What Shade are You with Erin Barry
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!
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.
The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green 290
Tiffany Box 291
Emerald City 329
Turks & Caicos 292
Toy Boat 366
Blue Skies 264
Notting Hill 309
Elephant Pink 277
On The Rocks 283
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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