What Shade are You with Daisy Aschehoug

I love old houses.

Old houses have history. Old houses have charm. They have a sturdiness that stems from decades of existing, as though that’s proof enough that they will exist for many more.

And yet, old houses need upkeep and updating in order to continue to be comfortable. Our kitchen had little of either, and we didn’t debate whether it should be at the top of the list for renovation after we moved in last summer.

When we pulled the kitchen apart, this old knob and tube wiring caught my attention, and I loved the way the wires converged and wrapped around the white porcelain insulators nailed to the wall. I imagined all that energy coming and going and dancing around that hub, and I felt inspired.

I’d already designed and submitted the Spinoff quilt to Modern Quilts Unlimited, but I pulled it back out and reworked that whole quilt pattern as a quilt block. I repeated it. I mirrored it to make the lines continuous. I tested different color arrangements and palettes, teamed up with the What Shade Are You blog hop, and the Wired quilt came to be.

RJR has an impressive range of colors in their Cotton Supreme Solids collection, and I chose Tropicana, Flamingo, Night, Havilland Blue, Celeste, Goldenrod, and Custard.

The wavy lines extend across the quilt and suggest the energy I imagined in the wires. I love how they create ethereal, almost sunset-like scenes in each of the blocks. I still see the original quilt composition in each block, but I love that moment when I step back and take all of them in as a whole – following the lines becomes a fun game and the blocks merge.

Wired finished at around 90″ x 90″ – just barely big enough to cover over our king-sized bed.

I’d never used RJR’s Cotton Supreme’s before, but I’m genuinely excited to put them in future projects. I judge fabrics on several factors including how much they fray when handling, how vivid the colors are, and how they keep their shape when I’m sewing with them. Cotton Supreme’s met all of my criteria and then some! This quilt feels amazing, and even though I haven’t put it in the washer yet, I expect the crinkle will be perfect.

Many thanks to RJR for supplying the fabrics for this project! If you’d like your own bundle of Cotton Supremes, head over to Instagram and follow RJR Fabrics and myself. It could be your lucky day!

What Shade are You with Sandra Kaye

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So, a while back I had a DREAM…I know I know…bear with me…. I woke up and ran to my Art studio and began a sketch. I usually can’t hold onto my dreams like I did this one. They usually slip away from me the second I open my eyes. Not this one. It stayed…and I knew I would create it in fabric one day. Of course I never thought that someday would be 3 days later when RJR Fabrics contacted me and asked… “Would you be interested in doing a collaboration? I was like “WHAT”??? Me??? Are you talking to ME??? LOL!!! Without even knowing what that really meant…I said Yes!!! :0)

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RJR has asked me to join in the AMAZING year long blog tour of “What Shade Are You?” Happening on their blog and Instagram. Using their Cotton Supreme Solids and 1 print from their Cotton and Steel line, I was off and running.

Here are the fabrics that I used for this quilt::

Cotton + Steel Mochi – Speckled Navy 1917-21

333 Bougainvillea

349 Aloe Verde

348 Neon

208 Night

347 Grass is always greener

329 Emerald city

366 Toy boat

292 Turks and Caicos

274 Riviera6

126T Royal Blue

215 Amethyst

123T Opera Mauve

217 Hot Pink

49T Chili Pepper

222 Redwork

355 Beach Coral

131T Carrot

326 Sunny Delight

337 Citron

And thus began the BIGGEST project of my life!!!

The concept I created really needed to be appliqued!!. I’m not a huge fan of raw edge applique. I like my edges turned under or covered.

This is where I hit a major a hiccup before I could even begin….I have a bad hand and I’m in need of surgery.

Which would put me out of commission for 2-3 months for recovery. So, I haven’t sat still to do the surgery…as an Artist THAT is like going to Art prison. NO ART, and it’s just not something I’m willing to do…expect…as time goes by its getting worse, so putting on my big girl undies is a must…sigh!!!

So when I sat down to start working on my quilt…which I wanted to hand applique…(oops) that was so NOT happening. My right hand just doesn’t have the strength.

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I have a Trigger finger. If I close my hand….snap…that finger is locked and I can’t open it without the other hand helping….and it is painful.

So, biased tape making for an entire month began!!!

…because I had about 204 bubbles to make :0)

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Here I am getting some help from the new kitten we got. “Jasper”

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Quilting…or at least trying to….LOL!!! Had to kick someone out of room that day…He wanted to sleep on the bubbles.

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Have you figured out what it is yet???

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The bottom of the quilt…and the ground…you can probably guess now!!!

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It’s a Atrzy Tree!!

“I Dream My Quilts and I Quilt My Dreams”

..the saying is a spin-off from the master Artist Van Gogh

This is the very first quilt that I have made without a pattern. It is all ME. So I wanted it to have a great name I call it… “I Dream”. I have always wanted to create my own quilts and publish a quilt book one day. So this quilt for me is a really BIG dream come true…. and a step in the right direction.

I then took the quilt downtown to the oldest tree in Jacksonville, Florida. I wanted it to have a unique. backdrop.

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We built our City in 1893…and this tree was already here and huge…we built a park around it.

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This tree is so big it’s branches rest on the ground and then grow back up in the air again. They look like elbows on the ground…LOL!!!

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The Back

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And then there is Me… and my handsome feet helpers…lol!!!

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I sat down and played on my friends I pad pro…and created what I was really wanting… So, this is the picture that I created my quilt from.

I want to THANK ….RJR Fabrics for asking me to make a quilt with their wonderful delicious Cotton Supreme Solids!!! If you have not tried these solids yet …you really must !!! They sew like a dream!!! And their colors are so very VIBRANT!!!!

Be sure to hope on over to my Instagram page… There will be an amazing GIVE-A-WAY by RJR…and you are NOT going to want to miss that!!!

You can find me at :

@sandieloves2art

@sandieloves2quilt

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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Medusa Tree in Falls Park, downtown Greenville, SC

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!