What Shade are You with Kairle Oaks
Hello there! I’m Kairle Oaks, and I’m so happy to share my “What Shade Are You?” quilt today. I’ve been so inspired by those who have gone before me, and I’m eager to see the posts that follow. The quilting community is full of talented women and men who deepen my affection for the craft.
My fascination with sewing began when I was very young. I would watch my mother as she turned out beautiful clothing from her sewing machine. My grandmother was an incredible seamstress, as well.
I made my first quilt when I was 14. It was a cheerful calico patchwork and was tied with yellow yarn at the corner of each square. About that same time I took a sewing class in school, and under the excellent tutelage of Mrs. Frost, my passion for sewing began.
For many years I made clothing for myself and my family, but it wasn’t until 2005 that my love for quilting truly began. You can see my completed quilts and tutorials on my blog (KairleOaks.com), but my day to day quilting adventures are documented on Instagram @kairleoaks. I hope you’ll follow along.
I have always had a fondness for quilts made with house blocks. To me, they symbolize comfort and security—a refuge from the storms of life. This is the inspiration for my Dacha quilt. The house blocks are simple representations of country homes found in Russia.
One of my daughters lived in Russia for a year and a half, and she would often tell me of her friends who would go to their summer homes, or dachas, for the weekend. They would bring back to her fruits and vegetables that they had grown in their gardens there.
I was intrigued by this, so I did a little research and learned that many dachas were painted bright, happy colors. I sometimes wonder what goes into choosing a particular color for a dacha, and which color I would choose for myself. Most likely red.
With so many amazing shades and hues to choose from on the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids color cards, narrowing down the right fabrics for this quilt was somewhat of a challenge.
Because I wanted this quilt to be bold, I went with the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors of the color wheel, in deep, saturated shades. A pale periwinkle background sets each house apart.
The colors that I selected are:
Moulin Rouge 356
Tangerine Dream 276
Sunny Delight 326
Aloe Verde 349
Kelly Green 127
Feeling Blue 335
Raging Ruby 28
For the quilt backing and binding, I went with Cotton + Steel Happy Garden (Steel Blue 0037-02) and Dottie (Bandana 5002-07) fabrics.
I wanted the quilting to be something understated, like the dachas of the quilt. The slight wavy lines of monofilament thread ended up being perfect, and was done by Kerrie at Utah Valley Quilting.
Making my Dacha quilt was the easy part. Waiting for a big Utah snowstorm for a photoshoot was a different story. But Mother Nature pulled through and sent in some beautiful mountain snow just two days before my deadline. I love the bright colors of the quilt against the freshly fallen snow.
I’ll be posting a tutorial on my blog for the Dacha quilt. If you are interested in making something similar, come check it out. I’m curious…what shade are you?
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