Wow, just wow
When RJR Fabrics asked me to be part of this blog hop, it didn’t take long to decide what shade I am. My shade is black. There’s nothing I love more than fabrics popping off a dark, solid, black background. After receiving the Cotton Supreme Solids color card in the mail, I was instantly drawn to the blues and purples and thought they would look great with RJR’s black solid. I was also so excited to see that RJR Fabrics makes solids that coordinate perfectly with Cotton + Steel basics! I picked my favorite colors, paired them with my three favorite Cotton + Steel basics, and started thinking about the quilt I wanted to make.
I am constantly inspired by music. I spent twelve years training to be a classical violist, then switched career paths to become a museum curator and interned at a music museum in college. Music history has been a big part of my life as long as I remember, and Bruce Springsteen is one of the most important musicians to me. The night I was invited to participate in the What Shade Are You blog hop, I was at the Chicago stop of Bruce Springsteen’s current tour. Bruce and the E Street Band have been on tour since January playing their entire album The River. I decided to use that concert and album as the inspiration for my quilt!
Originally released in 1980, The River is an epically long album that features some of my favorite Bruce songs. The album is a mix of fun party songs (“Sherry Darling,” “Crush on You,” “Hungry Heart,” “Out in the Street”) and painful songs about growing up (“Stolen Car,” “Wreck on the Highway,” “Independence Day”).
Bruce is at his best when he writes songs about folks who are down on their luck and striving to make their lives better. The title track of The River breaks my heart every time I listen to it. The story of a couple thrown together, realizing that the circumstances of their lives may prevent them from realizing their dreams is vivid, moving, and incredible song writing.
I thought about what that song would look like to me as a quilt. I envisioned the blues and purples as the song’s characters, meeting at night separated by the dark river. Knowing that the track is inspired by Bruce’s sister and her early relationship with her husband who, despite the bleak tone of the song, are still married today, I had all of the fabrics meet at the back of the quilt to emphasize that the reality of the song has a happy ending.
Here’s the front and back of “The River” quilt. I love minimalist design, big shapes, straight line quilting, and visual impact. RJR Fabric’s Cotton Supreme Solids brought this vision together perfectly. A big thanks is also due to my husband, Mitch, who patterned this quilt from my drawing. My favorite part of his time doing quilt math was hearing him say, “I’m going to algebra so hard right now!” Mitch also takes all of my beautiful quilt photos.
The Cotton Supreme Solids I used were:
The Cotton + Steel basics I used were:
Black Cat Sprinkle
Thank you so much to RJR Fabrics for asking me to be part of their blog hop! This quilt was the first time I used their Cotton Supreme Solids, but it won’t be the last time. The soft feel is what drew me to Cotton + Steel fabrics early on in my quilting, and their solids have the same softness. I can’t wait to work with these wonderful solids again!
“Inside the Tiffany Box” is exactly what this quilt is. Starting from the outermost edges bound in Cotton Supreme Solid Tiffany Box blue, it leads to a mesmerizing diamond ring fit for any lady (or guy!) who loves a little ice on their finger!
Here’s a little known fact about designer and quilter, Sarah Thomas (@sariditty on Instagram)…she is also a certified diamontologist through the Diamond Council of America. And what that basically means is she has a piece of paper proving that her love for sparkle and glitter is official and documented. :o) She actually did spend a few years designing diamond jewelry –her own engagement ring included, much to her husband’s suggestion and appreciation– and this quilt is a tribute to that portion of her life (and her continued admiration for what a lump of coal under intense pressure can become). Sari says, “In a way, aren’t we as quilters all a bit like a lump of coal? All trying our hardest and exerting the most intense pressures on ourselves to create something amazing, or align the most perfect points, or dream up the perfect color combo? And after all the pressure we put onto ourselves, we end up with beautiful and unique creations…much like a diamond being unearthed, shaped, and polished.”
Sari is often behind the controls of her Handi Quilter longarm finishing quilts for clients who send to her from all over the world. She specializes in her own form of FMQ called Sketchbook Quilting, which resembles the free form doodles she’s drawn in notebooks and sketchpads her entire life. If you’d like to see more examples of her quilting, take a look at #saridittyquilted on Instagram or her Gallery tab on her website, www.sariditty.com. You may also fill out a quilting inquiry via her website under the Custom Quilting tab if you’d like to consider sending one of your quilts to her to be “saridittyed.” ;o)
This diamond pattern is a spinoff of a recently written @sariellastudios’ pattern, SARIELLA Gems, for which both Sari and her friend, Nicole (@lillyellasworld), co-design and create pieces and share techniques. After blowing up the proportions of the profile gem pattern, Sari knew it was going in the diamond ring direction. A little gold bias tape to make the ring shank helped that endeavor! Once on the quilting frame, Sari had fun with silver metallic thread on the diamond itself, as well as on a few glimmers of light casting off the diamond. The rest of the background is a grey thread to blend with the Gale Force Cotton Supreme Solid and quilted Sketchbook style. The gold shank has gold metallic thread quilted in small circles all around to give the band an antique milgrain effect. She also quilted in filigree with the gold thread in the open space of of the band/diamond area. If you look closely, you may notice that the diamond and filigree have some extra sparkle all thanks to a few dozen Swarovski crystals she applied after quilting this piece. “Everyone needs a little unexpected sparkle in their lives,” she says.
I used Gale Force (background) and Tiffany Box (binding) from the CSSs. The coordinating CSS that would work for this bundle are the following:
Optical White, Argento, On the Rocks, Overcast, Gray Stone, Kerchief, Cream, Moonlight, Gale Force, Tiffany Box
The Bread & Butter prints I used are:
Love Birds, White, Autumn Leaves (White), Patchwork (White), Patchwork (Grey), Forest Floor (Grey), Hexagon Daisies (Grey),Stitched Check (White), Stitched Check (Cream)
“Inside the Tiffany Box” is a very modern quilt using not-so-modern colors, which is a great lesson to us all that modern quilts don’t have to be full of bold, saturated color. Even the simple and traditional color palettes can lend to unexpected and striking modern quilt designs with a little thought and creativity. This quilt is not yet an actual pattern, but SARIELLA is considering it to be one in the future if there is enough demand for it. The immediate plans are to finish and publish the smaller SARIELLA Gems Patterns.Follow more of Sari’s escapades on Instagram (@sariditty).
In Atlanta, all the roads that aren’t Peachtree lead to the bright, charming fabric haven that is Intown Quilters. Nestled in the neighborly suburb of Decatur, GA, IQ (as it’s called by those who love it) opened its doors in 2002 when owner Sarah Phillips grew frustrated with not being able to find the yellow fabric she wanted. Nearly 14 years later, Sarah has created a sewing- and quilting-enthusiasts’ paradise, filled with bright fabrics, eye-catching samples and a roster of classes suited for every skill level. And, of course, an array of yellow fabrics.
IQ remains the sole quilt shop inside the Perimeter (the interstate circling Atlanta), and its wares are just as vibrant and distinct as the city it calls home. “Bright,” “bold” and “fun” are the catchwords here! Modern designs from Cotton + Steel (featuring the work of locals Melody Miller and Sarah Watts), luscious solids, bold batiks, distinctive African prints and contemporary florals all tempt customers from the well-organized shelves around the shop. Mixed in with the thousands of bolts of quilting cotton are diverse substrates like double gauze, cotton/linen blends, jersey knits and chambrays that appeal to apparel sewers. The frequently updated samples – quilts, bags, clothing and more – give plenty of inspiration, as do the books and patterns from some of the hottest names in sewing and quilting.
A hearty list of classes help customers develop their skills (and a lifetime love of the hobby), from an introductory class for novices (Sewing Basics), first steps for quilting (Beginning Quilt Making), handwork (Hand Quilting, Hand Embroidery, English Paper Piecing), quilting (Machine Quilting, Free-Motion Quilting), techniques (Paper Piecing, Bindings, Sewing with Knits) and independent study (Sewing Studio, Quilting Studio). There are even summer camps for encouraging the next generation of sewists! Visiting teachers like Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Jen Kingwell and Lizzy House demonstrate Sarah’s desire to make learning at IQ an unforgettable experience.
But it’s the commitment to providing quality customer service that really makes Intown Quilters a stand out. It’s not unusual to find a member of the IQ crew demonstrating how to miter the corners of a quilt binding or explaining why ballpoint needles are a must for sewing with knits. Whether customers are looking for help planning a quilt or just the right yellow fabric, they know the folks at IQ are there seven days a week to make it happen!Is Intown Quilters your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on these upcoming events:
July 8th- 9th & July 15th-16th
Holly Days, an annual joint event between Intown Quilters and A Scarlet Thread in McDonough, Ga., is our take on “Christmas in July.” Both shops will be showcasing great holiday gift and decorating ideas and shoppers will receive a free pattern for a holiday themed quilt from each shop. Visit A Scarlet Thread July 8th and 9th and Intown Quilters July 15th and 16th for a head start on your Christmas decorating and gift-giving ideas! Pick up your Christmas card at A Scarlet Thread the first weekend and turn it in at Intown Quilters the second weekend of the event to be eligible for a drawing for several gift certificates. Don’t miss out on the fun!
Intown Quilters 14th AnniversaryAugust 20th
After nearly 14 years as Atlanta’s favorite source of bright, fun quilting fabric, we’ve realized that we want to be more than just your favorite quilt shop. We want to be your favorite yarn shop, too! The yarn will debut 8/20 in celebration of our 14 years in business. Join the IQ crew as we mark that milestone and introduce our new artisan yarn section! We will have a fun day of demos, yarn tastings, door prizes and gifts for those who come see us.Make sure to follow Intown Quilters on facebook and Instagram!
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!
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):
Grass is Always Greener
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.
Hello everyone and welcome to RJR Fabrics stop on the Doll Days! Blog tour! Being a quilter for years I was nervous when I was asked by Erin to be part of this tour. I have never ever made a piece of clothing in my life and I was going to start with a doll dress? What! I thought this is madness, but as a young girl I loved playing with American Girl Dolls and I look back very fondly on this childhood memory. So I thought why not. I got this. Well it turned out I did! Once it was finished I proudly shared with everyone at the RJR offices and sent out a mass text to everyone I knew gloating about this huge accomplishment. Look what I did. I made a dress!! Okay okay. I bragged a little but come on? How cute is this Modern Vintage Sundress!
I decided to make the Modern Vintage Sundress. I thought it was so cute and would work perfectly with our new 1930s Everything But the Kitchen Sink collection released in the fall.
Erin’s book Doll Days! Is the reason a quilter for years, but by no means a seamstress could make a piece of clothing with no experience what so ever. It takes you step by step and answers any question you may have. Gather the skirt? Huh? Well Erin has a tutorial for gathering fabric. Which made it super easy for a beginner like me! I loved every minute of it and I cant wait to make other patterns offered in her Doll Days! Book.
It was such a wonderful experience and I am so happy I did it!Be sure to along with the rest of The Doll Days! Blog hop!
June 13 Erin on C&T http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
June 14 Amanda on Jedi Craft Girl http://www.jedicraftgirl.com/
June 15 Erin on Dear Stella http://dearstelladesign.com/blog/
June 16 Karen on Karen Mom of Three http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspot.com/
June 17 Erin on Sew Mama Sew http://www.sewmamasew.com/
June 20 Lindsay on Lindsay Sews http://www.lindsaysews.com/
June 21 Jane on Janie Carroll Designs www.janiecarrolldesigns.com
June 22 Bonnie on Fishsticks Designs http://www.fishsticksdesigns.com/blog/
June 23 Tracy on Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/
June 24 Rachael on RJR Blog http://quiltwithlove.com/
June 27 Cherry on Cherry Blossoms Quilting http://www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog/
June 28 Erin on Avery Lane Sewing http://averylanesewing.com/the-blog/
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.
The dark rainbow colors:
Bronze (This one surprised me but I love it’s richness and warm color!)
Pea in a pod
Caviar – The background color. This is the most perfect dark blue/purple shade that just sings to me.
And the neutrals for the pillow:
KerchiefHere’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.
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.
Last weekend my husband and I took the quilt to the coast, and I think it enjoyed those waves as much as we did!
123 Opera Mauve
285 Golden Topaz
355 Beach Coral
277 Elephantastic Pink
329 Emerald City
290 Putting Green
291 Tiffany Box
And the neutral:
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.
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!