What Shade are You with Carolyn Murfitt

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I’m Carolyn Murfitt and you can find my work on Instagram @freebirdquiltingdesigns or my website. I have been making quilts since about 2011 and have been a longarm quilter since November 2014.

Basically I am addicted to making quilts and quilting them, so when RJR fabrics asked if I would like to be a part of the ‘what shade are you’ blog hop I jumped at the chance.

When I thought about what shade am I, I realised I was every shade of the rainbow, so I knew straight away that I wanted to make a lonestar with as many of there beautiful cotton supreme solids as I could.

I used a lot of small amounts of different colours to create the effect I wanted:

For the yellow section I used Lemon chiffon, citron, sunny delight, goldenrod, sunny side up, golden topaz, butternut, and pumpkin.For the orange/red section I used carrot, cantaloupe, tangerine dream, oriole, mandarin, bandana, morocco.For the Red/dark red section I used Amaryllis, noel red, chili pepper, moulin rouge, scarlet letter, red wagon.For the dark pink/purple section I used Sunset ruby, rio, pink sapphire, raging ruby, ruby slippers, grape, purple haze, bougainvillea, aubergine.For the blue section I used night, lapis lazuli, royal blue, lancaster sky, bora bora, proud as a peacock, Turks and Caicos and horizon.Finally for the green section I used meadowland, beach house, wimbledon, pea in a pod,martini olive, aloe vera, clover emerald and putting green.

I cut up lots and lots of 2.5 by 5.5 inch rectangles.

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The lonestar came together quickly and before long it was time to audition the background fabric for the star.The Cotton and Steel grey sprinkles fabric was the winner and I think you will agree it looks perfect.

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But, as I started putting the lonestar together on the design wall, I decided to play around with the layout and loved the concept of a deconstructed lonestar, something a bit different.

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Once the top was pieced, I decided it needed a pieced back too.

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Then it was time to load it onto the longarm and start the quilting.

I colour matched my aurifil threads.

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The grey sprinkle negative space was quilted first, I call this my ‘fanciful garden’ design.

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The garden grew and grew!

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Next up was quilting the lonestar. I stitched in the ditch all of the seams with clear aurifil thread and then colour matched each thread colour to the fabric colour and quilted a continuous pattern into each section.

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The cotton and steel grey sprinkles was perfect with the bright solids and quilted beautifully.

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Finally it was finished and I could take it off the longarm and see the quilt in its entirety.

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I love it!!

And the back looks just as good!

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Now she is bound, she looks even better, this quilt is definitely a she!

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and another one!

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Thank you so much RJR Fabrics for asking me to be a part of this blog hop! Your cotton supreme solids are so soft and colour saturated, they are going to be the only cotton solids I use moving forward and the cotton and steel was perfection, quilted beautifully.

A special thank you to the lovely ladies Rachael, Demetria and Jennifer for all of your help and enthusiasm with this project!

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    carol n

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    OMG, I Love your quilt, Beautiful!

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    Mary

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    Gorgeous quilting!

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    Kristen

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    Wow, this is just gorgeous! Your quilting is inspiring!

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    Kathy Bradbury

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    This is truly inspiring and so very beautiful! I love everything about this quilt!!!

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    Marilyn Keener

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    Dear Carolyn, I’d like to make a pillow top star. 14″ approximate size. Do you sell your amazing fractured star pattern? I need this star pattern, if you’re selling. Or might you have the time to make it for me this summer?! (I need it as a gift in mid-August which reduces feasibility, I understand.) Marilyn, Pennsylvania

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