Delightful post to read and beautiful quilt! Congratulations, Andrea, for being recognized by RJR for your amazing talent and skills!
Hello to Makers everywhere! My name is Bethany Miller and I’ve been a designer for PlumEasy Patterns for two years. >
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!
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!
Come meet my Blueberry Pie House wallhanging quilt (finishes at 24″ x 26″)!
This wallhanging uses a total of 2 gray and 5 blue solid FQ’s, combined with 3/8y of white solid.
Here are a few more pictures of the quilt. You can see from the pictures how solids are excellent in highlighting machine quilting!
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
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!
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
I’m working hard on a pattern for this design. Watch for that later this summer!
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.
I loved this bundle so much I’m already making another quilt with it!
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!
AugergineFor 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!
Initial K Studio is the brainchild of Dallas based graphic designer-turned-modern-quilter, Kristi Schroeder. After designing for luxury retailer Neiman Marcus and the award-winning architectural firm Corgan—Ms. Schroeder left the corporate world behind to pursue her true passion—modern quilting. This native Texan is a world traveler who draws inspiration for her quilts in art, fashion and textiles from around the globe. All quilts are conceived, designed, and handmade by Ms. Schroeder.
With springtime’s arrival, I wanted to create something bright and fun to reflect the warmer weather and sunshine as well as challenge myself with a minimal quilt block design. Thus the Mini RJR Springtime Quilt! For the front I used the following solids: Beach Coral (355), Chili Pepper (49 T), Bougainvillea (361) and Kerchief (364 C+S). For the back I used Cotton+Steel 2015 Penny Arcade line by Kim Kimberly Kight – it was a perfect fit with the solids. Overall, I really loved working with the fabric! The solids were a dream to sew with and I loved how quickly the mini came together.
Cotton Supreme Solids shades used:
Hello, all! I’m Kate. Graphic designer, entrepreneur, quilter, crafter and lover of all things colorful. I’m Wife to my better half and Mama to my sweet little girl. I’m a Hoosier native currently living in the middle of Ohio. And I’m not afraid to admit that I’m totally addicted to Instagram and the endless inspiration it provides. (I’m @katebasti if you’d like to stop in and say “hello.”)
So how did I find myself sitting behind a sewing machine every day? In 2007, while reading blogs at work (when I should have been working), I stumbled across an image of a basic patchwork quilt. The quilt was lovely, but it was the fabrics that drew my eye. I found shops online that sold the designer prints, and soon enough, I had a small stash. Ironically, I didn’t have a sewing machine or a real plan as to what to do with my stash. I basically just hoarded fabric. In 2008, I bought my first sewing machine – a basic Singer – and promptly let it sit in the box for a full year while I continued to build quite a collection of fabric. Finally, in 2009, I taught myself to sew. Pillows, buntings, simple bags. I even opened an Etsy shop and took custom orders for a few years. But it wasn’t until 2013 that I decided to try my hand at quilting. My very first quilt was a simple patchwork quilt for my daughter’s second birthday. I’d never had so much fun creating something so beautiful and practical. I was hooked. Nowadays, I typically have at least three quilts in the works at any given time and no fewer than half a dozen in my brain that I can’t wait to get to.
As a stay-at-home mother, I spend much of my day playing with my little girl. We both love to color, and it was while coloring one morning that I pulled a beautiful combo of colored pencils to draw with. The color palette was bright and cheerful: pink, red, orange, yellow and turquoise. Like a gorgeous sunset over the water. I just knew I had to make a quilt with the color palette. So imagine my excitement when RJR Fabrics contacted me to participate in their What Shade Are You blog hop! They sent a color card of their Cotton Supreme Solids fabric swatches, and it was such fun to pour over all the gorgeous colors and choose just the right shades.
If you haven’t worked with RJR Fabrics’ Cotton Supreme Solids yet, they are an absolute dream. They’re incredibly soft and sew together so smoothly. And such a fantastic range of colors! I chose 18 shades for my project. I just finished the top and cannot wait to start quilting this beauty! Many thanks to RJR Fabrics for allowing me to be a part of this blog hop!
Size: 60” x 60”
Pattern: Terrazzo Quilt by Freshly Pieced @freshlypieced
Cotton Supreme Solids shades used:
Banana Cream Pie
Make sure to head on over to her Instagram for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle, featuring the fabrics that she chose to use in her project!
Hi, my name is Melissa Bonilla, and you can find me on Instagram as @msboni83. I also run an Etsy shop called August Lane Sewing where I sell bags and accessories that I sew. I have been sewing off and on for most of my life. I started out (poorly) hand-sewing Barbie clothes from upholstery fabric samples that my mom had when I was elementary-school age. I learned with my grandmother how to sew on a machine starting off with lined notebook paper. My first real project was a long skirt made on my mom’s machine, with her help of course. Right after high school, I took a beginner sewing class at Ventura College, in California (where I grew up). We made a knit t-shirt in that class, and that was my first introduction to sergers. The next semester I took a beginning quilting class with my mom and my aunt. We all loved it!
When RJR contacted me about participating in this blog hop, I knew I needed to make a bag. I am kind of known as a bag lady in my local quilt guild, the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild. I knew I wanted to make something big, and the Poolside Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlehead stood out as a great option. It’s such a fun bag! And it is such a great size, perfect for carrying all my kids’ stuff to the pool.
I loved the selection of Cotton Supreme Solids available from RJR! Purple is my absolute favorite color, and it is so under-represented in my fabric stash because so many companies don’t produce good purples. Not so with RJR! I was able to find several great purples to combine for my project- the only problem was narrowing down my selection.
These fabrics are so great to work with. They don’t hold on to wrinkles, and they glide through my sewing machine like butter. The colors I used on the outside of the bag are Caviar, Grape, Amethyst, Jacaranda, and Hydrangea, with Black for the accent/handles. The inside of the bag uses Silver and Battleship. All zippers are from Zip-it on Etsy, my favorite source for zippers.
My name is Nadia @nadiashae and I’ve been quilting since the summer of 2013, when I needed a new hobby to get myself out of a “funk.” My best friend taught me how to use a sewing machine, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I became more obsessed with quilting later that year, when I began my graduate studies in English and needed something to take my mind off of the stress of grad school. From there, I stumbled into the Instagram modern quilt scene and the rest is history. I’ve been in several swaps and have made lovely friends since then. More recently, I became a founding member of the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild in my new town of Columbus, Ohio. I can’t wait to see where quilting takes me next!
Taking on a project for the What Shade Are You series was definitely a challenge for me. Before this, I quilted exclusively with prints and blenders, aside from background fabrics. I was pretty daunted by the idea of letting solids take the lead on this one, but I took the challenge head on and I added another new endeavor to the mix: large-scale quilting.
I’ve long been inspired by Heather Jones’ quilts, with their large-scale blocks and bold colors. I wanted to give it a go myself, so I used the Giant Starburst Quilt-A-Long from the Canoe Ridge Creations blog as my guide. It was difficult for me to deal with such large pieces at first, but I quickly got the hang of things and now I’m so happy with the results!
I love a good star quilt, and with the huge one-block pattern and the bold solids, I feel like I achieved my goal of “tradition-made-modern.” I was drawn to all of these colors because of their rich saturation, and I’m so pleased with how they pop against that white background. I’m pretty proud of this one—it’s the first thing I ever shared at a guild meeting, despite my nerves 😉
I can’t wait to finish this quilt—it’ll be perfect for picnicking and reading at the park, once spring returns!
Size: 60” x 60”
Pattern: Giant Starburst by Megan @ Canoe Ridge Creations
RJR Cotton Supreme Solids (clockwise from top):
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