What Shade are You with Tara Faughnan

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I had the idea in my head for this quilt for quite a few months, so when I was invited to be a part of the What Shade Are You blog tour, I knew immediately what I wanted to make. I usually don’t write down ideas and I don’t keep a sketchbook. If I like an idea it sticks in my head, and I will start to visualize it in that way. This quilt did take some turns as I was in the design stage. Originally I was just going to do a random zig zag quilt, but as I cut and laid out the pieces it was not coming together.

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It actually seemed too crazy, and not cohesive. I rearranged the pieces and started to introduce the diamond shapes in a random manner…still too jumbled.

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I kept introducing more diamonds into the mix and it came together for me.

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For the construction of the quilt, I use a method of freezer paper piecing instead of traditional foundation piecing, which helps create precise points without a ton of effort or precise cutting beforehand. For the quilting, I chose to hand quilt. I like to have something to do at night, and hand stitching gives me an excuse to watch endless episodes of Supernatural and True Blood without guilt.

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I used regular DMC embroidery thread, it’s super affordable and has a ton of colors to choose from-can’t go wrong with that!

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So lets start with my shades and how to cut them:

Seafood 301

Toyboat 366

Notting hill 309

Nile green 90

Bora bora 328

Proud as a peacock 289

Riviera 274

Horizon 354

Twilight 353

Denim 106

Night 280

Navy 30

Custard 265

Golden topaz 285

Goldenrod 92

Goldilocks 368

Martini olive 343

Cantaloupe 209

Beach coral 355

Raging ruby 287

Bougainvillea 333

My Valentine 295

Putting green 290

Tiffany box 291

Optical white 33

Linen white 32

Flamingo 338

Bronze 195

Shamrock 109

Matcha 315

Bayou 344

Rio 311

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Thank you RJR for inviting me to participate, and what lovely fabrics. They are truly a joy to work with-a soft hand, vibrant colors and easy to hand quilt. I had a wonderful time with this blog hop! Make sure to follow me on instagram and check out my website!

Enjoy!

-Tara

What Shade are You with Carolina Asmussen

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Hi, here is Carolina Asmussen and welcome to my stop on the RJR blog hop! I bought my first sewing machine in 2010 in Switzerland and since then I never stopped to sew. I like to design my own quilts, most of the time for contests and exhibitions (you can check my instagram: @carolasmussen). Over the last 2 years I had the honor of being part of some important exhibitions, like the International Quilt Festival in Houston and American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week.

To design this quilt I was inspired by those balcony gardens some people have in their apartments. I don’t have any talent to take care of plants and flowers… I’m actually allergic to pollen! So, at home, the garden stays outside. But I love to see how people can be creative with their space limitations in their apartments and are able to create compact and colorful gardens. Luckily as a quilter I can bring all the colors I want with fabrics and threads inside my home (without any sneezing).

My mini quilt “Balcony Garden” (41” x 41”) was made especially for RJR Fabrics. For this quilt I used cotton supreme solids to make (64) 5 1/2” drunkard’s path blocks. You can find the template here. Download and before printing make sure you scale to 100% and your template is going to be exactly like mine.

So lets start with my shades and how to cut them:

2 + 1/2 yards- 33T Optical White (background), cut 64 templates B

1/2 yard – 319 Overcast, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 175T Shell Pink, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 286 Ruby Slippers, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 282 Gale Force, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 343 Martini Olive, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 342 Peridot, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 294RP Cove, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 309 RP Nothing Hill, cut 8 templates A

and 3 yards – 362 Argento for the backing fabric and binding

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Now it’s time to sew all your templates A and B together, making the 64 drunkard’s blocks. I like to piece every “flower block” first, and after that, piece all the 16 “flower blocks” making my top quilt design.

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For quilting I coordinated my fabric shades with the colors of threads (its a good excuse do add more spools to my collection!). I used Aurifil 50wt and to quilt the background variegated thread.

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And voilà! My Balcony Garden! Many thanks to RJR for the fun! I was thrilled to work with your amazing cotton supreme fabrics!

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What Shade are You with Sandi Hazelwood

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When people find out my favorite color is purple, I am often asked how I use purple in my work. To me, “purple goes with everything!”.

So when RJR Fabrics asked me if I wanted to participate in their “What Shade Are You” design challenge, I knew I wanted to answer the often asked question through a quilt. I wanted to show how well purple works with other color and can be a “neutral” as a dominant background fabric. For my quilt, I used the following colors:

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

hydrangea
goldenroad
ochre
flamingo
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periwinkle
poolside
wimbledon
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egg nog
croissant
gray stone

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Once my color palate was chosen, I searched for a pattern to showcase the colors as well as my love for geometric shapes. The Woodcut pattern by Bijou Lovely has been on my “to make” list and fit perfectly with my vision for the quilt. The pattern was easy to use although I would size up the corner pieces by 1/2″ to give yourself extra room for trimming. Otherwise, I was able to make over forty paper pieces blocks with little trouble.

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THE QUILTING

I wanted the quilting to echo the shapes in the quilt so I asked Carrie Hanson of Gotcha Covered Quilting to create the echo in her own design. I feel the quilting does a great job of making the colors “pop” and yet not take away from the overall feeling of the quilt.

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What Shade are You with Christine Joubert

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Hello ! My name is Christine, aka @lopolokko on Instagram I’m a self taught french quilter since 2012. Or let’s say I’m totally addicted since I tried my very first one : can’t stop buying fabrics, always a new design to try, 4 WIP ongoing in parallel and never enough time ….

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So when RJR fabrics asked me to join their What Shade Are You challenge, I was very proud and excited, and immediately answered a loud YES !

The came the color card … What shade am I ? It took me ages to decide !!!! I wanted something luminous and bright, and when I received my bundle, yes it was, but I wasn’t fully happy. But RJR people are so nice they offered me to change my mind, and then came a second package.

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

Sunny delight 326
Mandarin 159T
Orchid 216
Hot Pink 217
Rio 311RP
Rhododendron 181T
Amethyst 215
Hydrangea 214
Feeling blue 335
Blue bayou 300
Riveira 274
Turks & caicos 292
Notting Hill 309RP
Peridot 342
Neon 348
On the rocks 283
Meissen blue 271RP

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

Sarah Watts – Bear Hugs 5053-1
Rashida Coleman Raindrop –Koinobori Pear 1936-01
Basic Notorious – Plummy 5000-006

For the quilt design, I fell in love with an off centre medallion pattern created by Jo Avery (@mybearpaw on IG) « mix+match medallion », published in love quilting and patchwork magazin #23. Although a few additions of my own, I tried my best to stick to this awesome plan …

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So after a summer of color hesitations, I focused on making this quilt during the last months, giving up temporarily my other projects .

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And here we are ! Taking the chance of holidays by the ocean, we went to the beach with the quilt and enjoyed a cool time shooting pictures under the sun !

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Cotton Supreme Solids are high quality made, vibrant colors, a pleasant touch and it’s a quilter dream to work with these gorgeous fabrics .

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Thank you so much RJR for letting me participate to this fantastic experience (Demi, Rachael, Jennifer you are my stars !)

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See you soon with scraps and leftovers …

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
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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!