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30 Quilts for 30 Years: The Parallels Quilt

Parallels Quilt Pattern // By Elizabeth Ancell for Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio

It’s no secret that I love (LOVE!) sewing with Kona solids from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. There’s a Kona sample in nearly all of my sewing patterns and Konas are featured in over half of the cover samples. The colors and selection and sheer number of options keep me coming back time after time! My Kona color card is definitely one of my most used sewing tools.

This year, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Kona, RK invited 30 different designers to be included in a special Look Book called “30 Quilts for 30 Years”. The second I was contacted, I knew I wanted to feature a quilt from the pattern book Parallels, which was designed by Elizabeth Ancell and published with my pattern company.

Parallels Quilt Pattern Book- a modern quilt pattern designed by Elizabeth Ancell for Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio

Parallels is a book featuring six different quilt designs (in six sizes each!) and Elizabeth and I included several samples in it made entirely of Konas. The quilt at the top of this post is the “Slingshots” design from the pattern book.

My mom was the tester who made that sample and she commented several times about how quickly it came together. Elizabeth really has such a clever and thoughtful way of constructing quilts. If you’re not familiar with Elizabeth Ancell’s work, I highly encourage you to check her out!

Parallels Quilt Pattern Book- a modern quilt pattern from Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio

This design, “Slingshots”, is made from Kona Blue, Valentine, Salmon and Shale with the binding in Berry. My daughter would very much like to grab this quilt and keep it!

If you’d like to grab a copy of Parallels pattern for yourself, ask for it at your local fabric shop! If instant gratification is your thing, you can find a PDF version here. If you’re a shop owner, check out the kitting info on the RK site!

Have you seen the other quilts and designers in the 30 Quilts for 30 Years tour? Check out the full schedule here (Pssst! There’s a giveaway at each stop!). Each quilt is so unique in design and color selection. I have really enjoyed reading and looking more closely at each. I keep coming back to this one, called Bartow by Carolyn Friendlander:

Bartow Quilt by Carolyn Friendlander

It’s so, so stunning.

Be sure to check them all out:

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
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!



Kona Cotton New Colors for 2014 // Robert Kaufman  Fabrics

To celebrate the Look Book for the Kona 30th Anniversary, Robert Kaufman Fabrics is giving away a Kona charm pack of the new colors for 2014! AND, to sweeten the deal, I’ve thrown in a copy of the Parallels pattern book, too. One lucky winner will receive both! Yahoo!

To enter, tell me the Kona color that you love most. (Do you love Pond? If so, we can be best buds.) This giveaway will be open for 24 hours, so leave a comment on this post and I’ll randomly select a winner Monday 11/24 at noon.  

Thanks for stopping by!


100 Responses to 30 Quilts for 30 Years: The Parallels Quilt

  1. Veronica R. November 23, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    My favorite right now is the new Sangria. Would love a copy of Parallels!

  2. janet moilanen November 23, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    I am a Kona fan too – I love the aquas & greens for my default color scheme. If I have to choose one, then ‘Pickle’ is my favorite from the new color pack. I like the name as much as the color!

    Your patterns work spectacularly in solids – I’d love to try one for my first ‘all solids’ quilt.

  3. Regina D. November 23, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    The optical illusion quilts! Love the salmon shade! I’m amazed at the beautiful quilts that are made with all solids. Will have to try one!

  4. Cheryl V. November 23, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I love them all- but i could see this quilt in Tulip, pansy, med grey on a background of snow!!

  5. Susan Clay November 23, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Smoke. I use it in so many quilts!

  6. Lori Morton November 23, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Looove that Quilt too!! & we CAN be Best Buds!! I LOOOOVE Pond too!! :) Also love Cabbage green too…but Pond is definitely my first choice.

  7. M Riggs November 23, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Smoke comes in first in my book!

  8. Quilting Tangent November 23, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Like the quilts I see in ‘Parallels’. Heliotrope Purple is my favorite color.

  9. kay November 23, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Good morning…
    favorite Kona colors… I have a couple and in no particular order… asparagus, pistachio, tangerine — these all seem to mix right in with a project and provide a little zing.

  10. Kathie L November 23, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    I love Snow because I use it for just about every quilt.

  11. Jenelle Boxberger November 23, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I absolutely love your quilt pattern. I’m going to go with Pond also. But on the other hand I pretty much like them all. Congrats and thanks for the fun.

  12. Annette November 23, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Your quilt is beautiful. I think my favorite is Sangria.

  13. Anita November 23, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    My favorite color is Niagara.

  14. Jessica November 23, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Neat quilt–well done! I don’t really have a Kona favorite, but I seem to use a lot of Silver.

  15. Karen November 23, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Slingshot–what a terrific name! I love all Kona cottons with seaglass/water colors–of course, including Pond (and Lagoon and Aqua and Baby Blue and Bahama Blue–you get the idea!).

  16. Karie {Girl Going Country} November 23, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    I have to admit – I’m still such a newbie sewer I haven’t tackled quilts yet (but looking forward to that project in your book!). The colors of these fabrics is gorgeous though – I’m afraid I will quickly develop a fabric addiction!

  17. Béatrice November 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    WOW another wonderful pattern, hope to be lucky ! I love Rich red…and snow, charcoal, wasabi, etc… :)

  18. Joyce Carter November 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Snow is the color used most often, but I love Watermelon. Thank you for the giveaway.

  19. Melody Lutz November 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Who knew solids could be so dynamic? Cabbage is my favorite.

  20. Neva November 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm #


  21. Kathleen Dalecio November 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Kona Cotton Solids are wonderful. They’re an absolute staple for quilters. I have a lot of favorites… but you’ve asked for one, so today it’s Royal (blue).
    I love the patterns in your new Parallels book!!! I’d like to make the Zig-Zag Arrows in blues & greens for my nephew.

  22. Chris November 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I use Snow and Black the most but I like lots of them like Sangria.

  23. claire alexander November 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Today I like asparagus. But what I really like is the subtle shading and that takes more than one.

  24. Regina November 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I am a big fan of tangerine – and of this quilt!!! This just went on my Christmas list!

  25. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl November 23, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Only one favorite Kona color? I guess I have to go with Ocean. :)

  26. Liz November 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Impossible for me to pick a favorite, but Sangria and Flame are definite contenders!

  27. Vicki Terpstra November 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    Wow. Your quilt is awesome. I can’t imagine how long it took you to do the quilting on that. It looks great though, so it has to have been worth it.

    My favorite Kona color is Tulip, although a number of others are on my list of favs and almost all of those are some shade of purple as well.

  28. Linda Brown November 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    I love Cyan

  29. Lisa Marie November 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I don’t know that I’ve seen Pond — there are so many colors it’s just mind boggling! One that I love is Robin Egg.

  30. Cecilia November 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Beautiful quilt, I can see why your daughter would love it. It is very hard to choose just one Kona color, but I love Watermelon. Thank you for a chance to win a Kona charm pack and a copy of the Parallels pattern book.

  31. JoAnne T. November 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Pond is very pretty but Lagoon is my favorite! Your quilt is snazzy looking! I want to try that since I really like what your mother said about it going together quickly.

  32. usairdoll November 23, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Love your patterns! So many great colors and fun names, mine is watermelon.

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


  33. Kristy November 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Great pattern! I really love the color pomegranate!

  34. Umaesew November 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Lovely quilt. All the colours are beautiful, especially chartreuse.

  35. Gill November 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    I love Cabbage!

  36. Sue November 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    My current favorite is Caribbean. Parallels looks like a great design!

  37. Pam November 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    I love watery colors too. Lagoon is my favorite! Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt!

  38. Mary Jaworski November 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    I must have thanksgiving food on the brain, first thing that came to mind about your quilt, the wishbone from a turkey.
    Colors depend on what I am making.
    Thank you for the giveaway

  39. Tina November 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Love the new colors and would love to try your pattern !

  40. LINDA November 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm #


  41. Lori Smanski November 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    These quilts are fabulous. Right now I am loving Indigo. It really makes the colors pop.

  42. Mary O. November 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    Pomegranate and Pool are two of my favorite Kona colors!

  43. GAYLA November 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Love the Periwinkle (my dad called me that literally until his dying day).

  44. Michele Timms November 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Parallel is a gorgeous design!! I would love to win the pattern and the charm pack too!! Thanks for sharing in the hop!!

  45. Dawn Green November 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    My favorite is chartruese, but I also love tangerine.

  46. Sandy Tyson November 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Your parallels quilt is beautiful! I love Pond too! and Lagoon and Cactus and so many others! Thanks for the chance to win!

  47. Karen Ann November 23, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I adore smoke and pond….great colors!!

  48. Dianne Cook November 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    smoke wold be one of my favourites as it would work so well anywhere

  49. Linda Webster November 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    I’ve loved Snow for years. I love working with Kona solids too.

  50. sunny November 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Congratulations on being included in 30 Quilts for 30 Years – your quilt is fabulous! Pond is a great contender for favorite – I like it a lot too! Hoping to win the giveaway!

  51. Jean November 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Geranium is a great flower color, I wonder what a quilt made of all the colors of Kona with flower names would look like?

  52. Sarah J. November 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Sunflower is my current favorite- but it changes often (don’t want any of those lovely shades feeling left out!). This quilt is amazing- I love that I keep seeing different patterns every time I look at it (vertical, horizontal, etc.)!

  53. Peg November 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    I think snow is my favorite, simply because I use it so much.

  54. Vicki H November 23, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    Your quilt pattern changes with the colors selected and placement. I love it. I haven’t used Kona yet but all the colors look great.

  55. Sandy K November 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    I have only used Snow. Your pattern looks fantastic.

  56. Karen @ littlebirdiequilting November 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Kona Shale is so versatile- my favourite!

  57. Mui November 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Your quilt is beautiful. I love shades of pink and white. Thank You.

  58. Jessica P. November 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    I love that quilt. It is fun and a little funky at the same time. I really like it in black and white, but I seem to be in a black in white mood recently.

  59. JMJ November 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Love that empty bobbin quilt, fantastic in Black and white and great in color.

  60. Sarah November 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I like Bordeaux.

  61. Gretchen November 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm #


  62. Gretchen November 23, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Cardinal red

  63. Marianne November 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    I do love Pond! And the new color Goldfish. They kinda go together! Thanks for the chance.

  64. Natalie November 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    I like watermelon a lot. All Kona colors are wonderful!

  65. Kimberly M November 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    My favorite color is celadon as a background because it is such a calm relaxed color. But, my other close favorites would be chartreuse and hyacinth. Greens and purples are always favorites, as well always a touch of yellow.

  66. Debb Hulseman November 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Just received my new color card a couple of days ago…and really like Jamaica

  67. Dawn Jones November 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    Glacier is my favorite. Have a great day.

  68. Janie November 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    Your quilt is simply stunning. Beautiful in all of the colorways. My color of choice is snow. Thanks for the chance.

  69. Tamie November 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Lagoon is a recent favorite. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  70. Elaine M. November 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    Pond is beautiful..and then I see Deep Rose and Banana and then Lupine. I have a different favourite every time I see them.

  71. Carla S November 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    My favorite is pool and my second favorite is violet.

  72. bee November 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    what a neat pattern! currently, my favorite is cerise. :)

  73. Gidget November 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Sunflower! Thank you!

  74. Deb November 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    I’m a purple girl….how about Violet.

  75. Ellee November 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Lagoon has been my favorite Kona color for awhile. Of course, that could change at any time. All of the Kona colors are yummy.

  76. Abby Langford November 23, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Sangria is my favorite

  77. Karen Thurn November 24, 2014 at 12:20 am #

    I love all the blues like Ocean, pond, Malibu, Carribean, Mediterrean, etc. You get the drift.

  78. Linda Chidster November 24, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    I like the Marine Green.

  79. Tabitha Keener November 24, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    I love petal! I love your quilt pattern and would love to try it out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. Karen November 24, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    Your quilt is beautiful! Very interesting pattern! I just finished a rainbow quilt using eight different colors from the Kona Solids. It was fun watching the pattern come together as I sewed each row. I would have to say I’m fond of all shades of blue.

  81. charlotte m. November 24, 2014 at 4:31 am #

    Love to be your best bud, but Kona tomato is my favorite color. Thanks for the giveaway and all these quilts have been amazing so far. I am so impressed with how solids look after seeing all these.

  82. Joan November 24, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    I luv caribean. The quilt is awesome!

  83. wendy November 24, 2014 at 5:09 am #

    I love Peacock!

  84. karen fisher November 24, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    All the shades of purple…would love to make the parallel quilt in purple.

  85. Katia Barcelo November 24, 2014 at 5:33 am #

    I love the colour pomegranate

  86. gigi voegeli November 24, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Right now it’s bluegrass, but it’s hard to choose!

  87. Mair Dyer November 24, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    I love the design and colours of the quilt. My favourite Kona colour at the moment is Wasabi as I’m using it in a quilt for my niece.

  88. Diane B November 24, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Yes I love POND!
    I’m so thankful it’s in the 303…can’t wait to quilt with it many times over.
    And thanks to Mom for being the Tester:)

  89. Jocelyn November 24, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    Great quilt! I love neutrals, so my favorite Kona color is Eggshell. Thanks!

  90. Christine Ricks November 24, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    I can’t pick just one!!! Too many beautiful colors. :-)

  91. Maja November 24, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Wonderfull quilt!I love vibrant bright pink as well as melon, pickle, glacier…:)

  92. Darlene Fel.... November 24, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    I really like the hot pink that was on the top of the charm pack on Saturday’s give away but I’m not sure of ;the name of it. I also always keep “snow” on hand for so many different things.

  93. Emily K November 24, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    I love Stone, but Pond is pretty fab too.

  94. Nicole November 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I love aqua – it’s such a pretty, pale blue. Thanks!

  95. Rochelle November 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    I love all the bright colors but really love citrus. Is there anything brighter. I like the Parallel patterns. Thank you for the opportunity.

  96. Debby E November 24, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I may be too late for the giveaway (never got to my computer yesterday!) but just wanted to say I love your quilt!! I love most all the colors but especially the blues. Thanks for the chance to win – just in case there’s still time!! :)

  97. Lisa E November 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    LOVE the quilt and the colors you used. I use Snow the most, but I love Jade Green. Thanks!

  98. barbe November 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Cyan, gorgeous color

  99. Carrie P November 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    My favorite color is Olive.

  100. jodi November 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I love Silver – goes with almost everything!

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