What Shade are You with Anjeanette Klinder
Hi! I’m Anjeanette Klinder and I’m so excited to be participating in the What Shade Are You blog hop today! I’ve been watching and drooling over all the past weeks on the blog hop and finally decided to give it a try myself. I’m a wife, mother of two boys, wrangler of two dogs, quilter, teacher and designer from Maryland. I am active on Instagram as @anjeanetteklinder. You can also find me from time to time with posts on my blog. I’m a maker at heart. If I am creating something, I’m happy. I learned to sew when I was a girl, although I learned with garment sewing. When my siblings started having babies 21 years ago, I started making the babies quilts and my love affair with quilting began. I like to try every kind of quilt making I can imagine, so I don’t have one specific aesthetic that is my go to. I want to try it all.
Typically, when I design a quilt, I start with some fabric in mind, and go from there. But I decided for this project, I needed to start with a color palette. I knew my date for the blog hop would be the start of fall and I decided to use bright fall colors for my selection. I didn’t want to use subdued colors at all. I knew I wanted a stark white background with some black and white and thought they would pair up best with bright colors. So, bright it was. I picked yellows, oranges and purplish red fabrics.
Here is a list of the fabrics I chose for this quilt:
33 Optical White
5091-01 Half Inch Gingham Black
5092-01 2.5 Inch Gingham Black
182 Lemon Chiffon
326 Sunny Delight
379 Sunny Side of the Street
412 Orange Peel
276 Tangerine Dream
415 Pickup Truck
287 Raging Beauty
217 Hot Pink
419 Lip Gloss
357 Sunset Ruby
387 Apricot Ice
I thought about the actual title of this blog hop. What shade AM I? When I moved from Arizona to Maryland, I was in love with the change of seasons. Spring and Fall have the best yellow, orange and reds of the whole year. I like the idea that I picked fabric to go with the season the quilt was being shared in. I also love the idea of using my favorite groups of colors. I will say that the mustardy yellows really are my favorite in this particular quilt.
Initially, I considered using just one of each, yellow, orange and red. I considered what my little stack of fabric would look like for the giveaway and I thought that would be a sad stack of 3 colors plus black and white. I’m quite happy with the bundle of bright fall fabrics with a bit of black and white. I hope you are too. I loved that I could choose a patterned fabric to coordinate with the rest of the quilt. Cotton + Steel has the most delicious black and white checkers fabric that comes in a few different sizes. I used the 2.5″ black gingham for the backing and cut up some half inch black gingham for the bias binding. I think it plays well with the geometric interlocking stars with black and white stripes. And really, who can say no to checked bias binding?
I saw this open cascading star repeat somewhere and thought it needed to be set in columns. Each column is represented by a different color family, with three columns. I love a good connected star design. The bits of black and white stripes make the design pop for me.
I’m not going to lie, making the stripes was a bit of a pain. I tend to like designs that although they are straightforward, they are a bit time consuming. At the end of the day, when I have a lovely quilt, the time put into it is absolutely worth it.
I rented some time on a longarm machine at my local quilt shop. My midarm machine has recently gotten sick. It was nice to have a whole huge room to myself to quilt this up. It was great to have the large checkers on the back and the large blocks on the front to keep everything nicely lined up as I loaded it on the frame. With so many lines already in the quilt, I decided to quilt a large meander instead of something more detailed. I wanted to bring a bit of carefree and organic design to the feel of the quilt. I also wanted the design of the piecing to be the star of the show.
I’ve never used RJR solids before. I really like the hand of the fabrics. I’ve used lots and lots of Cotton + Steel which I already know I love. I was delighted with the softness of these solids. Some solids I’ve used in the past have been incredibly stiff. These solids are nice and soft. I will be using them more in the future. Thanks to RJR fabrics for letting me sew with your gorgeous fabrics! I hope you enjoy the bundle of colors I’ve picked!
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