Whatshaderu Blog Hop Elizabeth from andpins handmade

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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.

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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!

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

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Summer Quilt Along with Sandra Clemons ~ Quilt Layout

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Cut Sashing, Posts, Borders, and Binding

Light Gray – Cut 1 strip 16 1/2” x WOF and 2 strips 2 1/2” x WOF to subcut 20 logs 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” for sashing.

Red – Cut 4 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” for posts.

Border 1:

§ Cut 6 strips 2 1/2” x WOF. Stitch the strips end to end to cut the following.

à Side Borders 2 1/2” x 52 1/2”

à Top and Bottom Borders 2 1/2” x 56 1/2”

Border 2:

§ Cut 6 strips 1 1/2” x WOF. Stitch the strips end to end to cut the following.

à Side Borders 1 1/2” x 56 1/2”

à Top and Bottom Borders 1 1/2” x 58 1/2”

Border 3:

§ Cut 7 strips 6 1/2” x WOF. Stitch the strips end to end to cut the following.

à Side Borders 6 1/2” x 58 1/2”

à Top and Bottom Borders 6 1/2” x 70 1/2”

Binding:

§ Cut 7 strips 2 1/2” x WOF.

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Pixie Party reveals Dashing with the Stars

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Keep your head up, and cast your dreams to the stars! Featuring fabrics from the Jinny Beyer Palette and RJR’s Handspray, Dashing with the Stars is a stunning collage of on-point variable star blocks accentuated by churn dash sashing and a series of borders. Learn Sharyn Craig’s Cutting Corners technique to create floating effects behind blocks. The quilt finishes at 61 by 78 inches. The pattern includes instructions for 2 additional sizes. So what are you waiting for? Make a dash for this pixie perfect project.

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The Pixie Party kits are beautifully made and packaged in the USA. The Dashing with the Stars kit comes completely pre-cut, even the subcuts. See how Dashing with the Stars comes together in the video tutorial below.

Summer Sampler Block 9 with Sandra Clemons

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Cut Block 9

Light Gray:

§ Cut 1 square 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”. (B)

§ Cut 2 logs 2 1/2” x 8 1/2”. (C)

§ Cut 2 logs 2 1/2” x 12 1/2”. (D)

Scraps – Use scraps to cut 39 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”. (A)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

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#Whatshaderu Blog Hop with Amanda of 3and3quarters

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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.

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Blog: 3and3quarters.net

Instagram: @3and3quarters

YouTube: Amanda Rolfe

Facebook: 3and3quarters

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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.

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Summer Sampler Block 8 with Sandra Clemons

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Cut Block 8

Light Gray – Cut 3 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, then cut diagonally once to make 6 half square triangles. (A)

Dark Gray – Cut 3 squares 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, then cut diagonally once to make 6 half square triangles. (B)

Navy – Use Template C to cut 4 diamonds.

Aqua – Use Template C to cut 4 diamonds.

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(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Thread the Needle Day

Today is National Thread the Needle Day. It is either a day of celebrating sewing, or can metaphorically mean working through two opposing viewpoints and attempting to work through issues together.

Today will be spent going through scraps at home and making a few projects. Share with us how you will be celebrating #ThreadTheNeedleDay for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Alex Anderson’s Red Collection.

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#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!

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(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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Sandra Clemons Summer Sew Along Block 7

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Light Gray – Use template B to cut 16 triangles.

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Navy – Cut 8 squares 2 7/8” x 2 7/8” and then cut diagonally once to make 16 half square triangles. (A)

Select 4 colors, of each color:

§ Use template C to cut 4 triangles of each color.

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(Print the template on paper, but make sure in your printer setup the print does not adjust the size. Cut the shape out with ‘paper’ scissors along the dotted line. Then, lay the template on top of the fabric, and use your acrylic ruler to cut the shape out. Place the 1/4″ line on your ruler to the solid line on the template, this will give you an accurate cut, then if you were to line the ruler edge to the dotted line. Don’t lift your ruler until all sides are cut, simply rotate the ruler.)

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For finishing and sewing instructions, head on over to Sandra Clemons’ blog post. Share your pictures with us on RJR’s Facebook Page, or on Sandra’s Facebook page.

Ink Blossom II designed by Sue Marsh

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“I wanted to do a follow-up collection to Ink Blossoms with new motifs and colors that were richer and more versatile. This is my favorite collection to date. It allowed me to create in the same manner I create my character drawings, but with a more sophisticated result.

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“I feel the colors are classic and sophisticated, updated for a more modern effect. The grays can be combined with aqua and oranges to appeal to the modern quilter. The teal and purples are classic colors and create a rich more traditional look. Combine the teals and plums with olive tones and create a wine country look. The prints will work well in quilts, home decor, bags, and garments, making it a very versatile line.”

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Here is Sue Marsh holding her beautiful tote bag that she designed to go with her collection, Ink Blossom II. The fabric line is delivering to stores in August 2015! Make sure to go and ask for it at your local independent quilt store.

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Little Sister Tote (9653- 103 black, 101 purple, 102 teal) – This is a great bag that’s the perfect size for every day. It has lots of pockets inside and outside. A zippered top keep the contents in, so it is perfect for airplane travel. This bag looks amazing when it has been quilted, though quilting is not required! It has easy to sew and forgiving curved sides that may be new to some sewers. Practice your binding skills as this bag has lots of it! While this bag is not difficult to construct, the binding require some skills, but a confident beginner can accomplish it with a little patience.

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Ink Blossom Wall (9653-48 black, 49 purple, and 47 teal) – This project conveys a classic yet modern look. The pattern offers an easy to construct method for the block that eliminates “Y” seams. The top center is constructed of a single large block but is colored laid out in such a manner that a secondary pattern appears! The quilt is basic piecing. We use “stitch and flip” to create the corners and angled blocks creating an intricate look without the intricate piecing. Fabric color and block placement bring out a secondary pattern, making the quilt look much harder than it is. A confident beginner can easily accomplish this 54-inch wall hanging.

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The collection also comes in a fat quarter bundle.

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