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Hello, my name is Wendy Sheppard. I am most excited to be part of RJR’s What Shade Are You blog hop – my first RJR hop ever!
Come meet my Blueberry Pie House wallhanging quilt (finishes at 24″ x 26″)!
This wallhanging uses a total of 2 gray and 5 blue solid FQ’s, combined with 3/8y of white solid.
Here are a few more pictures of the quilt. You can see from the pictures how solids are excellent in highlighting machine quilting!
Due to the fact that this little project having little (and many) pieces, I have cut and constructed for the each section as I go along – instead of doing all the cutting at one time. I have also written the instructions that way so that it’s easier to keep track of the pieces. I hope that will work better for you too.
Now, if blue and blueberries aren’t your thing – you can easily substitute with your favorite colors! How about reds for a Rhubarb Pie Ranch, yellows for Lemon Meringue Lodge, or purple for Muscadine Jam Cottage, orange for Orange Cake Bungalow… I hope you will have fun making this little house wallhanging – enjoy!
Want to know how you can recreate this amazing wall hanging quilt? Just click on the link to make your own Blueberry Pie Quilt!
And make sure to follow Wendy’s adventure’s with quilting by following her at her blog www.wendysheppard.net and also don’t forget to also check out her Instagram for more fun pics! @ivory_spring
Fabric shopping. Let’s not kid ourselves, is one of the best parts of quilting!! Seeing what is new, building that dream stash, not leaving empty handed because we wouldn’t survive without that fabric in our sewing room!
For me personally fabric shopping is part of my creative process. I love to see what colors are popular that year or letting my mind wander off with the endless possibilities of what I could make (or how beautiful it will be folded up in my stash). I often go with my mom or sister and make a whole day out of it. It’s really a time to sneak away, grab lunch and be with people that can understand my undying love of FABRIC.
As I have cruised the endless isles of heaven, I have often thought how does fabric come from an idea to my hand? I, like many of you follow designers closely waiting for their new lines to be released, to see what they have come up with next. So how does this happen? What are the steps from design to production to purchasing?
So I asked the lovely ladies from Flaurie & Finch how an idea becomes a fabric line and they gave me a crash course in color tabbing. After a designer’s idea for a fabric line gets approved it is then printed on high-quality paper. It has a color reference strip called a color window that has the correct and desired colors chosen from the fabric designer. This print is shipped to our manufacturers in Japan, color tested and a formula is mixed creating the colors that will be used to screen print the sample. This process takes six weeks and what is returned is called a strike off. In additional to the sample of fabric, there is a color window that will be used to match the intended color.
After the first strike off is received a process called color tabbing is performed for each individual piece of fabric that has been printed in Japan. Color tabbing is comparing the original printed color window and the screen printed color window to make sure that they colors match. If a color doesn’t match the desired colors the boards and samples are sent back to Japan with notes for the manufacturers and another strike off is sent back. Once the colors match up they are approved and sent into production. Many times it can take up to three strike offs to achieve the correct color. RJR Fabrics and our manufacturers in Japan strive to achieve the perfect product and make sure every piece of fabric is handled with care and respect before it goes into production and sent to you.
After learning about this process you can really see all the thought and care that goes into each and every piece of fabric. For me, It really shows that each piece is designed with intent and is a piece of art that we can cherish and make our own.
Organize your sewing room.
Photo via Pinterest.
I think just about every quilter knows when it’s time to give their quilting room a little TLC. And sometimes all you need is a little inspo to get you going so check out this special board on our Pinterest where we pinned some fun and creative ideas to get you going!
Download A Free Pattern
Spend some time browsing through our lists of free patterns on our website Rjrfabrics.com and start up a new project! It’s a great way to spend your day and getting crafty.
Here we have just one of our many beautiful free patterns called Crown Of Thorns by Amanda Rolfe
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Support Your Local Fabric Shop
Photo via Missouri Star
What better way to get into the spirit of National Quilting day then to go shopping this weekend at your local quilt shop. When’s the last time you shopped in you neighborhood quilt shop? You’ll have loads of pre-cuts and bolts to choose from, and its a great way to meet more quilters like you! So make sure to visit them and show them your support 🙂
Hope all these tips helped you decide on what to do to celebrate this fun weekend! Show us your pictures on how you celebrated on Facebook and Instagram! Can’t wait to see what you all do.
The colorful Sherbet Stars by Wendy Sheppard features fabrics from Katherine Ann by Patrick Lose.
McCall’s quilting also showcases the quick and easy star table runner, Sunday Sunrise, by Anne Marie Chany. Sunday Sunrise features our Cotton Supreme Solids. Learn More at http://bit.ly/1kTdADW.
Rachael’s home near Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island is neighbored by a farm, which is what inspired the mother-daughter duo to choose apples as their theme for their next line. Christine’s daily foraging for wild apples with her grandchildren inspired her to infuse the line with apple trees and apples, and she spared no design.
The quilt is a kit project, designed by Kids Quilts, Fun On The Farm (9653-38) – designed for boys and girls alike. Fun on the Farm captures the spirit of Apple Hill Farm in vibrant colors and crisp white borders. This crib quilt is easy to finish and perfect for a beginning quilter wanting to learn raw edge appliqué. It finishes at 44 by 53 inches.
“I wanted to do a follow-up collection to Ink Blossoms with new motifs and colors that were richer and more versatile. This is my favorite collection to date. It allowed me to create in the same manner I create my character drawings, but with a more sophisticated result.
“I feel the colors are classic and sophisticated, updated for a more modern effect. The grays can be combined with aqua and oranges to appeal to the modern quilter. The teal and purples are classic colors and create a rich more traditional look. Combine the teals and plums with olive tones and create a wine country look. The prints will work well in quilts, home decor, bags, and garments, making it a very versatile line.”
Here is Sue Marsh holding her beautiful tote bag that she designed to go with her collection, Ink Blossom II. The fabric line is delivering to stores in August 2015! Make sure to go and ask for it at your local independent quilt store.
Little Sister Tote (9653- 103 black, 101 purple, 102 teal) – This is a great bag that’s the perfect size for every day. It has lots of pockets inside and outside. A zippered top keep the contents in, so it is perfect for airplane travel. This bag looks amazing when it has been quilted, though quilting is not required! It has easy to sew and forgiving curved sides that may be new to some sewers. Practice your binding skills as this bag has lots of it! While this bag is not difficult to construct, the binding require some skills, but a confident beginner can accomplish it with a little patience.
Ink Blossom Wall (9653-48 black, 49 purple, and 47 teal) – This project conveys a classic yet modern look. The pattern offers an easy to construct method for the block that eliminates “Y” seams. The top center is constructed of a single large block but is colored laid out in such a manner that a secondary pattern appears! The quilt is basic piecing. We use “stitch and flip” to create the corners and angled blocks creating an intricate look without the intricate piecing. Fabric color and block placement bring out a secondary pattern, making the quilt look much harder than it is. A confident beginner can easily accomplish this 54-inch wall hanging.
The collection also comes in a fat quarter bundle.
“For the past 2 years, I have been a guest quilter on the Sew Many Places India quilting and textile tour. This collection is inspired by these tours to India and Delhi. In fact, a lot of my quilting and border designs are influenced by my passion for Indian textiles. The rich paisleys and vibrant colorations in this line are taken from Indian woodblock prints, tapestries, and embroidery that I collect on my travels. Pressed Leaf (style 2453) is re-introduced from my previous Renaissance Garden collection, but in all-new colorations.”