What Shade are You with Erika Bea

My name is Erika Bea, but my friends call me Pink. You can find me @pinksuedeshoe on Instagram. I am addicted to things in every color. Except red, and then purple, they aren’t my favorites. They are a necessary part of every rainbow, but as far as I am concerned rainbows should all begin and end with pink! I grow a lot of dahlias, I bake a lot of pies, and I make a lot of quilts. I started sewing for real about 9 years ago. I have made everything from jeans to doll clothes, bags of every shape and size, stuffed animals and home décor projects. Last year alone I made about 17 button-up shirts or shirtdresses. I sew A LOT. I didn’t really get into quilting until 5 years ago when I started working in a local quilt shop one afternoon a week. I found so much satisfaction putting piles of fabric and colors together, and keeping those bolts organized in rainbow order on all the shelves! And quilting has just kind of stuck.

In the 5 years I’ve been quilting I have probably made close to 200 quilts. Usually between 25 and 35 a year. I have made dozens of quilts that have hung up at Quilt Market, sold plenty, and gifted plenty. At last count there is over 50 quilts stacked in armoires and closets and couches and on the ends of the beds in my small house. And the rest are spread out across the country and around the world. Quilting makes me real happy.

When RJR reached out to me and asked me to be a part of the What Shade Are You project I was so excited, I knew exactly what I wanted to make, which was a quilt I’ve had in my head for more than a year. I carefully picked out my colors, and then choose white cotton lawn for the background and a cotton + steel cotton lawn for the back. I knew this was going to be the absolutely softest coziest quilt ever.

But, before I cut into my bundle I had a change of heart. I was going to start my dream quilt the beginning of October, bright and early Monday October 2. But plans changed. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, I decided that my dream quilt can wait. Because this beautiful rainbow bundle was going to turn into another project, a quilt for someone who needed a little piece of hope and love and kindness more than I do.

The Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild is collecting quilts to distribute to the families of the victims from the October shooting. And so this quilt is for them. They are collecting blocks, finished tops, and finished quilts. It is a massive undertaking, and full of all the love and kindness that this quilting community is so famous for. The LVMQG asked for quilts made using the grayscale block by Alison. She has a block A and B, I used 12 of Block A and 20 of Block B, and then I decided to set the blocks on point, because I love how they look that way.

These blocks come together SO quickly. It really was a quick project, even with a few hitches along the way. I made my first mistake in not planning out color placement very carefully. I originally decided to go with a random layout, but as soon as I took the picture of them laid out on the floor I knew that this quilt would be so much better in rainbow order. I did have to remake two blocks, but it was well worth the extra few minutes. A little rearranging to make the colors blend, and I knew I had something really really great.

I quilted this with simple straight lines, because I think they almost always look good. And I am not great at the actual quilting part. I can sew tiny 1” squares together all day, but I lose my patience and get bored with the actual quilting the layers together process. I decided to make a scrappy binding, and with just about as much dumb luck as can be wished for it worked out as a perfect rainbow all the way around the quilt. I love it when that happens.

I loved working on this project. I know sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try and do something good when there is just so much sadness in the world. One quilt is just a drop in the bucket, hardly a way to combat all the terrible things that happen. But to one person, I hope this quilt will make a really big difference. And I would encourage you, if you have a spare 10 minutes THIS WEEKEND, or a few hours, to make a couple of blocks, or a lot of blocks, or a roll of binding, or some big pieces for backings, and send it to the LVMQG.

As for me, I think I’ll try and get that dream quilt I was planning cut out and started. But I am so glad that I decided to make this one first. Thanks RJR for the beautiful fabric to help me help someone else. You can follow along with my rainbows, pies, dahlias and quilting adventures on Instagram @pinksuedeshoe. Here is a list of the colors I used. The white background is cotton lawn in Kerchief 5089-21, and the rainbow is 49 Chili Pepper, 92 Golden Rod, 127 Kelly Green, 131 Carrot, 182 Lemon Chiffon, 217 Hot Pink, 218 Pink Sapphire, 244 BubbleGum, 249 Sprout, 276 Tangerine Dream, 287 Raging Ruby, 292 Turks & Caicos, 311 Rio, 316 Lancaster Sky, 317 Jacaranda, 330 Tickled Pink, 332 Mauvelous, 347 Grass is Always Greener, 348 Neon, 354 Horizon, 357 Sunset Ruby, 371 Melody, 372 Orange Crush, 373 Guava, 379 Sunnyside of the Street, 389 Spearmint, 391 Robins Egg, 414 Gelato, 423 Violet, 425 Harbor, 426 Seaside, 427 Lake

RJR Fabrics loves #quiltdots

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Since our early beginning, we’ve been dedicated to the art and craft of making the highest quality fabrics for the quilting industry. 40 years later, the time has come to better explain who we are and what we stand for. Who are we? We make fabric so our customers can make quilts for the people they love. We are a family-run company, and there is care in every step of our process: From the design and manufacturing to the workers who place the fabric lovingly inside the boxes that end up in your hands.

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Our logo is a reflection of our renewed commitment to explain who we are and what we stand for. Designed with a frame that is reminiscent of the border of a quilt and painted with bold colors, the logo communicates the love and the passion we have for quilting. In addition, our tagline: #quiltwithlove speaks to the personal connection that quilting brings to all of us. Sharing this new hashtag on social media, we can all display our creative work, our personal journey as quilters, and the stories we want to tell.

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To share our love of quilting with you, we have collaborated with Quilt Dots to create a tin of 9 “Quilt with Love” magnets. If you haven’t heard of Quilt Dots, they are interchangeable magnetic dots that can be worn in jewelry, key chains, bag tags, needle nannies, bookmarks and more.

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Each and every Dot is made by hand in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Colorado. See the collection here http://zappydots.com/quilt-dots/designer/rjr-fabrics.html We are having a fun giveaway on Instagram for a tin and bracelet. All you have to do is share your most recent quilt with love story and project on Instagram using the hashtag #rjrquiltdotsgiveaway for a chance to win.*Giveaway ends October 25th at 4pm PST*. If you haven’t already, make sure to follow @quiltdots on Instagram and Facebook.

What Shade Are You with Wendy Sheppard

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Hello, my name is Wendy Sheppard. I am most excited to be part of RJR’s What Shade Are You blog hop – my first RJR hop ever! QBV03_PieceBlock_12_crop_resized

Come meet my Blueberry Pie House wallhanging quilt (finishes at 24″ x 26″)!

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This wallhanging uses a total of 2 gray and 5 blue solid FQ’s, combined with 3/8y of white solid.

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Here are a few more pictures of the quilt. You can see from the pictures how solids are excellent in highlighting machine quilting!

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Due to the fact that this little project having little (and many) pieces, I have cut and constructed for the each section as I go along – instead of doing all the cutting at one time. I have also written the instructions that way so that it’s easier to keep track of the pieces. I hope that will work better for you too.

Now, if blue and blueberries aren’t your thing – you can easily substitute with your favorite colors! How about reds for a Rhubarb Pie Ranch, yellows for Lemon Meringue Lodge, or purple for Muscadine Jam Cottage, orange for Orange Cake Bungalow… I hope you will have fun making this little house wallhanging – enjoy!

Want to know how you can recreate this amazing wall hanging quilt? Just click on the link to make your own Blueberry Pie Quilt!

And make sure to follow Wendy’s adventure’s with quilting by following her at her blog www.wendysheppard.net and also don’t forget to also check out her Instagram for more fun pics! @ivory_spring

Happy Quilting!

Color Tabbing with Flaurie & Finch

Fabric shopping. Let’s not kid ourselves, is one of the best parts of quilting!! Seeing what is new, building that dream stash, not leaving empty handed because we wouldn’t survive without that fabric in our sewing room!

For me personally fabric shopping is part of my creative process. I love to see what colors are popular that year or letting my mind wander off with the endless possibilities of what I could make (or how beautiful it will be folded up in my stash). I often go with my mom or sister and make a whole day out of it. It’s really a time to sneak away, grab lunch and be with people that can understand my undying love of FABRIC.

As I have cruised the endless isles of heaven, I have often thought how does fabric come from an idea to my hand? I, like many of you follow designers closely waiting for their new lines to be released, to see what they have come up with next. So how does this happen? What are the steps from design to production to purchasing?

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So I asked the lovely ladies from Flaurie & Finch how an idea becomes a fabric line and they gave me a crash course in color tabbing. After a designer’s idea for a fabric line gets approved it is then printed on high-quality paper. It has a color reference strip called a color window that has the correct and desired colors chosen from the fabric designer. This print is shipped to our manufacturers in Japan, color tested and a formula is mixed creating the colors that will be used to screen print the sample. This process takes six weeks and what is returned is called a strike off. In additional to the sample of fabric, there is a color window that will be used to match the intended color.

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After the first strike off is received a process called color tabbing is performed for each individual piece of fabric that has been printed in Japan. Color tabbing is comparing the original printed color window and the screen printed color window to make sure that they colors match. If a color doesn’t match the desired colors the boards and samples are sent back to Japan with notes for the manufacturers and another strike off is sent back. Once the colors match up they are approved and sent into production. Many times it can take up to three strike offs to achieve the correct color. RJR Fabrics and our manufacturers in Japan strive to achieve the perfect product and make sure every piece of fabric is handled with care and respect before it goes into production and sent to you.

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After learning about this process you can really see all the thought and care that goes into each and every piece of fabric. For me, It really shows that each piece is designed with intent and is a piece of art that we can cherish and make our own.

Happy Quilting,

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National quilting day banner Happy National Quilting Day! Today we are celebrating all thing quilts and those who make them annually. There are many ways to get involved in the celebration if you’re still deciding on how to join in on the fun we here at RJR are here to help 😉 Here’s a couple of things you can do to get in the spirit!

Organize your sewing room.

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I think just about every quilter knows when it’s time to give their quilting room a little TLC. And sometimes all you need is a little inspo to get you going so check out this special board on our Pinterest where we pinned some fun and creative ideas to get you going!

Download A Free Pattern

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Spend some time browsing through our lists of free patterns on our website Rjrfabrics.com and start up a new project! It’s a great way to spend your day and getting crafty.

Here we have just one of our many beautiful free patterns called Crown Of Thorns by Amanda Rolfe

Enter A Fun Giveaway!

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Right now you if you visit TheQuiltShow.com you can watch quilt shows non-stop for free! And you can enter to win over $11,000 worth of amazing goodies including the grand prize, a BERNINA 770QE. For more info on this amazing giveaway make sure to visit The Quilt Show to enter!

Support Your Local Fabric Shop

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What better way to get into the spirit of National Quilting day then to go shopping this weekend at your local quilt shop. When’s the last time you shopped in you neighborhood quilt shop? You’ll have loads of pre-cuts and bolts to choose from, and its a great way to meet more quilters like you! So make sure to visit them and show them your support 🙂

Hope all these tips helped you decide on what to do to celebrate this fun weekend! Show us your pictures on how you celebrated on Facebook and Instagram! Can’t wait to see what you all do.

Happy Quilting.

McCall’s Quilting Jan/Feb 16

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We have 2 amazing projects featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

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The colorful Sherbet Stars by Wendy Sheppard features fabrics from Katherine Ann by Patrick Lose.

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McCall’s quilting also showcases the quick and easy star table runner, Sunday Sunrise, by Anne Marie Chany. Sunday Sunrise features our Cotton Supreme Solids. Learn More at http://bit.ly/1kTdADW.

Apple Hill Farm by Kids Quilts

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Rachael’s home near Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island is neighbored by a farm, which is what inspired the mother-daughter duo to choose apples as their theme for their next line. Christine’s daily foraging for wild apples with her grandchildren inspired her to infuse the line with apple trees and apples, and she spared no design.

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The quilt is a kit project, designed by Kids Quilts, Fun On The Farm (9653-38) – designed for boys and girls alike. Fun on the Farm captures the spirit of Apple Hill Farm in vibrant colors and crisp white borders. This crib quilt is easy to finish and perfect for a beginning quilter wanting to learn raw edge appliqué. It finishes at 44 by 53 inches.

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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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Spotlight on Jinny Beyer

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“For the past 2 years, I have been a guest quilter on the Sew Many Places India quilting and textile tour. This collection is inspired by these tours to India and Delhi. In fact, a lot of my quilting and border designs are influenced by my passion for Indian textiles. The rich paisleys and vibrant colorations in this line are taken from Indian woodblock prints, tapestries, and embroidery that I collect on my travels. Pressed Leaf (style 2453) is re-introduced from my previous Renaissance Garden collection, but in all-new colorations.”

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