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.

Untitled Picture: http://www.10101010101010101010.biz/

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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    carol n

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    Wow, very pretty!!

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    Michele

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    Your quilt is gorgeous and I love those colours…. So pretty!!

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    Krista - Poppyprint

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    I love this! What a perfect interpretation of the portal piece. Way to go!

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    Mary D

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    Awesome quilt, great translation of your inspirational piece.

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    carol n

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    Beautiful, and a great job in finding and using your inspiration!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Wendy

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    Awesome work Erin. Love the dimension you were able to create.

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    Alison H

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    Fantastic quilt Erin.
    Don’t forget to send a photo to the artist that inspired this interpretation of his work in fabric

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    Kaholly

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    Simply incredible!

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