#Whatshaderu with Sarah Craig!

Sarah Craig

Sarah Craig, you may remember her from the Thread the Needle Winner a few weeks back. She is our lateset participant in our #whatshaderu participant!

Joy Rises Sketch

She first showed me her lovely selection of colors from one entire section of our Cotton Supreme Color card with a few of our turquoise blue additions!

Joy Rises blowing in the wind

The quilt came out lovely! To hear about her wonderful story, please make sure to head on over to her blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, to hear about her quilt creation along with a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of her fabric selection!

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#whatshaderu Blog Hop with Nichole @wildboho

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A self-taught embroidery artist, Nichole @wildboho savors the time she spends pairing color, pattern and fabric combinations to create modern hoop art. She began experimenting with non-sewing related fiber arts while young and her appreciation for these arts grew as she stashed embroidery floss to make friendship bracelets, dabbled in weaving and rug hooking and learned how to knit. In recent years, she discovered her love for creating contemporary hoop art embellished with freestyle embroidery. When she’s not untangling skeins of floss, she can be found pottering around garden centers with her husband or encouraging her two boys to get creative with sticks and mud and beads and paint.

Whatshaderu Blog Hop

Take a look at Nichole’s instagram previews for the #whatshaderu 2015 blog hop!

#whatshaderu blog hop with Persimon Dreams

Persimon Dreams

Hi everyone! This is Kim Lapacek from Persimon Dreams. I’m super excited to be apart of the #whatshaderu blog hop!

orchard family

photo taken by Friends in Photography

My family owns and operates an apple orchard in the fall. When I picked my colors from the gorgeous selection of Cotton Supreme Solids I went with a pallette of reds, oranges, greens, and blues to go along with the apple orchard theme.

Whatshaderu Blog Hop Elizabeth from andpins handmade


Hi! I am Elizabeth a quilter who leans towards modern living in Maryland. I am on IG as @andpins and am blogging again at andpins.com! I am thrilled to be a part of the #whatshaderu blog hop today. I was floored when RJR approached me to participate, but I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Fast forward seven months and here I am with my Wonky Runner!

I chose a palette of grays, white, and mustard for my bedroom.


I had a great time playing with the Cotton Supreme solids and working in a slightly less accurate style then I’m used to. It was a great way to stretch my comfort limits and work through some creative fears. I was aiming for a slightly off kilter and wonky look, which I think I accomplished. I struggled a bit on how to quilt it. Originally, I was going to matchstick it evenly with gray and a pop of mustard thread here and there, I paused halfway through to look at my progress and fell in love with the texture that the uneven spacing added to the quilt. My seam ripper and I had a date one evening!

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Pop over to my blog for more photos and to find out my inspiration, cutting instructions, and a chance to win a bundle!


Leave a comment below to earn a second fat quarter from the fabrics that was chosen.


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#Whatshaderu Blog Hop with Amanda of 3and3quarters


My name is Amanda and I’m a twenty-something Modern Quilter and Blogger from Sydney Australia! I love to sew, bake delicious cakes, embroider, eat chocolate and drink lots of tea! After making my first quilt the year after I finished high school, I was instantly hooked and knew I would be quilting for the rest of my life! Currently I’m enjoying writing and sharing about my quilting adventures on my blog and only recently have taken to making quilt block tutorials and other crafty related videos on my YouTube channel. This is the first blog hop I’ve been invited to join and I’m so excited and thankful to be taking part!

The Name of her quilt design is called, Crown of Thorns Mini Quilt.


Blog: 3and3quarters.net

Instagram: @3and3quarters

YouTube: Amanda Rolfe

Facebook: 3and3quarters


Make sure to head on over to her blog, 3and3quarters.net, and leave a message on her post to be entered in to win a fat quarter from the fabrics that she chose.


#Whatshaderu Blog Hop with @gildedthread

For those of you who don’t know me (and I imagine many of you don’t), I will quickly tell you about myself! I’m Hayley and I’m a twenty-something sewist, working at Pink Castle Fabrics, a primarily online modern quilt shop. In my time there, I serve as event planner for Camp Stitchalot, Glamp Stitchalot, Sew Pro, and personal assistant to our shop owner and RJR designer, Brenda Ratliff.

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Among the many things I do there, I spend a lot of time looking at fabric, making bundles, and generally analyzing all the different substrates that come through our doors. RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids quickly became my favorite solids to incorporate into my quilting projects and I was thrilled that they gave me the opportunity to play with my favorite colors for this quilt!

Hayley Grzych - improv quilt

(A big thank you to my lovely boyfriend for modeling the quilt for me!)

I’m constantly inspired by the people around me— I’ve been lucky enough to make some incredible friends in the quilting industry and their work, passions, and talents only make me strive to do better. My friend Nydia Kehnle and my mother are both incredibly talented improv piecers and were both encouraging me to give improv a shot. This is my first finished improv quilt and I have to say, I loved the process.

Improv was a real change of pace for me. I love and rely on structure and I appreciate having a pattern to follow. I grabbed whatever scraps of color looked good to me and said “Okay, let’s go with that” and built the quilt progressively. I eventually ended up with these long, rectangular “blocks” that I could arrange however I wanted; there is no wrong way. That initially made me feel uneasy and unsure if I was doing it “right”. But I love what I ended up with. And of course, I had to back and bind the quilt with some of my favorite new prints from Cotton+Steel.

Hayley Grzych - binding

The process of making this quilt was gut instinct from start to finish. From my color choices to the piecing to rhythmic matchstick quilting, it all came naturally with only a little bit of second guessing. It was made completely with love and will find a happy home with my mother, who quickly laid claim to it as she saw me finish putting it together!

Hayley Grzych - quilting

I chose my colors for this project in much the same way that I pieced it together. I had a few go-to shades of Cotton Supreme solids and those were the first I grabbed (Harlequin, Goldilocks, Toy Boat, Beach Coral, and Kerchief and Argento as neutrals) and supplemented with extra tones of similar hues.

color palette

Colors I used, from left to right: Mandarin (159), Beach Coral (355), Elephantastic Pink (277), Harlequin (358), Goldilocks (368), Toyboat (366), Emerald City (329), Turks & Caicos (292), Bora Bora (328), Kerchief (364) and Argento (362).

For more from Hayley Grzych, follow her on Instagram @gildedthread or on her website, gilded-thread.com.

Make sure to head on over to her Instagram @gildedthread, follow her IG and leave a comment for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle featuring a selection of the colors she chose to work with!


#Whatshadru Blog Hop with Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts is an Author, International teacher, Juki Ambassador, Aurifil & Sizzix Designer and mother. Victoria’s approach is to work quickly with many colors, and let her instinct tell her what will be the final result, while keeping a playful attitude. Her current work, “Double Wedding Rings, Traditions Made Modern” are on view at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, Nebraska through August 3rd. Victoria’s work is directly related to her grandmother, Elda Wolfe, whose she has been inspired by, and honors her roots in the Midwest.

Make sure to check out her post here for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle from the fabrics that she chose.

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What Shade Are You Blog Hop with @evildemondevildog


Here is our guest post from Paul @evildemondevildog. Please make sure to head on over to his instagram for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle made up of the Cotton Supreme Solid fabrics that he selected.

You know me, I spend far too much time on Instagram and not a lot of time on the blogosphere. I probably need better time management skills, but figuring that out would just interfere with my quilting.

Back in March, I posted a piece I was working on and came across a comment from RJR Fabrics inviting me to participate in their What Shade Are You blog hop. Well, you never have to ask me twice if I want to play with fabric! So with a heartfelt Yes, of course, I received their Cotton Supreme Solids color card and began plotting my quilt adventure in earnest.

So in 25 plus years of quilting, I’ve used RJR fabrics before (yes, I have a fanboy thing for the mad skills of Jinny Beyer and if you’ve not checked you Patrick Lose’s Basically Patrick line, you are missing out), but believe it or not I had never discovered their solids. And as with all things fabric, I was a kid in a candy store! As you can see over at their site, the color range is fantastic. Deciding on which ones to use was a bit of a challenge, since I just wanted them all!

I had for months been pondering doing an economy block piece. There were lots of folks doing pieces with them earlier in the year, and I felt like I had been left behind – but not in a Kirk Cameron bad movie kind of way though. And I had also become intrigued with Cotton and Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics. I had been using their basics line and was happy with the colors and patterns. Their fall 2014 line up included Tokyo Train Ride, Mesa, Cookie Book, and of course Mochi. The bunnies. Oh the bunnies.


Now to figure out the solids to go with them! Here’s what I went with: Citron, Raging Ruby (which btw needs to be obtained if for no other reason than it’s name), Denim, Riviera, Meadowland, Egg Nog, Meissen Blue, and Battleship. I also used a Cotton and Steel solid called Moonlight. Armed with these solids, I was ready to go. Here’s the complete line up!


What Shade Are You? Blog Hop with @Sariditty

I typically gravitate toward bold and bright colors, especially rainbow themed designs. However, I wanted to experiment with a new color palette inspired by the colors we’re using in our fixer-upper-renovation home. I find this palette is very reminiscent to me of Lake Michigan – where my husband grew up. Everything from stormy lake skies to summer sea grass to moonlit lake water is reflected in this palette. It’s soothing and peaceful and makes me so content.

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Here are the colors that are selected from the Cotton Supreme Solids.

Optical White, Argento, Overcast Tourmaline, Glow In The Dark, Sprout Sea Glass, Meadowland, Toy Boat Cove, Notting Hill, Tiffany Box Cloud 9, Carolina, Pool Side Celeste, Hyacinth, Verbena

2015.06.12 Sari quilt

My original plan was this design – my own, although a somewhat simple take on squares, HSTs, and strips. I love the movement of one tonal jewel to the next.

2015.06.12 Sari quilt backing

I quilted it with my own style: Sketchbook Quilting. I’ve doodled for years and years and finally realized my doodling transfers to quilting perfectly.

2015.06.12 Sari styled thread quilt

I quilted each “section” with different Aurifil colors – integrating and blending the tonal flow.

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And lastly…I had a handful of random pieces left, so I decided to make up a lined pouch using metallic silver thread and leather.

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The pouch is so fun to me!! I am able to store colored pencils, iPad Mini, or other nic-nacs…or fold it in half for a cute summer clutch!

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As of now, I maintain all my business, custom orders, videos, patterns, etc. via Instagram (@sariditty) or on a little Facebook page: www.facebook.com/designsbysari.

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Head on over to @Sariditty on Instagram to win a fat quarter bundle featuring the fabrics that she chose for the Blog Hop.