What Shade are You with Sari Thomas

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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!

What Shade are You with Kristy Lea of Quiet Play

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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):

Chili Pepper



Grass is Always Greener

Royal Blue

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.


What Shade are You with Stacy Lee O’Malley

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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.


Thank you so much to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to work with these awesome solids. For more from me, check out SLOstudio.ca or my Instagram feed @slostudio!

What Shade are You with Jamie Swanson

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Confession: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to quilting. I want each of my seams to line up just perfectly. I want every color to be chosen with care. And I will spend more time than I probably should unpicking seams that don’t match up just right.


I’ve been quilting since I was 10 years old, but because I had heard that non-square shapes were harder to get perfect, I didn’t do any quilting unless it was just squares and rectangles for over 20 years. Granted, there were about 10 years in there when college, marriage, starting a family and living in a tiny home with no place to keep a sewing machine set up kept me from doing much quilting, but still, no excuse. Finally 2 years ago, I decided that I’ve been sewing for so many years that it was ridiculous that I was letting a little HST keep me from trying something new. I mean, I’d done garment sewing with curves, I designed and sewed my entire wedding dress, and had done multiple projects that made me realize that I was likely overthinking how difficult non-squared shapes would be in quilting.

I finally branched out, did a beautiful baby quilt with lots of pinwheels and tiny HSTs, and it basically unleashed my quilting creativity in ways I hadn’t expected. So I tackled diamonds next. Tiny, intricate, 1.25” wide diamonds. It drove me crazy matching up points, but it was so satisfying when it was done. Then I started designing my own quilt patterns. It was like my creativity was finally unleashed and let out of a box, and it was making up for all those years quilting with boring shapes and limited color palettes.

So after a particularly long stretch of working with tiny pieces and meticulously matching up seam after seam this past winter, I decided I needed a project that wouldn’t require a lot of precision. I wanted something super easy and very fun. I wanted it to come together fast, where matching seams wouldn’t matter. So I pulled a bundle out of my stash that made my heart skip a beat and I just started cutting.

I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it, but I knew I wanted odd angles, something that I could strip quilt, that I didn’t want to measure or match seams, and I wanted something that would be visually interesting when it was completed. I wanted to create a gradient that was not so matchy-matchy and was more gradual and mixed, so I tried not to worry about how the colors would come together. I normally place each color with care, and I wanted to make things a little more random and not worry so much.

After sewing parts of it together, I had some strong reservations. Individually, each piece looked a bit… off. I wasn’t sure if it would work or not. But I kept at it, because I like to finish things I start, and I know that sometimes things come together in fun ways, and I’m so glad I did. The end product was a gorgeous starburst gradient that turned out far better than I had hoped. That’s how the Luminary quilt was born. When RJR Fabrics asked me if I’d be interested in doing the What Shade Are You blog hop, I was super excited because I had been wanting to make a dark rainbow version of the Luminary Quilt in all solids, so I knew it’d be perfect. I finally embraced my love of rainbows a few years ago, and it’s all I’ve wanted to do ever since!

I had a hard time narrowing down my choices, and in the end I chose the 20 fabrics listed below and decided to make 2 projects out of them: A Luminary quilt out of the dark rainbows, and a Luminary pillow that was mostly neutrals with a few bits of rainbow throughout.

I’ve worked with a few different brands of solids in the past, but the Cotton Supreme Solids are by far the highest quality solids I’ve used. And I’m not just saying that because they let me participate: I honestly mean that. The color is super bright and saturated, even after washing, and they feel so lovely. Just look at the beautiful texture here in the photos:


The colors I chose for these projects are:


The dark rainbow colors:



Ruby slippers

My Valentine


Tangerine Dream

Bronze (This one surprised me but I love it’s richness and warm color!)

Sunny delight



Pea in a pod

Martini olive




Caviar – The background color. This is the most perfect dark blue/purple shade that just sings to me.

And the neutrals for the pillow:





Here’s the rainbow order of strips I selected for the Luminary Quilt. I’ve got a lovely view of Lake Superior at my machine, and it’s filled with all sorts of amazing natural light.


The inner and outer diamonds before adding in the middle ones. I love how the middle diamonds tie everything together in the end.


I modified the pattern a bit to add an extra row of diamonds at the bottom so that the center of the starburst wasn’t right at the edge of the quilt, and I love how it turned out. Here’s the completed quilt top so you can see how the colors blend together and fade into the background:


Next up came the pillow. I originally planned to make the background out of the lightest neutral shade I selected (Kercheif), but after creating the diamond, I decided that I needed to use the darkest neutral color (Driftwood) to really offset the starburst. It’s a more subtle rainbow, but I absolutely adore it!

I was hoping to leave this on our couch as a lovely accent in our living room, but my three year old daughter, who absolutely loves fabric and is destined to be a quilter some day, claimed it and is sleeping with it in her bed each night.


Here’s a few more photos.


You can get your own digital copy of the Luminary quilt pattern by clicking here or you can get a paper version in Alison Glass’s store by clicking here.

If you love rainbow quilts or very tiny mini quilts, follow my quilting creations on Instagram at @jamiemswanson and visit my quilting website here.

When I’m not quilting or chasing around my 5 kids, you can find me helping photographers start and run profitable photography businesses at The Modern Tog.

Warmly, Jamie

What Shade are You with Cindy Weins

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Name: Reserve Champion
Size: 60″ x 60″
Design: Original, based on Sister’s Choice block
Made by: Cindy Wiens
Quilted by: Darby Myers, Quilted Squid

Hi, I’m Cindy Wiens from Live a Colorful Life and I’m thrilled to have my second appearance here for What Shade are You. You can find the first one here.

For the last several years I have worked nearly exclusively with solids. So when I was given this second opportunity to work with Cotton Supreme Solids, I was already familiar with the quality of this wonderful fabric line. The hardest choice was narrowing down the range of colors!

I finally chose four color families, with three values of each one, and then two really great neutrals for the backgrounds. The block is a traditional one called Sister’s Choice, which finishes at 10″. The large block, if set together rather than “exploded,” would measure 25″.

I decided on an alternate grid setting, and then decided that a larger-sized partial block would be a fun idea to try. Originally I only had the partial block in the lower left hand corner, which of course made that corner seem extra “heavy,” so I put the rest of the block in the upper right corner for more balance.Also, I alternated the blocks with light and dark backgrounds.

I used extra blocks and another larger block on the back.
The negative space gave my quilter more area to do some really beautiful quilting.

I was really happy with how well the colors seemed to work together.

These solid fabrics are a dream to work with–the right combination of body and drape.

Last weekend my husband and I took the quilt to the coast, and I think it enjoyed those waves as much as we did!
The colors used in this quilt are:
361 Aubergine
123 Opera Mauve
332 Marvelous
285 Golden Topaz
221 Saffron
92  Goldenrod
355 Beach Coral
277 Elephantastic Pink
338 Flamingo
329 Emerald City
290 Putting Green
291 Tiffany Box

And the neutral:
310 Burlap
297 Driftwood

Thanks for visiting me here today. You can read more by visiting me on Instagram (@liveacolorfullife) and on my blog (liveacolorfullife.net). And thanks again to RJR for the opportunity to work with Cotton Supreme Solids.

What Shade Are You with Bethany Miller from PlumEasy Patterns

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Hello to Makers everywhere! My name is Bethany Miller and I’ve been a designer for PlumEasy Patterns for two years.

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PlumEasy’s first pattern was the Easy Folded Star Hot Pad. It is a traditional 8-inch four-layer folded star. For many years people have been asking us if would make a larger sized hot pad pattern. When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop, I knew an expanded hot pad would be stunning in their Supreme Solids.


Fabric Colors: Flamingo 338, Night 280, Hot Pink 217, Electric Blue 296, Rio 311, Marvelous 332, and Golden 285


One of the things I liked a lot about working with RJR’s solids was that they held their shape when pressed into prairie points, which is a great feature when pressing as many as I had to for this project. Is it ok to classify fabric as being cooperative? Because these were.

And as you can see, layer by layer the star is born


The fabric contrast continues to add brilliance with each layer


For binding I used three shades of pink. And you can now see that the hot pad is now all finished!

If you want to see a complete tutorial on how to create your own Easy Folded Star Hot Pad make sure to come and visit us at PlumEasy Pattern’s!

Happy Quilting!

What Shade Are You with Wendy Sheppard

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Hello, my name is Wendy Sheppard. I am most excited to be part of RJR’s What Shade Are You blog hop – my first RJR hop ever! QBV03_PieceBlock_12_crop_resized

Come meet my Blueberry Pie House wallhanging quilt (finishes at 24″ x 26″)!

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This wallhanging uses a total of 2 gray and 5 blue solid FQ’s, combined with 3/8y of white solid.

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Here are a few more pictures of the quilt. You can see from the pictures how solids are excellent in highlighting machine quilting!

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Due to the fact that this little project having little (and many) pieces, I have cut and constructed for the each section as I go along – instead of doing all the cutting at one time. I have also written the instructions that way so that it’s easier to keep track of the pieces. I hope that will work better for you too.

Now, if blue and blueberries aren’t your thing – you can easily substitute with your favorite colors! How about reds for a Rhubarb Pie Ranch, yellows for Lemon Meringue Lodge, or purple for Muscadine Jam Cottage, orange for Orange Cake Bungalow… I hope you will have fun making this little house wallhanging – enjoy!

Want to know how you can recreate this amazing wall hanging quilt? Just click on the link to make your own Blueberry Pie Quilt!

And make sure to follow Wendy’s adventure’s with quilting by following her at her blog www.wendysheppard.net and also don’t forget to also check out her Instagram for more fun pics! @ivory_spring

Happy Quilting!

What Shade Are You with Erica Lynn Friend

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Hello from my lovely corner of the Midwest! My name is Erica and I am the “head stitcher” at ELF & Company! I specialize in quilts and pillows and offer custom sewing services.

A little background… I have always been interested in sewing, I was taught and encouraged at a young age by my mother who is a professional tailor. My first quilt, which I still have and needs some repair, is made from twelve fabulous fabrics – ROYGBV with the six tertiary colors in between. Each of the fabrics consists of seven chromatic stripes (6″ wide) from light to dark and we cut 6.5″ strips from each, then assembled into a beautiful rainbow of 6″ x 6″ square. Stitched in the ditch, backed with rainbow hearts, and zig zag bound in white bias tape, this blanket was, and still is, my pride and joy. After much Googling, I still have yet to find this same fabric!


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Fast forward to present time and I’m still at it, and even started my own company about a year ago. I gave a “peace out” to the 8-5 world and I now fill my mornings, afternoons, nights, weekends, sleeptime with fabulous fabrics, graph paper, geometry, sketch books, quotes, online fabric/notion shopping, and most importantly my sewing machines!

I decided to take my color inspiration (with a few of my creative additions) from my favorite fashion designer (you can find her on my wrist, ears, phone case, etc etc) from her Fall 2015 High Point home accessory line. I had the wonderful opportunity to join my interior designer mother in law, closet designing step father in law, and logistical, heavy lifter, business runner husband at the International Furniture Market in North Carolina last October. Kid in a candy store does not start to explain my excitement! Snapping pictures on my iPhone as I walked miles upon miles through beautiful lighting, furniture, rug and accessory showrooms, I was inspired every step of the way. My pillows represent textures and patterns I found throughout the trip. The round pillow is designed after a wood topped side table, intricately pieced, much like a quilt. Hexagons were in no shortage, so the black, white and grey pillow was born! Chevrons, while some could say are on their way out, are reimagined in a vertical layout and inspired by nautical hues. Last but not least, the herringbone green pillow was a no brainier, this pattern is found from floor to ceiling from wood planks to decorative moldings!


RJR Cotton Supreme Solids are a joy with which to work! Never have I had a solid cotton fabric come out of my dryer after pre-washing with such little pressing to be done. I am a pressaholic, pressing after every row or column, I love how beautiful each piece looked sewn together after this step. I look forward to adding more of the beautiful hues to my fabric collections!


Thank you for reading, and follow my Instagram @Ericalynnfriend for more inspiration!

What Shade Are You Featuring Sarah Schraw

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I’m SO excited to share this quilt with you today. It is my second attempt at this design and definitely my favorite. (You can see the first version here.)

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This time I teamed up with RJR fabrics as part of their “What Shade Are You?” blog hop. Did you know that RJR carries a line of Cotton + Steel coordinating solids? All of the colors I chose are from that collection. I find it difficult to look at hundreds of colors and pick just the right shades all on my own (especially online). It was much easier after narrowing it down to the colors already chosen by the Cotton + Steel designers.

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Yep, it was a lot of HSTs. I used the 8-at-a-time method (good tutorial here) and trimmed them 20 or so at a time over the course of a week. It really wasn’t that bad, I swear.

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I usually press my seams open but this time I wanted to see how accurate I could get with them pressed to the side and interlocking. It really turned out quite nice but it took a lot of time and attention to get it right.

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I’m working hard on a pattern for this design. Watch for that later this summer!

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The good news for you is that RJR is giving away this gorgeous bundle on my Instagram account (@sarahschrawdesigns)! Grab your phone and head over there right away – the giveaway closes at 9 pm EST on Sunday, May 8.

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I loved this bundle so much I’m already making another quilt with it!

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Being Cotton & Steel coordinates, they obviously go perfectly with Cotton & Steel’s prints. This is last year’s Christmas line, Tinsel. I’m most definitely going to be getting some of this year’s Christmas line (Garland) to add to this project.

Thank you so much for visiting me here today, and don’t forget to look me up on Instagram (@sarahschrawdesigns) and enter the giveaway! Thank you RJR!!

 Make sure to follow Sarah’s blog for more on this awesome quilt!

What Shade are You with Nicole Daksiewicz

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Solid fabrics are my go to choice and inspiration when working on a quilt or home decor project. When RJR Fabrics contacted me about joining the What Shade R U blog hop I knew exactly what I wanted to make.


I am currently designing a series of quilt patterns that focus on solids. The first quilt in the series is called Range. This pattern is inspired by a mountain range in the distance, it also focuses on using a range of colors that compliment each other.

For this particular quilt I chose colors that I saw one evening on my back patio, right at sunset… isn’t nature amazing?


Cotton Supreme Solid colors used in order:








For the backing I chose a Cotton + Steel print – Fruit Gum in Pink Fruit Dots I just love how the print combines the orange, pink and purple colors so well.


I don’t usually use a lot of purple in my sewing, but after using the Cotton Supreme solids in the colors available I was hooked. This was my first time using this brand of solid fabric and the quality, the feel and the weight of the fabric is amazing.

The pattern will be available at the end of May, close to the time Quilt Market is going on. I will have updates posted over on my blog and Instagram when it is available. The beautiful quilt work was done by Sarah Wilson of Crinkle love, the pattern really pops on the solid fabric!

Make sure to head on over to Nicole Daksiewicz and RJR Fabrics Instagrams for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle, featuring the fabrics that she chose to use in her project!