What Shade are You with Jessica Schunke

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I was so excited when RJR Fabrics asked me to join their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop. I love working with solids, so I jumped at the chance to try out RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids for the first time. I’m a big fan of Cotton + Steel fabrics (a division of RJR), so I expected the Cotton Supreme Solids to be the same great quality, and they did not disappoint. The colors are so vivid, the fabric has a beautiful hand, and they were truly a pleasure to work with.

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In fact, the hardest part was deciding which colors to choose. When the Cotton Supreme Solids color card arrived, I couldn’t seem to narrow down the options. They were all too good! So I shifted to choosing my pattern, which turned out to be a no-brainer. I’ve been dying to make the Tessellation quilt(pattern by Nydia Kehnle and Alison Glass) since I first saw it, and I knew it would look so good made up in solids, so it seemed like the perfect choice. The pattern calls for 25 fabrics, so I started with the blues and teals (my favorites) and then expanded to the cool pinks and purples to round out my selection.

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The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

237 Fairy Princess
86 Candyland
226 Charlotte
311 Rio
181 Rhododendron
331 Pink Orchid
333 Bougainvillea
214 Hydrangea
215 Amethyst
345 Caviar
179 Hyacinth
334 Periwinkle
281 Cloud 9
313 Carolina
316 Lancaster Sky
251 Anemone
296 Electric Blue
391 Robins Egg
274 Riviera
292 Turks & Caicos
354 Horizon
328 Bora Bora
392 Schooner
289 Proud as a Peacock
102 Celeste

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Additionally, I used Geo Drops in Teal (from Rashida Coleman Hale’s Raindrops collection for Cotton + Steel) for the backing. I love how the hexie drops mimic the triangular shapes on the front of the quilt.

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The quilt is composed of five triangle designs, and it was so fun to start playing with the colors to see how different combinations would work in each piece. I spent many a night with rows of paper-pieced sections laid across my work table and floor, shuffling and rearranging.

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When it came time to quilt it, I struggled with choosing just one thread color, so instead I chose 16! The obvious alternative, right? I quilted diagonal lines in a triangle shape roughly one inch apart, changing my thread color every three to four lines. There are 15 thread colors on the front, reflecting the range of blues, teals, purples, and pinks in the solid fabrics, and one color on the back, chosen to match the color of the hexies in the backing print.

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I’m so pleased with the final quilt in all of its saturated solid glory. The movement across the blocks makes me think of a sparkly geode or shattered glass, and it has such great visual interest, keeping your eye bouncing from one section to the next. This was definitely a perfect solids project, and it was a joy to get to work with these lovely fabrics.

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A huge thank you to RJR and their wonderful team for the opportunity to play with their Cotton Supreme Solids! I had a great time.

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You can find me and all of my other projects over on Instagram @blueskycrafter and my blog, A Blue Sky Kind of Life.

What Shade are You with Sharon Parcel

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When RJR Fabrics asked me to join their What Shade Are You? Challenge, I knew I would be stepping out of my comfort zone. But I took the challenge and loved every minute of it! Every week, I have enjoyed all the amazing, beautiful quilts on Instagram and here on the blog. So now it is my turn to show my creation.

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The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

#351 Pewter
#339 Tropicana
#352 Meadowland
#274 Riviera
#349 Aloe Verde
#338 Flamingo
#331 Pink Orchid
#244 Bubblegum
#366 Toyboat
#228 Eggnog
#244 Rio

I must tell you that I had three different quilts running around in my mind, and finally chose a pineapple block. After taking a class from Gyleen Fitzgeral and using her Pineapple Tool…I was hooked on making pineapple blocks. Gyleen had recommended that we NOT use solids to make these blocks….I said to myself…Why not? I was stepping outside my comfort zone using all solids, so why not step out a bit further?

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This is what I came up with. Deciding how to break down the pineapple blocks took a bit of thinking, but I am happy with how it turned out. It depicts God’s love for me…softly, raining down on me. One of my favorite hymns is “Rain Down”…thus the name. Still debating about a pattern for this…probably paper pieced for more accuracy in matching seams.

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Working with RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids has been a real treat. The fabric is the high quality which one has come to expect from RJR and the colors are amazing! The hardest part about this challenge was when I received the color card and had to choose from the amazing colors.

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I want to thank RJR for the opportunity to take part in the What Shade Are You Challenge. It has made me think and step outside the box. This has been an enjoyable journey!

You can find me on Instagram: punkydoodle53 Or on my blog: www.yellowcatquiltdesigns.com

What Shade are You with Michelle Wilkie

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Today, on “What Shade are You” I would like to share with you on my design journey and inspiration for my quilt “Rails”.

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I am Michelle Wilkie. I can be found on Instagram @ml_wilkie or on my blog Factotum of Arts.

I was so excited to be participating in What Shade are you, and when I received my bundle in the mail a multitude of ideas came to mind. The colors are so vibrant.

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The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

Optical White 33
Black 34
Turks & Caicos 292
Night 280
Electric Blue 296
Anemone 251
Citron 337
Sunny Delight 326
Tangerine Dream 276
Chilli Pepper49
Grape 121
Shell pink 175
Raging Ruby 287

Additionally, I used some C+S fabrics to add some interest within the solids:

Sprinkle in Corduroy 5023-004
Dottie in Fedora 5002-006
Dottie Cousins in Natural 1915-1

I get inspired all the time from the world around us. For this quilt, it was no different. My husband is from Mannheim Germany, where we both lived for a few years before moving to the US. My inspiration for this quilt came from the Neustheim Train Junction.

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The lines fascinated me. I loved the idea of using improvisation strip piecing to try and mimic these strong direction lines. It was an interesting experience bending the fabric to make the gentle curves. Some tips:

1. I started this quilt at one end and added in one direction, using strips to mark out where I was adding curves that would intersect with other lines.

2. Use a lot of starch to get the pieces to lay flat and press often.

3. Make sure you trim your threads and additional fabric as you go, especially when using white.

4. Lastly, I glue basted this quilt while it was on my design wall. I pressed each layer to fix it to the one beneath. This technique was important as it helped the top to adhere flat to the bottom layers and hold in place as it stretched out some of the puffy areas.

Here’s a close-up of the quilt top. The predominant colors are blues, yellows and white, however as I stepped back with each addition, I decided to add pops of colors. This adds balance and richness to this quilt that helped also break up the stark bands of color. You can see the use of red, purple, pinks, and orange.

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For the quilting, I used Aurifil 2410, 2021, 2120, and 2783. I used irregular-spaced wavy lines that flowed with the fabric strips, to complement the colors and design of the quilt. In the binding, I also added some interest and continued the flow of color by inserting a piece of C+S print and a small blue strip to my white binding.

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This was so much fun to play with such vibrant colors. I loved the overall finish that the Cotton Supreme Solids provided. Thanks to RJR fabrics for the opportunity and to you for stopping by.

What Shade are You with Terry Druga

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The Hippy Storm-at-Sea quilt by Terry Druga

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Hello! I am Terry Druga and you can find me on Instagram as tooheycohen. I love this “What Shade Are You” blog hop series by RJR Fabrics that lets regular quilters like me step out of our comfort zones. I was so excited to pick colors from their color cards – such beautiful fabrics! I love traditional quilt blocks made with modern fabrics so the hippy in me chose to make a Storm-At-Sea quilt in shades of purple, blue and green.

The colors I chose for my quilt top are:

Gale Force 282
Pewter 351
Amethyst 215
Purple Haze 279
Marvelous 332
Horizon 354
Turks & Caicos 292
Riviera 274
Kelly Green 127
Sprout 249
Neon 348

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I was so happy with the layout of my blocks, but was very nervous about how to quilt it. I decided to follow the natural wavy pattern that is made by the Storm-at-sea blocks. The lines feel organic and give the quilt some movement and texture. It also gave me a chance to play with my new collection of Aurifil 28wt threads! I love how everything came together.

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A huge thank you to the team at RJR Fabrics! You answered all my questions and were very helpful. And the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids are wonderful to work with! I hope this blog series inspires you to create something new!

What Shade are You with Kristy Sachs

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The Alternate Ending Quilt by Kristy Sachs

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Hey, guys! I’m Kristy Sachs from Rock Baby Scissors. You can find me on Instagram, Etsy and Facebook:

https://www.instagram.com/rockbabyscissors/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockBabyScissors

https://www.facebook.com/RockBabyScissors/

I made the Alternate Ending Quilt using RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids.

I was floored when asked to participate in the What Shade Are You? Blog Hop as I’m still fairly new to quilting. I’ve only finished a handful and I had never followed a quilt pattern before, so I figured I better knock it out of the park and go BIG to celebrate such an honor! An 800 piece quilt? Sure, why not! As a true lover of color order and everything rainbow the Alternate Ending Quilt by Sarah of CoopCrafts was my first choice when it came to using such brilliant shades of solids.

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The colors I chose for my quilt top are:
1. Tourmaline
2. Lemon Chiffon
3. Citron
4. Carrot
5. Tangerine Dream
6. Tropicana
7. Chili Pepper
8. Orchid
9. Hot Pink
10. Tickled Pink
11. Rhododendron
12. Amethyst
13. Hydrangea
14. Purple Haze
15. Bougainvillea
16. Periwinkle
17. Caviar
18. Electric Blue
19. Tuks & Caicos
20. Horizon
21. Toyboat
22. Neon
23. Sour Apple
24. Grass is Always Greener
25. Emerald City

The backing:
Cotton+Steel Tiny Tiles in Aqua

The backing:
Cotton+Steel Gust in Midnight

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The shades of Cotton Supreme Solids work so well together in this geometric dream of a quilt.

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For the quilting I went with wavy lines in Guttermann Mara 100 color #1 which is a creamy off-white. I wanted something neutral which wouldn’t pull focus away from the colors and hard lines of the quilt.

I want to thank RJR for the opportunity to be a part of their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop. It was an exceptionally fun learning experience.

What Shade are You with Kate Rawlinson

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Hi my name’s Kate and I’m relatively new to quilting (you can find me on Instagram @iamkatotron) so when RJR got in touch and asked if I would be part of their “What Shade Are You?” blog hop I was delighted and a little nervous. What could I make? I wanted to present something that was my own design but I had only ever recreated other people’s patterns before. I knew the colours I wanted to work with and had a blast looking through the colour-card picking out my fabric choices – the cotton supreme solids are fantastic. The richness of colour and the weight of the fabric made this project a dream.

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I chose a ditsy floral from Cotton & Steel’s Lucky Strike collection for the back as it’s one of my all-time favourite prints.

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So fabric in hand I searched in earnest for inspiration. I found a picture that was quite interesting – a close-up of a fabric weave and decided I liked the idea of creating depth but in macro scale. I started cutting in earnest and actually finished the quilt top before I realised that it just wasn’t working. It wasn’t “me”. I still haven’t figured out what my style is yet but I knew that this wasn’t it. So what to do now? I took a break from thinking about it and decided to play around with the scraps from the quilt-top. I improv-pieced them together and matchstick quilted them to make a cushion cover. I even used scraps for the piping! It was really fun and I liked the process of free-form piecing.

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I decided to incorporate that element into my quilt – but the scientist in me likes order. How could I combine the two? Well the obvious answer was to use the improvised pieced top as “fabric” and make some giant blocks. I went for flying geese – a true classic and I love triangles. I really like the discordancy between the chaos of the random piecing and the rigidity of the flying geese.

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I added some straight-line and free-motion quilting that was inspired by 1980s vector graphic videogames and echoed the colour of the fabric with my thread choices. I used 28wt Aurifil for the quilting in the main body of the quilt and Guterman variegated for the free-motion quilting of the geese. I also finished my first successful machine binding!

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I am really happy with how it turned out and I loved working with RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids.

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Many thanks to Rachael and Demetria for all their help. Happy Quilting!

What Shade are You with Casey Johnson

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“What shade are you?” Flying Geese Quilt Hi my name is Casey, I am 26 and I love quilting and thread painting. You can check out my work at caseytaylorthreads.com, or Instagram @caseytaylorj I could not believe it when RJR emailed me about participating in their Cotton Supreme Solids block hop. No one had ever asked me to participate in their blog hop, so I was very excited! When I received the color card in the mail I was blown away by just how many color choices they had to offer. I don’t normally work with strictly solids so I had no idea what to make or what colors to choose. I decided to pull a color palette with greens, blues, red, pink and mustard as my color inspiration! I chose 15 colors (including 5 background colors):

The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Tickled Pink 330
Caviar 345
Anemone 251
Carolina 313
Proud as a Peacock 289
Kelly Green 127
Sprout 249
Peridot 342
Golden Topaz 285
Bandana 367
Greyhound 321
Burlap 310
Linen White 32
Kona Coffee 117
Sand Dune 193

Wow when the fabrics arrived I could not get over the vibrant hues and how soft and how much body they had.

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I knew what ever I decided to make I couldn’t just use solids, I had to toss in a few Cotton and Steel Black & white prints (obviously).
Here are the Cotton + Steel Black & White prints I used:
Bear hug metallic
Flock metallic
Hoos there
2.5″ Gingham Black
Petite Plus
Sprinkle Black Cat

I wanted to create a unique pattern with improv and modern piecing. While I was way outside my comfort zone, why not draft a large paper piecing quilt pattern… So, I created my own flying geese pattern that graduated in size from 12″ wide to 1/2″ wide geese. For the centers of the flying geese I pieced together slivers of solids and B&W fabrics creating fabric to cut from.

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For the background I used a graduation of neutrals from light to dark.

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To give the quilt a modern feel I left a bunch of negative space in the background.

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For the backing I pieced together leftover colored solids, Cotton and Steel B&Ws, and background fabrics.

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Since there was a ton of negative space, why not play around with graffiti quilting to enhance the body of the fabrics and the texture of the quilting? To continue with the modern/improv feel I quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread in a variety of colors that coordinated with the Cotton Supreme Solids.

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I bound the quilt in leftover solid scraps and B&W fabrics.

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Finished Quilt Size: 52 x 60

Happy Quilting!

XX Casey

What Shade are You with Audrey Yeager

*pinch*.  Sorry, just had to pinch myself to see if this opportunity was for real.  Yup, I am part of the “What Shade Are You?” blog series for RJR Fabrics this week and I couldn’t be more excited!  


My name is Audrey Yeager, and I am fairly new to quilting, only having become really obsessed about 2 1/2 years ago and making a ton of quilts since.  

You can find me here:

blog: http://audreysreflection.blogspot.com/iv>


I have become completely enamored with Cotton & Steel fabrics, and use a lot of the Cotton Supreme solids that complement the lines.  When I received the color swatch chart I was just amazed at all the shades and colors to choose from.

To help me narrow down my choice, I went to my “Art” board on Pinterest and chose some of my current favorite pieces for inspiration.  I am really drawn to the art and illustration of Helen Dardik. Look at this amazing combination of colors below.  I especially love that emerald green and the light blue.

Here are some of my favorites:









And my biggest inspiration came from this collection of images focusing on the semi-circle design.







I decided to pick my colors from these images and matched them up with the color chart as best as I could and here is the resulting bundle:



The colors from the Cotton Supreme solids I chose are:

Kelly Green (127 T)
Citron (337)
Sunny Delight (326)
Tangerine Dream (276)
Bandana (367 C+S)
Paris (235 RP)
Chili Pepper (49 T)
Hot Pink (217)
Rhododendron (181 T)
Amethyst (215)
Hydrangea (214)
Lapis Lazuli (192 T)
Royal Blue (126 T)
Riviera (274)
Turks & Caicos (292)
Peridot (342)
Harlequin (358)
Clover (128)
Optical White (33 T)
Black (34 T)

And here is my quilt:



I began by drawing some semi circle shapes on some Heat N Bond lite, cutting them out, and ironing them on the backs of the different colored solids.

To make some of the more complicated designs, I pieced some strips for some, and on other, I cut out tiny bits of fabric backed with Heat N Bond and ironed them on.

After lining up the semi-circles and ironing them all on, I appliquéd around each with a blanket stitch in invisible thread.




I quilted with a really loose stipple pattern, leaving some of the semi-circles un-quilted to make them puff out a bit from the others.
I backed my quilt with my favorite color…a solid emerald green, which is so super soft! 


To finish, I added a fun black and white striped binding with fabric from my stash.


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Thanks so much to RJR Fabrics for this amazing opportunity!  I already have another project in the works with my scraps from this one!

What Shade are You with Erin Barry

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Well hello!! My name is Erin, and I can be found at Quilt By Starlight or on Instagram under @quiltbystarlight.

I was so excited to join the fun when RJR Fabrics asked me if I would like to make a quilt out of their range of Cotton Supreme Solids. I’ve only been quilting for just over 2 years, but it’s my passion and I love every aspect of the process, even the binding!

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When the colour card arrived, there was a great deal of pondering to be done. Do I choose the colours and then let the pattern be dictated by them? Or pick a pattern and then select colours?

In the end, I selected a pattern, and then painstakingly curated a colour palette.

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The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green 290
Tiffany Box 291
Emerald City 329
Horizon 354
Turks & Caicos 292
Meadowland 352
Toy Boat 366
Blue Skies 264
Cove 297
Notting Hill 309
Elephant Pink 277
Kerchief 364
Argento 362
On The Rocks 283
Overcast 319
Optical White 33

And I threw in a bit of Cotton and Steel’s Navy Sprinkle for good measure.

Once the fabric arrived however, seeing those gorgeous colours in person, my mind was drawn to some artwork I had seen by an extremely talented street artist from Germany, 1010.

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I love looking for inspiration from the real world, so when inspiration strikes, you should never ignore it! I sent off an email asking if he would give me permission to translate one of his portal artworks into an improvisational quilt and the response was positive, and encouraging, so I started cutting away! It was thrilling to just cut and piece as I went, building the quilt from the centre out, hoping and praying as I got to the last F8 that I would have just enough to finish that section. He also has a portal in the shape of a triangle that I might have to try down the track.

I honestly think that ‘Elephant Pink’ is one of my new favourite colours. I just love the way it pops against the cooler colour palette and those gorgeous neutrals.

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Once I finished the quilt top, I loaded it up onto my new Handi Quilter Avante and set to work. I knew I needed something to complement the graphic industrial nature of the quilt design, so I settled on straight lines with Aurifil 2615 in 40wt. I just love the texture it gives. I bound the quilt in the Argento which was the perfect neutral to complement the background and not take away from the quilt top.

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I am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out, I think I might even hang it in my studio, if my family doesn’t claim it first.

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And that’s a wrap! Thank you so much to RJR Fabrics for giving me the opportunity to turn this idea into a quilt and to be a part of this fantastic line up of quilt artists!

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What Shade are You with Nydia Kehnle

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I was really excited when RJR Fabrics asked me to be apart of of their What Shade Are You Blog Hop. I have been wanting to create another Half Square Triangle quilt and thought it would be a perfect time to do so.

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When it was my time to select my colors I was immediately overwhelmed about where to start… There were so many beautiful colors to choose from. I decided to scroll threw some of my favorite color inspiration pins on pinterest. I settled on a beautiful series of travel photos found on the awesome travel blog Kevin and Amanda.

The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green
Tiffany Box
Neon
ToyBoat
Meadowland
Aloe Verde
Sprout
Peridot
Harlequin
Peapod
Glow in the dark
Ginkgo
Seaglass
Citron
Bougainvillea
Twilight
Hydrangea
Verbena
Jacaranda
Grape
Amethyst
Graystone
Overcast
Linen
Kerchief
Burlap
Greyhound
Driftwood
Moss
Cream
Moonlight

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I really wanted my quilt to be mostly neutral, with pops of these colors, but as I got to working the quilt just took a life of its own. I decided not to fight it. I think thats what I love most about these types of quilts… the Journey, letting the colors just flow and letting them decide ultimately where they should go. No plan. Just play.

For the quilting, I knew I wanted something simple to keep the quilt soft and cuddly. I opted for an on-point straight line cross grid.

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I can’t tell you how many out-takes of this photo there were…. Because of the Princess Mabel… She didn’t understand why I was on the floor and not giving her attention….

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I bound the quilt in Bougainvillea which I am pretty sure is my new favorite color… Backed in Driftwood. I hand stitched the binding using Spagetti from WonderFil 12wt. It was first time using it; it’s pretty nice to work with and I love the results.

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I plan on keeping this quilt on my couch, its cozy and a perfect size for cuddling under. I think I may crank the air on today just so I can enjoy it!

Thank you to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to be a part of this event!