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Summer Sampler Block 8 with Sandra Clemons

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Cut Block 8

Light Gray – Cut 3 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, then cut diagonally once to make 6 half square triangles. (A)

Dark Gray – Cut 3 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, then cut diagonally once to make 6 half square triangles. (B)

Navy – Use Template C to cut 4 diamonds.

Aqua – Use Template C to cut 4 diamonds.

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(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Thread the Needle Day

Today is National Thread the Needle Day. It is either a day of celebrating sewing, or can metaphorically mean working through two opposing viewpoints and attempting to work through issues together.

Today will be spent going through scraps at home and making a few projects. Share with us how you will be celebrating #ThreadTheNeedleDay for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Alex Anderson’s Red Collection.

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#Whatshaderu Blog Hop with @gildedthread

For those of you who don’t know me (and I imagine many of you don’t), I will quickly tell you about myself! I’m Hayley and I’m a twenty-something sewist, working at Pink Castle Fabrics, a primarily online modern quilt shop. In my time there, I serve as event planner for Camp Stitchalot, Glamp Stitchalot, Sew Pro, and personal assistant to our shop owner and RJR designer, Brenda Ratliff.

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Among the many things I do there, I spend a lot of time looking at fabric, making bundles, and generally analyzing all the different substrates that come through our doors. RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids quickly became my favorite solids to incorporate into my quilting projects and I was thrilled that they gave me the opportunity to play with my favorite colors for this quilt!

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(A big thank you to my lovely boyfriend for modeling the quilt for me!)

I’m constantly inspired by the people around me— I’ve been lucky enough to make some incredible friends in the quilting industry and their work, passions, and talents only make me strive to do better. My friend Nydia Kehnle and my mother are both incredibly talented improv piecers and were both encouraging me to give improv a shot. This is my first finished improv quilt and I have to say, I loved the process.

Improv was a real change of pace for me. I love and rely on structure and I appreciate having a pattern to follow. I grabbed whatever scraps of color looked good to me and said “Okay, let’s go with that” and built the quilt progressively. I eventually ended up with these long, rectangular “blocks” that I could arrange however I wanted; there is no wrong way. That initially made me feel uneasy and unsure if I was doing it “right”. But I love what I ended up with. And of course, I had to back and bind the quilt with some of my favorite new prints from Cotton+Steel.

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The process of making this quilt was gut instinct from start to finish. From my color choices to the piecing to rhythmic matchstick quilting, it all came naturally with only a little bit of second guessing. It was made completely with love and will find a happy home with my mother, who quickly laid claim to it as she saw me finish putting it together!

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I chose my colors for this project in much the same way that I pieced it together. I had a few go-to shades of Cotton Supreme solids and those were the first I grabbed (Harlequin, Goldilocks, Toy Boat, Beach Coral, and Kerchief and Argento as neutrals) and supplemented with extra tones of similar hues.

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Colors I used, from left to right: Mandarin (159), Beach Coral (355), Elephantastic Pink (277), Harlequin (358), Goldilocks (368), Toyboat (366), Emerald City (329), Turks & Caicos (292), Bora Bora (328), Kerchief (364) and Argento (362).

For more from Hayley Grzych, follow her on Instagram @gildedthread or on her website, gilded-thread.com.

Make sure to head on over to her Instagram @gildedthread, follow her IG and leave a comment for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle featuring a selection of the colors she chose to work with!

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Sandra Clemons Summer Sew Along Block 7

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Light Gray – Use template B to cut 16 triangles.

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Navy – Cut 8 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” and then cut diagonally once to make 16 half square triangles. (A)

Select 4 colors, of each color:

§ Use template C to cut 4 triangles of each color.

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(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Ink Blossom II designed by Sue Marsh

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“I wanted to do a follow-up collection to Ink Blossoms with new motifs and colors that were richer and more versatile. This is my favorite collection to date. It allowed me to create in the same manner I create my character drawings, but with a more sophisticated result.

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“I feel the colors are classic and sophisticated, updated for a more modern effect. The grays can be combined with aqua and oranges to appeal to the modern quilter. The teal and purples are classic colors and create a rich more traditional look. Combine the teals and plums with olive tones and create a wine country look. The prints will work well in quilts, home decor, bags, and garments, making it a very versatile line.”

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Here is Sue Marsh holding her beautiful tote bag that she designed to go with her collection, Ink Blossom II. The fabric line is delivering to stores in August 2015! Make sure to go and ask for it at your local independent quilt store.

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Little Sister Tote (9653- 103 black, 101 purple, 102 teal) – This is a great bag that’s the perfect size for every day. It has lots of pockets inside and outside. A zippered top keep the contents in, so it is perfect for airplane travel. This bag looks amazing when it has been quilted, though quilting is not required! It has easy to sew and forgiving curved sides that may be new to some sewers. Practice your binding skills as this bag has lots of it! While this bag is not difficult to construct, the binding require some skills, but a confident beginner can accomplish it with a little patience.

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Ink Blossom Wall (9653-48 black, 49 purple, and 47 teal) – This project conveys a classic yet modern look. The pattern offers an easy to construct method for the block that eliminates “Y” seams. The top center is constructed of a single large block but is colored laid out in such a manner that a secondary pattern appears! The quilt is basic piecing. We use “stitch and flip” to create the corners and angled blocks creating an intricate look without the intricate piecing. Fabric color and block placement bring out a secondary pattern, making the quilt look much harder than it is. A confident beginner can easily accomplish this 54-inch wall hanging.

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The collection also comes in a fat quarter bundle.

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Summer Sampler with Sandra Clemons Block 6

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Cut Block 6

Light Gray:

§ Cut 2 squares 5 7/8” x 5 7/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles.(F)

§ Cut 2 squares 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles.(G)

§ Cut 4 rectangles 3” x 4”. (H)

§ Cut 1 square 4“ x 4”. (I)

Blush:

§ Use Template B to cut 4 triangles.

§ Use Template D to cut 4 triangles.

§ Cut 2 squares 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 4 half square triangles. (A)

Red – Cut 8 squares 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 16 half square triangles. (C)

Navy – Cut 6 squares at 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”, then cut diagonally once to make 12 half square triangles. (E)

(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page, or send a quick email to us at quilwithlove [at] rjrfabrics [dot] com and we’ll share them!

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#Whatshadru Blog Hop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts is an Author, International teacher, Juki Ambassador, Aurifil & Sizzix Designer and mother. Victoria’s approach is to work quickly with many colors, and let her instinct tell her what will be the final result, while keeping a playful attitude. Her current work, “Double Wedding Rings, Traditions Made Modern” are on view at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska through August 3rd. Victoria’s work is directly related to her grandmother, Elda Wolfe, whose she has been inspired by, and honors her roots in the Midwest.

Make sure to check out her post here for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from the fabrics that she chose.

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Fox and Friends by Lynette Anderson

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Starring the sly Mr. Fox and the crows watchfully residing over the pumpkin patch, Fox & Friends features a delightful mix of Lynette’s favorite fall imagery. The appliqué is framed by scrappy log cabin blocks and finished with a simple scrappy outer border. The quilt finishes at 52 by 56 inches. RJR is offering laser-cut kits on Fox & Friends. Make sure to ask for them at your local, independent Quilt Store. The fabrics are from Lynette’s recent fabric line, Spiced Pumpkin.

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Lynette used a charcoal embroidery floss for the blanket stitch throughout the project, but you can match the threads to the appliqué colors, as well.

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All appliqué elements come laser-cut and pre-fused on Soft Fuse Premium, making the appliqué come together in a snap. The log cabins, background, outer border and binding come as running yardage. Each kit includes 1 pattern. Additional patterns can be purchased from Lynette Anderson Designs.

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Happy Fourth of July from RJR Fabrics!

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Happy Fourth of July! We celebrated by having a BBQ at the office here in Torrance, California. The wonderful women that work in the office decorated with some of our red, white, and blue quilts for the holiday.

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Everyone came together to celebrate our nation’s holiday.

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