What Shade are You with Allison Lee
Hello, I am Allison Lee, @QuiltDesignAtelier and welcome to RJR Fabrics’ #whatshadeareyou blog hop! I love solids and foundation pieced quilts with lots of pieces and lots of colors. I’m so blessed to have been given the opportunity to create a quilt using however many and whatever solids I wanted! I already knew what design I wanted/absolutely had to use, and could hardly wait to get my color card to start plotting. ‘Tempest I and II’ are my experiments in exploring color movement and celebrating Cotton Supreme Solids. Looking at the quilts side by side, you’ll see they have the same colors, except for the background. I love how different they look. I chose the background first – the color that would move constantly through the design. However, I couldn’t choose just one background color, so I had to make two quilts. I love how they turned out. The colors flow and sing with brightness. Which one is your favorite?!
Like many before me, I cut up the entire color palette so the individual pieces could be joyously tossed in the air, arranged and rearranged in moments of inspiration, frustration, and finally, clarity. So helpful! RJR’s extensive Cotton Supreme Solids palette allowed me to select color arrays with smooth value transitions. I love a good ombre, all day, every day. I intentionally added yellow to the hues (when possible) as they move from dark to light value. Limiting my palette to six values of four hues meant there would be 24 colors to work with.
‘Netorious’ in Cloud Metallic #5000-10 is my most favorite print from Cotton and Steel. It’s one I come back to again and again because it plays well with so many others. It also has one of my most favorite fabric words – “metallic”. The greige base color with a hint of green is a perfect neutral – it goes well with just about every hue. And then you add metallic silver: MAGIC. Tempest I is my joyful ode to neutral metallics and the juicy, saturated solids that interact with them.
Medianoche 430 is the richest, smoothest, darkest blue I’ve encountered. Even the name rolls off the tongue beautifully. It translates to ‘midnight’, but is also the name of a delicious Cuban sandwich. I knew it would be a challenge to photograph, but I didn’t care. Its color depth suggests black, but it is not black. I would like a few bolts of this amazing color, please. Tempest II is my love song to Medianoche (the color or the sandwich – take your pick!).
I am often inspired to take a classic quilt block and make it bigger, with many, many more pieces and colors. So the final quilt is made from a single block, exploded outward. I’ve done this with the pineapple block and various log cabin designs. I am fascinated with the twisted log cabin block. I love to analyze geometric designs and figure out how they’ve been created. To make the quilt bigger, and to smooth the transition from one value to the next, I decided to use each solid twice. This color repetition also gives the design more depth. Here are my rough draft layouts constructed in EQ7:
These quilts were a labor of love, no doubt. There are 24 rows in each quadrant. Only two can be sewn on at a time, so that’s 48 trips to the sewing machine! The shapes are foundation pieced from the center outward, so adding a row is like watching a flower slowly bloom. It is so exciting to see the design and color emerge!
The challenge for me is deciding the quilting design. I drafted undulating zigzags onto each colored ‘spoke’ and then quilted with variegated thread. I chose thread close to the fabric colors so it would not take away from the graphic piecing design. The zigzags move with the direction of the ‘spokes’ to allow your eye to follow, rather than rest on a particular area.
Listed below are the fabrics I chose. They cut, sew, and press like a dream. All the heart emojis!
1. Jam Jar 400
2. Robin’s Egg 391
3. Schooner 392
4. Horizon 354
5. Proud as a Peacock 289
6. Mermaid 393
7. Tourmaline 103
8. Harlequin 358
9. Peridot 342
10. Pea in a Pod 359
11. Wimbledon 205
12. Think Green 375
13. Apricot Ice 387
14. Just Peachy 278
15. Charlotte 226
16. Guava 373
17. Rio 311
18. Magenta 417
19. Carolina 313
20. Cornflower 94
21. Haviland Blue 169
22. Jean Jacket 429
23. Denim 106
24. Slate 298
25. Netorious in Cloud Metallic #5000-10 (background)
26. Medianoche 430 (background)
Backing and center for Tempest II: Sea Farer gold metallic #5114-01
Binding and center for Tempest I: Swan 370
Thank you, RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to create with your beautiful solids. I most definitely did Quilt With Love. Now, for the best news: RJR is giving away a bundle of the fabrics I chose for these quilts, and so am I! To enter, follow both @RJRfabrics and me @QuiltDesignAtelier for two chances to win a FQ bundle. Check out #whatshadeareyou for other quilters and their inspirational Cotton Supreme Solids projects!
All the best!
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