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    kona fabric

    Has anybody used any of the light coloured Kona fabric? I am piecing my second quilt. The block is Arkasas crossroads. The main block is scrappy from a couple of jelly rolls that I have been given as a birthday present and I want to use an off white/natural or cream to go with. I ordered some material from an online shop because my nearest fabric shop is nearly 30 miles from me and I am housebound at the moment. It has just arrived and I can see that it is very poor quality, thin with no body at all. Can anyone recommend a good quality plain fabric that I can buy in the UK? Two online stores sell Kona or Moda Bellasolids but I am reluctant to spend more money only to be disappointed again.

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    Kona is my choice for solid fabrics whether light or dark colors. I also like the Bella but the Kona is available in my area.

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    I just purchased some white Kona and very pleased with it. Check out JoAnn's on line and if you have a coupon you can get it cheaper

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    I love the Kona solids, their colours are beautiful, White Snow is the only white I use now. Kona is a Robert Kaufman product. A very reputable manufacturer.
    Prices vary on-line. I haven't needed any in a while so don't remember which vendor I use. Google it and compare the prices before ordering.
    I've also bought Moda Bella, which is a good product, but I prefer the Kona colours.

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    Thanks everyone for your advice. I am really keen to get on with my quilt and it was very frustrating to see the poor quality of the fabric that I got in the post this morning. I am still very much a novice and it is so helpful to be able to ask the advice of more experienced quilters and I am sure it will save me from making more expensive mistakes.

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    I love the Kaufman Kona...it's different (much nicer feeling) from what my local Joann's calls "kona". Plus I find that I barely have to iron it after washing. The Moda Bella is nice too, but I prefer the Kaufman.

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    Kona softens up a bit and the weave tightens once it's washed. You may want to try that before you order anything to replace it. It may make enough of a difference for you.

    As for other choices, Moda Bella has a softer hand than Kona solids, but it's still a broadcloth (60 square thread count). RJR Supreme Solids are very close to regular quilting cotton in weight and hand, with a large choice in colors. I do not know the exact thread count, but I recently discovered this line and like it a lot. I'm sure it would be available in the UK. http://www.rjrfabrics.com/fabrics/co...packageID=1007

    I'd try pre-washing the Kona you have before you make any further decisions. Bird in the hand, yes?
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    Prewash it and dry on normal to high heat. Then starch it (careful not to scorch, though) and see what you think. I prefer to use sizing on light colored fabrics because I'm usually too impatient to wait for the starch to penetrate--LOL.
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    Huge Kona fan too. The ones I purchased at Hancock Fabrics were much more 'see-through' than the ones I bought at my LQS. Not sure why they are thinner, but I now only purchase my solids at quilt shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingerSewer View Post
    Kona is my choice for solid fabrics whether light or dark colors. I also like the Bella but the Kona is available in my area.
    I'm just the opposite. I find Kona too thick/stiff but LOVE Moda solids & have been known to buy them by the bolt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by saf View Post
    Thanks everyone for your advice. I am really keen to get on with my quilt and it was very frustrating to see the poor quality of the fabric that I got in the post this morning. I am still very much a novice and it is so helpful to be able to ask the advice of more experienced quilters and I am sure it will save me from making more expensive mistakes.
    Why not contact the shop you ordered the Kona from? Ask if they are sure that this was Kona and that you have never used such thin Kona...perhaps they can steer you in the right direction.
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    also it wouldn't hurt to let the shop you ordered that fabric from that you are not happy with it at all. who knows what you might get?

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    My impression is that the fabric she received was not Kona. She is inquiring about Kona and Bella before she orders a replacement fabric.

    I'm a Kona fan - love the fabric and love the price!

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    I also am a fan of Kona.
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    Either one would be great but I prefer the Moda.

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    Big Kona fan here too. I think I ordered it from the Fabric Depot when it was on sale. I've never done it before, but I bought a whole bolt. Because of the price there was no shipping cost. It's great to be able to cut from the bolt rather than keep buying yardage. I knew I'd use it all eventually.

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    i just looked at the rjr solids. outstanding colors! i would like to know where i can buy it.
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    Kona by Kauffman is my choice for solids. Always.
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    Are you sure it's krona fabric. Kona fabric is very nice fabric, you may want to call the store you purchased it from, it may be a bad batch.
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    I've done two quilts with Kona snow has the main background fabric and love them both. One has been on my bed nearly two years and has been washed several times. No problems so far.

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    KOna, I found the Bella solids to be too thin and flimsy!

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    I love Kona...

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    Dear All, Many thanks for your expert advice. I live in a small village in the UK with no fabric shops near. The natural colour fabric I ordered over the net was not Kona fabric. I have ordered fabric including a plain light blue colour, from this particular on line shop before and was very pleased. The blue plain fabric was especially nice to work with, a good weight and soft to the touch even after washing. I did send them an email and asked if the natural colour was part of the same range as the fabric I had ordered before. There is no brand name mentioned. They replied that they got all of their essential plains from the same supplier. Thinking about it, this does not quite answer my question. Certainly the natural colour fabric is no where near the quality I received from them before. Maybe I should have asked more questions or asked advice here before ordering. Unfortunately they do not send out samples. After a bit of searching I have found another site that sells both Kona and Moda in several neutral shades as well as a host of other wonderful colours so I will have plenty of choice in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo View Post
    I love the Kona solids, their colours are beautiful, White Snow is the only white I use now. Kona is a Robert Kaufman product. A very reputable manufacturer.
    Prices vary on-line. I haven't needed any in a while so don't remember which vendor I use. Google it and compare the prices before ordering.
    I've also bought Moda Bella, which is a good product, but I prefer the Kona colours.
    I purchased white and off white Kona fabrics from Fabric.com. It is very good quality - cannot see through. They also have special coupon codes for discounts on purchases from Fabric.com at www.retailmenot.com. I purchase a lot of fabrics from Fabric.com and have not been disappointed. Good luck!
    Last edited by schwanton; 05-19-2012 at 06:53 AM.
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    I'm currently using Kona in an album quilt I'm doing for a wedding present. I love it. I usually buy it from fabricdepot.com. They have good prices for it when ordering 6 yds or 10 yds. I ran out so I had to break down and buy it locally for $8.00 a yard instead of 5.

    Sherry

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