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30 Quilts for 30 Years: Smithereens + Giveaway

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And the winner is Bee ( whose loves Medium Grey (don’t we all?!). I’ve sent you an email Bee! Thanks everyone for sharing your favorites.

smithereens bh

Smithereens is what happens when crazy meets crazy. The description for this one is quite appropriate and sums it up nicely:

Emily likes to play with rotary cutters much like Edward Scissorhands likes to play with hedge trimmers. ‘Smithereens‘ is what happens when Emily and her rotary cutter meet a roll-up. Much chaos ensues.


The Summer 2014 Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton colors were fresh and new when this project started and I couldn’t wait to play with them. The best way to play with that many new colors all at once is with pre-cuts of course. Add in a background color and ta-da! After laying out the triangles, I auditioned backgrounds. I seem to make most quilts with White, Snow, Natural, Parchment, etc backgrounds. I really do try to branch out but that rarely seems to happen of late. So one day I sat there in Illustrator and went through every bold color in the Kona line. Regal was the winner… with a vibrant orange as the second choice. The result was Smithereens … maybe this will make me stop using white as a background in every quilt.

The Smithereens pattern is available in the shop.


For the Giveaway: One lucky person will win a charm pack of the Emily Cier Designer Palette (oh wait, that’s me!) from Robert Kaufman and a copy of Smithereens from me. To enter, comment below sharing your favorite go-to Kona color. Comments will close 10am (pacific) Tuesday, December 2.



Speaking of the Emily Cier Designer Palette, the projects that accompany it are in the shop and available for pre-order now. Color Continuum no. 03 is also available from Amazon. Lots more details on Color Continuum no. 03 and Percolate this Wednesday!

Check out all the other beautiful quilts from the 30 Quilts for 30 Years!

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

84 thoughts on “30 Quilts for 30 Years: Smithereens + Giveaway”

  1. Deb says:

    I like Yarrow!

  2. Jean says:

    I’ve been hearing about quilts with colors other than black, white, cream for backgrounds. I’m liking this idea. Gray, silver have been popular lately. I’m liking the navy and royal blue idea. My go to color may be changing to navy.

  3. Melody Lutz says:

    Cabbage lately…raisin previously!

  4. Quilting Tangent says:

    Beautiful quilt, love the colors. My go to color is Heliotrope Purple.

  5. Veronica R. says:

    My new favorite is Sangria!

  6. Michele Timms says:

    My go-to colour is Snow!! Love your quilt and the design is spectacular!!!

  7. Sarah says:

    I have never used Kona fabric, but I really like the color Bordeaux.

  8. patty says:

    My go to color is Snow. It is a lovely soft white that doesn’t have a yellow tinge to it.

  9. Gill says:

    Fabulous quilt!!
    I like Sprout and Cabbage!

  10. Sally says:

    I like Medium Gray as a neutral, as my palette runs to blues and greens.

  11. Ellen Ban says:

    My go to Kona is Ice Frappe! Love your Percolate pattern!

  12. Dawn Jones says:

    I really like Glacier. Have a great day. Your quilt is stunning.

  13. Camille says:

    I have used Kona Ash for a few quilts, so it’s probably my go-to right now. Congratulations on your beautiful quilt design!

  14. Claire says:

    Go to color? When I have color ADD? Today my color is terra cotta.

  15. Sue says:

    I like Glacier – just finished binding a quilt with it.

  16. Nicole says:

    I love this quilt! My go-to colour is white, but I also love indigo. Haven’t used that on a large project but one day soon…..

  17. Sandy K says:

    I like Lagoon.

  18. Vicki H says:

    There are so many lovely colors, it is hard to choose one.

  19. Laura T. says:

    I love so many of the colors-almost impossible to choose. So often, it just depends on the project. I have to go with snow, I think, because it is so easy to build upon. I just adore your quilt!!

  20. Janna says:

    Love the quilt especially the regal background. My go to color is black.

  21. Cheryl says:

    Right now I am loving on their Canary — I am hung up on golds.

  22. Delaine says:

    All of the colors are beautiful, but my go to color (if it isn’t one of the blues) is Snow – it goes with everything. Thanks!

  23. Rochelle says:

    Your Smithereens quilt is beautiful and I usually go to a dark background because it picks up less dirt. The yellows are among my favorites and my particular favorite is Citrus. Thank you for a beautiful quilt.

  24. Marti M says:

    I love using Kona black for my background fabric.

  25. Anita says:

    My favorite is Niagara.
    Love your Smithereens quilt!

  26. Lisa E says:

    Love Regal as your background! I use Kona Snow the most, but I love Jade Green.

  27. Lori Smanski says:

    These are such pretty projects. I really love Indigo and Snow White

  28. Veronika says:

    That regal background color is PERFECT. Love this quilt.

  29. Mary Jaworski says:

    New to Kona solids, no favorite go to colors, yet.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  30. diane friedman says:

    I like all Kona solids and have used them for years! smithereens is awesome, good use of brights and very dramatic. thanks for the giveaway and sharing your work!

  31. sunny says:

    Smithereens is fabulous! Congratulations on being included in the 30 Quilts for 30 Years.

    Hoping to win the giveaway – my favorite color du jour is Honeysuckle.

  32. Kathie L says:

    I use Snow like it’s going out of style.

  33. Abby says:

    Wow – like Smithereens very much. I’m fond of reds particularly pommegranate

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  35. Diane B says:

    My go to color is Tangerine!
    The brighter the better.
    Smithereens is definitely in my kinda of colors. THank you for sharing.

  36. Carrie P. says:

    love that quilt.
    olive is my favorite color Kona cotton

  37. Kitty Wilkin says:

    My go-to color? I’d say it’s either Shadow or Ash, since I use grey in so many of my quilts. I love how versatile the Kona solids are, and LOVE that there is such an amazingly WIDE variety of colors!

  38. Karen says:

    I love your quilt…your choice of background color is perfect, it really makes the triangles pop out. I just finish a quilt using eight different Kona Solids. It was fun to see the colors come together as I was sewing each row. I love all shades of blue.

  39. Jenelle Boxberger says:

    I guess I’m like what you said, I’ve been using ‘Snow’ for background. Your quilt is amazing and congrats. Thanks for the fun.

  40. bee says:

    i like medium grey for a neutral!

  41. Ree G says:

    I am liking ‘surf’ color today : )

  42. Lisa Marie says:

    My current favorite is Robin Egg but there are a lot of others I haven’t had the opportunity to try — some of them may become favorites one day!

  43. Annette says:

    Your quilt is amazing! My go to is Indigo.

  44. Marianne says:

    Your quilt is my favorite of all the 30 for 30 ones I’ve seen. So pretty. My go to color has been Kona Steel.

  45. Jackie says:

    Emily Cier I love love love your quilt!!!!!

  46. Lynne Tilley says:

    I can’t honestly say I have a favorite because I’ve only bought the white at my Hobby Lobby. I’d love to try their fabrics, though 🙂 🙂

  47. usairdoll says:

    Beautiful quilt with a fun name! Awesome!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  48. Linda Webster says:

    My favourite go-to colour is Kona Snow. Over the years I’ve used it so much in my quilts. I never seem to get tired of it!

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

  49. teri c says:

    Silver seems to be my go-to color of the moment.

  50. Allison C says:

    I use a lot of medium grey and white

  51. Jocelyn says:

    Wow what an amazing pattern! My favorite color is Eggshell. I use a lot of neutrals in my quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Hayley says:

    My favourite Kona is silver which is a bit boring but very versatile. I am so glad I found your blog. Your quilts are amazing. Off to have a proper sticky beak now

  53. Susan Stanton says:

    My go to color is snow! I can’t help it, I just love that color. It goes with just about everything. I love all the colors tho. I’m a rainbow lover!

  54. Julie B says:

    Any shade of purple works for me. Love your quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Debb Hulseman says:


    1. Debb Hulseman says:

      whoops and forgot to say….glad you are doing great things in the quilting world. We were both in the Triangle Modern quilt guild back when it started.

  56. Neva says:

    Right now it’s Avocado.

  57. Lori Morton says:

    Used Silver recently…nice!!! But Snow goes with Everything! 🙂

    Love Love Looooove your quilt! & colors!!!

  58. Susanne says:

    Well, Snow is the choice when I need a neutral , but I really love the reds!

  59. Tabitha Keener says:

    My favorite go to color is Snow then petal! I love the colors it is so hard to pick one! I love Smithereens, so beautiful I definitely have to get a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Regina D. says:

    My favorite color is pomegranate! Love the quilt to smithereens!

  61. Karen says:

    Emily, your quilt is a stunner! My favorite colors at the moment are all in the water/seaglass family–Pool, Lagoon, . . . I need to get some of that umph you had when you traded out your neutral for Regal! So glad the Kona Hop brought me to you. Your work is incredible and now you’ll be in my inbox! Can’t wait!

  62. Olivia says:

    Right now I really love Snow.

  63. WyoDi says:

    Pomegranate always speaks to me!

  64. Mary Okruhlik says:

    Cerise is my favorite. It makes other colors pop!

  65. Sue Gordon says:

    Hmmm…. favourite colour… I might have to pick Ash. iI love the way it works with pinks and reds.

  66. Ellee says:

    My go-to color is Lagoon. It brightens any project. Snow is my second go-to color.

  67. Elaine M. says:

    I love your Smithereens! Just makes me smile.
    I love the Deep Rose colour.

  68. Chris says:

    I use snow the most but my favorite is Sangria. The quilt is beautiful. I wonder what it would look like with grey as a background instead of blue?

  69. Linda Fleming says:

    Your quilt is a work of art.
    I love the color berry!

  70. DiAnna M says:

    How could anyone pick just one color? I love them all. Probably what I would use most would be Snow.

  71. Megan says:

    I love Smithereens, especially the blue background! My favorite Kona color is cerise. Thanks!

  72. Georgie says:

    Hard to choose but I think Sprout is my favourite. Love your quilts!

  73. wendy says:

    I don’t have a go to colour, i like a nice variety

  74. Béatrice says:

    Wow, I love, love, love this pattern ! Fingers crossed.

  75. Karen says:

    I like your quilts—and I likrpickle. Thanks!

  76. Summer says:

    LAGOON! I love blue!

  77. Katia Barcelo says:

    I go to snow first for the background.

  78. Tamie says:

    Love your bold blue choice for the background. I’m loving Lagoon lately.

  79. Cecilia says:

    Great quilt! My go to color is Snow! I’ve enjoyed seeing all of these quilts.

  80. Lindsey says:

    Oh I want to win this SO BAD!
    My favorite kona solid is curry!!

  81. kam says:

    smithereens is AMAZING! and nice choice on going with something different for the background- seeing how someone else makes a big change is inspiring to get out of our own ruts.
    my fave color is completely snow, but i’ve been wanting to make something with cerise, pomegranate or coral!

  82. Christine says:

    I like pickle!

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