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What Shade Are You with Bethany Miller from PlumEasy Patterns

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Hello to Makers everywhere! My name is Bethany Miller and I’ve been a designer for PlumEasy Patterns for two years.

may 2016 Portraits

PlumEasy’s first pattern was the Easy Folded Star Hot Pad. It is a traditional 8-inch four-layer folded star. For many years people have been asking us if would make a larger sized hot pad pattern. When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop, I knew an expanded hot pad would be stunning in their Supreme Solids.


Fabric Colors: Flamingo 338, Night 280, Hot Pink 217, Electric Blue 296, Rio 311, Marvelous 332, and Golden 285


One of the things I liked a lot about working with RJR’s solids was that they held their shape when pressed into prairie points, which is a great feature when pressing as many as I had to for this project. Is it ok to classify fabric as being cooperative? Because these were.

And as you can see, layer by layer the star is born


The fabric contrast continues to add brilliance with each layer


For binding I used three shades of pink. And you can now see that the hot pad is now all finished!

If you want to see a complete tutorial on how to create your own Easy Folded Star Hot Pad make sure to come and visit us at PlumEasy Pattern’s!

Happy Quilting!

What Shade Are You with Erica Lynn Friend

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Hello from my lovely corner of the Midwest! My name is Erica and I am the “head stitcher” at ELF & Company! I specialize in quilts and pillows and offer custom sewing services.

A little background… I have always been interested in sewing, I was taught and encouraged at a young age by my mother who is a professional tailor. My first quilt, which I still have and needs some repair, is made from twelve fabulous fabrics – ROYGBV with the six tertiary colors in between. Each of the fabrics consists of seven chromatic stripes (6″ wide) from light to dark and we cut 6.5″ strips from each, then assembled into a beautiful rainbow of 6″ x 6″ square. Stitched in the ditch, backed with rainbow hearts, and zig zag bound in white bias tape, this blanket was, and still is, my pride and joy. After much Googling, I still have yet to find this same fabric!


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Fast forward to present time and I’m still at it, and even started my own company about a year ago. I gave a “peace out” to the 8-5 world and I now fill my mornings, afternoons, nights, weekends, sleeptime with fabulous fabrics, graph paper, geometry, sketch books, quotes, online fabric/notion shopping, and most importantly my sewing machines!

I decided to take my color inspiration (with a few of my creative additions) from my favorite fashion designer (you can find her on my wrist, ears, phone case, etc etc) from her Fall 2015 High Point home accessory line. I had the wonderful opportunity to join my interior designer mother in law, closet designing step father in law, and logistical, heavy lifter, business runner husband at the International Furniture Market in North Carolina last October. Kid in a candy store does not start to explain my excitement! Snapping pictures on my iPhone as I walked miles upon miles through beautiful lighting, furniture, rug and accessory showrooms, I was inspired every step of the way. My pillows represent textures and patterns I found throughout the trip. The round pillow is designed after a wood topped side table, intricately pieced, much like a quilt. Hexagons were in no shortage, so the black, white and grey pillow was born! Chevrons, while some could say are on their way out, are reimagined in a vertical layout and inspired by nautical hues. Last but not least, the herringbone green pillow was a no brainier, this pattern is found from floor to ceiling from wood planks to decorative moldings!


RJR Cotton Supreme Solids are a joy with which to work! Never have I had a solid cotton fabric come out of my dryer after pre-washing with such little pressing to be done. I am a pressaholic, pressing after every row or column, I love how beautiful each piece looked sewn together after this step. I look forward to adding more of the beautiful hues to my fabric collections!


Thank you for reading, and follow my Instagram @Ericalynnfriend for more inspiration!


Sew lately we’ve been wondering how Jinny Beyer first started using borders on her quilts. Luckily we were able to meet up with Jinny who showed us just what we can make with borders & how she began using them on her quilts!


Each fabric has a wide and narrow stripe which coordinates in both design & color that are separated by at least a half inch so that a ¼” seam allowance is provided for on both sides. Both stripes have mirror-imaged motifs which are essential for perfectly mitered corners.

Jinny Beyer’s border prints are made specifically for quilters in mind. She designs and engineers each border print to insure it works for the techniques she uses, whether it be framing blocks & quilts or creating interesting shapes in patchwork blocks!

Did you know that her border basics coordinates beautifully with the Jinny Beyer Palette? The colorations she chose follow her color theory and shading technique in quilt design, including lights, mediums and darks.

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Want to know how you can learn all this from Jinny herself? Well keep reading and you might just be in luck 😉

But first, Jinny wanted to share a couple words with you..

jinny collage “In creating my newest Border Basics ensemble, I focused on versatility in both design and color. I wanted to give quilters a line of borders with which to rely upon; border prints that are set in different scales to fit projects in a variety of sizes, from a small pillow to a large bed size quilt. The colorations are a blend of multicolor and rich tonal hues to enhance projects for every occasion and every season.”

Just as promised, Jinny has provided a great introductory video on all you ought to know about border prints. Take a look!

Hope you all enjoy working with Jinny’s new Border Basics debuting in March 2016. And stay tuned on more exciting tips on working with borders and pattern freebies!

Happy Quilting 😉


Sew Lately here at RJR, we have been loving these quilted fabric postcards that Linda Johnson at Sew Upscale creates. These in specific were created using the collection Danscapes by Dan Morris. We talked to Linda for a bit to give us a little inside look on how she creates these adorable postcards 😉

“Hello all, my name is Linda Johnson I live in Morganton, a small town in western North Carolina, with my husband, my cat and my adopted black Labrador retriever. And I run the Etsy shop, Sew Upscale , where I sell quilted fabric postcards, mostly landscapes. The inspiration I get when it comes to creating these postcards is twofold, nature itself and of course the fabric. When I first saw a fabric postcard, I knew it was the perfect project for me to make and actually finish. The postcards were small and only take a short time to complete. Little did I know this was the beginning of a business where I would sell quilted postcards throughout the country. After some experimentation, I came up with my process. Making landscape scenes on the postcards seemed like a natural progression.”

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“I start out by cutting two pieces of muslin, one piece of double-sided fusible stiff interfacing, one piece of batting and a pretty piece of light fabric for the back. All the pieces should be cut to 4 ½” by 6 ½”. Adhere paper-backed fusible to the pieces of fabric chosen for the design. Then lay one piece of muslin on the ironing board. Cut the pieces for the design. I freehand cut these pieces before I pull off the paper backing. Start at the back of the scene. The sky and the ground are first. Once the design is laid out, adhere the pieces to the muslin, add batting and another piece of fabric to the back of the design piece. I found the trick for this step is to add fusible web between each layer. Press until they are stuck together. This keeps the layers from shifting when they are quilted. Quilt this layer on the raw edge of the fabric using any stitch on the sewing machine. Add the other parts to the design such as the trees, flowers, fences and quilt as the components are added.


After all the quilting is finished, add the precut double-sided fusible stiff interfacing to the back and then the backing fabric. Fuse all layers together by pressing with a very hot iron. Since the iron needs to be very hot for the layers to fuse together, I use a pressing cloth to prevent scorching the design. Using a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, cut down to 4” by 6”. Satin stitch or use a decorative on the edge.”


“On the back, if it is going to be mailed, draw a line down the center using a fine line permanent pen and a quilting ruler. Write Postcard on the top. Now you’re all ready to go! The postcard is ready for the address and message. These postcards can be sent in the mail and when received, they are a unique gift for a special loved one that can be framed and kept forever.”

Well there you have it folks! It’s amazing all the things you can create with a little inspiration and just the right fabric 😉 So how would you guys put these lovely postcards to use? Let us know in the comments below! And for more information on how to get your hands on Linda’s designs check out her Etsy shop at Sew Upscale .

Happy quilting!

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Hi, my name is Melissa Bonilla, and you can find me on Instagram as @msboni83. I also run an Etsy shop called August Lane Sewing where I sell bags and accessories that I sew. I have been sewing off and on for most of my life. I started out (poorly) hand-sewing Barbie clothes from upholstery fabric samples that my mom had when I was elementary-school age. I learned with my grandmother how to sew on a machine starting off with lined notebook paper. My first real project was a long skirt made on my mom’s machine, with her help of course. Right after high school, I took a beginner sewing class at Ventura College, in California (where I grew up). We made a knit t-shirt in that class, and that was my first introduction to sergers. The next semester I took a beginning quilting class with my mom and my aunt. We all loved it!


When RJR contacted me about participating in this blog hop, I knew I needed to make a bag. I am kind of known as a bag lady in my local quilt guild, the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild. I knew I wanted to make something big, and the Poolside Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead stood out as a great option. It’s such a fun bag! And it is such a great size, perfect for carrying all my kids’ stuff to the pool.

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Once I finished the big bag, I decided I needed a small pouch to hold smaller items. The Open Wide Zippered Pouch (also from Noodlehead) was perfect.


I loved the selection of Cotton Supreme Solids available from RJR! Purple is my absolute favorite color, and it is so under-represented in my fabric stash because so many companies don’t produce good purples. Not so with RJR! I was able to find several great purples to combine for my project- the only problem was narrowing down my selection.

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These fabrics are so great to work with. They don’t hold on to wrinkles, and they glide through my sewing machine like butter. The colors I used on the outside of the bag are Caviar, Grape, Amethyst, Jacaranda, and Hydrangea, with Black for the accent/handles. The inside of the bag uses Silver and Battleship. All zippers are from Zip-it on Etsy, my favorite source for zippers.

What Shade Are You Blog Hop with Nadia @nadiashae

Hi everyone!

My name is Nadia @nadiashae and I’ve been quilting since the summer of 2013, when I needed a new hobby to get myself out of a “funk.” My best friend taught me how to use a sewing machine, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I became more obsessed with quilting later that year, when I began my graduate studies in English and needed something to take my mind off of the stress of grad school. From there, I stumbled into the Instagram modern quilt scene and the rest is history. I’ve been in several swaps and have made lovely friends since then. More recently, I became a founding member of the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild in my new town of Columbus, Ohio. I can’t wait to see where quilting takes me next!

Taking on a project for the What Shade Are You series was definitely a challenge for me. Before this, I quilted exclusively with prints and blenders, aside from background fabrics. I was pretty daunted by the idea of letting solids take the lead on this one, but I took the challenge head on and I added another new endeavor to the mix: large-scale quilting.

I’ve long been inspired by Heather Jones’ quilts, with their large-scale blocks and bold colors. I wanted to give it a go myself, so I used the Giant Starburst Quilt-A-Long from the Canoe Ridge Creations blog as my guide. It was difficult for me to deal with such large pieces at first, but I quickly got the hang of things and now I’m so happy with the results!


I love a good star quilt, and with the huge one-block pattern and the bold solids, I feel like I achieved my goal of “tradition-made-modern.” I was drawn to all of these colors because of their rich saturation, and I’m so pleased with how they pop against that white background. I’m pretty proud of this one—it’s the first thing I ever shared at a guild meeting, despite my nerves 😉


I can’t wait to finish this quilt—it’ll be perfect for picnicking and reading at the park, once spring returns!

Quilt stats:

Size: 60” x 60”

Pattern: Giant Starburst by Megan @ Canoe Ridge Creations

RJR Cotton Supreme Solids (clockwise from top):



Raging Ruby



Toy Boat



Background: Kerchief


Nadia / Instagram: @nadiashae

Craftsy BOM 2016 Garden Charm Quilt

Craftsy Block of the Month 2016

We’re excited to share Lynette Jensen’s all new 2016 BOM class, Garden Charm. It’s a free block of the month class exclusively available through Craftsy.

Craftsy Block of the Month 2016 Yardages

Along with the Free Class, Craftsy is offering an exclusive kit featuring beautiful, hand-picked fabric from Lynette’s two newest RJR collections, Home Again and Sand & Stone. Warm, welcoming and adorned with charming ditsy and floral prints, these fabrics come together for an enchanting, 84″ x 92″ quilt that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Neutral Territory by Audrey Wright


Hello Quilters! I am excited to be able to share with you my Neutral Territory fabric line. The colors range from cream-tan-grey and black. This reproduction group was inspired by the Civil War Blacksmiths and their traveling forge who traveled with both the North and South Armies to repair the wagons, artillery, horse shoes and tools.

Web In The Window Pattern by Legacy Patterns

This quilt Web in the Window was created using Neutral Territory and a Black Cotton Supreme Solid by RJR Fabrics. I like the way the shades of fabric blend to give the quilt depth. This quilt is designed for the confident beginner and goes together in a snap! It is available on the Legacy Patterns website.

Another pattern that will be released in January is called Salt & Pepper. It was designed using precut 2 1/2” Pixie Strips. It is perfect for a retreat or weekend project. I love the time saving feature using the precuts.

Salt & Pepper by Legacy Patterns

Watch the Legacy Patterns website at, follow the blog at or on Facebook for more great patterns using the line.