Thank you so much everyone! I’m overwhelmed by your the love for my quilt. I might work my design into a pattern soon.
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!
“Inside the Tiffany Box” is exactly what this quilt is. Starting from the outermost edges bound in Cotton Supreme Solid Tiffany Box blue, it leads to a mesmerizing diamond ring fit for any lady (or guy!) who loves a little ice on their finger!
Here’s a little known fact about designer and quilter, Sarah Thomas (@sariditty on Instagram)…she is also a certified diamontologist through the Diamond Council of America. And what that basically means is she has a piece of paper proving that her love for sparkle and glitter is official and documented. :o) She actually did spend a few years designing diamond jewelry –her own engagement ring included, much to her husband’s suggestion and appreciation– and this quilt is a tribute to that portion of her life (and her continued admiration for what a lump of coal under intense pressure can become). Sari says, “In a way, aren’t we as quilters all a bit like a lump of coal? All trying our hardest and exerting the most intense pressures on ourselves to create something amazing, or align the most perfect points, or dream up the perfect color combo? And after all the pressure we put onto ourselves, we end up with beautiful and unique creations…much like a diamond being unearthed, shaped, and polished.”
Sari is often behind the controls of her Handi Quilter longarm finishing quilts for clients who send to her from all over the world. She specializes in her own form of FMQ called Sketchbook Quilting, which resembles the free form doodles she’s drawn in notebooks and sketchpads her entire life. If you’d like to see more examples of her quilting, take a look at #saridittyquilted on Instagram or her Gallery tab on her website, www.sariditty.com. You may also fill out a quilting inquiry via her website under the Custom Quilting tab if you’d like to consider sending one of your quilts to her to be “saridittyed.” ;o)
This diamond pattern is a spinoff of a recently written @sariellastudios’ pattern, SARIELLA Gems, for which both Sari and her friend, Nicole (@lillyellasworld), co-design and create pieces and share techniques. After blowing up the proportions of the profile gem pattern, Sari knew it was going in the diamond ring direction. A little gold bias tape to make the ring shank helped that endeavor! Once on the quilting frame, Sari had fun with silver metallic thread on the diamond itself, as well as on a few glimmers of light casting off the diamond. The rest of the background is a grey thread to blend with the Gale Force Cotton Supreme Solid and quilted Sketchbook style. The gold shank has gold metallic thread quilted in small circles all around to give the band an antique milgrain effect. She also quilted in filigree with the gold thread in the open space of of the band/diamond area. If you look closely, you may notice that the diamond and filigree have some extra sparkle all thanks to a few dozen Swarovski crystals she applied after quilting this piece. “Everyone needs a little unexpected sparkle in their lives,” she says.
I used Gale Force (background) and Tiffany Box (binding) from the CSSs. The coordinating CSS that would work for this bundle are the following:
Optical White, Argento, On the Rocks, Overcast, Gray Stone, Kerchief, Cream, Moonlight, Gale Force, Tiffany Box
The Bread & Butter prints I used are:
Love Birds, White, Autumn Leaves (White), Patchwork (White), Patchwork (Grey), Forest Floor (Grey), Hexagon Daisies (Grey),Stitched Check (White), Stitched Check (Cream)
“Inside the Tiffany Box” is a very modern quilt using not-so-modern colors, which is a great lesson to us all that modern quilts don’t have to be full of bold, saturated color. Even the simple and traditional color palettes can lend to unexpected and striking modern quilt designs with a little thought and creativity. This quilt is not yet an actual pattern, but SARIELLA is considering it to be one in the future if there is enough demand for it. The immediate plans are to finish and publish the smaller SARIELLA Gems Patterns.Follow more of Sari’s escapades on Instagram (@sariditty).
I’ve only been quilting for about 1.5yrs, but I’ve always been crafty since about age 4 — beading, crocheting, flower making, doodling. Thanks to my Gramma for all that!
I discovered quilting while visiting my parents in Albuquerque in 2014 when mom and I attended a quilt show. I played around on a few longarms and discovered I wasn’t half bad for not knowing what on earth I was doing. So I thought and prayed and discussed with hubby, and I went back the next day and bought a Handi Quilter. 😁 I’m crazy, aren’t I?! Hahaha
I immediately started attempting to quilt like I doodle in my notebooks and sketch pads. And somehow Sketchbook Quilting was born — all free motion, no thought process, rhyme or reason, very little stitch overlap to keep the quilt airy and lofty.
I now offer custom quilting, specializing in Sketchbook Quilting but also available to quilt edge to edge, ruler work, basic FMQ, and now programmed designs with the Pro-Stitcher. Quilting information and inquiries can be found on my website: www.sariditty.com
The colors used in this quilt are:— 21 Cotton Supreme Solids with a C+S Sprinkle background.
Citron, Sunny side up, Carrot, Cantaloupe, Mandarin, Moulin Rouge, Hot pink, Pink sapphire, Rhododendron, Raging Ruby, Bougainvillea, Marvelous, Jacaranda, Proud as a peacock, Riviera, Cove, Nile green, Aloe verde, Sprout,Harlequin and Tiffany Blue
Based off the logo Sari and Nikki share at @sariellastudios, which is a collaboration of Sari’s sketchbook style and Nikki’s paper piecing design, this is the first edition of the Saki Butterfly Quilt. Once paper pieced and appliquéd, Sari added her Sketchbook Quilting to the background to let Saki shine!
Saki Butterfly Quilt by Sarah Thomas of @sariditty
The Saki Butterfly Quilt is half appliquéd (the Sari/left side and a portion of the body and half paper pieced (the Nikki/right side and a portion of the body) and ). The wingspan is about 50″ and the total quilt measures approximately 56″x79″.
Sari and Nikki anticipate teaching Saki Quilt classes for everyone wanting to add this one-of-a-kind quilt to their collection. And you can still get your own Saki Butterfly shirt from @patchworkthreads for a limited time!
Hello! My name’s Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. I’m a bit of a foundation piecing fanatic, so when asked to join the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop, well there was only one thing to be done. Design a foundation pieced pattern, perfect for use with solids.
I knew I wanted to do something with rainbow solids (rainbow is my favourite colour, let’s be honest!) and the timing happened to coincide with the early arrival of my darling new little nephew. Both his parents are helicopter pilots, so it seemed only natural to design rainbow helicopters. Ok well not actual rainbow helicopters, but little helis in rainbow order. With fluffy white clouds. Because who doesn’t love clouds?
Picking fabrics for a project is probably one of my most favourite parts of quilting. And this was no different. I went for bright, bold colours to make for a very happy rainbow hover of helicopters.
Ahhh bestill my rainbow loving heart. That’s perfection right there. For the curious, the colours are (in rainbow order):
Grass is Always Greener
Turks and Caicos
Bora Bora and Poolside for the background colours. Ah pretty pretty.
The cotton supreme solids are beautiful for foundation paper piecing. The seams crease perfectly and you get such a crisp look with paper piecing. It was hard to stop at just 6 little choppers!
Here’s a close up of the helicopters. After a bit of deliberating, I decided to personalise it by paper piecing my nephew’s name as the centre piece of the quilt. This was just one of those quilts where the design and the piecing all just came together beautifully. Finished it off with wavy quilting to give the little helicopters some movement.
The hardest part of this project? The photography most definitely.
It was a really tough life to have to go to New Zealand and visit the amazing Fox Glacier on the South Island just to get some photos of my quilt. The lengths we quilters go to! Ok kidding, I went on a family visit, and during that time was fortunate enough to have a helicopter flight up and over the Glacier – just spectacular. I didn’t think to take the quilt with me ON the helicopter to photograph at the glacier, so these snaps beside the chopper will have to do. 😉
I know, I know, it’s hard to decide whether to look at the quilt or that scenery isn’t it!
All the patterns used in this quilt are listed in my Craftsy shop – helicopters, clouds and the alphabet is from my Geometric Alphabet patterns. If you love a bit of paper piecing shenanigans, pop over and check out my Instgram feed @quietplay or my blog – Quiet Play.
Thank you to RJR Fabrics for including me in this very fun blog hop – I’ve loved seeing what everyone else has made, as well as working with these fabrics myself.
Hi, I’m Stacey Lee O’Malley – (I’m @SLOstudio on Instagram – SLO = my initials!) I started quilt-making in January 2014 and I have been pretty much obsessed ever since! I live in Ottawa, Canada, and I’m a member of our local modern quilt guild.
I love playing with colour, so I was very excited to choose fabrics for the “What Shade Are You” blog hop. Lately, I’ve been finding myself mostly using palettes that were either lacking colour – black and white – or were a complete rainbow, with few palettes in between. I wanted to use this opportunity to break out of this colour rut and try a new combination, something I hadn’t tried before.
With the Cotton Supreme Solids colour card in hand, I was attracted to the spectrum of red and burgundy colours, as well as a great chartreuse called “Harlequin” and a pale minty green called “Glow in the Dark”. Although these didn’t necessarily seem to fit together at first glance, I added in some lighter and darker neutrals to pull the colours together and allow for some contrast. The colours I used were:
Pinot Noir – 219
Bordeau – 82T
Crimson – 108T
Gale Force – 282
Kerchief – 364 C+S
Egg Nog – 228RP
Glow in the Dark – 204
Harlequin – 358
I decided I wanted to do a mini quilt using a foundation paper piecing quilt block pattern I designed called “Paper Cut No. 1”. I had only tested this block in two colours previously (white and navy) but I wanted to push the design and see the effect that might be achieved with a fresh take on the colour scheme.
I chose red to be central in the design, with the chartreuse and mint colours as highlight. I arranged the colours so that the brighter reds form a bit of a circle in the quilt. I also put a lighter neutral in the centre to contribute to the circular feeling.
I foundation pieced everything, then I quilted it with straight lines. This was nearly “matchstick” quilting, each line is about ¼” apart. I finished it off with a single-fold binding in Harlequin, which I felt gave it more interest than if I would have put a darker colour at the edges.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It’s really fun to see how the same pattern can look very different depending on the colours used.