Fabric, Kona Cottons, Quilt Designs

May 23rd – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me…

Photo by Pixaby

Today’s Kona Cotton color of the day is Kumquat.

Kumquat is a medium orange color, reminiscent of fruit after which it’s named. Kumquats are a type of citrus and come from a small-fruit bearing tree in the plant family Rutaceae.

As it is probably well-known, I am not a huge fan of orange colors. I enjoy them mixed with other colors, but as a whole…. not my fave. But, when a quilt is done really right, like the one you’ll see below, I find that I like the color more. Here it is.

Sundown by Ariga Mahmoudlou for Robert Kaufman

I love how the background looks like a sunset or a sunrise, depending on your point of view and the white blocks look like twinkling stars. It’s just beautiful!

Some interesting facts about Kumquats you may not know according to justfunfacts.com:

  1. The Kumquat plant is native to south Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.
  2. The earliest reference to Kumquats is in Chinese literature from the 12th century.
  3. The have been cultivated in India, Japan, Tawain, Phillipines and southeast Asia.
  4. They were introduced in Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune.
  5. The English name “kumquat” is derived from the Chinese word “gam-gwat”, meaning Golden Orange.
  6. They have glossy dark green leaves and white flowers.
  7. The skin is thin and sweet and the fruit can be mouth puckeringly sour.

Are you a fan of orange colored fabric? Maybe you’d like to take some Kona kumquat home and blend it with some other fabrics and see what you get.

Show us some pics of your favorite kumquat colored quilts in the comments. We’d LOVE to see them!!

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