What Shade are You with Stacey Day

Today is my turn for the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop! I love participating in blogs hops, it gives me a chance to create something just for me, and have a little fun with all of my wonderful followers (Hint: FABRIC!) This is my second appearance in the blog hop. My first was back in 2015 with my Lanterns quilt Tutorial. It felt like only yesterday, and the ways my life has changed in such a short time, from there to here, is truly amazing. From a new house, to a new baby, to new opportunities within the quilting world, the last 2 years have been busy and scary and WONDERFUL.

RJR makes Cotton Supreme Solids. They are a dream to sew with. The fabric is the perfect weight to mix with anything, and you have 197 rich, delicious hues to choose from.

Now let me introduce my newest creation, Heat Wave!

I LOVE everything about this quilt. The colors, the layout, the quilting, everything. I’m sure somewhere there is a grouchy quilt police officer wagging a finger and chanting “Stacey, you are being prideful. You can’t just TELL PEOPLE you LOVE your own work.” But you know what? The hashtag for RJR is #quiltwithlove . So I just threw this quilt over their head, because I LOVE IT! I want to shout that love from the rooftops!

I picked an analogous gradient of my favorite warm colors and went to town. Each color is a color I love individually, and together they make a perfect sunset inspired palette.

Heat Wave is the perfect example of how a small change can make a huge difference. I had mocked up a different layout for these blocks, something eclectic and busy and kinda neat, but in my near-coma-like sleep deprived state I sewed half the blocks as a mirror image of the first. And I didn’t notice until I started laying the blocks out. After a little head scratching (because I STILL hadn’t noticed what I’d done) I turned the blocks around and VOILA! Heat Wave was born! I still had to take a picture so I could purposefully do what I just did accidentally (and then FINALLY realized what had happened), but the top came together quickly after that and it couldn’t have turned out better.

The next step was quilting, and I had Heat Wave hanging over the bars of Penny(my Tin Lizzie Apprentice) for almost a week while I pondered. Then I realized it was Wednesday (again, I blame the sleep deprivation). Now I know some blogs are really good at showcasing just a top. Me, not so much. So she needed to be quilted, and quilted now. The funny thing is once I had her loaded on the frame, the quilting just fell into place. I recently returned from a family vacation, where I was able to meet up with a quilting friend. She once told me an anecdote from a famous longarm quilter (don’t ask who, I really can’t remember) and it always stuck with me. The moral of the story is when it comes to thread choice, always take the risk. So I did. I matched the yellow and violet fabrics in my quilt, and then used each color exclusively with the motif. Violet with the straight lines and yellow with the curled meander. The contrasting thread and patterns really worked well to highlight the secondary patterns in the quilt, and reigned in the pre-quilted color chaos.

To top off the perfection of this quilt, I chose to face it instead of binding to keep the colors flowing. Paired with the first really nice sunny day we’ve had in weeks, it felt like magic taking her outside to photograph. Even H wanted his turn with the camera! (We now have a lovely montage of grass growing.)

Now for the fun part (and the reward for reading to the end)! One lucky follower gets to win a bundle of the gorgeous Sunset Palette I curated for my quilt.

To enter, follow on Instagram @staceyinstitches, and leave a single comment telling me 2 things: Where you follow me, and what your favorite color is! Easy peasy! I will draw a winner at 4pm PST Tuesday.

There is also a second giveaway on the RJR Instagram Account. Log on and follow RJR Fabrics instructions to enter.

Happy Stitching!

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Comments (31)

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    Von

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    I LOVE this quilt. I never could have come up with that color combo but it’s perfect! I’m in Mesa AZ and my fav color is pink.

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    Angela Short

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    I follow you by email. My favorite color is blue!! Happy Memorial Day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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    Janet T

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    I follow you on instagram. My favorite color right now is blue. That is what my eye goes to first in fabric stores.

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    Nancy A

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    Great Quilt! I follow you here. Telling my favorite color is not easy — would be much easier to tell you my least favorite color. Since I have a redwork UFO I will say red, but I love scrappy quilts so really, anything goes:)

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    Lynda Hermann

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    my favorite color is orange so I was instantly drawn to this quilt. I love this quilt almost as much as you do. The problem I have with making a quilt with colors like this is that most people I know would not have anyplace to use such wonderful colors – I am a faithful follower via bloglovin

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    Shauna

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    I follow you on IG and my favorite color is Purple

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    Chiska

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    OH my goodness you SHOULD shout how much you love this quilt from the rooftops. It is amazing! I love it! I don’t really have a favorite color–I haven’t met one that I didn’t like. I follow you here–by e-mail. I can’t get over how much I love your quilt!

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    Wendy

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    Love this quilt.My favorite is blues and purple.

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    CJ Smith

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    Oh Emm Gee! Those colors! That quilt is amazing! I just found you on Facebook with a post featuring this quilt. You can be sure I’m signing up to follow you! Blues and purples are my favorite colors.

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    Marilyn

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    I love these colors. My favorite color is red and the pinks that follow. I follow you here. What Cotton Supreme shades did you use?

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    Quilting Tangent

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    Following on Bloglovin’. Favorite colors orange/yellow and purple. The colors in your quilt are wonderful.

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    Diana

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    What a fun quilt! Favorite colors are blues but today the colors in your quilt sing to me. I follow you here

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    Paula

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    This quilt is luscious. My favorite color combo! I follow on IG

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    Ben

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    Beautiful quilt! I just started following you on Instagram. My favorite color is blue.

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    DianeY

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    Gorgeous! I follow you on IG and my favorite color is the kind of watermelon color in your quilt

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    Lisa

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    I follow you on Instagram! My favorite color changes….seriously. I love black, but I also love pink and green and turquoise.

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    Maxine E./BlueFigQuilts

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    Orange is my favorite color! This photo popped up on my IG Feed and just had to get a better look at it! OMG. I LOVE IT! I follow you on IG

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    Becky Parkin

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    Stunning quilt! It’s funny how our best ideas come from mistakes. My favorite color is the pink side of coral. Some call it watermelon , but I think it is lighter than that. Thanks for the beauty.

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    Beth

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    Following you on Instagram. I love pink and purple. Have loved them since I was a little girl….LOVE this quilt!😍😍😍 Sew bright and cheery!

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    Heather B

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    Gorgeous quilt! I am following you on Instagram, My favorite Color is purple!

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    Nikki H

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    So beautiful! I follow on IG, and my favorite color is turquoise!

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    Gloria Cotten

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    I love this quilt too!! I follow via email. Giving my favorite color is not so easy as I like almost all of them! But my favorite is yellow.

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    Kathy Cummings

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    Your quilt is amazing!!! Thank you! Blue is my color but I’m quickly moving to purple!!! I love your colors together!!!
    I am now following you on Instagram!

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    Brenda P

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    I follow on IG and my favorite color is blue I know it’s boring but true:)

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    Michele T

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    Your quilt is a beauty!!! I follow you via email and Instagram. My favourite colour is purple!!

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    Beth T.

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    This is such an exuberant quilt–she deserves every bit of your praise and delight!

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    Susan Stanton

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    Your quilt is beautiful and you should love it. The colors are perfect and the quilting compliments it just right! I follow you by email. My favorite color is pink.

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    Fireside Quilter

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    Your quilt reminds me of the colours of a sunset!! My favourite colour at the moment is Aqua! I am following you via IG.

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    Christine

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    I follow on IG and my favorite colors are mint green and teal.

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    Mary D

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    A stunning colorful beauty. Such burst of color.

    While I have signed up on IG, I still have quite figured it out yet. So no giveaway entry for me but I am loving what you created.

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