What Shade are You with @SkinnyMalinkyQuilts

Hi everyone! Its my turn to show my #whatshadeareyou quilt for RJRFabrics. Hurrah!

Quick introduction.. My name is Lucy and I am the one woman show behind SkinnyMalinkyQuilts.  Living in Edinburgh, Scotland, I have been quilting for almost five years. When I was asked if I wanted to take part in #whatshadeareyou, making any quilt I wanted, I didn’t need to be asked twice!

I had a nugget of an idea to develop one of my Quilt Prints that had been inspired by the old TV test cards. I love a good colour gradient and this was the perfect opportunity to test out my idea on a large scale.

I used 63 of the Cotton Supreme Solids in the Test Card Quilt because I love all the colours!

30, 374, 191, 280, 296, 427, 126, 292, 274, 294, 362, 364, 254, 424, 214, 335, 409, 343, 359, 368, 358, 285, 379, 140, 182, 384, 337, 228, 103, 186, 67, 34, 201, 219, 383, 381, 297, 431, 351, 319, 155, 380, 433, 365, 283, 372, 33, 361, 394, 386, 367, 181, 417, 311, 339, 277, 226, 135, 237, 86, 235, 176, 430

The Test Card Quilt was planned using graph paper and the very technical approach of cutting off bits of my colour card and arranging them in the gradient I wanted. I know, super high tech! I like to use bold simple shapes in my quilts and let the colour do the talking.

Once the quilt top and back were done I had planned to quilt using the machine in a small grid design. However right at the last moment I decided hand quilting was most appropriate and I wanted to enhance the gradient using thread. Using dark tones against the dark coloured fabric stitching the lines close together moving up to the lighter end of the quilt with light neutral threads spacing the quilted lines out. It feels amazing!  So here she is!

The finished Test Card Quilt measure 60″ x 60″ 

Thank you so much RJR Fabrics and Rachael for allowing me to use your fabulously vibrant fabrics! If you want to see The Test Card Quilt in real life it will be on display at my studio exhibition at Out of The Blue Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh from December 4th – 8th.  And if you don’t already, you can follow along with my daily makings and general goings on over on Instagram.

Happy quilting!


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    I’d love to see a photo of the front of the quilt that I can see the whole beautiful design. Thanks for sharing your work.

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    Susan Spiers


    I love, love your quilt – the way you used all those colors of fabric & what a powerful statement! Your hand quilting is just exceptional! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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    Lisa @sewwhatyoulove


    The colors you picked are just perfect and so so beautiful!

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    I have a quilt top that ranges from white to very light blue to navy and black. I don’t like the look of quilts with quilting threads white on black or black on white. So, I too have decided to hand quilt with matching threads. I worried about how the back would look using the different colors, in the photo of yours you can’t see the change in colors. Hope mine turns out as well. It’s a charity quilt, some will think I am crazy to put that kind of time in a quilt I plan to donate. Maybe it will raise more $ for the non-profit.

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