I am with your son — love color. Love the quilt, and it really is a happy quilt.
Thanks so much to RJR Fabrics for this amazing opportunity! I already have another project in the works with my scraps from this one!
Hi! I’m Jeni Baker and you can find my work on my blog, Incolororder.com, or on Instagram @jenib320. Finding ways to be creative every day is an important part of my life. I started sewing from a young age, but I didn’t starting quilting until 2009. I’ve been hooked ever since! I love figuring out how to make things work and especially doing quilt math!
When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in the What Shade Are You? blog hop, I was excited to join in! I’ll be honest though, I was a little intimidated to work with just solids. It’s definitely outside my comfort zone, but I was excited to take on the challenge.
I have been itching lately to work with log cabin blocks, and I’ve had this particular design tucked away for a while. It’s been waiting in the wings for the perfect project. I liked the idea of changing the shape of the center of the block to a rectangle, to see how it would affect the overall look of the block. The blocks in my quilt finish as a square because of an extra log at the end, but otherwise, they’d finish rectangular. Cool!
There were so many colors to choose from when looking through all the Cotton Supreme Solids available, at first I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. I ended up choosing a color scheme based on a piece of artwork by Susan Driscoll of The Print Tree.
For the quilting, I knew I wanted something non-geometric to break up the design a bit. I went with my tried and true wavy lines. These are done using a walking foot, and the quilt is smoothly turned to the left and right while stitching to get these organic, uneven lines. It’s a relaxing design to quilt, and it’s very forgiving!
I used 358 Harlequin for the binding and a Cotton + Steel print, 5023-003 Sprinkle in Petal, for the backing.
I’m hoping to find somewhere in my apartment to hang up this quilt, I am really happy with how it turned out!
Thank you to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to be a part of this event!
When I sent a picture of the 4-patch to my creative genius friend Berene looking for name suggestions (Quarter Round was her idea), she also thought I should try making it with an ombre effect. I held that thought.
Recently, RJR Fabrics asked if I’d like to participate in their What Shade Are You? feature on their Quilt With Love blog. The blog hop showcases their Supreme Cotton Solids. This was my chance to choose as many colours as I wanted to make any project my little heart desired. “Yes please” was my reply! Of course, actually choosing the fabrics took me f.o.r.e.v.e.r.
The last couple of years I’ve been enjoying working with the contrast of warm and cool colours in my improv work, so I thought I’d do the same with this quilt. Here are the colours I finally chose from the Supreme Cotton Solids colour card. They are listed in ombre order from lightest to darkest in their colour groups.
Hi there, my name is Katie, and you will find me on Instagram as @iamkateyz. I live in a funky beach town just outside Vancouver Canada. I have three mostly grown children and a husband who, along with a growing menagerie of animals and a small garden, keep me pretty busy. I am a pastry chef by trade but these days I only bake for family and friends.
I’ve been quilting since 1999, shortly after the birth of my second child. When I started quilting the only fabrics available were quite traditional, novelty prints, or batiks. There wasn’t much variety for solid fabrics, likely because quilt teachers then told us not to use solids. They told us to use mini monochromatic prints that would “read” as solids but add more interest to the quilt. Boy, am I glad attitudes have changed! I was so happy to be asked to join in the What Shade Are You Blog Hop. It gave me a chance to do something a bit different and try out the luscious Cotton Supreme Solids.
My quilt is made up of a single repeated traditional quilt block called Chain and Hourglass. I handquilted it in a circular pattern that is at odds with the piecing to add a bit more interest. I was amazed at how modern this quilt looked made up in solids!
For the piecing I used 10 RJR Cotton Supreme Solids. They are:
Proud as a Peacock 289
Optic White 33I also used one Cotton + Steel print, as the binding. It is Persephone 5059-1, and it’s from the 2016 black & white collection.
Thank you RJR for the opportunity to work with these delicious fabrics. I really enjoyed working with them!
Hi everyone, I’m Alisa from A Stitch in Between and you can find me on my Instagram @astitchinbetween or my website http://www.astitchinbetween.com I currently live in Taipei, Taiwan, but I have lived in four different countries before I got here. I became interested in quilting around two years ago and although I mostly focus on mini quilts and mugrugs, an occasional throw size quilt does sneak through.
My tastes vary quite a bit, I enjoy trying out different types of projects and techniques and work in different color schemes. However, the love of bold colored rainbow remains constant, so when RJR Fabrics approached me with a blog hop opportunity, I knew it would need to be something colorful and something epic.
A while ago, I made a mini quilt for a swap on Instagram that consisted of 800 1-inch triangles, which I paper pieced together in a very colorful design. The mini had both solid and patterned fabrics. I desperately wanted to recreate the design on a larger scale and with only solids; thankfully What Shade Are You blog hop offered the perfect opportunity. Since cutting 800 triangles by hand sounded like torture to me, I used Sizzix Big Shot Plus and the equilateral triangle die. That really made a huge difference in my sanity. But once I put everything together, I realized that I needed to add 160 more triangles to achieve the size I needed. After I managed to cut those out from the scraps, this baby became my “960 triangles” quilt!
In an extraordinary lapse of judgment, I decided to hand quilt this beauty, but after 1 hour and only about 5 square inches done, I went back to my senses and my trusty machine.
I used 7 different Aurifil Thread colors that coordinated beautifully with RJR fabrics and I love the effect the rippling hexagons created on the back. I have no skills whatsoever in free motion quilting but straight lines? Straight lines I can do!
I used the following fabrics in this quilt: Chili Pepper, Electric Blue, Mandarin, Riviera, Indigo, Turks & Caicos, Tourmaline, Citron, Sunny Delight, Carrot, Rhododendron, Cove, Pool Side, Grape, Bougainvillea, Sprout, Kelly Green, Aloe Verde, Hydrangea for the binding and Cotton and Steel Sprinkle in Kimberly Blue for the backing.
I really wanted the quilt to be photographed illuminated by an evening sun to really make the yellows shine, so my two sisters and I organized a quilt glamour shoot on the beach (tough life, I know). Picture us frolicking on the beach (very supermodel like) effortlessly holding the quilt without a care in the world while the camera is snapping away. And definitely don’t picture us sweaty and sandy, holding surprisingly heavy quilt with sore arms, avoiding the confused gazes of the beach goers and panicking that the quilt will get wet and dirty before the pictures are done.
My sister in law was behind the camera, my sister and I were holding the quilt and my niece held the light reflector; the photo shoot was definitely a family affair and I suspect they all might expect some sort of reward for their effort, which is of course my endless love.
This was such a fun project for me to make and I absolutely loved working with Cotton Supreme Solids, the colors and the quality of fabric are outstanding and I’m so honored to have been asked to make something with them.
I hope you enjoyed my contribution, hope to see you on my blog or Instagram and thank you again RJR Fabrics for such a wonderful opportunity!
“A Quilt of 960 triangles”
Size: 52” by 52”
Fabrics: RJR Cotton Supreme Solids and Cotton and Steel (listed above)
Thread: 7 different colors of Aurifil
Pattern by A Stitch in Between (not released)
Basically I am addicted to making quilts and quilting them, so when RJR fabrics asked if I would like to be a part of the ‘what shade are you’ blog hop I jumped at the chance.
When I thought about what shade am I, I realised I was every shade of the rainbow, so I knew straight away that I wanted to make a lonestar with as many of there beautiful cotton supreme solids as I could.
I used a lot of small amounts of different colours to create the effect I wanted:
For the yellow section I used Lemon chiffon, citron, sunny delight, goldenrod, sunny side up, golden topaz, butternut, and pumpkin.For the orange/red section I used carrot, cantaloupe, tangerine dream, oriole, mandarin, bandana, morocco.For the Red/dark red section I used Amaryllis, noel red, chili pepper, moulin rouge, scarlet letter, red wagon.For the dark pink/purple section I used Sunset ruby, rio, pink sapphire, raging ruby, ruby slippers, grape, purple haze, bougainvillea, aubergine.For the blue section I used night, lapis lazuli, royal blue, lancaster sky, bora bora, proud as a peacock, Turks and Caicos and horizon.Finally for the green section I used meadowland, beach house, wimbledon, pea in a pod,martini olive, aloe vera, clover emerald and putting green.
I cut up lots and lots of 2.5 by 5.5 inch rectangles.
The lonestar came together quickly and before long it was time to audition the background fabric for the star.The Cotton and Steel grey sprinkles fabric was the winner and I think you will agree it looks perfect.
But, as I started putting the lonestar together on the design wall, I decided to play around with the layout and loved the concept of a deconstructed lonestar, something a bit different.
Once the top was pieced, I decided it needed a pieced back too.
Then it was time to load it onto the longarm and start the quilting.
I colour matched my aurifil threads.
The grey sprinkle negative space was quilted first, I call this my ‘fanciful garden’ design.
The garden grew and grew!
Next up was quilting the lonestar. I stitched in the ditch all of the seams with clear aurifil thread and then colour matched each thread colour to the fabric colour and quilted a continuous pattern into each section.
The cotton and steel grey sprinkles was perfect with the bright solids and quilted beautifully.
Finally it was finished and I could take it off the longarm and see the quilt in its entirety.
I love it!!
And the back looks just as good!
Now she is bound, she looks even better, this quilt is definitely a she!
and another one!
Thank you so much RJR Fabrics for asking me to be a part of this blog hop! Your cotton supreme solids are so soft and colour saturated, they are going to be the only cotton solids I use moving forward and the cotton and steel was perfection, quilted beautifully.
A special thank you to the lovely ladies Rachael, Demetria and Jennifer for all of your help and enthusiasm with this project!
When RJR Fabrics asked me to be part of this blog hop, it didn’t take long to decide what shade I am. My shade is black. There’s nothing I love more than fabrics popping off a dark, solid, black background. After receiving the Cotton Supreme Solids color card in the mail, I was instantly drawn to the blues and purples and thought they would look great with RJR’s black solid. I was also so excited to see that RJR Fabrics makes solids that coordinate perfectly with Cotton + Steel basics! I picked my favorite colors, paired them with my three favorite Cotton + Steel basics, and started thinking about the quilt I wanted to make.
I am constantly inspired by music. I spent twelve years training to be a classical violist, then switched career paths to become a museum curator and interned at a music museum in college. Music history has been a big part of my life as long as I remember, and Bruce Springsteen is one of the most important musicians to me. The night I was invited to participate in the What Shade Are You blog hop, I was at the Chicago stop of Bruce Springsteen’s current tour. Bruce and the E Street Band have been on tour since January playing their entire album The River. I decided to use that concert and album as the inspiration for my quilt!
Originally released in 1980, The River is an epically long album that features some of my favorite Bruce songs. The album is a mix of fun party songs (“Sherry Darling,” “Crush on You,” “Hungry Heart,” “Out in the Street”) and painful songs about growing up (“Stolen Car,” “Wreck on the Highway,” “Independence Day”).
Bruce is at his best when he writes songs about folks who are down on their luck and striving to make their lives better. The title track of The River breaks my heart every time I listen to it. The story of a couple thrown together, realizing that the circumstances of their lives may prevent them from realizing their dreams is vivid, moving, and incredible song writing.
I thought about what that song would look like to me as a quilt. I envisioned the blues and purples as the song’s characters, meeting at night separated by the dark river. Knowing that the track is inspired by Bruce’s sister and her early relationship with her husband who, despite the bleak tone of the song, are still married today, I had all of the fabrics meet at the back of the quilt to emphasize that the reality of the song has a happy ending.
Here’s the front and back of “The River” quilt. I love minimalist design, big shapes, straight line quilting, and visual impact. RJR Fabric’s Cotton Supreme Solids brought this vision together perfectly. A big thanks is also due to my husband, Mitch, who patterned this quilt from my drawing. My favorite part of his time doing quilt math was hearing him say, “I’m going to algebra so hard right now!” Mitch also takes all of my beautiful quilt photos.
The Cotton Supreme Solids I used were:
The Cotton + Steel basics I used were:
Black Cat Sprinkle
Thank you so much to RJR Fabrics for asking me to be part of their blog hop! This quilt was the first time I used their Cotton Supreme Solids, but it won’t be the last time. The soft feel is what drew me to Cotton + Steel fabrics early on in my quilting, and their solids have the same softness. I can’t wait to work with these wonderful solids again!