Kona Highlight and Black Essex Linen



Earlier this year, Robert Kaufman introduced a new Kona Cotton color that will be available exclusively for 2016. They call this their “Color of the Year” (COTY), and for 2016 the color is Highlight. I recently picked up 2 yards of Highlight and 2 yards of Black Essex Linen from the Intrepid Thread.

Kona Highlight and Black Essex Linen
Kona Highlight and Black Essex Linen

I think that Robert Kaufman is set to make an announcement for a challenge that will include using Highlight, so I wanted to have some on hand to be prepared.

Update: The challenge was announced this week, and I have also learned that Anne @play crafts and Adrienne @On the Windy Side will not be hosting a quilt challenge this year (they have hosted the Pantone color of the year quilt challenges in the past and we’re discussing using Kona COTY this year instead).

If you are looking for where you can purchase Highlight, check out the Intrepid Thread or the comments of the Instagram post above (several stores commented in the thread indicating that they have it in stock). I am curious what the announcement will say, and I hope I have time to add a project to my to-do list!

Linking up with Sunday Stash.


  • I really love this color combination. I don’t think I’ll be participating in the challenge, but I do think I’ll be picking some Highlight up! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you make! πŸ™‚

  • Good Morning Yvonne! I hope that you have a splendid time with this challenge. Yet, something tells me you already are. LOL. Designs are dancing around in your imagination and most likely even some of them on paper. Your new fabrics are really lovely together and will make a beautiful project. I have to many projects on my plate right now, but thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention. That is a really nice thing to do! Have a fantastic creative day!

  • I love that linen you picture above! It has a look of faded denim (at least in the picture!) but looks like it has a great drape unlike denim. Perfect combination in my opinion πŸ™‚ Thank you for bringing this new line of Robert Kaufman to our attention too – I love their fabrics!

  • Okay! I did not know their COTY was only going to be limited time…will definitely have to pick up a bit…I love the color!! And with the Essex, it will be awesome! Have fun!

  • Are you thinking of the 2 together in your challenge? I really like the Essex, not so sure about the highlight one when you see it kind of on its own, it looks like it might be one which is all about how you use it with other fabrics. So I’ll be very interested to see how you do use it in the challenge!

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