What Shade are You with Kristina Brinkerhoff
Hi! This is Kristina Brinkerhoff from Center Street Quilts and I’m so excited and honored to be sharing my What Shade Are You quilt on the RJR blog today! I live in rural Utah with my husband and four kids and when I’m not quilting, I love to travel, go on family hikes, and nap. I pieced my first quilt when I was a teenager and immediately fell in love with all things quilting! Over the years, I’ve found that I especially love to design new patterns and do free motion quilting. You can check out my blog, Center Street Quilts or Instagram @centerstreetquilts to see what I’m up to on a regular basis.
Now, on to the quilt! It was such a unique and delightful experience to be given the full RJR Cotton Supreme Solids color card to choose a color scheme for a quilt. Did you know there are over 200 Cotton Supreme Solids colors?!? That’s a lot of options for an indecisive person! 😉 There were a few different color options running through my head, but I ended up choosing what I love the most: bright, happy colors.
I chose six different colorways (blue, aqua, green, orange/yellow, coral, and pink), each with three shades, for a total of 18 different colors. The exact Cotton Supreme Colors I chose are:
Jam Jar 400
Robin’s Egg 391
Aloe Verde 349
Lemon Chiffon 182
Sunny Delight 326
Beach Coral 355
Hot Pink 217
Sunset Ruby 357
My quilting style is generally a mix between traditional and modern, so I decided to design my quilt around a traditional star block, but vary the sizes of the stars and use different shades of each colorway to give the quilt a more modern feel. Within the quilt, there are a total of 45 different blocks ranging from 6” x 6” all the way up to 24” x 24”.
For the quilting, I went with a modern style of graffiti quilting, but added in traditional elements like feathers and clamshells.
When it comes to binding, I am pretty straight-laced and usually stick to simple stripes or dots. I chose a fun Add It Up aqua and navy print from Cotton and Steel for the binding, but at the last minute decided to add in a small strip of the same print in a bright pink color along one corner. I love the little pop of color it gives the quilt and am glad that I strayed from my usual binding tendencies!
Being able to create my own What Share Are You quilt was such an enjoyable and creative process! Using only solids really helped me focus on the design and color elements of the quilt.
Thanks for following along with my quilt journey and a big Thank You to RJR Fabrics for including me in the What Shade Are You blog hop! If you want to follow along with more of my daily quilting adventures, you can find me on instagram @centerstreetquilts. Happy Sewing!
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