What Shade are You with Kate Rawlinson

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Hi my name’s Kate and I’m relatively new to quilting (you can find me on Instagram @iamkatotron) so when RJR got in touch and asked if I would be part of their “What Shade Are You?” blog hop I was delighted and a little nervous. What could I make? I wanted to present something that was my own design but I had only ever recreated other people’s patterns before. I knew the colours I wanted to work with and had a blast looking through the colour-card picking out my fabric choices – the cotton supreme solids are fantastic. The richness of colour and the weight of the fabric made this project a dream.

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I chose a ditsy floral from Cotton & Steel’s Lucky Strike collection for the back as it’s one of my all-time favourite prints.

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So fabric in hand I searched in earnest for inspiration. I found a picture that was quite interesting – a close-up of a fabric weave and decided I liked the idea of creating depth but in macro scale. I started cutting in earnest and actually finished the quilt top before I realised that it just wasn’t working. It wasn’t “me”. I still haven’t figured out what my style is yet but I knew that this wasn’t it. So what to do now? I took a break from thinking about it and decided to play around with the scraps from the quilt-top. I improv-pieced them together and matchstick quilted them to make a cushion cover. I even used scraps for the piping! It was really fun and I liked the process of free-form piecing.

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I decided to incorporate that element into my quilt – but the scientist in me likes order. How could I combine the two? Well the obvious answer was to use the improvised pieced top as “fabric” and make some giant blocks. I went for flying geese – a true classic and I love triangles. I really like the discordancy between the chaos of the random piecing and the rigidity of the flying geese.

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I added some straight-line and free-motion quilting that was inspired by 1980s vector graphic videogames and echoed the colour of the fabric with my thread choices. I used 28wt Aurifil for the quilting in the main body of the quilt and Guterman variegated for the free-motion quilting of the geese. I also finished my first successful machine binding!

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I am really happy with how it turned out and I loved working with RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids.

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Many thanks to Rachael and Demetria for all their help. Happy Quilting!

What Shade are You with Casey Johnson

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“What shade are you?” Flying Geese Quilt Hi my name is Casey, I am 26 and I love quilting and thread painting. You can check out my work at caseytaylorthreads.com, or Instagram @caseytaylorj I could not believe it when RJR emailed me about participating in their Cotton Supreme Solids block hop. No one had ever asked me to participate in their blog hop, so I was very excited! When I received the color card in the mail I was blown away by just how many color choices they had to offer. I don’t normally work with strictly solids so I had no idea what to make or what colors to choose. I decided to pull a color palette with greens, blues, red, pink and mustard as my color inspiration! I chose 15 colors (including 5 background colors):

The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Tickled Pink 330
Caviar 345
Anemone 251
Carolina 313
Proud as a Peacock 289
Kelly Green 127
Sprout 249
Peridot 342
Golden Topaz 285
Bandana 367
Greyhound 321
Burlap 310
Linen White 32
Kona Coffee 117
Sand Dune 193

Wow when the fabrics arrived I could not get over the vibrant hues and how soft and how much body they had.

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I knew what ever I decided to make I couldn’t just use solids, I had to toss in a few Cotton and Steel Black & white prints (obviously).
Here are the Cotton + Steel Black & White prints I used:
Bear hug metallic
Flock metallic
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2.5″ Gingham Black
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Sprinkle Black Cat

I wanted to create a unique pattern with improv and modern piecing. While I was way outside my comfort zone, why not draft a large paper piecing quilt pattern… So, I created my own flying geese pattern that graduated in size from 12″ wide to 1/2″ wide geese. For the centers of the flying geese I pieced together slivers of solids and B&W fabrics creating fabric to cut from.

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For the background I used a graduation of neutrals from light to dark.

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To give the quilt a modern feel I left a bunch of negative space in the background.

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For the backing I pieced together leftover colored solids, Cotton and Steel B&Ws, and background fabrics.

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Since there was a ton of negative space, why not play around with graffiti quilting to enhance the body of the fabrics and the texture of the quilting? To continue with the modern/improv feel I quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread in a variety of colors that coordinated with the Cotton Supreme Solids.

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I bound the quilt in leftover solid scraps and B&W fabrics.

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Finished Quilt Size: 52 x 60

Happy Quilting!

XX Casey

What Shade are You with Audrey Yeager

*pinch*.  Sorry, just had to pinch myself to see if this opportunity was for real.  Yup, I am part of the “What Shade Are You?” blog series for RJR Fabrics this week and I couldn’t be more excited!  


My name is Audrey Yeager, and I am fairly new to quilting, only having become really obsessed about 2 1/2 years ago and making a ton of quilts since.  

You can find me here:

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I have become completely enamored with Cotton & Steel fabrics, and use a lot of the Cotton Supreme solids that complement the lines.  When I received the color swatch chart I was just amazed at all the shades and colors to choose from.

To help me narrow down my choice, I went to my “Art” board on Pinterest and chose some of my current favorite pieces for inspiration.  I am really drawn to the art and illustration of Helen Dardik. Look at this amazing combination of colors below.  I especially love that emerald green and the light blue.

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And my biggest inspiration came from this collection of images focusing on the semi-circle design.







I decided to pick my colors from these images and matched them up with the color chart as best as I could and here is the resulting bundle:



The colors from the Cotton Supreme solids I chose are:

Kelly Green (127 T)
Citron (337)
Sunny Delight (326)
Tangerine Dream (276)
Bandana (367 C+S)
Paris (235 RP)
Chili Pepper (49 T)
Hot Pink (217)
Rhododendron (181 T)
Amethyst (215)
Hydrangea (214)
Lapis Lazuli (192 T)
Royal Blue (126 T)
Riviera (274)
Turks & Caicos (292)
Peridot (342)
Harlequin (358)
Clover (128)
Optical White (33 T)
Black (34 T)

And here is my quilt:



I began by drawing some semi circle shapes on some Heat N Bond lite, cutting them out, and ironing them on the backs of the different colored solids.

To make some of the more complicated designs, I pieced some strips for some, and on other, I cut out tiny bits of fabric backed with Heat N Bond and ironed them on.

After lining up the semi-circles and ironing them all on, I appliquéd around each with a blanket stitch in invisible thread.




I quilted with a really loose stipple pattern, leaving some of the semi-circles un-quilted to make them puff out a bit from the others.
I backed my quilt with my favorite color…a solid emerald green, which is so super soft! 


To finish, I added a fun black and white striped binding with fabric from my stash.


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Thanks so much to RJR Fabrics for this amazing opportunity!  I already have another project in the works with my scraps from this one!

What Shade are You with Erin Barry

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Well hello!! My name is Erin, and I can be found at Quilt By Starlight or on Instagram under @quiltbystarlight.

I was so excited to join the fun when RJR Fabrics asked me if I would like to make a quilt out of their range of Cotton Supreme Solids. I’ve only been quilting for just over 2 years, but it’s my passion and I love every aspect of the process, even the binding!

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When the colour card arrived, there was a great deal of pondering to be done. Do I choose the colours and then let the pattern be dictated by them? Or pick a pattern and then select colours?

In the end, I selected a pattern, and then painstakingly curated a colour palette.

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The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green 290
Tiffany Box 291
Emerald City 329
Horizon 354
Turks & Caicos 292
Meadowland 352
Toy Boat 366
Blue Skies 264
Cove 297
Notting Hill 309
Elephant Pink 277
Kerchief 364
Argento 362
On The Rocks 283
Overcast 319
Optical White 33

And I threw in a bit of Cotton and Steel’s Navy Sprinkle for good measure.

Once the fabric arrived however, seeing those gorgeous colours in person, my mind was drawn to some artwork I had seen by an extremely talented street artist from Germany, 1010.

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I love looking for inspiration from the real world, so when inspiration strikes, you should never ignore it! I sent off an email asking if he would give me permission to translate one of his portal artworks into an improvisational quilt and the response was positive, and encouraging, so I started cutting away! It was thrilling to just cut and piece as I went, building the quilt from the centre out, hoping and praying as I got to the last F8 that I would have just enough to finish that section. He also has a portal in the shape of a triangle that I might have to try down the track.

I honestly think that ‘Elephant Pink’ is one of my new favourite colours. I just love the way it pops against the cooler colour palette and those gorgeous neutrals.

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Once I finished the quilt top, I loaded it up onto my new Handi Quilter Avante and set to work. I knew I needed something to complement the graphic industrial nature of the quilt design, so I settled on straight lines with Aurifil 2615 in 40wt. I just love the texture it gives. I bound the quilt in the Argento which was the perfect neutral to complement the background and not take away from the quilt top.

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I am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out, I think I might even hang it in my studio, if my family doesn’t claim it first.

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And that’s a wrap! Thank you so much to RJR Fabrics for giving me the opportunity to turn this idea into a quilt and to be a part of this fantastic line up of quilt artists!

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Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: RYCO Creative Sewing Center

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RYCO is well known in the New England area. Possibly because of it’s location which is an old cotton bleachery mill that was built in 1884 at the start of the cotton trade in Rhode Island. It is a huge mill with over 15000 sq ft of fun. This store is the passion of all who are in it. Our customers, the people who work here, and the neighborhood itself which has many historic buildings and homes.

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When you walk in to RYCO you will think you have stepped back in time with the old antique sewing machines that are scattered about on top of the fabric shelving and the many handmade quilts hanging from rafters and pipes. Much of the building remains as it was in it’s heyday! Another thing that will make you feel you have stepped back in time is our old fashioned customer service. Everyone is treated like they are family here. When customers are finished shopping there is a seating area where they can sit and have a cup of tea if they would like.

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Our major event is “Teachers Textiles and Tea.” Sept 17 2016. We show case our many teachers since we have many classes. Customers can meet them, see what they teach and talk to them. At the event we’ll have our new products, home made cupcakes and tea.

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Is RYCO your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on one three major sales events they have per year happening this weekend!

Make sure to check out RYCO Creative Sewing Center’s Website, Instagram and Facebook!

What Shade are You with Nydia Kehnle

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I was really excited when RJR Fabrics asked me to be apart of of their What Shade Are You Blog Hop. I have been wanting to create another Half Square Triangle quilt and thought it would be a perfect time to do so.

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When it was my time to select my colors I was immediately overwhelmed about where to start… There were so many beautiful colors to choose from. I decided to scroll threw some of my favorite color inspiration pins on pinterest. I settled on a beautiful series of travel photos found on the awesome travel blog Kevin and Amanda.

The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green
Tiffany Box
Neon
ToyBoat
Meadowland
Aloe Verde
Sprout
Peridot
Harlequin
Peapod
Glow in the dark
Ginkgo
Seaglass
Citron
Bougainvillea
Twilight
Hydrangea
Verbena
Jacaranda
Grape
Amethyst
Graystone
Overcast
Linen
Kerchief
Burlap
Greyhound
Driftwood
Moss
Cream
Moonlight

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I really wanted my quilt to be mostly neutral, with pops of these colors, but as I got to working the quilt just took a life of its own. I decided not to fight it. I think thats what I love most about these types of quilts… the Journey, letting the colors just flow and letting them decide ultimately where they should go. No plan. Just play.

For the quilting, I knew I wanted something simple to keep the quilt soft and cuddly. I opted for an on-point straight line cross grid.

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I can’t tell you how many out-takes of this photo there were…. Because of the Princess Mabel… She didn’t understand why I was on the floor and not giving her attention….

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I bound the quilt in Bougainvillea which I am pretty sure is my new favorite color… Backed in Driftwood. I hand stitched the binding using Spagetti from WonderFil 12wt. It was first time using it; it’s pretty nice to work with and I love the results.

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I plan on keeping this quilt on my couch, its cozy and a perfect size for cuddling under. I think I may crank the air on today just so I can enjoy it!

Thank you to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to be a part of this event!

What Shade are You with Jeni Baker

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Hi! I’m Jeni Baker and you can find my work on my blog, Incolororder.com, or on Instagram @jenib320. Finding ways to be creative every day is an important part of my life. I started sewing from a young age, but I didn’t starting quilting until 2009. I’ve been hooked ever since! I love figuring out how to make things work and especially doing quilt math!

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When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in the What Shade Are You? blog hop, I was excited to join in! I’ll be honest though, I was a little intimidated to work with just solids. It’s definitely outside my comfort zone, but I was excited to take on the challenge.

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I have been itching lately to work with log cabin blocks, and I’ve had this particular design tucked away for a while. It’s been waiting in the wings for the perfect project. I liked the idea of changing the shape of the center of the block to a rectangle, to see how it would affect the overall look of the block. The blocks in my quilt finish as a square because of an extra log at the end, but otherwise, they’d finish rectangular. Cool!

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There were so many colors to choose from when looking through all the Cotton Supreme Solids available, at first I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. I ended up choosing a color scheme based on a piece of artwork by Susan Driscoll of The Print Tree.

Here are the solids I used for my project:
Pink Sapphire 218
Just Peachy 278
Seafoam 301
Overcast 319
Marvelous 332
Bougainvillea 333
Feeling Blue 335
Tropican 339
Argento 362
Harlequin 358

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For the quilting, I knew I wanted something non-geometric to break up the design a bit. I went with my tried and true wavy lines. These are done using a walking foot, and the quilt is smoothly turned to the left and right while stitching to get these organic, uneven lines. It’s a relaxing design to quilt, and it’s very forgiving!

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I used 358 Harlequin for the binding and a Cotton + Steel print, 5023-003 Sprinkle in Petal, for the backing.

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I’m hoping to find somewhere in my apartment to hang up this quilt, I am really happy with how it turned out!

Thank you to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to be a part of this event!

What Shade are You with Krista Hennebury

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Hi, my name is Krista and you can find me on instagram @poppyprint or on my blog. You’ve seen this design from me before – I made a 4-patch version and called it Quarter Round last year for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild’s Modern Mini Showcase exhibit. It also proudly hung in the Small Quilts category at QuiltCon 2016. I did a digital mock up of the design in Touchdraw and I got so excited about all of the design possibilities available just by colour-blocking certain strips and making more blocks to repeat the pattern.

When I sent a picture of the 4-patch to my creative genius friend Berene looking for name suggestions (Quarter Round was her idea), she also thought I should try making it with an ombre effect. I held that thought.

Recently, RJR Fabrics asked if I’d like to participate in their What Shade Are You? feature on their Quilt With Love blog. The blog hop showcases their Supreme Cotton Solids. This was my chance to choose as many colours as I wanted to make any project my little heart desired. “Yes please” was my reply!  Of course, actually choosing the fabrics took me f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

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The last couple of years I’ve been enjoying working with the contrast of warm and cool colours in my improv work, so I thought I’d do the same with this quilt. Here are the colours I finally chose from the Supreme Cotton Solids colour card.  They are listed in ombre order from lightest to darkest in their colour groups.

Shell Pink 175T
Candyland 86T
Hot Pink 217
Rhododendron 181T
Ruby Slippers 286

Glow in the Dark 204
Peridot 342
Wimbledon 205
Clover 128T
Kelly Green 127T

Goldenrod 92T
Carrot 131T
Tangerine Dream 276
Mandarine 159T
Chili Pepper 49T

Seafoam 301
Nile Green 90T
Toy Boat 366 C&S
Horizon 354
Twilight 353

and finally, Kerchief 364 C&S as a warm white background.

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And here it is! All 38″ square. Because I can’t stop myself, there’s a lot of straight line quilting 1/2″ apart in concentric squares and it’s all on the bias grain of the fabric. There was definitely some distortion of this little quilt (even with ditch-stitching the edges of the blocks to stabilize them first).  A full wash and blocking was in order, so I did that prior to finishing the edge (see below). I can honestly report that these fabrics are 100% colourfast in cold water. No running, no fading. I used a mild, unscented powder detergent. 

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I love this positive/negative star that happens when the 4-patch blocks meet in the middle! Every one of the sixteen 10″ blocks in this quilt are built with the same pieces. The resulting illusion of round edges within the square block are all about the colour placement and which strips are designated “background”, or in this case white.

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I just couldn’t bear to border the blocks in with a binding, so I chose to face the quilt. I’ve done this before using different techniques and always been very pleased with the results. This time, I followed a tutorial by fellow VMQG member Terry Aske. You get such nice, sharp corners! (I used the method of cutting out a 1/2″ triangle of batting in each corner of the quilt).


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Here you can see both a front corner and what it looks like on the back where the facings overlap.

I’d like to thank RJR for the opportunity to work with their lovely solids. I’m excited about issuing a pattern for the Quarter Round block with some layout suggestions and colouring pages so that you can try it, too! I’ve got a couple of pattern testers raring to go, so hopefully I can finalize the pattern early in the fall.

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Accuquilt GO! fabric cutter Giveaway!

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The quilting world is rapidly evolving around us. Some say almost top quick making it hard to keep up with ‘what is hot’ right now. Personally I disagree; I think the quilting world is at a pivotal point. We either go with it or get left behind. There is so much talent in the world and I think everyone has a place to shine. I mean we are the best tribe in the world right? Traditional and modern quilters, we all start at the same spot. Creating something for someone we love.

The use of social media and the DIY movement has shed light into the world that was once described to me as a secret society. My response, trust me we walk among you, and there are a lot of us out there. Which, by the way I think is the coolest thing in the world. Can you say James Bond? How cool are we!

Before I continue, let me introduce myself. My name is Rachael and I am the Social Media Specialist here at RJR Fabrics. People tell me I have the coolest job and I can’t disagree. I spend my days surrounded by beautiful fabric, finding unbelievable projects and communicating with the most wonderful people in the world. I am one lucky girl! I started quilting about 8 years ago, long before I worked in the industry. My mom has always been an extremely talented quilter and she has been quilting for as long as I can remember. I had visited her at retreats, been impressed with her work and found comfort in her quilts. I don’t think there is anything better then lying under a homemade quilt. If you haven’t, I would argue that you haven’t lived. But I hadn’t really felt the urge to quilt myself. So how did I start? Well, I was coming home for a visit and she was taking a quilt class at her LQS so I met her there on my way into town. Um, I don’t think anyone could have warned me how magical the first visit to a quilt store is. The Row after row of beautiful fabric, the endless possibilities right at your fingers tips and the smell. Oh my goodness. It’s nirvana. Well it’s safe to say I was hooked from that moment and I haven’t looked back, but I knew my life would never be the same. And I was right. I started with RJR four incredible months ago. Working in the quilting industry is so different than solely being a quilter and it has been magical. Can I use that word? Because it is! I was lucky enough to attend my first quilt market in May. I can say it made all my dreams come true! My eyes were opened and I felt like the first time I walked into that quilt store. It’s like living in a dream. The thought and innovation that goes into the quilting industry, in my opinion is astronomical. There is always something new coming out and something that you have to try.

Have any of you heard of the new amazing awesome invention from accuquilt? Go! Fabric cutter reduces your fabric waste, ensures accuracy, and gets you sewing up to 90% faster than with a rotary cutter. The GO! cutters minimize the strain on your joints while cutting up to 6 layers of fabric at a time. With over 200 piecing and appliqué shapes, a GO! Fabric Cutter is a great value and gives you the confidence to make projects you never would otherwise have attempted. Start seeing your project come together faster with a GO! Fabric Cutter.

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So you have to ask, how many tools do I need? Just kidding! The answer to that question is all of them! Lets face it, quilters love trying new things and when they work, they work.

So of course I had to try it!! I am too nosey by nature not too. You guys! This machine is amazing. It comes with so many templates, free projects and eliminates fabric waste! It also cuts with precision so you know that every block is the exact size you need. So no more whacking. Am I the only one guilty of this? Yes, no, maybe?

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So basically I am hooked and RJR has decided to give one away to one lucky reader. You guys, I made this block super duper quick and easy. I chose our new Oasis Fabrics by Flaurie & Finch. It made my block come together perfectly and it didn’t take forever to cut everything out. I could start sewing much faster, and we all know that’s the fun part!

To enter visit our Facebook:

1. “Like” our Facebook page

2. Comment with a picture of yourself showing us the happy dance you will do if you are the lucky winner and tell us which RJR fabrics collection you can’t wait to try with the GO! Fabric Cutter

3. Tag a friend that will want to win this giveaway almost as much as you do!

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*Giveaway ends August 24th at 4pm PST. Open to U.S residents only*

What Shade are You with Katie Youdell

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Hi there, my name is Katie, and you will find me on Instagram as @iamkateyz. I live in a funky beach town just outside Vancouver Canada. I have three mostly grown children and a husband who, along with a growing menagerie of animals and a small garden, keep me pretty busy. I am a pastry chef by trade but these days I only bake for family and friends.

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I’ve been quilting since 1999, shortly after the birth of my second child. When I started quilting the only fabrics available were quite traditional, novelty prints, or batiks. There wasn’t much variety for solid fabrics, likely because quilt teachers then told us not to use solids. They told us to use mini monochromatic prints that would “read” as solids but add more interest to the quilt. Boy, am I glad attitudes have changed! I was so happy to be asked to join in the What Shade Are You Blog Hop. It gave me a chance to do something a bit different and try out the luscious Cotton Supreme Solids.

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My quilt is made up of a single repeated traditional quilt block called Chain and Hourglass. I handquilted it in a circular pattern that is at odds with the piecing to add a bit more interest. I was amazed at how modern this quilt looked made up in solids!

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For the piecing I used 10 RJR Cotton Supreme Solids. They are:

Tropicana 330

Orchid 216

Rio 311

Proud as a Peacock 289

Riviera 274

Seafoam 301

Harlequin 358

Goldilocks 368

Overcast 319

Optic White 33

I also used one Cotton + Steel print, as the binding. It is Persephone 5059-1, and it’s from the 2016 black & white collection.

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Thank you RJR for the opportunity to work with these delicious fabrics. I really enjoyed working with them!