What Shade are You with Carolina Asmussen
Hi, here is Carolina Asmussen and welcome to my stop on the RJR blog hop! I bought my first sewing machine in 2010 in Switzerland and since then I never stopped to sew. I like to design my own quilts, most of the time for contests and exhibitions (you can check my instagram: @carolasmussen). Over the last 2 years I had the honor of being part of some important exhibitions, like the International Quilt Festival in Houston and American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week.
To design this quilt I was inspired by those balcony gardens some people have in their apartments. I don’t have any talent to take care of plants and flowers… I’m actually allergic to pollen! So, at home, the garden stays outside. But I love to see how people can be creative with their space limitations in their apartments and are able to create compact and colorful gardens. Luckily as a quilter I can bring all the colors I want with fabrics and threads inside my home (without any sneezing).
My mini quilt “Balcony Garden” (41” x 41”) was made especially for RJR Fabrics. For this quilt I used cotton supreme solids to make (64) 5 1/2” drunkard’s path blocks. You can find the template here. Download and before printing make sure you scale to 100% and your template is going to be exactly like mine.
So lets start with my shades and how to cut them:
2 + 1/2 yards- 33T Optical White (background), cut 64 templates B
1/2 yard – 319 Overcast, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 175T Shell Pink, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 286 Ruby Slippers, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 282 Gale Force, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 343 Martini Olive, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 342 Peridot, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 294RP Cove, cut 8 templates A
1/2 yard – 309 RP Nothing Hill, cut 8 templates A
and 3 yards – 362 Argento for the backing fabric and binding
Now it’s time to sew all your templates A and B together, making the 64 drunkard’s blocks. I like to piece every “flower block” first, and after that, piece all the 16 “flower blocks” making my top quilt design.
For quilting I coordinated my fabric shades with the colors of threads (its a good excuse do add more spools to my collection!). I used Aurifil 50wt and to quilt the background variegated thread.
And voilà! My Balcony Garden! Many thanks to RJR for the fun! I was thrilled to work with your amazing cotton supreme fabrics!
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