What Shade are You with Lisa Hofmann-Maurer

‘Glitter sparkles’

Hi everyone, I’m Lisa, also known as @sewwhatyoulove on Instagram. I live in Switzerland and am a mom to 2 little ladies and wife to one very supportive husband. I finished architecture school, got an EMBA, worked as a project manager and took a Wilton Master Course in Cake Decoration ;o) before I started sewing on a more regular basis in 2012 after the birth of our first daughter. We were living as Expats in the Mid West of the US (Kansas City) at that time and I was lucky enough to join a sewing circle. I was mainly sewing clothes for my daughter but picked up quilting in 2015 through that sewing circle. And I know now I have found my passion in making quilts.

What shade am I? At a fun mom’s night out in KC I once had to choose a fruit to describe myself and picked dragon fruit. I’m mostly known as someone that laughs and smiles a lot especially among people I know and love but I can also be an introvert and I need those lonely hours to recharge. Translated to my favorite shades of colors: I love everything bright, saturated and colorful, but also a hint of black and white for good measure now and then.

Getting lucky enough to participate in the “What shade are you” blog hop I knew I wanted to make something radiant. Searching through my inspiration archives and after watching Trolls ;o) (those colors ❤), I came up with my ‘Glitter sparkles’ foundation paper piecing design.

I was going for a huge quilt for our couch, but designing, planning and piecing the quilt top took a lot longer than anticipated. That’s why I chose to make it a bit smaller, and instead used the leftover fabric to piece the back in a way I had in my mind for a while. I love how those 48 colors play together in both designs, the wonky stripes and the glitter sparkles.

Next came the quilting. I wanted to keep the quilting simple and somehow ‘imperfect’ to not distract from the design but also to loosen up the perfectness of the paper piecing. I enjoy little imperfections and irregularities in most quilts because that’s what makes them perfect in my very own opinion. After all they’re made by humans and not machines. That’s why I went with “straight” line quilting and didn’t worry about some wonkiness. I quilted with 12 different colors of Aurifil wt50 and added 12 more colors of handstitched lines in Aurifil wt12. I wished I would have had more time to add more hand quilting lines, I might add a few more later on.

And finally the quilt was bound in Cotton and Steel Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Metallic Queen Anne Navy that I had originally planned as the back. The gold accents add the perfect sparkle to the quilt.

When I got my blog hop date announced I knew I had to finish the quilt prior to our ski vacation in the Swiss Alpes and get those pictures taken there. Having snow storms three days in a row it didn’t look like I could get one picture with the Alpes in the background, but then the weather changed I managed to snap those mountain pictures the day before we left.

It definitely was a family effort and I’m thankful for my husband (quilt holder) and the girls for being so forbearing and patient.

Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart RJR Fabrics, and especially Rachael for answering my questions and being so very generous by letting me play with your awesome, soft and beautiful fabric. I really appreciate you were giving me the opportunity to be part of your ‘What shade are you’ blog hop! This quilt is already loved and fought over during movie night.

Here’s a list of the colors I used:

356 moulin rouge
325 scarlet letter
355 beach coral
217 hot pink
181 rhododendron
216 orchid
230 noel red
135 carnation
418 antique rose
286 raspberry
358 harlequin
359 pea in a pod
348 neon
349 aloe verde
343 martini olive
337 citron
131 carrot
130 pumpkin
379 sunnyside of the street
384 citrus
410 mustard
368 goldilocks
350 army green
274 riviera
393 mermaid
354 horizon
426 seaside
389 spearmint
401 teal
391 robin’s egg
392 schooner
404 pistachio
347 grass is always greener
127 kelly green
405 spring
287 raging ruby
218 pink sapphire
422 plum
420 sweet pea
421 orchid
425 harbor
281 cloud 9
345 caviar
423 violet
427 lake
316 lancaster sky
121 grape
317 jacaranda
8005-03 Rifle Paper Co. les fleurs metallic queen anne navy

Xoxo from Switzerland, Lisa

What Shade are You with Vicki Ruebel

Hey guys! Vicki here from Orchid Owl Quilts. I’m a full time professional longarm quilter and wanna be pattern designer. You should follow along with all my craziness over on Instagram (@OrchidOwlQuilts) and Facebook (Orchid Owl Quilts). I spend most of my days with my INNOVA longarm machines quilting for other people.

Today I have the pleasure of sharing my Argyle Gone Wild quilt that I made using RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids. I was so excited when Rachael contacted me about joining in on the What Shade Are You Blog Hop. My brain instantly started racing with ideas of what quilt I should make.

Without further ado…here’s a look at my quilt Arglye Gone Wild.

It took me awhile to decide on a color palette. I toyed around with going outside my normal faves but I just couldn’t do it. After all, this hop is all about what shade I am. And anyone who knows me knows I’m all about the aqua. I think almost everything I make has some form of aqua in it unless I force myself not to use it.

I finally landed on using neon green as the background paired with various shades of pink and aqua. Because every quilt that has aqua really needs a little hot pink!

Here’s a list of the colors I used:

Neon (background) 348
Hot pink 217
Lip gloss 419
Rhododendron 181
Pink sapphire 218
Raging ruby
Rio 311
Sunset Ruby 357
Jam Jar 400
Turks and Caicos 292
Toy boat 366
Riviera 274
Proud as a peacock 289
Horizon 354
Bora Bora 328

Seriously, could it get any better? I don’t think so. The next huge obstacle was what pattern I’d use. This was a big decision because I really like doing my own designs but I wanted to make sure I did something really cool. I started browsing my EQ7 files to see what I had and found the perfect drawing. Here’s a look at the original EQ file.

My friends, who know me well, know I don’t really enjoy piecing. I actually kind of hate it. I love quilting. So I wanted to make sure my pattern would showcase the solids and my quilting. My quilt varied a bit from the original design as far as color placement.

It all started with the piecing. What a chore! It’s always a great idea to make a quilt that has 1 bajllion pieces when you’re on a super tight deadline. There may have been a few choice words along the way. After several days of cutting and piecing I finally had a complete top. I finally got to the part I love. The quilting.

But I was a little stumped because I wanted it to be good. Really good. So the top sat for several days as I pretended the deadline wasn’t looming over my head like a black cloud. I finally loaded it and just started. Sometimes starting is the hardest part. Am I right?

I knew how I wanted to quilt the little aqua and pink squares that formed the chains. And I was pretty sure I needed to use rulers. Hey, why not? Rulers are not my thing. I’m slow, inefficient and usually frustrated by rulers. I generally look like a terrible contortionist as I try to navigate the ruler work. No pressure at all.

Here’s a ruler tip…I marked all my lines to make my ruler work easier. I know I’m not great at getting evenly spaced lines and marking them eliminated the guessing. This added a little time to the process but I feel it was worth it. I used a Dritz Mark B Gone water-soluble pen and removed the lines when the quilt was finished and off the frame. I lightly spritzed with water to erase the marks.

Needless to say the quilting started out slow and continued at a turtle’s pace, for three days. Three long days. After the first day I was certain it would only take 1.2 million hours to quilt it. In reality, it took about 15 hours. That’s practically the same.

This pic shows a close up of the tiny quilting. Those are size 13 stitches. Thank goodness I didn’t have to pick out any stitches. I may have just burned the quilt instead.

I was very deep in the “this is crap” phase of the creative process for most of those 15 hours. It’s very hard to love the quilt during the quilting process. You can’t see the quilt as a whole. You aren’t quite sure if the quilting design is being executed the way you visualized. It’s stressful and makes a person question her abilities.

Naturally I thought this would be a great time to also practice my stitch in the ditch abilities. This was probably not the best idea. I am not a fan of stitch in the ditch. I usually avoid it all costs. But, I forced myself to suck it up and do it. I managed to stay in the ditch most of the time. Ok, some of the time. Maybe I was practicing my “this is how my stitch in the ditch would look if I were drunk” technique. Sigh. It’s definitely not perfect but it’s not terrible.

I tried another new thing with this quilt. I decided to fuse the label on to the back before the quilting. I hate hand stitching the labels and I figured this would eliminate that step. It was sort of a bust and the label is pretty much a hot mess. The edges lifted and got folded over and quilted down. I’m not sure I’ll do this again unless I piece the label into the backing. However, that sounds equally as awful as hand stitching a label.

If you look closely you can see I ripped out a few stitches. Of course those stitches were on the label and they left super noticeable holes. Awesome. Maybe I’ll not be lazy and simply hand stitch my labels from now on. Maybe I’ll just use a pen and write directly on the quilt. You never know.

You might be wondering why the quilting looks so defined. I love to double batt my quilts. For this particular quilt I used a layer of Quilter’s Dream orient batting on the bottom with a layer of dream wool batting on top. The wool adds definition and loft to the quilting and really pops it.

Contrary to what most believe, using double batting doesn’t make the quilt as stiff as cardboard. It does add a little weight but I promise it’s still foldable. I normally use cotton batting as the bottom layer of batting but I wanted to experiment with a different combination. I’m hopeful that the dream orient won’t hold a crease when it’s folded. I won’t know for sure until I ship it and see what happens. I’ll let you know. That means you should probably hop over to my website and sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss out on the verdict.

I used my favorite thread for the quilting, Superior Threads Omni on top with Bottom Line in the bobbin. I really love this thread combo. I use it 95% of the time and I get very sad when I can’t. I need Bob, from Superior Threads, to make Bottom Line in all the colors! I matched the thread to the fabrics, neon green, light aqua, dark aqua, hot pink, and light pink. Changing threads isn’t always fun but it’s worth it in the end.

I love the back as much as the front. The quilting really looks amazing if I do say so myself.

In the end, I love this quilt. I actually love it more each time I look at it. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share my process with all of you. Rachael and RJR Fabrics have a fan for life. If you haven’t tried the cotton supreme solids, you should! They are amazing. The rich colors and soft hand make these solids my favorite. I can’t wait to start my next project.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation and learning a bit more about my process. Let’s stay in touch!

Vicki

What Shade are You with Debbie Jeske

Hello! My name is Debbie Jeske, and I’m happy to be sharing my latest quilt with you! You can see more of my work on my blog, A Quilter’s Table, on Instagram (@aquilterstable), and on Facebook. I also publish a twice-monthly newsletter, The Scrap Basket, where I especially enjoy highlighting the work of others and sharing links to all sorts of current crafty goodness.



When I was asked by RJR Fabrics to participate in their What Shade are You? blog hop, you totally would have thought I would have said “green” or at least “green and blue!” But on the particular day I had to give a definitive answer, I was feeling very teal and gold and gray.



Now, I had seen many participants choose bundles that were large and colorful, yet when it came right down to it, I chose just six colors. RJR’s Demi, who first approached me about participating in the blog hop, really loved the improv pineapple blocks I’d included in my Seattle MQG SeaSLAB BOM, so all along I was planning to create something with pineapple blocks, and I didn’t want to lose the design in too much color, if that was even possible. 


The Cotton Supreme Solids I finally chose were:
Argento 362 (Background)
Riviera 274, Turks & Calicos 292, Horizon 354 (Mains)
Goldilocks 368, Silver 125 (Contasts)



Wanting my quilt design to be relatively easy to recreate if one chose, I made three sizes of blocks – 20″ square, 10″ x 20″, and 10″ square. Thus they were easily arranged in an orderly way, while still giving the quilt a very improvisational look and feel.



If you’ve never made improv pineapple blocks, check out the MQG blog. There you’ll find technique tutorials for whole pineapple blocks as well as the “half log cabin” version I used.



For quilting, I chose four Aurifil 50wt threads to quilt a design inspired by Jacquie Gering‘s “Fancy Straight Line” found in her WALK book. I used #2600 (light gray) and #5006 (light turquoise) for the straight vertical lines, then #2810 (turquoise) and #2975 (brass) for the intermittent zig zags. 




I really love how this quilting design adds to the wonky shapes of the quilt itself without overwhelming it.



The finished quilt, measuring 60″ square, was bound in two shade of teal, using what I had left from my bundle.

 

Thanks much to RJR Fabrics (@rjrfabrics/#rjrfabrics) for including me in the #whatshadeareyou blog hop! I had great fun playing with their #cottonsupremesolids, that’s for sure! The fabric has a lovely hand and such clear colors – a perfect way to #quiltwithlove.



What Shade are You with Colby Radcliffe

‘Blossom’

Hi everyone, I’m Colby, also known as @theauthenticstitch on Instagram.

I’ve been sewing since I was child, but I’ve only been quilting since mid 2015.

What shade am I? Simply put, I’m every shade. I love colour, and I’m in my element when I’m playing and creating with it. I’ve found that quilting has been a perfect way to combine both my background in Visual Arts and my sewing passion. I haven’t been drawn to solids previously, I love my prints, so I was so excited to create something that made the solids really shine. I knew as soon as I was approached by RJR that I was going to create something of my own design and that it would be using bias appliqué… on steroids. You may have seen my baskets previously, but they have nothing on this quilt! Then the colour card arrived and I was in heaven. All the possibilities, all those delicious colours.

In the end the Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

BEACH CORAL 355
GRAY STONE 155
TOYBOAT 366
MEADOWLAND 352
PERIDOT 342
HARLEQUIN 358
CHARLOTTE 226
PINK ORCHID 331
BOUGAINVILLEA 333
PURPLE HAZE 279
RIVIERA 274
TURKS & CAICOS 292
HORIZON 354
ARGENTO 362
PEWTER 351

And I couldn’t resist to add some cotton + steel prints:

C&S – RAINDROP, PRECIPITATION PISTACHIO 1939-02
C&S – BASICS , SPRINKLE STARDUST 5023-08

I sketched my original mandala on paper, and then adapted the design so my bias binding applique would work on it. When it was time to transfer the design across into the fabric medium, I upscaled the pattern and sectioned it into 6ths so I could just repeat the 1 section as it was rotated around. I transferred the design onto the fabric using a water soluble maker so I could easily remove any markings once they were no longer required.

I had already planned my colour layout out in the original design process, so it was just a matter of transferring my pattern pieces onto the fabric and fusing to make the raw edge appliqué pieces. Once the pieces were all cut they were then pressed onto the quilt top background in the proper place!

Making the 1/4″ bias strips was made a lot easier with my bias machine and each strip was cut at 5/8″ to make a nice even bias. Each strip is carefully planned in order of application because strips are layered over the top of others. It started getting very exciting as I got towards the end of this part of the process, the quilt was really starting to take shape!

Next came the quilting. I chose Cotton and Steel Precipitation in Pistachio from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Raindrop as the backing and used a cotton/poly batting. Wrestling with this beauty on a domestic machine was a challenge (it’s 60” square) but I started free motion quilting from the centre and worked my way out. I wanted to keep the central quilting quite simplistic so I didn’t take away from the main design, so I bordered the mandala with straight echo quilting, and threw in some pebbling around the fused pieces to keep the focus on the solids.

And finally the quilt was bound in Cotton and Steel Basic Sprinkle in Stardust, creating a frame for the quilt that varied ever so slightly from the bias appliqué and the background.

And then ‘Blossom’ was finished!

What Shade are You with Marion McClellan

Hey y’all! My name is Marion McClellan, and I am pleased as punch (pink and orange punch) to be here with you today! (You can find me on Instagram @myquiltdiet and on my blog myquiltdiet.blogspot.com.)

So, What Shade Are You?

At different times in my life, I would answer that question differently, as I am sure you would too, although, pink would always be at least one of the shades in my answer.

Yes, I totally would have driven this car in high school!.. and today.

Pink has always been one of my “signature colors.” (“Blush and bashful, one is much deeper than the other!”) …well, maybe green was my actual first love, truth be told. Now wait, or did I pick green because my best friend had already chosen blue and we couldn’t have the same “favorite” color??? Oh no! What if the foundation for all of my future color choices was based on my off picking first and I had to take sloppy seconds??!

[I’m sorry. I digress.]

So, a while back RJR Fabrics contacted me about participating in their “What Shade Are You” Blog Hop. HOW EXCITING!! The cool kids want me to play with them!

RJR sent me the color card for their AMAZING Cotton Supreme colors. Talk about heaven on card stock! Luscious!!

[Now, I do need to go back a little in time for this part of the story. My quilts usually don’t have such a long story, but making this quilt was a bit of an Odyssey :)]

A few years ago, I was asked to judge a local quilt show. The lady who was in charge of the show met us there and was binding a quilt while we judged the show, an AMAZING antique quilt. Let’s just say I DIED over this quilt. I had never seen the pattern before and I swooned!

(I tried to run off with the quilt while she wasn’t looking, but this lady was too quick for me).

She did let me take a picture of it instead.

Orange gingham and a pale pink background. An obsession was born. Not only was I now obsessed with this quilt design, but my mind was blown by the color combination. (Is there a “mind blown” emoji?). Obsession at first sight! Orange and pink, who knew??

[Fast forward a few months to Quilt Market spring 2016]

As I was wandering around quilt market, I stopped into the AWESOME AND AMAZING Sew Kind of Wonderful booth. (Love you gals!). I showed Jenny the pic of the antique quilt on my phone and asked if she knew what it was. She told me that it was a traditional drunkard’s path and that I would have the best luck recreating the blocks with their awesome Mini Quick Curve Ruler. (Their rulers ROCKS!)

[Of course, I bought the ruler and skipped merrily on my way. A little foreshadowing, I also bought a fat quarter bundle of the new Cotton + Steel Checkers…]

Now to choose fabric. Enter RJR’s invitation to participate in WSAY. Enter divine intervention.

Anyone who has worked with solids knows that it is sometimes easier to choose solids using a print fabric for inspiration. Find a fabric you love for the backing first, and then select your solids to match. It’s a little backwards from what we are used to, but it really, REALLY helps! (You’re welcome! …I actually got this BRILLIANT tip from Kira Carter, you can thank her over on ig @quiltedkira )

Well, as fate would have it, I was scrolling through my ig feed and suddenly the heavens parted and angels began to sing(!) as I saw the most glorious BEAUTIFUL fabric in the WHOLE WORLD! [I’m not. even. kidding.]

Lo and behold, right there in the middle of a fabric collage was the most perfect fabric ever designed in all of fabric-dom. Right there in my ig feed was floral fabric nirvana! Pink and orange fabric perfection.

You are probably wondering who the designer of this holy grail of fabric was? Well, of course it was the Queen of Design, none other than Ms. Jennifer Paganelli, her royalness, of the most high.

Are you ready for the conflict? The the most perfect fabric of all time was out of print!! NOOOOoooooooo… Several years out of print and nowhere to be found!

So what did I do?? (…after I cried face down on the floor for a day?) I posted an ISO on IG and crossed my fingers. Yet again, the quilting ancestors interceded and a few WONDERFUL and glorious IG bffs found me yardage of this out of print loveliness. My life was now complete.

With my RJR Cotton Supreme color card in one hand and the floral in the other, I chose three of the most lovely shades of pink (ballerina, fairy princess, & orchid) and one outstanding shade of orange (carrot). Cute names, right? …RJR really should name two, Blush and Bashful! 😉

Now for the work to begin.

It took a bit of finagling, and a few (hundred) test blocks, but I finally found the right proportions for my traditional drunkards path block.

I wanted the quilt to have movement, and that is why I chose three slightly different shades of pink for the quilt.

Please excuse the night time design wall photo!

I am SO happy with the result.

As I am a longarm quilter, the quilting was the most bestest funnest part of the whole project. In working with solids, the quilting really stands out and shows itself off to the world.

I thought long and hard about how I would quilt this traditional design. I finally settled on stitch in the ditch, a crosshatch quilting for the orange, and an outline and swirl-pebble motif for the pink. For the curves and straight lines I use Linda Hrcka’s Quilted Pineapple Curved Templates and the QP Edge. They pretty much rock!

PS- I always use Superior Threads “So Fine” thread when I quilt. It’s the BOMB!

How would I bat the quilt? I know most people don’t give this aspect much thought, but I like to obsess over it.

I (almost) always start with Winline Textiles 100% natural cotton batting. It’s my favorite, hands down. The next really important question is, “do I add a layer of Quilters Dream, Dream Wool on top of the cotton?” The question was answered with an emphatic, “YES!”

Double batting adds to the quilts weight and warmth as well as making the quilting look AWESOME!! I love how the wool gives the quilting the extra “wow” factor, something every longarm quilter is looking for.

(Yes, I did mark my crosshatch. I used a water soluble marker.)

I was hoping to complete the quilting in a few days, and thankfully, I was able to do that. (ALL of my boys went camping and left me alone to my own quilty devices! )

Now for the binding. Binding is quite a bit more important than some may think. It frames the quilt…and I LOVE to hand bind! 🙂

Bias gingham is my first and forever choice for binding, as it should be. Bias gingham binding is the most perfect choice (almost) always. The end, and amen. (Ok, ok, I do have a pretty serious relationship going with a bolt of black and white stripe that ends up as binding for quite a few of my quilts 😀 …but gingham is right up there!)

If you have ever worked with pinks and orange, there are about a million shades and hues to choose from. Matching them can be a real challenge. “Is the pink too blue, is the orange too red or yellow?” Decisions, decisions!

THANK HEAVENS!!, the new Cotton + Steel woven checkers in lavender was the perfect match.

Well, regardless of the name, the Cotton + Steel checkers was perfection in binding form.

Is there anything prettier than a pile of prepped binding on the floor next to your sewing machine?

Any hoots, the binding went on like a dream. I (almost) always hand bind my quilts. I love the look, but mostly love the time I get to spend with my quilt, hand stitching (and binge watching something on Netflix or Hulu.)

I am so happy with how this quilt turned out.

Here’s hoping that in 100 years, this quilt will inspire another lovely creation by some future quilter!

(There is always that one stupid corner where a seam ends up! Aye crumb!)

Name: Drunkard’s Sunrise

Finished quilt size- 56”x72”

Thank you, RJR Fabrics, for inviting me to participate in such a fun adventure! Who knew the amazing places this journey would take me!!

What Shade are You with Carolyn Murfitt

Hello, I am Carolyn from Free Bird Quilting Designs and this is the second quilt I have been lucky enough to make for the ‘what shade are you’ blog hop!

My ‘what shade are you’ hasn’t changed, it stills every colour of the rainbow and what a rainbow it is with the cotton supreme solids!

I have had my heart set on making a flowering wreath quilt and with all of these colours to choose from it was the perfect opportunity.

These are the colors I chose for my flowering wreath:

Yellows/Oranges

Tourmaline, citron, sunny delight, golden topaz, carrot, cantaloupe, tangerine dream, oriole, butternut, ochre, mandarin

Reds/Pinks

Amaryllis, brick road, chilli pepper, scarlet letter, rio, pink sapphire, sunset ruby, rhododendron, red wagon

Purples

Raging ruby, amethyst, grape, hydrangea, purple haze, bougainvillea, aubergine, feeling blue, jacaranda

Blues/Turquoises

lapis lazuli, royal blue, carolina, lancaster sky, bora bora, turks and caicos, riviera, meadowland, night

Greens

toyboat, martini olive, sprout, aloe vera, emerald city, putting green, neon, clover, pea in a pod, grass is always greener.

I used a variety of the Quiltsmart interfacing and began by making my petals, flowers and leaves.

I experimented with a few different ideas but decided to lay them out in a rainbow pattern.

I kept adding flowers until I had the basic layout.

Once I had the petals positioned it was time to add the yellow centres.

Now that I was happy with the design it was time to load the quilt onto the longarm and begin quilting.

I chose a range of aurifil thread to match the colours of the petals.

Because the quilt was going to be quite detailed with the flowers, I didn’t want the background to compete.

The quilting I chose would add texture but would not draw the eye away from the wreath, which is the main focus of the quilt.

I wanted the quilting of the flowers, petals and leaves to be uniformed, so I chose a similar design in each one.

This would add to the flow of the quilt, so as not have one area or flower competing with another.

Here is a few pictures of the quilting in the flowers and petals.

The best part of quilting is taking the quilt off the longarm and seeing the quilting design for the first time as a whole. Making sure it meshes with the design of the quilt!

I was pretty happy with the result.

….. and finally the quilt has been bound and is finished!

and in the sunshine to show the quilting!

Thank you, thank you, thank you RJR Fabrics, you are a very generous company and I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to be part of your ‘what shade are you’ blog hop for the second time!

Demi and Rachael it has been an absolute pleasure corresponding with you over the course of these two quilts! Thank you!

What Shade are You with Jen Van Orman

I am Jen Van Orman of @heritage.threads and I am so beyond excited to be sharing this quilt with you today. I was interested in quilting growing up as I saw my mother making quilts. I took a long hiatus from quilting until I was 8 months pregnant with my second child. Quilting has been my solace as I dealt with postpartum depression, toddler tantrums, and life in general. Creating something, anything, out of fabric really does soothe my soul.

When I had the opportunity to work with RJR’s cotton supreme solids I *maybe* cried just a little. I love, love solids and how much they can change a pattern into something completely different than intended. If you’ve ever worked with Cotton + Steel fabrics, these solids have the exact same hand and feel. They are such a dream to work with!!

I chose 25 colors to use in my quilt. It was really hard to just narrow it down to 25 from all of the beautiful options, but here they are:

Apricot Ice 387 Flamingo 338 Guava 373 Ballerina 176 Bubblegum 244 Hot Pink 217 Sweet Pea 420 Pink Sapphire 218 Rhododendron 181 Hydrangea 214 Violet 423 Bougainvillea 333 Aubergine 361 Perinwinkle 334 Harbor 280 Night 280 Sea Glass 234 Pistachio 404 Julep 403 Robin’s Egg 392 Turks & Caicos 292 Meadowland 352 Emerald City 329 Mermaid 393 Argento 362

I very loosely based my Confetti Bomb quilt off of a quilt I saw in Love Patchwork & Quilting November 2015 issue entitled “Snowfall” by Tied with a Ribbon. I took Jemima’s idea and it grew from there into this quilt.

I had quite a few moments of panic during the creative process, as I almost always do. My brain goes from “This is the best idea ever!” to “Oh my goodness! What was I thinking!” all within the space of fabric cutting to block assembly. I am hoping I’m not alone in this process. It is terrifying, and invigorating all at once.

Once I started laying out my blocks, I just had to let my plans for a specific layout all go out the window and let the fabric speak to me. In the end, I feel like this quilt ended up being better than I had originally hoped. In fact, it has propelled me to be more bold in my background choice for other quilts and push me further outside of my comfort zone. The quilting, done by Kaoline Parry @quilterlove66, really completed the look I was hoping for.

A big thank you to RJR fabrics for trusting me with your beautiful fabrics and to my husband and boys for being so patient as we paraded around town taking photos. The “Quilt with Love” slogan is alive and well in this quilt because of them.

What Shade are You with Lesley Storts

#WhatShadeAreYou – RJR Fabrics – Game Night Quilt by Lesley Storts

Even though my quilting experience goes back many years, my use of solid colored cotton for projects was limited until a couple of years ago. I caught glimpses of people’s quilts with solids and realized that I wanted to play! Several projects have been started, some completed, and then I was asked by RJR Fabrics if I would like to participate in their What Shade Are You Blog Hop. The answer was a resounding yes! I had already sketched out a project that I wanted to make with solids and after reviewing the abundant array of colors on RJR’s color card, I knew this project would have the variety needed to pull it off.

This is the list of fabrics I ended up using:

Cowboy 383
Chocolate 199
Marmalade 304
Custard 265
Martini Olive 343
Neon 348
Grove 407
Chalkboard 382
Silver 125
Golden Topaz 285
Chili Pepper 49
Tangerine Dream 276
Banana Cream Pie 336
Lucky Green 406
Turks & Caicos 292
Jacaranda 317
Goldenrod 92
Electric Blue 296
Scarlet Letter 325
Aloe Vera 349
Rhododendron 181
Lake 427
Orange Crush 372

In answering the question, What Shade Are You?, my answer is that I am shade competitive…but just a shade. My solid fabric quilts have ended up being stories about my life and experiences. This quilt is no different and reminds me of happy times in life. My mom taught me to play backgammon and Chinese checkers when I was a kid and my aunt and uncle taught me how to play Othello (yes, that’s Othello in the bottom right corner). We played these games often. Just a quick round or two but mostly 3 because we wanted to see who won the best 2 out of 3. Growing up, I played cards with girlfriends at camp, at sleepovers, or solitaire by myself. When I was dating my husband, I was introduced to Euchre. It’s against the rules to live in Ohio and not know how to play this game. At least that’s what I was told when we moved here and I was just compliant and learned – haha! Our family and friends play all kinds of games on a regular basis when we socialize.

My quilt, Game Night, originated from these happy times. Backgammon was made from a foundation paper piece template that I created. Top right is the traditional block, card trick. Chinese checkers is based on the Star of Bethlehem block and I created a foundation paper piece template for the triangles. Othello is a classic checker board pattern.

RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids are fantastic for many reasons. As mentioned before, the color choices are exceptional and just as vibrant in person as they are in the pictures. The weight of fabric and how it lays makes it so easy to quilt. There is minimal fraying or stretching. Using RJR’s solids for this project was exactly what I needed.

Last year, a quilt friend of mine showed a “potholder” quilt at guild. I was intrigued. Potholder quilts date from the US American Civil War and were created from individual blocks that are completely finished and bound then stitched together. I had wanted to try this technique and this project was ideal.

Constructing the quilts was fun and sometimes challenging, but the quilting was the best part! I tried hard to elicit the feel of the different games through the quilting. Both backgammon and Othello have fairly minimalist game boards so there are a lot of straight lines.

Chinese checkers is round! I was thinking and talking about how I could make the circular game board work and my daughter suggested quilting it in. Creating an image with the thread was especially satisfying.

When I think of traditional playing cards, I think of the swirling designs on the card backs and tried to replicate that with free motion quilting.

The fabric is so vibrant it almost looks electric! The only rule for picking the back was that it be bright and fun. I love the way that RJR’s solid fabric showcases the quilting.

Are you ready to have fun playing with RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids? Head on over to Instagram and find @rjrfabrics or me @lesleystorts for details about a giveaway with all of the colors I used to create Game Night. You can also find me on my blog at StortsMarket.com.

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

What Shade are You with Friederike Stanke

I’m so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to sew a quilt with RJR’s beautiful solids. I’ve been sewing (more or less) my whole life, but only started to seriously dive into the world of (modern) quilting and the Instagram community in 2013 (I’m @piecestopatch over there). Solids are what I’m always drawn to, because I just love the simplicity, while they also offer endless possibilities to change patterns. When I was asked by RJR to participate in the Blog Hop, I immediately thought of Inaluxe designs I had just seen in the German issue of Flow Magazine. So while I would have loved to just turn one of their designs into a quilt, I took a step back and just let the inspiration flow. Once the colors were set and I also knew that I wanted to sew something with curves, I tried out different design ideas.

While I still love these designs, I think the circles needed to be smaller for it to really work. Another WIP on the list 😉 So back to basics: Circles. And while I’m usually an all-white background kind-a-gal, I stepped outside my comfort zone and used colored background fabrics. But then the next decision snuck up on me: how to quilt this beauty? And again, I had ideas that I loved in theory, but just couldn’t get myself to quilt on my domestic machine.

And again, back to basics (notice a theme here?!): Circles. I was unsure if it was too simple to quilt circles with just circles but you don’t know until you try, right? So here it is, in all its glory: circles on circles in the most beautiful spring bloom colors.

The pictures were taken in the gardens of Schwetzingen Castle. I could have taken a million pictures and will definitely go back there for the next quilty photo session. So many great angels, buildings and photo props.

The binding is very scrappy, but I think it worked out great for the overall design.

And just one last shout out to the best husband and friends in the world, who endured -7°C with a baby and a toddler (who cried for two hours straight), just so I could get the perfect picture. THANK YOU!

This is the list of fabrics I ended up using:

Beach House 242
Blue Skies 264
Bordeaux 82
Canvas 150
Chartreuse 284
Cove 294
Fairy Princess 237
Goldilocks 368
Hedge 247
Mahana Beach 229
Moonlight 365
Notting Hill 309
Oriole 314
Pea in a Pod 359
Peridot 342
Rhododendron 181
Ginko 303
Rio 311
Seafoam 301
Silver 125
Sunny Delight 326
Tickled Pink 330

Thank you RJR for giving me the opportunity to sew with your fabrics. They were a dream to work with, minimal fraying, very smooth and beautiful saturated colors.

What Shade are You with Nikki Clark Murray

Hello everyone! I’m Nikki Clark Murray aka @babylovequilts on Instagram. I am a avid sewer of quilts, blankets, and baby accessories and I am so happy to be sharing my latest quilt design with you all. When RJR Fabrics asked me to be a part of this blog hop, I was so excited I screamed a little, which was then followed by lots and lots of dancing.

I have been designing my own quilts for several years now, and I knew from the start of this project that I was going to design something brand spanking new for it. I had so many designs floating around in my head, I knew it was going to be hard to pick just one.

The inspiration for the quilt came to me one day while I was on a walk with my kids. I saw the quote “be the rainbow in someone’s cloud” earlier that day and thought… How can I make that into a quilt? Naturally the quilt had to be a burst of color, seeing as its a rainbow, so I opened up the color card and started planning. 34 colors later, this is what I chose for the quilt top…

Redwork
Moulin Rouge
Chili Pepper
Bandana
Beach Coral
Mandarin
Tangerine Dream
Carrot
Sunny Side Up
Sunny Delight
Lemon Chiffon
Custard
Sprout
Sour Apple
Clover
Kelly Green
Shamrock
Twilight
Horizon
Turks and Caicos
Electric Blue
Lapis Lazuli
Caviar
Hydrangea
Jacaranda
Amethyst
Grape
Argento
Overcast
Grey Stone
Celeste
Pewter
Kerchief

For the backing I chose the Cotton + Steel’s Printshop Starry in Seaglass as I thought it went well with the theme of the quilts, plus that print is just super adorable.

In the end, the quilt turned out to be more beautiful than I thought. It measures at 60×72 and consists of 270 half square triangles.

After I was done taking pictures of the quilt, I realized that this will be the first quilt, in a long time, that I actually get to keep for myself! I haven’t been able to do some selfish sewing in a very long time, and when I do, I never get to fully finish it (you should see my UFO pile, its HUGE). So thank you RJR Fabrics for asking me to make a quilt using their amazing Cotton Supreme Solids, they are truly wonderful to work with and for allowing me to finish a project that turned out truly amazing.

Be sure to stop by @rjrfabrics and my page @babylovequilts, as there will be an amazing giveaway. Trust me its something you dont want to miss out on.