutral baby quilt for a young woman I work with. Hope you don’t mind if I give a try at this adorable quilt! Did you just randomly cut the three initial strips….and then did you cut across the straight lines for the second cut? This is such a fun quilt…I hope I can do it some justice!
    Terry in Milwaukee

    • Tanya says:

      Yes, and yes. I made sure to have at least 1 inch strips of each, and nothing bigger than a 2.5 inch strip. And once the first set of strips were sewn together, I just cut through them to add the second set of strips.

      Good luck! I’d love to see it when you are done.