Hello, everybody! I can hardly believe it’s my turn to post for the RJR What Shade are You? Blog Hop 2017! My name is Carissa Englert and you can find me and all my quilty escapades over on Instagram @treadletothemetal. You could say I’m a bit of a craft addict because I love knitting, spinning, quilting, dyeing, weaving, hand-sewing, and the list of new hobbies I’d like to learn just keeps on growing. I live in Arlington, Virginia with my two energetic little boys and my very craft-tolerant husband. On any given day, you can find me trying to squeeze as much quilting and creative time into whatever minutes or hours I manage to eke out of my schedule.
I first learned to sew when was younger but never considered sewing a passion until much more recently. After my mother-in-law taught me how to knit over 12 years ago, I immediately became obsessed with learning one hobby after another and haven’t stopped since. I joke that knitting was my gateway drug! But, in truth, it felt so right to nurture the creative part of my brain again after spending many years of college, grad school, and work barely utilizing my creativity. After having my first baby in 2010, when I was too tired to knit or spin (or do anything really), I would surf Flickr late at night (back in the pre-Instagram days) after my son was finally asleep, and it was there that I first glimpsed a world of quilting that I had never known existed–modern quilts! I was hooked, watching endless online quilting tutorials and re-learning how to thread my sewing machine. Once I did, I was ready to try my hand at making quilts. Fast forward seven years and, while my boys keep me on my toes in my Mom-role for most of each day, I yearn to be quilting all.the.time. Funnily enough, in my daydreams, I’ve planned, designed, or made hundreds of quilts but, in reality, I have only finished a dozen or so quilts over the years. Anyone else have that problem?
Color has always been an important part of my life, well before I realized it. I’ve been a color collector, or shall we say “enthusiast,” ever since elementary school when I would stuff little scraps of brightly colored tissue paper from art class into my pockets to bring home with me! Nowadays, with every new fiber- or textile-art I learn, I am still collecting and manipulating colors, both in my hands and in my head, whether it’s pulling fabrics, designing a quilt, spinning fiber into yarn, or threading a needle. The tactile nature of working with fabrics is unlike anything else; quilting marries a love of color with a love of texture, not to mention a love of practical, warm-and-comfy end products. So when Rachael at RJR contacted me about designing a quilt with their Cotton Supreme Solids, I absolutely jumped at the chance! Knowing I would have a blog date during my favorite season (Fall, duh!), I wanted to put together a unique Autumn-inspired palette since rich, vibrant colors are my jam.
After mulling over the amazing color cards for awhile, I narrowed it down to a set of 19 colors: a large dose from the red/pink/purple color families (dark burgundy, magentas, and lilac), a very beautiful, saturated Bronze (which just screams “Fall leaves”), some blues to accent, and a handful of neutrals to round it all out. In fact, I thought long and hard about just using ALL of the neutral shades in the CSS collection for a quilt because they are that good but ultimately decided that I love colors too much to pass on the chance to work with them in this quilt.
Here is the final list of colors I selected:
Sweet Pea (420)
Fairy Princess (237)
Pinot Noir (219)
Apricot Ice (387)
Notting Hill (309)
Meissen Blue (271)
In the Buff (320)
Antique Rose (418)
Once I had the drapey-soft, gorgeous colors in my hands, I had the panicked realization: “I have no real plan for making a quilt from this!” I normally enjoy the improvisation process and don’t usually pre-plan or draw out my quilts; however this wasn’t just any ol’ project, so I was a bit nervous! I had roughly decided on using a rectangular, drunkard’s-path-type, curvy block for which I had mocked up a template earlier this year. But that was the only seedling of an idea I had before I needed to start working.
Well, I figured, what better way than to set about designing a quilt backwards–just start sewing and figure the rest out later!?! I began cutting 5”x7” pieces of fabric, combined colors, two at a time, and made what seemed like an infinite number of blocks.
I used the convex cardboard template to gave me the curve but varied the positioning of the curve within the block, aiming for sort of modified-improv curves. I knew going in that the curves would be a little wonky and non-matching as each block varies slightly from the next.
I was about two-thirds of the way done making blocks and didn’t really like any of the layouts I had tested out when I had a eureka moment about how the final design might look. So I ended up making 288 blocks that were each 4”x6” finished. I assembled those blocks into 12 larger 24” squares that I could play around with. Each block primarily features either a dark-, medium-, or light-toned fabric and I love how the bright wavy lines swirl and colors intermingle haphazardly. The dominant shape in each block reminds me of cables and some of the fabrics stand out so wildly that I thought the name “Cable Crazy” seemed fitting. I originally assumed the quilt would turn out much more improvisational but, in the end, it turned out exactly how it wanted to be!
I wanted to do a pieced back for my quilt so I chose several different Cotton + Steel prints that I thought related nicely to some of my solid colors. I found some Pencil Stripes prints from the “Cozy” and “Fruit Dots” collections, as well as some bronze-y “Sprinkles,” an indigo “Add it Up”, and, finally, my favorite floral print from Rifle Paper Co.’s latest “Menagerie” collection. For the binding, I chose the Pencil Stripes in Grey Metallic from the “Cozy” collection and cut it on the bias. I randomly decided to scale up the curve shape featured on front of the quilt with the pink and aqua Pencil Stripes fabrics on the back.
The quilt finished at 72” x 96”, a hefty twin-size (which was a bit unwieldy when I went to photograph it… So a very special shout-out to all my quilt holders!), and I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting. I quilted it on my home machine and ultimately chose a simple approach to balance out what ends up being a lot of crazy color and curvy piecing. I sewed single, straight lines through all the angled “rows” in each big block and let them be rather organic, not worrying about lines matching up to the adjacent blocks. Between the wool batting and the minimal quilting, it’s has sort of a lofty, snuggly comforter feel to it!
Alright, I hope you’ve enjoyed this write up of my project and process. Kudos to you if you’ve read along this far! Feel free to reach out on Instagram if you have any questions or want more info on how to create something similar. It was a total pleasure to work with Rachael and RJR Fabrics on this project, I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity! I would encourage anyone who loves color (so, all of you!) to incorporate some Cotton Supreme Solids into your stash and quilt projects. Also be sure to visit and follow our profiles over on Instagram, @treadletothemetal and @rjrfabrics , for an amazingly generous giveaway of the fabric bundle I used in “Cable Crazy!” And of course, in the meantime, Happy Sewing!
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:
Silver Screen #380
Gale Force #282
Blues, from lightest to darkest:
Lancaster Sky #316
Electric Blue #296
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
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:
Emerald City #329
Jam Jar #400
Gift Box #291
Putting Green #290
Notting Hill #309
Robin’s Egg #391
Lucky Green #406
Sour Apple #346
Kelly Green #127
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 😊
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:
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.
grass is always greener
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!
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?
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:
Grass is Always Greener
Turks & Caicos
Proud as a Peacock
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.
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″
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
182 Lemon Chiffon
326 Sunny Delight
379 Sunny Side of the Street
412 Orange Peel
276 Tangerine Dream
415 Pickup Truck
287 Raging Beauty
217 Hot Pink
419 Lip Gloss
357 Sunset Ruby
387 Apricot Ice
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!