Kona COTY 2023 - Crush

Posted by Nicole Daksiewicz on

Hi friends, 

Happy new year to all of you! To start out 2023 I thought it might be fun to share a project that I had the opportunity to work on late last year. Robert Kaufman fabrics - the maker of Kona solids, releases a color of the year or COTY as it's often referred to. This years color is a vibrant coral / hot pink / red combo called Crush, and it's such a fun shade!

Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft

They were interested in seeing some smaller projects using the fabric and I knew exactly what I wanted to make - a Hexie Pillow!

I absolutely love working with solids and the challenge of combining colors that really give off a certain feeling. Since Crush has such a pink undertone I wanted to bring a similar vibrant red shade into the mix - but with an orange pop. I settled on Kona Chili K001-1838 and the rest is history!

Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft

The two colors together are JUST similar enough to trick your eye - but different enough it still lets the hexies pop off of the pillow. 

I used the Chili fabric for the background, and Crush for the hexies and the binding on the pillow. 

Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft

The Hexie Pillow pattern is a fun one for making a quick project - the pattern gives you the instructions to make a finished pillow - or you can use the instructions and video links to help you create any type of modern hexie project. 

Here are the Crush hexies freshly glued to the Chili background fabric. 

Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft

I chose a vibrant red shade for my quilting lines - it blended in nicely with both shades used. The colors are so vibrant it was hard to really get an accurate photo of the colors. 

Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft

I love making a modern hexie project - not only is the quilting so much fun to do - the finished texture is just amazing. 

Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft
Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft
Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft
Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft
Kona Color of the year - COTY 2023 Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! If you are interested in getting some Kona Crush or Chili for a future project - I have some links below!

Kona Crush K001-1995

Kona Chili K001-1838

Also if you are interested in making your own Hexie Pillow here is the link to the PDF and the printed pattern. The only change I made to this finished pillow is to add a binding to the edges instead of finishing as the pattern instructs. 

Hope you have a great beginning to your 2023!

Happy sewing, 

Nicole

Kona COTY - Crush Hexie Pillow by Modern Handcraft
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