What Shade are You with Iva from Switzerland

Hi I’m Iva from Switzerland. Online you might know me as “Schnig Schnag – Quilts and more” on Instagram @schnigschnagquiltsandmore and on my blog schnigschnag-quiltsandmore.blogspot.com. I’m so glad to be a part of „what shade are you“. Thanks Lisa (@sewwhatyoulove) for putting me in touch with RJR and your support with this blog post ♥ A little bit more about myself… I’m 35 years old, married and mom of two girls (8 and 10 years old), two cats complete our family. I love to work with my hands and am a bookbinder by trade, but my passion for sewing and especially quilting is a lot stronger. My bookbindery transforms more and more into a big sewing studio! But I love it!

Take a look at my IG feed and it will show you I love solid colors, especially in ombre or rainbow order…

My quilting journey began 13 years ago, but my first quilt took me 3 whole years ;). After this first quilt I really got into quilting and now most of my family members sleep under quilts. My parents and my parents in law love their quilts, my husband and my girls do too. I myself need more than one to snuggle underneath, I get cold very quickly. On the upside, it allows me to make more quilts…

About my “Geese Gathering” Quilt…
I got the idea for this quilt during a flying geese mini quilt swap I participated in. Flying geese are one of my most favourite patterns.

I created this block in my CAD program, then I mirrored the block and build the whole quilt layout. I tried different colorways and chose one with an ombré effect. The great challenge was narrowing it down to 11 color families and their shades out of the 204 RJR Cotton Supreme solids.

To do so I cut the whole fabric card in little pieces and chose my 34 different fabrics…
191 Indigo
428 Pacific
393 Mermaid
289 Proud as a Peacock
354 Horizon
328 Bora Bora
292 Turks & Caicos
274 Riviera
376 Luau
294 Cove
377 Iceberg

361 Aubergine
378 Lilac Festival
422 Plum
333 Bougainvillea
287 Raging Ruby
371 Melody
218 Pink Sapphiere
217 Hot Pink
135 Carnation
216 Orchid
176 Ballerina

402 Spruce
109 Shamrock
407 Grove
329 Emerald City
127 Kelly Green
347 Grass is Always Greener
346 Sour Apple
349 Aloe Verde
249 Sprout
408 Leaf
404 Pistachio

33 Optical White

At first I was planning on piecing a quilt with 3 x 4 blocks, but I made a big paper piecing mistake that I guess (hope ;)) might have happend to you before too?! I forgot to mirror the templates and didn´t notice it until my 12th block! OMG! I couldn’t believe it! What now?! My hubby had a really great solution, that by adding 4 blocks I was able to save most of my geese strips. So I re-calculated to 4 x 4 quilt and found that some fabrics were missing. I was able to order the missing fabrics to safe the quilt. Thanks a lot RJR!

Then onto the backing…The solution: A stripe of all the colores I used in the front! Just turquoise would have been too boring!

I quilted this big baby with my longarm machine. It’s a mix between ruler work and freemotion quilting. I love to work with rulers: I can work so precisely. Freemotion is always a challenge for me. I’m a perfectionist and freemotion is never perfect… but I’m well on the way to be less of a perfectionist…

Geometry is my thing. I love it since I learned it in 7th grade. The quilting on this quilt is very geometric. I tried to make a second layer just with the quilting. I hope you can see it. White is really hard to photograph.

What shade are you was a huge project for me and kept me busy for two months, but it was so much fun. Without the challenge here, I would have probably never made this quilt. This is one of the main reasons why I like our quilting community. There are always ways to participate, to try out the new or to master challenges. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!

And stayed tuned… You’ll soon find this pattern in my little shop As soon as it goes life I will post it on Instagram.

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    CJ Smith

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    That quilt is stunning! I love how bright and cheerful the colors are. Your quilting is amazing! thank you for sharing it with us.

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    Gloria Cotten

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    This quilt is truly gorgeous! The colors are lovely — perhaps your piecing mistake was a happy one after all! The quilting is stunning! what a great job! Thanks for sharing it!

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    Carol Nelms

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    Beautiful, Thank you for sharing!!

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    Friederike

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    Iva – das ist Mal wieder ein Meisterwerk! Ich hab grad minutenlang nur auf das Quilting geschaut und war fasziniert von dem zweiten Muster, was du damit kreiert hast. Eine wunderschöne Arbeit!!!

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    Lisa

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    This is sooo great Iva! The back shows off the amazing quilting so well! Love it!

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    Beth S

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    Great design and colors. Love the quilting.

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    Lucille Alice

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    This is truly a masterpiece, artistic and inspiring. I have always been more interested in handwork, but here the excellent color choices are matched by machine quilting of the highest quality. Truly unique. Thank you for sharing.

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    Mary D

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    This quilt is awesome. And the quilting… really awesome. Two thumbs up.

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    Deb Gruenbacher

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    Hello and what a BEAUTIFUL quilt you created! Where in Switzerland are you? My husband and I are doing a 6 city train tour starting next Saturday around Switzerland. Do you have a local quilt store to recommend I make time for?
    Many thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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    Iva

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    Hi Deb
    Thank you ♥
    Local quitstore which I can recommend is “Cotton – Color” in Riehen near Basel but it isn’t easy to reach by public transport… Which cities do you visit?
    Iva

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    Kaholly

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    It’s a stunning quilt! Love your sewing studio! Wish I could afford a longarmer, but I don’t know if I could quilt as beautifully as you!

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    Amanda

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    This is all kinds of amazing!!! What a masterpiece!

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    Lisa

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    Das ist einfach toll. Eine Wahnsinnsarbeit und so wunderschön ausgeführt. Ich bin total beeindruckt. Sehr, sehr schön. Liebe Grüße Lisa

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    Pat

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    Well, if your quilting isn’t perfect, it’s darned close! What a beautiful quilt and your quilting is outstanding. Love it!

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