271 Meissen Blue
387 Apricot Ice
Accent Fabric, Backing & Binding:
Flight in Natural, Cotton+Steel, Black+White 2017 collection
The design consists of equilateral triangles which calls for precise piecing to match all points. This is why I decided to use the foundation paper piecing method to achieve a crisp result. I designed the three different blocks on my computer and printed 36 blocks in whole (some of them I printed in reverse). For the actual mountain part of the block I used ‘Chalkboard’, a lovely blue-ish black colour, which comes off a lot lessblunt than a real black. The background of each block consists of two colours from the remaining bundle of solids I had picked. I grouped them so there was always a pair of a lighter and a darker fabric of the same colour family next to each other, using 8 background colours in whole. I had played around with the colour placement a little before settling on this, but I love that this strict arrangement keeps the quilt less busy and puts the mountains in the spotlight.
With quilting I stayed at the safe side and went with a simple straight grid quilting, a design I come back to every so often. I have found grid quilting to be very sturdy and since this quilt will get a lot of use I can’t beat myself up too much for playing it save. My boyfriend is actually taking it with him to Switzerland!
Like mentioned above, I loved working with RJR’s solids line. The Cotton Supreme Solids have a buttery feel and a lovely drape to them. The colours are vibrant and very true to the colour card I received. When I next stock up on solids I will definitely consult their range of beautiful solids!
For a chance to win your own ‘Swiss’ bundle of the fabrics I picked, follow me @vevivicky and @rjrfabrics on Instagram where a giveaway each is held this week.
It’s Kristen… You can find me on Instagram @thesistyuglerstoo. A little about me: I love to create… pretty sure that’s what I was born to do! I started painting when I was 6 and haven’t slowed down since. My love of quilting began about 27 years ago when I took a class at a local quilt shop. There were 3 old ladies that taught and they were all in their 90s. We did everything by hand… There were no cutting mats or rotary cutters or sewing machines. Just templates, paper patterns, a pen, a pencil and a needle and thread. Although I see the value in this type of quilting as a busy mom I do not have that kind of time and I’m very thankful for my modern quilting tools. I stopped quilting for a few years but took it up again when my kids were little because painting watercolor was too hard with toddlers. So I saved painting for my Saturdays at art and quilted during the week with my girls.
On to my quilt… It’s called, “A metaphor of life”. I’ve known for a few months that I was going to be part of the RJR what shade are you blog hop. I was excited and nervous at the same time. I knew I wanted lots of bright fabrics because rainbow is my favorite color. I also knew from the beginning I wanted big elongated flying geese blocks with lots of negative space. I had an idea for the square blocks and I was super excited. Then guess what… plan A didn’t work out. That’s ok, I had a plan B, guess what… plan B didn’t work out either. So on to plan C right? Only one problem, I didn’t have a plan C so I hit a creative slump. I put the quilt away for a bit because I had a few months and truth be told I work better under pressure.
Well fast forward a few months and my quilt deadline is only about 5 weeks away. So I started sewing the flying geese and racking my brain for a plan C. I’m still feeling very uncreative and frustrated that I have no plan C. Because I’m usually super creative and ideas come to me easily.
Then life throws my family a curve ball. One of my daughters’ best friends is diagnosed with cancer. Well she has never been one to sit back and let others take care of the problem. So she says we need to have a fund raiser for her friend. I say as soon as my quilt is done we can do that. She says, “Nope mom! Service always comes first and the rest falls into place.” So I say ok let’s go for it. And we do a fund raiser that was huge and successful and lots of work. Okay now time for quilting.
Then a different daughter is struggling a little and she just needs some attention from mom. So I spend the time help her to feel better and it only puts me 2 days behind. But my quilt is still sitting largely unfinished. I have no plan C and I’m running out of time. So I still work on sewing flying geese and one night it hits me… I want a block I can use most of the colors in with hard lines and angles. But I’m sure I don’t have time to draft one because I’m so short on time, but where would I find one? I remember I have the book, 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars by Carol Doak. I colored at least 30 stars before I found the one I loved… Massachusetts. So thanks to Carol for helping me break my creative slump.
Well now its crunch time. I’m way behind and I need about 7 of me to finish. So I ask for help and I am reminded that in life sometimes we all need help. Thankful for a sister that can help iron and cut because she is a quilter too. My quilt is going smoothly so I think it’s time for a bit crazy, Don’t you? Since plan A and B didn’t work and I made a math mistake on 1 square of plan C and a small cutting error I didn’t have enough background fabric to finish my quilt and I need to have it to the quilter in 2 days. None of the brick and mortar quilt shops within driving distance of my house carry RJR solids. (I say get with the program Utah quilt stores.) By some small miracle my sister finds a small Etsy shop that carries the color I need and she delivers it to my house. I call these small miracles tender mercies, and oh how I am thankful for them.
I spend most of the next 2 nights sewing so I can get it to the quilter on time. And even though I’m up most of those nights the quilt gets finished on time! I am so thankful but also a little worried that because of the above craziness and some other small craziness that happened along the way with this quilt that maybe for some reason it doesn’t want to be made and it just might spontaneously combust at the quilters. (Haha, but really only sort of kidding.) But Rhonda @olieandevie on Instagram does a fabulous job quilting and my quilt survives.
So I call this quilt, “A Metaphor for Life” because sometimes life throws us curve balls and sometimes plan A and plan B don’t work, it might even take plan 532 before we find our answer. Maybe we lose our creativity and we feel defeated for a while. But if we stick with it and we jump back on the wagon and we only give up 2 nights of sleep or maybe 10 because your baby never sleeps. We discover in the end its all worth it. We’ve created something beautiful and worthwhile. And we wake up in the morning and say, “Let’s do it all again.” Even the crazy and the tears. Someone once asked Picasso how long it took him to paint a painting and he answered in the number of years, months, and days he was at the time. When they looked at him confused he replied that it is our whole life that shapes us and helps us to paint the way we paint and that everything in our life influences our creativity. I often answer this same way when I am asked about how long a painting took. And as quilters I think we can say the same thing… So I guess this quilt really took me 46 years 1 month and 19 days to create. Happy sewing! Thanks for sticking with me to the end.
Hello! I’m Jen and I’m relatively new to quilting, I got hooked in 2015 and I’ve been constantly sewing ever since. When RJR approached me last summer, after seeing my Festival of Quilts entry, to participate in their What Shade are You blog hop, I was very excited. I was already a follower of the blog via Instagram and every month I was impressed by the quality and calibre of the quilts.
For me, my favourite stage of the quilting process is the planning stage; working out my design [even the maths], and choosing my fabrics. It goes hand in hand with my other passion, Art. I love drawing and painting, colour and form, so I am constantly sketching down new quilt ideas in my sketchbook. As a result when RJR got in touch, I knew exactly what I wanted to make and what my shade was! Like most quilters, I keep a list of all of my ‘I want to make’ quilts [which should keep me busy until 2020!].
I’m a big fan of HSTs [Half Square Triangles], they are so versatile and can be used to create infinite patterns. In this sketch, I was inspired by a then recent trip to Scotland, of the mountainous landscapes and tree filled vistas. I wanted HSTs to create an abstract view of a forest; to convey depth, shadow and light. I had always wanted to use solids for this quilt, to focus on colour and geometry, without letting pattern or texture overpower the design. My colour choice was obvious: shades of green.
I loved perusing the colour card and there are so many options to choose from. Even though I already had green in mind, it was so hard not to be tempted by the other shades and try to convince myself lilac or pink belonged in my forest!
Ultimately, I resisted and chose the following shades:
Optical White 33T
Emerald City 329
Kelly Green 127
Grass is Always Greener 347
Sour Apple 346
Aloe Verde 349
Glow in the Dark 204
Putting Green 290
This was new territory for me, I normally choose fabrics based on their pattern or colour combination. But I really enjoyed the process, and loved the contrast you can achieve with solids. It enhances the geometry and creates a very modern and minimal look. Plus RJR’s Supreme solids are super soft.
I pieced the shades of green systematically from dark to light to create a subtle ombré, whilst retaining a contrast within each HST pairing. Once I had pieced my quilt top, it took me a while to decide on how to quilt it, and I resolved upon organic wavy lines. As the patchwork is very geometric, I wanted the quilting to soften it, add irregularity and reflect back to itself, to nature. I also used varying shades of green Gutermann thread to emphasise the ombré.
Using the scrap fabric, I created miles and miles of scrappy binding. As there is quite a lot of white in the background, I wanted the green binding to provide a frame and lead the eye back into the design. By using several hues, instead of one solid frame, it gives a softer and more natural edge.
I use Heirloom cotton batting as its incredibly soft, and I chose a solid lemon yellow backing fabric; something light and plain, so it wouldn’t show through the quilt.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this project and I am really pleased with my Forest Quilt. It has definitely been a learning curve, you certainly can’t hide your dodgy points behind a fussy print! I am very happy with it and love the final look. I will definitely be making more solid quilts, and revisiting Supreme Solids. Plus I’ve got enough scraps to make two matching throw cushions….lovely!
Photography by Martin Freeman
It’s my turn on the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop!! Have you been following along with the #whatshadeareyou series with RJR Fabrics? I started following RJR fabrics when I found the series or blog hop or whatever you want to call it!
What is this # I keep talking about? Each week or so, they feature a quilter with a quilt made from a bundle of RJR Fabric and then have a giveaway of that fabric bundle! The fabric bundle was what originally hooked me, but the quilters are amazing! I’ve found some new quilters to add to my IG feed, for sure. One day they had a call for bloggers interested in participating, so of course I volunteered and they accepted me.
I used the following colors:
tangerine Dream 276
Orange Crush 372
Turks and Caicos 292
Lucky Green 406
Sour Apple 346
Grass is Always Greener 347
Super excited, right?? Yes, I was. Then panic struck! Me being in the lineup with all these other quilters that use tons of different fabric. I typically only use a few different colors in one quilt, but all these others use tons of colors. I remember walking around Quiltcon looking at the quilts with more than just a few colors for inspiration…
Then I decided on a design I had made in one of my office meeting sketches. It was a design I could incorporate a bunch of colors into. The kiddo and I got to work and picked the fabrics, finally… Then they came. And stage fright set in again. And I decided I didn’t want to make the design I was starting to make…
So in came design idea number 2. A Quilt Design A Day design! The ‘spark’ above from Design Seeds inspired my purple design. And that purple design became my #whatshadeareyou quilt! I thought it would be cool, but I still wasn’t sure it would stand up against all the other quilts in the series. Once I started going, it kept growing on me and I liked it more and more! And now I love it! I hope you do too!
I’m calling it Raindrops on Wildflowers! As I was quilting it, I debated, one big spiral or three spirals? The whole family agreed on three circles. The kiddo said it was like raindrops in water!
The quilt block is obviously something I just made up, but then I realize it was full of inset corners! Ergh… But I remembered they aren’t so bad and I pretty much mastered it! Well, for this block at least! I’ll post a tutorial soon.
The front had to be the solids collection, which I love. My go to solid fabric is typically another brand that I won’t mention here… But I might have just been swayed! This fabric is much softer than my usual. And there’s still tons of colors to choose from. No reason this fabric can’t be my new go to!
And the back is actually a really fun polka dot fabric. The front had to be solids, but you could choose anything for the back. Obviously I had different intentions since it was a different quilt design I ordered the fabric for, but I like the polka dots and stripes together!
And stayed tuned… A tutorial and giveaway will be popping up here shortly!