What Shade are You with Andrea Tsang Jackson

Hello, I’m Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop and I’m delighted to share with you my RJR What Shade Are You quilt, “Royal Court”.

We often freeze in the face of limitless options – a new canvas, a blank page, a single vacation day, or a beautiful collection of Cotton Supreme colour swatches. What will be the absolute best thing I can do with this opportunity? One could ponder endlessly… and then completely miss the chance to accomplish anything. So how did I start?

For What Shade Are You, RJR invites designers to choose any quilt backing from an RJR or Cotton + Steel collection. I am not one to use many prints in my work, but Cotton + Steel’s Wonderland Collection were simply irresistible! The print I chose incorporates various characters and motifs from the story of Alice in Wonderland on a periwinkle background.

I wanted to depict the Queen of Hearts’ crown using one of my foundation-paper-pieced patterns — “Princess Cut” — scaled at different sizes. As I flipped through the Cotton Supreme solids swatch book, the rich reds really stole my attention and the saturated blues were a suitable companion, while a navy blue background was the perfect royal backdrop.

I wanted to juxtapose the paper pieced jewels with some traditional piecing set on point. These form smaller jewels in the crown. The top and bottom borders seems like an appropriate nod to tradition, as well as an opportunity to showcase the beautiful reds and blues together.

Background: Indigo #191

Greyscale, from lightest to darkest:
Swan #370
Argento #362
Silver Screen #380
Silver #125
Gale Force #282
Chalkboard #382

Blues, from lightest to darkest:
Carolina #313
Cornflower #94
Lancaster Sky #316
Electric Blue #296
Night #280

Reds, from lightest to darkest:
Beach Coral #355
Moulin Rouge #356
Scarlet Letter #325

From the outset, I had in mind that I would endeavour into free motion quilting for this project. I wanted the jewels to be “set” in intricate metalwork, formed by the swirls and leaves in the negative space around them. In contrast, I used dot-to-dot ruler work in the jewels themselves and switched to a walking foot for radiating lines that shone from the crown. Some wobbly bits and not-so-straight lines, but I was pleased with the overall end result.

As the quilt approached completion, I knew without a doubt where I wanted to have it photographed. Completed in 1912, Dingle Tower is designated as one of Canada’s Historic Places and is a prominent landmark in Halifax. The two large bronze lions at the base of the tower were donated by the Royal Colonial Institute of London in 1913 and their design was influenced by the monumental lions at Trafalgar Square in London.

One of my favourite things is coming up with parameters – constructing a design problem out of endless possibilities or nothing at all, so that I have something to work around and something to solve. I am so happy that the Wonderland gave me an inspiring starting point, and subsquently opportunities to explore designs and techniques that were new to me.

Do you feel paralyzed when faced with too many choices? Jump in. Start somewhere. At worst, you will accomplish something mediocre — and at best, something wonderful.

Photos: Shaeline Faith Photography

What Shade are You with Shannon Fraser Designs

Hello, my fellow fabric lovers!

I’m Shannon, the designer, quilter and all-around textile lover behind Shannon Fraser Designs.

When I received the invitation from RJR Fabrics to participate in their What Shade Are You blog series, I was beyond excited. Excited is probably an understatement, as I literally broke out into a happy dance 😉

I was thrilled to get the chance to work with their Cotton Supreme Solids for the first time. And curious to see what colourway I would end up selecting. Before receiving the color cards, my immediate reaction was “I will get to play with tons of corals”!! Right? With my love of coral, how could I not?

But then the color cards showed up in the mail, and I was continuously drawn to these shades of greens and teal blues. I couldn’t resist how much they were calling to me. Having never made a green quilt, my creative side was intrigued and I wanted to explore. So, I went for it!

Just look at these blues and greens – could you resist them?!

I’m not normally a green girl. I like the colour. I just don’t love it. But that all changed with this project!

And, I didn’t stop at just the blues and greens. Oh no, I decided I wanted a subtle yellow to pull the color scheme together so it wasn’t too green and blue. I think the hit of yellow helps everything sing together. I just love these colors and feel they are perfect for the quilt pattern I designed for their use.

I had recently created a mini quilt based on a plus pattern I was mulling. Plus style quilts have been on my to-make list for quite awhile now and that little Rainbow Plus mini quilt had me wanting more. This was the perfect opportunity to expand on that concept by incorporating more depth to the design by expanding on that 3-dimensional effect.

I’ve called it Plus Infinity since the design looks like it goes on into infinity…at least I hope that’s how it looks to you 😉

The same quilt block is replicated in many different sizes and it felt like the perfect design to showcase the varying hues of blues and greens. From the bold Teal, Emerald City, and Schooner to the softness of Pistachio, Julep and Notting Hill they all play so well together. The Tourmaline does a great job of grounding the eye and harmonizing the design.

What’s great about this pattern is that, although it looks quite complex, the quilt comes together surprisingly quickly, thanks to all that chain piecing! If you love a good chain piecing session, then this pattern is for you!

I used no less than 21 different Cotton Supreme Solids in this quilt and it was a great lesson in how different color values can really add depth and character to a quilt design. Here are all the colors I used:
Julep #403
Toyboat #366
Spearmint #389
Emerald City #329
Jam Jar #400
Gift Box #291
Putting Green #290
Teal #401
Spruce #402
Notting Hill #309
Robin’s Egg #391
Schooner #392
Pistachio #404
Spring #405
Lucky Green #406
Grove #407
Sour Apple #346
Kelly Green #127
Neon #348
Sprout #249
Tourmaline #103

For the backing, I ended up opting for the Mochi Floral Purple print designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel. One, because it’s simply a gorgeous print! But, mainly because I loved the whimsical design paired with the geometric quilt pattern. I love balancing out my quilts with a mix of both hard lines and more fluid designs.

To compliment the quilt design, I opted for straight line quilting in the central Plus using Aurifil Cotton Mako Thread in 40wt. I then stitched in the ditch around all the medium and small pluses so they popped a little. For additional dimension, I then added some big stitch hand quilting using Pearl Cotton Thread in size 8 in various shades of blues and green. I adore the effect! And, it ended up pairing really well with the backing fabric too!

To frame everything, I opted for a darker binding in the shade Spruce.

I absolutely adore this quilt, but I wish you could FEEL her! The Cotton Supreme Solids feel amazing to the touch. I can’t stop petting her!

This project reinforced my realization that I’m an equal opportunity color enthusiast! Even if a shade is not your immediate go-to, don’t discount it from your creative repertoire. I think you’ll be amazed at what you end up creating when you step outside your comfort zone!

I hope you will give the Plus Infinity quilt pattern a try! The one pictured here is a generous lap size measuring about 70ʺ x 70”, but the pattern also includes measurements for a queen size that nets out at about 92” x 92”. If you give it a go, I would love to see what RJR Fabrics you end up selecting as your colourway. There are so many possibilities here and, with the vast selection of Cotton Supreme Solids to choose from, the creative options are endless!

To follow along on my creative journey, you can find me at www.shannonfraserdesigns.ca and on Instagram @shannonfraserdesigns where I share daily updates. I hope to see you there!

A special thank you to Rachael for inviting me to participate in the What Share Are You series and coordinating the delivery of ALL these gorgeous fabrics.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this project as much I enjoyed making it 😊

Happy quilting!

xo, Shannon

What Shade are You Kim Soper

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be here sharing the quilt that I made for the #whatshadeareyou blog hop! I’m Kim, a former attorney turned stay-at-home mom to three boys, ages 9, 7, and 5. I live with my family in a coastal town on Long Island where I try to blog about my creative endeavors, but mostly you will find me on Instagram (@lelandavestudios), sharing pics of my quilts in the wild. I was doing the happy dance when RJR contacted me to participate in the blog hop, especially since I knew I’d be using their Cotton Supreme solids. While I’ve been known to use a print or two, solids are my one true love — and these fabrics do not disappoint! They were so easy to work with, and the colors are vibrant and fantastic. This quilt is based on a traditional quilt block known as the Wheel of Fortune. I was influenced by the concept of “theme and variation” that Denyse Schmidt discussed in a workshop I took with her this summer. In this quilt, I wanted to use a limited color palette of twelve colors to create a variety of color combinations (variation) all while working within the constraint of the one traditional block (theme). The name for the quilt is twenty-twelve. This comes from the fact there are twenty blocks in the quilt, composed of twelve fabrics. The colors and combinations are some of my favorites, and you can probably find them in many of the quilts I’ve made in the past year! Twenty-twelve is also a reference to the year my youngest son was born. This month, he climbed up the steps of a big yellow school bus. As the door shut, he went off to a full day of kindergarten. And just like that, a chapter of my life seemed to end and a new one began. While I am a bit lonely without my guys at home, I now have more time to focus on quilting and creating — something that I haven’t had over the past 9 years and something I didn’t even know I wanted to do before becoming a mom. It’s really exciting to see all of the possibilities that lie ahead as I begin this new stage in life!  
The fantastic RJR colors that I used in this quilt are:
 
elephantastic pink
sunset ruby
harlequin
lake
periwinkle
grass is always greener
chocolate
lilac festival
bandana
optical white
morocco
silver
Each color combination — each block — has its own individual personality. It was really interesting to observe how the different colors interacted with one another when constructing the quilt, and how each block had its own vibe. It took assembling all of the blocks to give the quilt a final sense of balance. Each block is made up of a whopping 64 2.5-inch squares, 40 of which are half-square triangles. The blocks are 16″ finished, so they are time consuming but big and fun! I assembled each block as four sets of 16-patches. The dimensions of the finished quilt are 64″ x 80”. For the backing I used Cotton + Steel’s Tiny Tiles in Natural. I love how the shapes of the print loosely mimic the shapes used to construct the blocks on the front! For the quilting I really struggled when deciding between horizontal straight lines, an all-over cross-hatch, or straight lines on the diagonal (which won out in the end). I did not want to detract from the vibrancy of the fabric colors or the many points in the piecing. In retrospect I’m not sure I chose perfectly (I probably would have done cross-hatch on the diagonal—what do you think?), but I’m in love with this quilt all the same! One thing I will say, I would never have been able to hop on a train to NYC to photograph this quilt on a weekday if my little guy weren’t in school full day. So, even though this transition is a tough one, it has its perks! Thank you so much to RJR for the chance to participate! I hope you’ll also hop on over to their Instagram post for an amazing giveaway. And thanks so much for reading about how twenty-twelve came together!

What Shade are You with Meghan Buchanan

Hi friends! My name is Meghan and today I turn thirty, the big 3-0. I am seriously excited. What better way to celebrate my birthday than to finally be able to share my #whatshadeareyou quilt I have worked on since May?! Well, the only thing better is that I am sharing this quilt with you from vacation. In HAWAII!!! I packed up this baby and have trekked her to multiple beaches and finally found the perfect one and the perfect sunset to capture her beauty. I hope you love her just like I do.

In the last year or so I have really found my love and passion in quilting. You can find my quilt patterns at www.thencamejune.com and me on Instagram @thencamejune. As I keep creating, I find I love the combination of making something beautiful, a quilt or a pattern design, and it being able to be a tangible product in a household. I went to school for Merchandising Management with an emphasis in Interiors, so quilting really is the perfect fit for me.

When RJR contacted me to be a part of this blog hop, I was beyond thrilled. As I have been experimenting and creating I have found a real love for solid fabrics. They are pure and true and simple and I really enjoy the process of making quilts with only solid fabrics. The second I got my color cards, my brain went to town. I knew I wanted to do a rainbow quilt that played with color gradients. I draw a lot of inspiration in using solid fabric by adding movement and depth with the pattern design.

The triangle side is a self-drafted pattern. I grouped the fabrics into groups of three. I labeled each color within the group 1, 2, 3. And each color has its own importance within a color block. And the colors move and progress from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 and 3 to 1. In each block there is a movement of color and tone, slowly traveling throughout the quilt in a snake like form. I really love how this quilt looks so different depending on which way you hold it. It can be a horizontal progression of color or vertical and heavy/more saturated on one side and lighter at the other.

Once I figured out my triangle side I decided it would be really fun to make a double-sided quilt. I played with a lot of ideas. I liked the idea of the other side to be a traditional block made into a rainbow gradient. I finally settled on the courthouse step. I loved how much the white background made the colors standout even more and it creates that secondary pattern. As for how I choose my colors in each courthouse step, I just referenced the color gradient I used on the triangle side. I made each courthouse step block 6 different colors (besides the white). And I made colors 1 and 2 also be colors 5 and 6 in the following block to give it a movement. And continue the gradient theme. I have named this side the “Radiating Courthouse Step”.

I sent this quilt off to be long armed by Kaitlyn at @knotandthread. It was my first time getting a quilt long armed but I KNEW I did not want to quilt a 2 sided quilt with a million seams on my domestic machine. I originally thought maybe I’d want a curved quilting design to offset all the hard angles the quilt tops had. But I fell so hard for the quilt design I choose, a more curved angle star pattern. It is amazing. I love love love it. And the best part, I didn’t have to baste it. ☺ The texture it gives the quilt is magnificent.

Working with the Cotton Supreme Solids was a complete joy. The saturation level is so pure and so beautiful. Here is the list of all the colors I used to make this quilt:

1. Custard 265
2. Ballerina 176
3. Paris 235
4. Lemon Chiffon 182
5. Golden Rod 92
6. Sunnyside of the Street 379
7. Butternut 305
8. Yum Yum Yam 360
9. Gelato 414
10. Sunset Ruby 357
11. Bougainvillea 333
12. Grape 121
13. Feeling Blue 335
14. Wisteria 424
15. Verbena 254
16. Poolside 327
17. Seaside 426
18. Bora Bora 328
19. Atlantica 374
20. Pacific 428
21. Twilight 353
22. Schooner 392
23. Putting Green 290
24. Toyboat 366
25. Meadowland 352
26. Nile Green 90
27. Aleo Verde 349
28. Peridot 342
29. Harlequin 358
30. Citrus 384
31. Tourmaline 103
32. Eggnog 228
33. Swan 370
34. Optical White 33
35. Add it Up in Bone

The quilt measures a 64” square.

I can’t decide if I want to keep this quilt to use or to just stare at. It’s almost too pretty to use. Right?

What Shade are You with Kelly Liddle

Hi, I’m Kelly also known as Jeli Quilts. I very occasionally (ok, almost never) blog here, but I can almost always be found overgramming on Instagram (@jeliquilts) of a weekend.

So, a little about me….

I live in England with my Husband and Kidlet. My weekdays are spent working as a transfusion specialist and my weekends, designing and sewing mostly flying geese based projects which I sell in my Craftsy store here.

If you are familiar with my work, you will know that I am extremely partial to using solids in my quilt designs, hence why I had barely finished reading the invitation email to join the ‘What shade are you?’ blog hop from the lovely Rachael, before I answered with a resounding YES, please!

Before I could even begin to try and narrow down my list of solids I wanted to use from the gorgeous colour cards RJR sent me, I had to decide on the quilt design.

Whilst searching my EQ7 files I came across a quilt that I had designed a few years ago and promptly forgot about. With a few tweaks, which involved quite a few texts with my friend Nat, I had my perfect pattern.

So on to the most important and hardest part…. narrowing down the colours I wanted to use. I needed 26 colours, but didn’t want to include red or orange (they aren’t my shades!). As soon as I spotted the glorious mustardy yellow that is Harlequin (#358), I knew I had my starting colour and the rest fell into place.

The colours I chose were:
Harlequin
Neon
Sprout
Spring
Lucky Green
Grass is Always Greener
Kelly Green
Spearmint
Emerald City
Teal
Schooner
Riviera
Turks & Caicos
Horizon
Proud as a Peacock
Seaside
Lake
Royal blue
Denim
Harbor
Violet
Hydrangea
Jacaranda
Purple haze
Plum
Melody

The silvery grey Argento made the perfect background solid to show off the design and highlight the saturation of the other solids.

I foundation paper pieced the 32 geese blocks and the quilt top came together so quickly. The cotton supreme solids were dreamy to work with. They have a lovely soft and buttery texture that makes sewing with them a real joy!

For the quilting, I decided on a simple repeating circular edge-to-edge pattern, so that it wouldn’t detract from the quilt design. I freely admit that the quilting portion of quilt-making is not my forte. Left to my own devices, I would have wonky wavy line quilted all over it.

Thankfully I have a lovely friend who quilted this for me on her longarm (thanks Nat!), whilst I drank coffee and pretended to help.

For the backing, I used one of the new Cotton + Steel basics prints – XO in Flamingo….

The neon pink X’s are just perfection!

To finish the whole quilt off I used another fantastic Cotton + Steel print from the Print shop collection – Point in charcoal. Those little triangles fitted perfectly with the geese filled quilt….

Thank you so much to the fabulous team at RJR fabrics for hosting such a fabulous blog hop and allowing me to take part in it. I am hoping these solids become more readily available in the UK, because I am a complete convert!

I will be releasing the quilt pattern for ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ in the next few weeks, if you fancy making your own version.

Quilt stats:
Pattern: ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ by Jeli Quilts (pattern coming soon)
Fabrics: Various RJR Cotton Supreme Solids (full list above)
Backing: XO in Flamingo (Cotton + Steel basics)
Binding: Point in charcoal from (Cotton + Steel Print shop collection)
Quilting: Long armed edge to edge quilting by my lovely friend, Nat
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil thread in grey (50wt #2601)
Finished Size: Approx. 51″ x 68″

What Shade are You with Amber

To say I was excited to join in on RJR Fabrics “What Shade are You” blog hop is an understatement! I was so excited to play with these yummy solids!

I am a huge fan of Carolyn Friedlander and when I was trying to figure out what I would make with these fabrics, I knew it would be one of her patterns. I took one look at the Aerial pattern in my stash and knew! This was the quilt!

#husbandsholdingquilts

Quilts + Beach = Perfection, don’t you think?

When the fabrics arrived, I was pregnant with my second child and had absolutely NO SEW-JO. None. Notta. Zilch. Even looking at my studio made me nauseous. It was so strange. So these beautiful fabrics sat on my cutting desk for months. Yes, months, until my Baby Boy was born on June 30th. I got home from the hospital on July 2nd and by the end of the following week this quilt top was pieced! Boom. Sew-Jo came back with a vengeance!

This pattern is paper pieced, which is my absolutely fave. It’s so therapeutic for me. Plus, all the vibrant colors of these solids really made my day each time I sat down at the machine to work.

I thought of each section as a plot of land and had plans to make this very green oriented, but as with all my grand plans, the quilt took on a color story all it’s own. I feel like all the colors really work well together. A bit soothing, a bit edgy and a bit exciting.

Here is a list of the fabrics I chose for this quilt:
Cove 294
Apricot ice 387
Cantaloupe 209
Horizon 354
Pool side 327
Jam jar 400
Meadowland 352
Sea glass 234
Sweet pea 420
Orchid 421
Lilac festival 378
Wisteria 424
Night 280
Electric blue 296
Paris 235
Flamingo 338
Tropicana 339
Chili pepper 49
Black cherry 394
Pistachio 404
Kelly green 127
Sea foam 301
Meadowland 352
Aloe Verde 349
Banana cream pie 336
Tangerine dream 276
Eggnog 228
Kona coffee 117
In the buff 320
Chalkboard 382
Shadow 431

I chose the grey sprinkle print as the border. I wanted something neutral and those little sprinkles make me think of herds of cattle or horses surrounding plots of crop land. The backing is a bright lawn, so soft and really shows off the quilting.

I quilted this on my Juki 2010-Q with a free motion foot. I knew I wanted straight lines, but I did not want them to be perfectly straight. The quilting is straight matchstick lines in each individual plot, with the border being left un-quilted. The binding has a few of my favorite colors scrapped into the sprinkle grey.

I’m in love with these solids. Beautiful weight, vibrant color and so easy to work with! Not to mention so many colors to choose from! It was hard to pick! I wanted them all!

A huge thank you to RJR Fabrics for allowing me to make this gorgeous quilt! If you want to make this quilt as well, I have good news! Head over to my Instagram @bossmarecraft to win a bundle of your own! Believe me, you don’t want to miss out!

What Shade are You with Anjeanette Klinder

Hi! I’m Anjeanette Klinder and I’m so excited to be participating in the What Shade Are You blog hop today! I’ve been watching and drooling over all the past weeks on the blog hop and finally decided to give it a try myself. I’m a wife, mother of two boys, wrangler of two dogs, quilter, teacher and designer from Maryland. I am active on Instagram as @anjeanetteklinder. You can also find me from time to time with posts on my blog. I’m a maker at heart. If I am creating something, I’m happy. I learned to sew when I was a girl, although I learned with garment sewing. When my siblings started having babies 21 years ago, I started making the babies quilts and my love affair with quilting began. I like to try every kind of quilt making I can imagine, so I don’t have one specific aesthetic that is my go to. I want to try it all.

Typically, when I design a quilt, I start with some fabric in mind, and go from there. But I decided for this project, I needed to start with a color palette. I knew my date for the blog hop would be the start of fall and I decided to use bright fall colors for my selection. I didn’t want to use subdued colors at all. I knew I wanted a stark white background with some black and white and thought they would pair up best with bright colors. So, bright it was. I picked yellows, oranges and purplish red fabrics.

Here is a list of the fabrics I chose for this quilt:
33 Optical White
5091-01 Half Inch Gingham Black
5092-01 2.5 Inch Gingham Black
34 Black
182 Lemon Chiffon
92 Goldenrod
326 Sunny Delight
379 Sunny Side of the Street
221 Saffron
305 Butternut
412 Orange Peel
276 Tangerine Dream
209 Cantaloupe
413 Persimmon
367 Bandana
414 Gelato
415 Pickup Truck
287 Raging Beauty
217 Hot Pink
419 Lip Gloss
311 Rio
181 Rhododendron
357 Sunset Ruby
417 Magenta
265 Custard
387 Apricot Ice
216 Orchid

I thought about the actual title of this blog hop. What shade AM I? When I moved from Arizona to Maryland, I was in love with the change of seasons. Spring and Fall have the best yellow, orange and reds of the whole year. I like the idea that I picked fabric to go with the season the quilt was being shared in. I also love the idea of using my favorite groups of colors. I will say that the mustardy yellows really are my favorite in this particular quilt.

Initially, I considered using just one of each, yellow, orange and red. I considered what my little stack of fabric would look like for the giveaway and I thought that would be a sad stack of 3 colors plus black and white. I’m quite happy with the bundle of bright fall fabrics with a bit of black and white. I hope you are too. I loved that I could choose a patterned fabric to coordinate with the rest of the quilt. Cotton + Steel has the most delicious black and white checkers fabric that comes in a few different sizes. I used the 2.5″ black gingham for the backing and cut up some half inch black gingham for the bias binding. I think it plays well with the geometric interlocking stars with black and white stripes. And really, who can say no to checked bias binding? I saw this open cascading star repeat somewhere and thought it needed to be set in columns. Each column is represented by a different color family, with three columns. I love a good connected star design. The bits of black and white stripes make the design pop for me. I’m not going to lie, making the stripes was a bit of a pain. I tend to like designs that although they are straightforward, they are a bit time consuming. At the end of the day, when I have a lovely quilt, the time put into it is absolutely worth it.

I rented some time on a longarm machine at my local quilt shop. My midarm machine has recently gotten sick. It was nice to have a whole huge room to myself to quilt this up. It was great to have the large checkers on the back and the large blocks on the front to keep everything nicely lined up as I loaded it on the frame. With so many lines already in the quilt, I decided to quilt a large meander instead of something more detailed. I wanted to bring a bit of carefree and organic design to the feel of the quilt. I also wanted the design of the piecing to be the star of the show.

I’ve never used RJR solids before. I really like the hand of the fabrics. I’ve used lots and lots of Cotton + Steel which I already know I love. I was delighted with the softness of these solids. Some solids I’ve used in the past have been incredibly stiff. These solids are nice and soft. I will be using them more in the future. Thanks to RJR fabrics for letting me sew with your gorgeous fabrics! I hope you enjoy the bundle of colors I’ve picked!

What Shade are you with Louise Orth

Hi, I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing Blog Hop with RJR solids! I absolutely love using solids in quilts, they make such an impact! So, let me introduce myself, I’m Lou, or also known as @imstudiolou on Instagram. I first started sewing back in 2012 when my mother-in-law taught me on her old Husquavana. The satisfaction that came from creating was addictive and I have never looked back!

Now I sew as often as I can! I often sew quilts and other projects for magazines and have recently started up a Subscription Box for the modern quilter, called The Modern Quilter’s Box, so if I’m not sewing, I’m most definitely thinking about it!

In my quilting I’m drawn towards geometric and angles and love using Foundation paper piecing or a trusty HST, which is definitely represented in the quilt I chose to make for this blog hop. So here it is, Revolve around me:

The RJR Supreme Solids I used for the project are:
34 Black
396 Raven
282 Gale Force
125 Silver
382 Argento
33 Optical White

Beautiful shades of black to white

It is approximately 42” square and made using Foundation Paper Piecing I’ve included a digital image of the design so you can get a feeling of the piecing used.

I also used a strip of every shade in the binding and a Cotton and Steel, Black and White “Print Shop” print for the backing.

I love the feeling of movement and swirling that you get from the position of the lines and the ombre effect combined. The RJR solids were just perfect for this as they had such lovely shades to use. I Think I might see how small I can go and make a tiny mini version using the leftovers!

It’s also recently had an outing as well, to the Festival of Quilts, in the UK, where I entered it into the Contemporary category. It was really lovely to see it hanging there with so many other amazing quilts!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing and reading a little about my quilt! It was such a joy to watch it coming together and the RJR solids are truly lovely to work with, I’m actually working on another all RJR Supreme Cotton solids quilt right now, but that’s not in the magazine for a few months yet, so I’ll have to wait till I can share that! Don’t forget the giveaway that will be coming up on Instagram!!

Lou x

What Shade are You with Iva from Switzerland

Hi I’m Iva from Switzerland. Online you might know me as “Schnig Schnag – Quilts and more” on Instagram @schnigschnagquiltsandmore and on my blog schnigschnag-quiltsandmore.blogspot.com. I’m so glad to be a part of „what shade are you“. Thanks Lisa (@sewwhatyoulove) for putting me in touch with RJR and your support with this blog post ♥ A little bit more about myself… I’m 35 years old, married and mom of two girls (8 and 10 years old), two cats complete our family. I love to work with my hands and am a bookbinder by trade, but my passion for sewing and especially quilting is a lot stronger. My bookbindery transforms more and more into a big sewing studio! But I love it!

Take a look at my IG feed and it will show you I love solid colors, especially in ombre or rainbow order…

My quilting journey began 13 years ago, but my first quilt took me 3 whole years ;). After this first quilt I really got into quilting and now most of my family members sleep under quilts. My parents and my parents in law love their quilts, my husband and my girls do too. I myself need more than one to snuggle underneath, I get cold very quickly. On the upside, it allows me to make more quilts…

About my “Geese Gathering” Quilt…
I got the idea for this quilt during a flying geese mini quilt swap I participated in. Flying geese are one of my most favourite patterns.

I created this block in my CAD program, then I mirrored the block and build the whole quilt layout. I tried different colorways and chose one with an ombré effect. The great challenge was narrowing it down to 11 color families and their shades out of the 204 RJR Cotton Supreme solids.

To do so I cut the whole fabric card in little pieces and chose my 34 different fabrics…
191 Indigo
428 Pacific
393 Mermaid
289 Proud as a Peacock
354 Horizon
328 Bora Bora
292 Turks & Caicos
274 Riviera
376 Luau
294 Cove
377 Iceberg

361 Aubergine
378 Lilac Festival
422 Plum
333 Bougainvillea
287 Raging Ruby
371 Melody
218 Pink Sapphiere
217 Hot Pink
135 Carnation
216 Orchid
176 Ballerina

402 Spruce
109 Shamrock
407 Grove
329 Emerald City
127 Kelly Green
347 Grass is Always Greener
346 Sour Apple
349 Aloe Verde
249 Sprout
408 Leaf
404 Pistachio

33 Optical White

At first I was planning on piecing a quilt with 3 x 4 blocks, but I made a big paper piecing mistake that I guess (hope ;)) might have happend to you before too?! I forgot to mirror the templates and didn´t notice it until my 12th block! OMG! I couldn’t believe it! What now?! My hubby had a really great solution, that by adding 4 blocks I was able to save most of my geese strips. So I re-calculated to 4 x 4 quilt and found that some fabrics were missing. I was able to order the missing fabrics to safe the quilt. Thanks a lot RJR!

Then onto the backing…The solution: A stripe of all the colores I used in the front! Just turquoise would have been too boring!

I quilted this big baby with my longarm machine. It’s a mix between ruler work and freemotion quilting. I love to work with rulers: I can work so precisely. Freemotion is always a challenge for me. I’m a perfectionist and freemotion is never perfect… but I’m well on the way to be less of a perfectionist…

Geometry is my thing. I love it since I learned it in 7th grade. The quilting on this quilt is very geometric. I tried to make a second layer just with the quilting. I hope you can see it. White is really hard to photograph.

What shade are you was a huge project for me and kept me busy for two months, but it was so much fun. Without the challenge here, I would have probably never made this quilt. This is one of the main reasons why I like our quilting community. There are always ways to participate, to try out the new or to master challenges. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!

And stayed tuned… You’ll soon find this pattern in my little shop As soon as it goes life I will post it on Instagram.

What Shade are You with JessicaQuilter

Hey everyone! I’m Jessica, from JessicaQuilter on Instagram. I am so honored to be asked to participate in the RJR What Shade Are You blog tour. I am so excited to share with you my journey of working with the RJR Cotton Supreme fabrics! I am a stay at home mom, who homeschools our 13 year old son, and runs a custom quilting business where I design my own patterns and love making t-shirt quilts. You can check out more on my website jessicaquilter.com.

Choosing a group of colors from the amazing gorgeous color card RJR sent was not a hard decision for me. The color purple has always been “My Color.” Ask anyone who has ever known me, what shade am I and they will answer “Purple.” I have had a purple room since I was a kid, and my sewing room is purple walls with teal accents. The different shades of blue and teal were always a close second favorite in my book. Adding in a bit of fuchsia/pinks with a bright highlight of lime green, and now we are in the sweet spot for me. These colors remind me of jewels, flowers, and best of all CANDY!!!

The RJR Cotton Supremes I chose are the following:
Aloe Verde #349
Bora Bora #328
Turks and Caicos #292
Pools Side #327
Electric Blue #296
Royal Blue #126
Cloud 9 #281
Grape #121
Amethyst #215
Hydrangea #214
Bougainville #333
Aubergine #361
Opera Mauve #123

Choosing the right pattern for these colors came easy for me. To make “My Plaid” I used my “Spring Plaid Quilt” pattern. I had the idea for this quilt a long time ago. It came about from an idea I got while shopping for new flannel shirts online one day. I thought of how different prints of plaid can sort of define different decades of my life. I thought, “If I were to create a plaid that is a timeless ‘Me’ plaid, what would it look like?” And so began the process of sketching out my dream plaid quilt. I knew immediately that I wanted there to be a larger section alongside of a more tighter-knit and woven group. The idea of the woven rows extending out into the border, and then into the binding, came much later in the creating process. I made the center of the quilt and then after adding my last border I knew the binding had to echo the last woven border completely.

The RJR Cotton Supreme fabrics are absolutely divine! Not only are they soft but the richness of the colors are simply scrumptious!

As a general rule for myself, in the beginning process of working with a fabric, if it gives me grief while I am pressing the fabric before cutting it, I tend to not use the fabric. But these Cotton Supremes were so stable, so sturdy, and high quality to work with. They iron so well, and don’t even get me started about the excitement I felt while working with these under the machine! Let me just say that they sew like a dream!

I quilted the “My Plaid” with a poly/cotton blend batting that I tend to use on most of my quilts. My quilter LOVED these fabrics! The thread just sunk right into them and created that oh-so-yummy-crinkly-goodness we love as quilters!

When I was hand stitching the binding down, I kept thinking of how buttery-soft these fabrics were. I can’t wait to make something else with them!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that my family and I recently moved to Lexington, Kentucky. The pictures here are taken all over my new city. We loved the background the barns and horse statues provided. I hope you enjoy them too!

This is the first quilt I made from start to finish in my new home in Lexington, Kentucky. It will forever have a deeper meaning to me besides having the privilege of sharing this with you.

The backing fabrics I chose for “My Plaid” are two prints from the RJR company Cotton and Steel. I love the rich purple-plum and teal. I couldn’t make up my mind which one to use, so they both got a piece of the action!

I quilted “My Plaid” on my quilter in a meandering block-chase design. I free-hand quilt all of my quilts, so the designs do not have an exact name. But I really wanted to echo the squared off shapes within the pattern. I absolutely love how the quilting looks on the RJR Cotton Supremes! These fabrics are just begging to be quilted!

Making one project wasn’t quite enough for me! I really wanted to use up the leftovers from My Plaid. So, I made Mini Plaid!

Isn’t it just the cutest thing?! This mini quilt measures 18.5” x 20”. You can also get this pattern in my Craftsy Shop HERE. The RJR Cotton Supremes were just so easy to work with and the colors made this little mini shine! I just love it so much and have it hanging in my sewing room already! I want to thank the RJR team who invited me to participate in the #whatshadeareyou blog. I am so very excited to join such an amazing and talented group of quilt makers before me. I have created “My Plaid” as a pattern for you to download. It can be found in my Craftsy shop HERE. If you would like to buy the exact colors I used, my local quilt shop, Quilters Square will have kits you can purchase too, just click HERE. I hope you enjoy working with the RJR #cottonsupremesolids as much as I did!