National Flag Day

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Today is National Flag Day! Today, in the United States, flags are placed outside on buildings to commemorate the making of our national flag. Flags are to be flown for the entire week starting today. To celebrate, we are doing a giveaway of our latest Pixie Party Project, All Stars. There will be two winners selected at end of the week on Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 10:00am PST.

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To be entered into the drawing:

Entry 1: Please leave a comment and share with us how you are celebrating flag day today

Entry 2: Share a picture on IG with #quiltwithlove, #rjrfabrics, #flagday and then leave a comment below

National Sewing Machine Day

Today is National Sewing Machine Day! Today is the day that we celebrate taking out our sewing machines and enjoying the technological advancement for sewing with a machine. My mother grew up telling me that HAND was a four letter word and so she would only sew by machine and not by hand. Now for me, I enjoy all forms of sewing and truly prefer sewing by hand. However, I do love my machines, I’ve become hooked!

To commemorate today, we are doing a free giveaway from Dan Morris’ collection, Home Seweet Home. The kit is Spool Time, pattern written by Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby for RJR Fabrics.

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To be entered into the giveaway:

1st Entry: Please leave a comment below about your favorite feature of your sewing machine!

2nd Entry: Leave a comment if you follow us on Instagram, @rjrfabrics

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spotlight on Jinny Beyer

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“For the past 2 years, I have been a guest quilter on the Sew Many Places India quilting and textile tour. This collection is inspired by these tours to India and Delhi. In fact, a lot of my quilting and border designs are influenced by my passion for Indian textiles. The rich paisleys and vibrant colorations in this line are taken from Indian woodblock prints, tapestries, and embroidery that I collect on my travels. Pressed Leaf (style 2453) is re-introduced from my previous Renaissance Garden collection, but in all-new colorations.”

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What Shade Are You Blog Hop @greenandbell

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Hi, I’m Rebecca from the North of England, UK. My background is in Graphic Design and I juggle my job as Senior Artworker in the charity sector with looking after my two boys. I’ve been quilting for a couple of years but it’s only over the past twelve months that I’ve become more serious and passionate about it. I’m a self-taught quilter and enjoy doing my own thing, which basically means making it up as I go along! I particularly love English Paper Piecing and was keen to see how RJR Solids would work for an EPP project.

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Designer Happenings at SQM15 Patrick Lose

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It was a pleasure to meet with Patrick Lose at Spring Quilt Market 2015 in Minneapolis this past May. Here he is in our RJR Booth at Spring Quilt Market 2015 standing in front of two quilts (Veranda by Gateway Quilt ‘N Stuff and Southern Belle by Project House 360) featuring his fabric line Katherine Ann. He has a vibrant personality with many ideas. Make sure to stay posted as there are a lot of fun projects coming along this Summer as well as to debut at Fall Market. Check out his Facebook page here to stay up to date, as well.

Designer Booth at SQM15 Lynette Anderson

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Pictured here is Lynette Anderson, in her booth at Spring Quilt Market. She has a vibrant personality with many creative ideas. Her booth showcases her designer talents from the quilts on display, down to the intricate displays along her tables.

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Here is a sneak peak of a display showcases her newest collection, Needles and Pins.

Pixie Party All Stars

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Are you feeling patriotic? Try Pixie Party’s All Stars. Colored in an array of vibrant red, white and blue from RJR’s Handspray Line, this star spangled stunner is a perfect way to display your American pride or pay tribute to or honor a member of our military. The design features just one simple block that twists and turns to create a dazzling burst of stars. With everything pre-cut, this kit comes together in a snap. All Stars is 64” x 76”, a perfect throw size.

Watch the video here

Designer Booth Spring Quilt Market Kids Quilts

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Kid’s Quilt booth at Spring Quilt Market showcased their latest line, Apple Hill Farm. Rachael’s home near Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island is neighbored by a farm, and this is what inspired the mother-daughter duo to choose this theme for their next line. Since it was Autumn, when the two were designing the line, and apples were plentiful, so there was no question as to what was the right fruit to accent the farm. Christine’s daily foraging for wild apples with her grandchildren inspired her to infuse the line with apple trees and apples, and she spared no design. Apples are everywhere.

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