What Shade are You with Jen Van Orman

I am Jen Van Orman of @heritage.threads and I am so beyond excited to be sharing this quilt with you today. I was interested in quilting growing up as I saw my mother making quilts. I took a long hiatus from quilting until I was 8 months pregnant with my second child. Quilting has been my solace as I dealt with postpartum depression, toddler tantrums, and life in general. Creating something, anything, out of fabric really does soothe my soul.

When I had the opportunity to work with RJR’s cotton supreme solids I *maybe* cried just a little. I love, love solids and how much they can change a pattern into something completely different than intended. If you’ve ever worked with Cotton + Steel fabrics, these solids have the exact same hand and feel. They are such a dream to work with!!

I chose 25 colors to use in my quilt. It was really hard to just narrow it down to 25 from all of the beautiful options, but here they are:

Apricot Ice 387 Flamingo 338 Guava 373 Ballerina 176 Bubblegum 244 Hot Pink 217 Sweet Pea 420 Pink Sapphire 218 Rhododendron 181 Hydrangea 214 Violet 423 Bougainvillea 333 Aubergine 361 Perinwinkle 334 Harbor 280 Night 280 Sea Glass 234 Pistachio 404 Julep 403 Robin’s Egg 392 Turks & Caicos 292 Meadowland 352 Emerald City 329 Mermaid 393 Argento 362

I very loosely based my Confetti Bomb quilt off of a quilt I saw in Love Patchwork & Quilting November 2015 issue entitled “Snowfall” by Tied with a Ribbon. I took Jemima’s idea and it grew from there into this quilt.

I had quite a few moments of panic during the creative process, as I almost always do. My brain goes from “This is the best idea ever!” to “Oh my goodness! What was I thinking!” all within the space of fabric cutting to block assembly. I am hoping I’m not alone in this process. It is terrifying, and invigorating all at once.

Once I started laying out my blocks, I just had to let my plans for a specific layout all go out the window and let the fabric speak to me. In the end, I feel like this quilt ended up being better than I had originally hoped. In fact, it has propelled me to be more bold in my background choice for other quilts and push me further outside of my comfort zone. The quilting, done by Kaoline Parry @quilterlove66, really completed the look I was hoping for.

A big thank you to RJR fabrics for trusting me with your beautiful fabrics and to my husband and boys for being so patient as we paraded around town taking photos. The “Quilt with Love” slogan is alive and well in this quilt because of them.

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    Meg Dunton

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    This is GORGEOUS!!! I love the quilt and it’s super fun name!!! Beautiful choice of colors!!!

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    Gloria Cotten

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    Wow! This quilt is spectacular. The color choice is really inspired!

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    Barb N

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    I love your design and fabric choices. Sometimes you just need to trust yourself and go with it! Yours turned out great, and the quilting makes it just that much nicer!

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