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
Bandana 367
Tangerine Dream 276
Carrot 131
Sunny Delight 326
Aloe Verde 349
Kelly Green 127
Schooner 392
Denim 106
Feeling Blue 335
Jacaranda 317
Raging Ruby 28
Celeste 102

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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    Michele T

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    Love all the colours and the name of your quilt is perfect!!!

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    Lesley Storts

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    What a wonderful quilt! The vibrant colors and clean lines are so pleasing to look at. Well done!

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    Kathy E.

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    This is gorgeous! The dacha colors just glow like they are filled with love and warmth beneath the roofs! You chose the perfect colors! (My dacha would be purple.)

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    Kathy R

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    Love the colors and the houses, plus the story is so special❣ Congrats Kairle❣

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    Mary D

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    Lovely. I so want to make myself a house quilt. One is on the list. when? I do not know. 🙂

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    Keta Caudillo

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    Hi Kairle, I too began to sew when I was 14. It was actually my first summer full time job. I liked it so much I continued to sew with my mother and sisters. Sew I was hooked and continued. I enjoyed making my mom dresses and she taught me to quilt. I love you quilt ! The colors are so vibrant. It is absolutely STUNNING! It would be very difficult for me to choose one best or favorite color from this quilt, because all of them are COLORIFFIC! You did an excellent job making your quilt. I’m looking foward to following you on I.G. and hopefully making your quilt someday. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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    Cara Brooke

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    Kairle, this is such a happy, happy quilt with such a great idea behind the design and colors! I love it!

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    Stephanie Martinez

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    So beautiful and the fresh snow is the perfect backdrop!

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    Stephanie Martinez

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    I some how lean towards the blues…. the denim or feeling blue, Mahnebit my love of the ocean or blue sky.

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    Denise T

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    I love the story behind it as much as the quilt itself!!

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    Cindy H

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    Hi Kairle, I just love this quilt. Bold colors are out of my comfort zone but this quilt really make la the colors sparkle. It is inspiring me to use bright bold colors, possibly a quilt in the New Year. You did a fantastic job, it is lovely.

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    Rita

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    The use of the periwinkle really sets the quilt apart from others.

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    Wanda Reynolds

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    I seriously love your quilt! Beautiful bright colors and the wavy lines. It is truly a work of art.

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    Sita

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    Beautiful quilt

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    Linda Williamson

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    Your Dacha quilt is gorgeous. I love the bold, primary colors you selected. The snow is a perfect backdrop. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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    Lindsey Stelly

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    I lean towards reds, it’s my favorite. I really love theses houses, but my favorite part is how you staggered the houses. They’re beautiful!!

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    Anne Boundy

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    Your quilt is STUNNING against the snow!! So glad it snowed for you just in time for the photo shoot ❤️❄️

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    Jessica

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    I love how you used your color choices here. If I’m a color, it’s pink!! Somehow I find a way to incorporate it into everything 😁🌟

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    Sarah

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    Gorgeous colors in this quilt!

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    Kathy Dent

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    I love that the quilts we make hold the memories of family, friends and our lives at that particular time.

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    Marina

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    Before children I was an architectural illustrator and have not felt moved to return to this industry but my goodness that quilt with those cute houses had got me thinking and I’m gunna make it so interesting and perfectly balanced

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    Anonymous

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    I love your quilt and the symbolism. The colors are awesome!!
    Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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    Jeanne

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    This quilt sang to me😍

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    Sarah @Berrybarndesigns

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    Always the pinks and purples! Love this quilt and the story behind it, Kairle. And especially love the snowy shoot locale!

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    Mona

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    I love this quilt! The colors are great!

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    Cindy

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    The colors are fantastic!

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    Sylvia

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    I love your dacha quilt! It is perfect! It is an inspiration with a great story. Thanks for sharing.

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