Kona Stashing: Greys

Kona Stashing


Sometimes a color card just doesn’t cut it. I was having a hard time choosing the right Kona solids for an upcoming project. The undertones were making it hard for me to decide what I wanted to order. So… I just ordered a half yard of each grey on the card. Thanks, Fat Quarter Shop, for having everything I wanted!

Kona Stashing: Greys
Kona Stashing: Greys

I spent some time curating the different colors together, and it wasn’t the easiest task. I am looking for a palette of 5 fabrics for a transparency play idea (shocking, I know). Getting the value right is the easy part, but getting the tones to play well together took more time. I finally settled on this grouping of 5:

Kona Stashing (bottom to top): Jet Black, Charcoal, Coal, Medium Grey, Shadow
Kona Stashing (bottom to top): Jet Black, Charcoal, Coal, Medium Grey, Shadow

That left me with nine other fabrics, which I couldn’t resist grouping together in their own sub-bundles.

It really surprised me that they all did not play better together; the different tones made for some surprising and clashing combinations.

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  • The five you chose are perfect. I feel your pain, I would pick colors that I thought played well together, only to find it would change in daylight, vs incandescent, or cool light. Surprisingly hard to choose, especially Kona grays. I am glad they added more grays, their original selection of grays had very strong blue undertones.
    Happy sponsoring 😉

  • Grays are hard to match as well as blues. My mother-in-law used to tell me that all greens went together – when decorating. I laugh now because she is right. Most greens do go well together but not grays or blues.

  • You’re right about the color card. It would be nice to have larger swatches, I’m thinking credit card size, that are not glued down – it changes the way the fabric looks. And greys are so hard! I have one piece that looks perfectly grey until I put it with others and then it looks almost greenish. Weird! Looking forward to seeing what you do with these!

  • I love the entire collection together, I think I would use it that way.
    This demonstrates a problem when a guild or group designates a block background as gray. You can end up with a hodgepodge of grays. If all of these grays were included, it would be fine. A recent group did this with a bizarre outcome, not good.

  • I’m jealous of having all the greys to look at together! I love the bundle you picked, they look great together. Hopefully the yardage you order has the same undertones! Wish Kona was a little more consistent with their dye lots.

  • I think that grey is the hardest fabric colour of all. From time to time I start again on my quest for the perfect one. Some are taupy, some are blueish, some are warmer, some are cooler. Ordering the stack is a great idea.

  • Greys and neutrals are some of the hardest colors to coordinate because of the slight hue differences. Plus, our eyes are more sensitive to variances in achromatic colors than they are to similarly slight differences in brights.

  • I recently read a post about brown-grays vs. blue-grays. Before then, I had never considered it! This is a lovely stack of grays. And you do transparency so well–I anticipate a lovely gray finish! (Also, I think Kona Charcoal is on my top five favorite Kona colors.)

  • Good Morning Yvonne! Thanks for the information on Grey fabrics not coordinating well together. I really have not used a whole set of grey fabrics yet, but will keep this information written in my notebook for when I do. I am always excited to see your projects and the grey tones you have chosen are lovely! I did read your post and welcomed the Fat Quarter Shop as your new sponser; they are one of three quilt shops that I follow online. I have always received great service, choosing fabrics from all of the new choices and other deals is really hard to do…plus their tutorials and videos are always a bonus! Again, I am looking forward to seeing your new project…so have a fantastic creative day!

  • I do like the reasoning for buying additional fabric – and greys are really hard to coordinate – they lack colour which means that anything mixed in (brown, blue, green, yellow) affects the tone more than a richer palette. I think your five choices are gorgeous.

  • Oh man, grays are tough but so worth it. Green grays, taupe-y grays, blue grays, purple grays, brown grays, warm grays, cool grays, I went through them all when deciding our exterior home paint. Your chosen group of 5 looks great.

  • I have noticed that greys do not necessarily play well together. Found this out as have been collecting. Quite frustrating! Glad you now have the complete set of Kona greys to refer to. Will you record your “greys go together” somehow for future reference?

  • Sounds like a great idea, there is nothing quite like having the colours in your hands to decide. I didn’t know there were so many Kona greys! I’m intrigued to see what you do with them

  • I’ve done the same thing before with solids when needing a select group of colors. I really wish some manufacturer would produce a complete gray scale of values from light to dark in both a warm and cool color range. It would make my fabric life easier.

  • The grouping you put together seem to play well together. I love grays but they can be tricky. Paired with one set of fabrics they will actually look gray. Put them with something different and they magically turn purple or blue.

  • Great selection! It always amazes me how a gray I’d supposed to be neutral or lack color, yet there are many colors in your selection. Good to find your transparency group and have all those others left for more projects. Happy valentine’s day to you and your valentine!

  • Maybe its just the pictures, or my own weird design tastes, but they all work together for me. Probably not for what you have intended… But I can see a few quilts where they all work together. Then again, I like 40 fabrics in a quilt when 4 would do…. 😀

  • Your color selection is to be commended. It would be very difficult for most of us but after looking over the initial group, you chose very wisely. It must have taken a long while to come to your final conclusion. It’s gorgeous!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)