Modern Quilting Inspiration by the Sea

Living in New England, you’re never too far from the coastline. There, the light and water play off each other to create some of the most beautiful colors, not just in summer, but year-round. A walk on the beach also yields inspiration from natural textures like the pebbles or driftwood, organic shapes like wave-tossed seaweed, and lines and patterns like ripples in the sand or the rock ridges left by the tides.

kona cotton quilt by latifah saafir
‘Triangulate’ quilt by Latifah Saafir, co-founder of the Modern Quilt Guild. Download the free pattern at

The ocean often influences me when I’m choosing fabric colors–especially from my beloved Kona cottons–as well as patterns for contemporary quilting.

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the longest standing and most preferred quilter’s  cotton solid, we’ve gathered together some of the industry’s quilting superstars to create 30 original Kona quilts, then we photographed them at a house by the sea.

I’m so inspired by the colors, the quilts, and the setting.

You can view all of the quilts and patterns and imagine yourself making your own quilt designs for displaying or snuggling under while daydreaming of the seaside.

P.S. Learn more about Kona cottons and Robert Kaufman Fabrics at

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