What Shade are You with Casey Johnson
“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
Proud as a Peacock 289
Kelly Green 127
Golden Topaz 285
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.
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
2.5″ Gingham Black
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.
For the background I used a graduation of neutrals from light to dark.
To give the quilt a modern feel I left a bunch of negative space in the background.
For the backing I pieced together leftover colored solids, Cotton and Steel B&Ws, and background fabrics.
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.
I bound the quilt in leftover solid scraps and B&W fabrics.
Finished Quilt Size: 52 x 60
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