What Shade are You with Terry Druga

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The Hippy Storm-at-Sea quilt by Terry Druga

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Medusa Tree in Falls Park, downtown Greenville, SC

Hello! I am Terry Druga and you can find me on Instagram as tooheycohen. I love this “What Shade Are You” blog hop series by RJR Fabrics that lets regular quilters like me step out of our comfort zones. I was so excited to pick colors from their color cards – such beautiful fabrics! I love traditional quilt blocks made with modern fabrics so the hippy in me chose to make a Storm-At-Sea quilt in shades of purple, blue and green.

The colors I chose for my quilt top are:

Gale Force 282
Pewter 351
Amethyst 215
Purple Haze 279
Marvelous 332
Horizon 354
Turks & Caicos 292
Riviera 274
Kelly Green 127
Sprout 249
Neon 348

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I was so happy with the layout of my blocks, but was very nervous about how to quilt it. I decided to follow the natural wavy pattern that is made by the Storm-at-sea blocks. The lines feel organic and give the quilt some movement and texture. It also gave me a chance to play with my new collection of Aurifil 28wt threads! I love how everything came together.

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A huge thank you to the team at RJR Fabrics! You answered all my questions and were very helpful. And the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids are wonderful to work with! I hope this blog series inspires you to create something new!

Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Sew Yeah Quilting

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Sew Yeah Quilting is a family owned business that aims to delight customers who live in, and visit, Las Vegas. As the largest quilting shop in the area, we have a huge selection of quality fabrics with over 10,000 bolts. Sew Yeah Quilting opened its doors 6 months ago when the family felt that the large community of Las Vegas needed a shop on the northwest side of town.

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We offer a huge selection of the industry’s finest designer fabrics, sewing notions, patterns, and other essential quilting supplies to meet your creative needs and help you finish your favorite projects. We are dedicated to increasing the sewing capacity and enjoyment of our customers by providing them with the best in quality, service, and education.

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We offer a wide range of fun, interactive classes, taught by professional teachers in a welcoming and supportive environment. No matter your skill level or project size, our friendly, knowledgeable staff members are always on hand to offer helpful advice, personalized service, and continuous support throughout your quilting journey! We have classes almost every day of the week! We have a bag of the month class and one class this month is this adorable Joslyn Annie doll!

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In addition to fabric and quilting products, we have a huge selection of sewing themed gifts perfect for the any sewist. We are a BERNINA authorized dealer, and we have technicians who service all makes and models of machines.

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If we are your local quilt shop, be sure to mark these upcoming events on your calendar!

On October 22nd, we are hosting a Judy Niemeyer certified teacher for a Garden Wall – Waterfalls quilt class. You will find the class information here http://www.sewyeahquilting.com/module/class.htm?classId=147970

November 11th & 12th we will be hosting Natalia Bonner, who will have a trunk show and teach two classes – Intro to free motion quilting and Math Class (it’s a super fun quilt!). For a list of all of our upcoming classes and events visit us at http://www.sewyeahquilting.com/classes.htm

Find us on Facebook!Facebook.com/SewYeahQuilting

Visit us online! SewYeahQuilting.com and use the coupon below to recieve 15% off the whole month of October!

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What Shade are You with Kristy Sachs

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The Alternate Ending Quilt by Kristy Sachs

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Hey, guys! I’m Kristy Sachs from Rock Baby Scissors. You can find me on Instagram, Etsy and Facebook:

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/RockBabyScissors

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I made the Alternate Ending Quilt using RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids.

I was floored when asked to participate in the What Shade Are You? Blog Hop as I’m still fairly new to quilting. I’ve only finished a handful and I had never followed a quilt pattern before, so I figured I better knock it out of the park and go BIG to celebrate such an honor! An 800 piece quilt? Sure, why not! As a true lover of color order and everything rainbow the Alternate Ending Quilt by Sarah of CoopCrafts was my first choice when it came to using such brilliant shades of solids.

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The colors I chose for my quilt top are:
1. Tourmaline
2. Lemon Chiffon
3. Citron
4. Carrot
5. Tangerine Dream
6. Tropicana
7. Chili Pepper
8. Orchid
9. Hot Pink
10. Tickled Pink
11. Rhododendron
12. Amethyst
13. Hydrangea
14. Purple Haze
15. Bougainvillea
16. Periwinkle
17. Caviar
18. Electric Blue
19. Tuks & Caicos
20. Horizon
21. Toyboat
22. Neon
23. Sour Apple
24. Grass is Always Greener
25. Emerald City

The backing:
Cotton+Steel Tiny Tiles in Aqua

The backing:
Cotton+Steel Gust in Midnight

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The shades of Cotton Supreme Solids work so well together in this geometric dream of a quilt.

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For the quilting I went with wavy lines in Guttermann Mara 100 color #1 which is a creamy off-white. I wanted something neutral which wouldn’t pull focus away from the colors and hard lines of the quilt.

I want to thank RJR for the opportunity to be a part of their What Shade Are You? Blog Hop. It was an exceptionally fun learning experience.

What Shade are You with Kate Rawlinson

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Hi my name’s Kate and I’m relatively new to quilting (you can find me on Instagram @iamkatotron) so when RJR got in touch and asked if I would be part of their “What Shade Are You?” blog hop I was delighted and a little nervous. What could I make? I wanted to present something that was my own design but I had only ever recreated other people’s patterns before. I knew the colours I wanted to work with and had a blast looking through the colour-card picking out my fabric choices – the cotton supreme solids are fantastic. The richness of colour and the weight of the fabric made this project a dream.

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I chose a ditsy floral from Cotton & Steel’s Lucky Strike collection for the back as it’s one of my all-time favourite prints.

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So fabric in hand I searched in earnest for inspiration. I found a picture that was quite interesting – a close-up of a fabric weave and decided I liked the idea of creating depth but in macro scale. I started cutting in earnest and actually finished the quilt top before I realised that it just wasn’t working. It wasn’t “me”. I still haven’t figured out what my style is yet but I knew that this wasn’t it. So what to do now? I took a break from thinking about it and decided to play around with the scraps from the quilt-top. I improv-pieced them together and matchstick quilted them to make a cushion cover. I even used scraps for the piping! It was really fun and I liked the process of free-form piecing.

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I decided to incorporate that element into my quilt – but the scientist in me likes order. How could I combine the two? Well the obvious answer was to use the improvised pieced top as “fabric” and make some giant blocks. I went for flying geese – a true classic and I love triangles. I really like the discordancy between the chaos of the random piecing and the rigidity of the flying geese.

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I added some straight-line and free-motion quilting that was inspired by 1980s vector graphic videogames and echoed the colour of the fabric with my thread choices. I used 28wt Aurifil for the quilting in the main body of the quilt and Guterman variegated for the free-motion quilting of the geese. I also finished my first successful machine binding!

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I am really happy with how it turned out and I loved working with RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids.

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Many thanks to Rachael and Demetria for all their help. Happy Quilting!

What Shade are You with Casey Johnson

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“What shade are you?” Flying Geese Quilt Hi my name is Casey, I am 26 and I love quilting and thread painting. You can check out my work at caseytaylorthreads.com, or Instagram @caseytaylorj I could not believe it when RJR emailed me about participating in their Cotton Supreme Solids block hop. No one had ever asked me to participate in their blog hop, so I was very excited! When I received the color card in the mail I was blown away by just how many color choices they had to offer. I don’t normally work with strictly solids so I had no idea what to make or what colors to choose. I decided to pull a color palette with greens, blues, red, pink and mustard as my color inspiration! I chose 15 colors (including 5 background colors):

The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Tickled Pink 330
Caviar 345
Anemone 251
Carolina 313
Proud as a Peacock 289
Kelly Green 127
Sprout 249
Peridot 342
Golden Topaz 285
Bandana 367
Greyhound 321
Burlap 310
Linen White 32
Kona Coffee 117
Sand Dune 193

Wow when the fabrics arrived I could not get over the vibrant hues and how soft and how much body they had.

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I knew what ever I decided to make I couldn’t just use solids, I had to toss in a few Cotton and Steel Black & white prints (obviously).
Here are the Cotton + Steel Black & White prints I used:
Bear hug metallic
Flock metallic
Hoos there
2.5″ Gingham Black
Petite Plus
Sprinkle Black Cat

I wanted to create a unique pattern with improv and modern piecing. While I was way outside my comfort zone, why not draft a large paper piecing quilt pattern… So, I created my own flying geese pattern that graduated in size from 12″ wide to 1/2″ wide geese. For the centers of the flying geese I pieced together slivers of solids and B&W fabrics creating fabric to cut from.

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For the background I used a graduation of neutrals from light to dark.

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To give the quilt a modern feel I left a bunch of negative space in the background.

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For the backing I pieced together leftover colored solids, Cotton and Steel B&Ws, and background fabrics.

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Since there was a ton of negative space, why not play around with graffiti quilting to enhance the body of the fabrics and the texture of the quilting? To continue with the modern/improv feel I quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread in a variety of colors that coordinated with the Cotton Supreme Solids.

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I bound the quilt in leftover solid scraps and B&W fabrics.

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Finished Quilt Size: 52 x 60

Happy Quilting!

XX Casey

What Shade are You with Audrey Yeager

*pinch*.  Sorry, just had to pinch myself to see if this opportunity was for real.  Yup, I am part of the “What Shade Are You?” blog series for RJR Fabrics this week and I couldn’t be more excited!  


My name is Audrey Yeager, and I am fairly new to quilting, only having become really obsessed about 2 1/2 years ago and making a ton of quilts since.  

You can find me here:

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I have become completely enamored with Cotton & Steel fabrics, and use a lot of the Cotton Supreme solids that complement the lines.  When I received the color swatch chart I was just amazed at all the shades and colors to choose from.

To help me narrow down my choice, I went to my “Art” board on Pinterest and chose some of my current favorite pieces for inspiration.  I am really drawn to the art and illustration of Helen Dardik. Look at this amazing combination of colors below.  I especially love that emerald green and the light blue.

Here are some of my favorites:









And my biggest inspiration came from this collection of images focusing on the semi-circle design.







I decided to pick my colors from these images and matched them up with the color chart as best as I could and here is the resulting bundle:



The colors from the Cotton Supreme solids I chose are:

Kelly Green (127 T)
Citron (337)
Sunny Delight (326)
Tangerine Dream (276)
Bandana (367 C+S)
Paris (235 RP)
Chili Pepper (49 T)
Hot Pink (217)
Rhododendron (181 T)
Amethyst (215)
Hydrangea (214)
Lapis Lazuli (192 T)
Royal Blue (126 T)
Riviera (274)
Turks & Caicos (292)
Peridot (342)
Harlequin (358)
Clover (128)
Optical White (33 T)
Black (34 T)

And here is my quilt:



I began by drawing some semi circle shapes on some Heat N Bond lite, cutting them out, and ironing them on the backs of the different colored solids.

To make some of the more complicated designs, I pieced some strips for some, and on other, I cut out tiny bits of fabric backed with Heat N Bond and ironed them on.

After lining up the semi-circles and ironing them all on, I appliquéd around each with a blanket stitch in invisible thread.




I quilted with a really loose stipple pattern, leaving some of the semi-circles un-quilted to make them puff out a bit from the others.
I backed my quilt with my favorite color…a solid emerald green, which is so super soft! 


To finish, I added a fun black and white striped binding with fabric from my stash.


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Thanks so much to RJR Fabrics for this amazing opportunity!  I already have another project in the works with my scraps from this one!

What Shade are You with Erin Barry

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Well hello!! My name is Erin, and I can be found at Quilt By Starlight or on Instagram under @quiltbystarlight.

I was so excited to join the fun when RJR Fabrics asked me if I would like to make a quilt out of their range of Cotton Supreme Solids. I’ve only been quilting for just over 2 years, but it’s my passion and I love every aspect of the process, even the binding!

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When the colour card arrived, there was a great deal of pondering to be done. Do I choose the colours and then let the pattern be dictated by them? Or pick a pattern and then select colours?

In the end, I selected a pattern, and then painstakingly curated a colour palette.

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The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green 290
Tiffany Box 291
Emerald City 329
Horizon 354
Turks & Caicos 292
Meadowland 352
Toy Boat 366
Blue Skies 264
Cove 297
Notting Hill 309
Elephant Pink 277
Kerchief 364
Argento 362
On The Rocks 283
Overcast 319
Optical White 33

And I threw in a bit of Cotton and Steel’s Navy Sprinkle for good measure.

Once the fabric arrived however, seeing those gorgeous colours in person, my mind was drawn to some artwork I had seen by an extremely talented street artist from Germany, 1010.

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I love looking for inspiration from the real world, so when inspiration strikes, you should never ignore it! I sent off an email asking if he would give me permission to translate one of his portal artworks into an improvisational quilt and the response was positive, and encouraging, so I started cutting away! It was thrilling to just cut and piece as I went, building the quilt from the centre out, hoping and praying as I got to the last F8 that I would have just enough to finish that section. He also has a portal in the shape of a triangle that I might have to try down the track.

I honestly think that ‘Elephant Pink’ is one of my new favourite colours. I just love the way it pops against the cooler colour palette and those gorgeous neutrals.

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Once I finished the quilt top, I loaded it up onto my new Handi Quilter Avante and set to work. I knew I needed something to complement the graphic industrial nature of the quilt design, so I settled on straight lines with Aurifil 2615 in 40wt. I just love the texture it gives. I bound the quilt in the Argento which was the perfect neutral to complement the background and not take away from the quilt top.

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I am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out, I think I might even hang it in my studio, if my family doesn’t claim it first.

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And that’s a wrap! Thank you so much to RJR Fabrics for giving me the opportunity to turn this idea into a quilt and to be a part of this fantastic line up of quilt artists!

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Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: RYCO Creative Sewing Center

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RYCO is well known in the New England area. Possibly because of it’s location which is an old cotton bleachery mill that was built in 1884 at the start of the cotton trade in Rhode Island. It is a huge mill with over 15000 sq ft of fun. This store is the passion of all who are in it. Our customers, the people who work here, and the neighborhood itself which has many historic buildings and homes.

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When you walk in to RYCO you will think you have stepped back in time with the old antique sewing machines that are scattered about on top of the fabric shelving and the many handmade quilts hanging from rafters and pipes. Much of the building remains as it was in it’s heyday! Another thing that will make you feel you have stepped back in time is our old fashioned customer service. Everyone is treated like they are family here. When customers are finished shopping there is a seating area where they can sit and have a cup of tea if they would like.

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Our major event is “Teachers Textiles and Tea.” Sept 17 2016. We show case our many teachers since we have many classes. Customers can meet them, see what they teach and talk to them. At the event we’ll have our new products, home made cupcakes and tea.

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Is RYCO your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on one three major sales events they have per year happening this weekend!

Make sure to check out RYCO Creative Sewing Center’s Website, Instagram and Facebook!

What Shade are You with Nydia Kehnle

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I was really excited when RJR Fabrics asked me to be apart of of their What Shade Are You Blog Hop. I have been wanting to create another Half Square Triangle quilt and thought it would be a perfect time to do so.

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When it was my time to select my colors I was immediately overwhelmed about where to start… There were so many beautiful colors to choose from. I decided to scroll threw some of my favorite color inspiration pins on pinterest. I settled on a beautiful series of travel photos found on the awesome travel blog Kevin and Amanda.

The colors I chose for this quilt are:
Putting Green
Tiffany Box
Neon
ToyBoat
Meadowland
Aloe Verde
Sprout
Peridot
Harlequin
Peapod
Glow in the dark
Ginkgo
Seaglass
Citron
Bougainvillea
Twilight
Hydrangea
Verbena
Jacaranda
Grape
Amethyst
Graystone
Overcast
Linen
Kerchief
Burlap
Greyhound
Driftwood
Moss
Cream
Moonlight

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I really wanted my quilt to be mostly neutral, with pops of these colors, but as I got to working the quilt just took a life of its own. I decided not to fight it. I think thats what I love most about these types of quilts… the Journey, letting the colors just flow and letting them decide ultimately where they should go. No plan. Just play.

For the quilting, I knew I wanted something simple to keep the quilt soft and cuddly. I opted for an on-point straight line cross grid.

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I can’t tell you how many out-takes of this photo there were…. Because of the Princess Mabel… She didn’t understand why I was on the floor and not giving her attention….

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I bound the quilt in Bougainvillea which I am pretty sure is my new favorite color… Backed in Driftwood. I hand stitched the binding using Spagetti from WonderFil 12wt. It was first time using it; it’s pretty nice to work with and I love the results.

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I plan on keeping this quilt on my couch, its cozy and a perfect size for cuddling under. I think I may crank the air on today just so I can enjoy it!

Thank you to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to be a part of this event!

What Shade are You with Jeni Baker

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Hi! I’m Jeni Baker and you can find my work on my blog, Incolororder.com, or on Instagram @jenib320. Finding ways to be creative every day is an important part of my life. I started sewing from a young age, but I didn’t starting quilting until 2009. I’ve been hooked ever since! I love figuring out how to make things work and especially doing quilt math!

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When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in the What Shade Are You? blog hop, I was excited to join in! I’ll be honest though, I was a little intimidated to work with just solids. It’s definitely outside my comfort zone, but I was excited to take on the challenge.

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I have been itching lately to work with log cabin blocks, and I’ve had this particular design tucked away for a while. It’s been waiting in the wings for the perfect project. I liked the idea of changing the shape of the center of the block to a rectangle, to see how it would affect the overall look of the block. The blocks in my quilt finish as a square because of an extra log at the end, but otherwise, they’d finish rectangular. Cool!

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There were so many colors to choose from when looking through all the Cotton Supreme Solids available, at first I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. I ended up choosing a color scheme based on a piece of artwork by Susan Driscoll of The Print Tree.

Here are the solids I used for my project:
Pink Sapphire 218
Just Peachy 278
Seafoam 301
Overcast 319
Marvelous 332
Bougainvillea 333
Feeling Blue 335
Tropican 339
Argento 362
Harlequin 358

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For the quilting, I knew I wanted something non-geometric to break up the design a bit. I went with my tried and true wavy lines. These are done using a walking foot, and the quilt is smoothly turned to the left and right while stitching to get these organic, uneven lines. It’s a relaxing design to quilt, and it’s very forgiving!

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I used 358 Harlequin for the binding and a Cotton + Steel print, 5023-003 Sprinkle in Petal, for the backing.

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I’m hoping to find somewhere in my apartment to hang up this quilt, I am really happy with how it turned out!

Thank you to RJR Fabrics for the opportunity to be a part of this event!