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Where to find solid Kona fabrics (and what to do if you can't)

As quilters deal with a national shortage of Robert Kaufman's popular Kona Cotton Solids fabrics, we've put together tips for where to get your hands on some – and if you get stuck, some suggestions for easy alternatives to try...

Where to find Kona Fabric in the UK
Published: August 21, 2020 at 8:45 am
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Can’t get your hands on the right shades of Kona Cotton? Fear not! As quilters grapple with a national shortage of the modern maker's favourite fabric, we've put together these tips for where to find it in the UK and US, and suggest some alternatives if you still can't find the solid shade you need.


Where to find Kona fabric in the UK

Try these stockists, and if you're still stumped, read on for our suggestions for alternatives you can use.

  • Love Crafts – have a sale of some Robert Kaufman Kona Solids still in stock at the time of writing this article
  • Plush Addict - have a range of shades in stock, available by fat quarter or by the metre
  • Wool Warehouse – have a large collection of shades available
  • Eternal Maker – also have a great range to dive into
  • Quilt Essential – stock a range of shades

Where to find Kona fabric in the US

  • Joann Stores – stock a large number of Kona fabrics
  • Fat Quarter Shop – have a range of charm packs and roll ups to help you stock up on pre-cuts
  • Etsy – have a number of sellers who stock some of our favourite shades

Where to find alternative shades if you can't find the one you need

As the whole world (or so it seems) is desperate to get their hands on Kona Solids, if you struggle to find the one you need, fear not! We’ve worked out the best alternative shades if you swap brands and replace Kona with Moda Bella Solids or Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements – so that you can get to work on your quilt with whatever’s available to you.

We've based these recommendations on the quilts in issue 88 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, but they'll also come in handy for Kona fans across the country who need a hand with their fabric shopping!

Modern applique patchwork

Yasmeen K Branton’s Blomma Block of the Month series uses the following shades of Kona Cotton Solids:

  1. Snow
  2. Dusty Peach
  3. Lupine
  4. Hibiscus
  5. Nautical
  6. Cadet
  7. Dresden Blue
  8. Seafoam
  9. Sage

In the same order, we’d recommend the following shades of Moda Bella Solids:

  1. Off White
  2. Sisters Pink
  3. Sugar Plum
  4. Purple
  5. Midnight
  6. Cobalt
  7. Blue
  8. Frost
  9. Teal

Or if you switch with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements, use these shades in the same order

  1. White Linen
  2. Cotton Candy
  3. Field of Lavender
  4. Purple Pansy
  5. Heart of the Ocean
  6. Night Sea
  7. Parisian Blue
  8. Icy Mint
  9. Warm Wave

Rainbow triangles quilt

Allison Jensen’s Simply Charming cover quilt uses the following shades of Kona Cotton Solids:

  1. Gumdrop
  2. Carnation
  3. Flesh
  4. Salmon
  5. Peach
  6. Melon
  7. Lemon
  8. Cactus
  9. Peapod
  10. Aruba
  11. Candy Green

In the same order, we’d recommend the following shades of Moda Bella Solids:

  1. Berrylicious
  2. Amelia Pink
  3. Sisters Pink
  4. Peach Blossom
  5. Bubble Gum
  6. Rose
  7. Sunshine
  8. Key Lime
  9. Acid Green
  10. Aqua
  11. Peacock

Or if you can swap them with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements:

  1. Very Berry
  2. Sweet Pink
  3. Cotton Candy
  4. Grapefruit
  5. Peach Sherbet
  6. Quartz Pink
  7. Honeydew
  8. Lemonade
  9. Dark Citron
  10. Fresh Water
  11. Mirage Blue

Issue 89 Kona shades

Pink Lemonade

Allison Jensen’s Pink Lemonade quilt

Kona Cotton Solids: Pickle, Ice Frappe, Melon, Snow

Moda Bella Solids: Citrine, Breeze, Honeysuckle, Off White

Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: Lemonade, Icy Mint, Quartz Pink, White Linen

Just Peachy

Rachel Singh’s Just Peachy quilt

Kona Cotton Solids: Peach, Tangerine, Snow, Pepper

Moda Bella Solids: Bubble Gum, Mango, Off White, Washed Black

Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: Peach Sherbet, Burnt Orange, White Linen, Caviar

Bedtime Bubbles

Marni Weaver’s Bedtime Bubbles set

Kona Cotton Solids: Torch, Cloud, Lighthouse, White, Aloe, Sprout, Shark, Harbor

Moda Bella Solids: Tangerine, Lt Blue, Zen Grey, White Bleached, Seaglass, Amelia Green, Steel, Lapis

Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: Burnt Orange, Crystalline, Light Grey, Snow, Mirage Blue, Pistachio Crème, Ash, Royal Cobalt

Geo Lines

Lorna Slessor’s Geo Lines quilt

Kona Cotton Solids: Coral, Creamsicle, Windsor, Curry, Grapemist, Blue, White

Moda Bella Solids: Geranium, Peach Blossom, Admiral Blue, Mustard, Baby Blue, Lt Blue, White Bleached
Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: Coral Reef, Grapefruit, Night Sea, Empire Yellow, Tranquil Waters*, Crystalline, Snow

Finding Structure

Paula Steel’s Finding Structure quilt

Kona Cotton Solids: Bluegrass, Peach, Mint, Wasabi, White

Moda Bella Solids: Jade, Bubble Gum, Mint, Acid Green, White Bleached

Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: Emerald, Peach Sherbet, Tender Green, Lemonade, Snow

Retro Groove

Joanna Marsh’s Retro Groove quilt

Kona Cotton Solids: Red, Carnation, Creamsicle, Peapod, Capri, Ice Frappe


Moda Bella Solids: Ruby, Amelia Pink, Peach Blossom, Limeade, Seafoam, Breeze
Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements: Flamingo, Sweet Pink, Grapefruit, Dark Citron, Cozumel Blue, Icy Mint


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor,

Zoe is the launch Editor of She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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