What Shade are You with Karie Jewell

What shade are you?????

I’m Karie (IG karie_twokwikquilters)

I started quilting when I was pregnant with my second child… 25 years ago. I started designing and publishing patterns in 2001 and have more than 70 patterns to my name.

I was so excited when RJR asked me to participate in this project back in August and knew I wanted to make this quilt to show off the awesome colors that RJR offers. My first instinct was to go rainbow…. because, DUH!😜 But then realized so many others wonderful people had already done rainbow and I wanted to show off the color progression you can achieve with their wide range of colors offered.

I saw this photo on Pinterest from https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherMontgomeryArt?ref=l2-shopheader-name. This also left me the wonderful opportunity to use something other than white, gray or black for my background. I think I am totally guilty of getting stuck in my favorite color combos and forget that sometimes we need to get kicked out of our comfort zone. I have always loved color progression even more than rainbow (if you have ever had my name in a swap you know I always list the right COLOR is more important to me than a favorite designer). Blue to green has always been my favorite!

Kwik Spanish Tiles shows you just how rich and wonderful this section of the color wheel is in RJR’s collection.

I used color 234 Sea Glass for my background and 353 Twilight for my checkerboard. The center is made using 106 and 289 Proud as a Peacock.

The flower tiles were done using the following:

328 Bora Bora
274 Riviera
292 Turks & Caicos
354 Horizon
312 Wasabi
205 Wimbledon
315 Matcha
349 Aloe Verde
249 Sprout
346 Sour Apple
127 Kelly Green
329 Emerald City
290 Putting Green
389 Spearmint
391 Robin’s Egg
392 Schooner
352 Meadowland
366 Toyboat
376 Luau

To make this quilt come alive, though I knew I wanted my friend Carrie of http://www.gotchacoveredquilting.com/machine-quilting/ to do the job. She put in more than 17 hours worth of custom work into this 65″x65″ quilt using a million different Aurifil threads to make the designs pop truly making it look worthy of it’s name.

What Shade are you with Jenn Nevitt

Hi! I’m Jenn Nevitt and I blog at www.mommysew.com. I’ve been sewing since I was a little girl, and took up quilting after the birth of my oldest child. I was so excited when RJR contacted me about being part of their “What Shade Are You” blog hop. I’d seen several of the amazing quilts that had been created up to that time, and I knew I wanted to do something bright with many colors! I’d been working on several traditional patchwork blocks at the time, and I knew I wanted to step outside my comfort zone a bit. I had seen an image online of a curved pinwheel block, and thought that would be a fun design. But I wanted to be able to incorporate more colors, so I planned for each petal of each pinwheel to be a different shade of the same color from the others in its block.

Honestly, the hardest part of making this quilt was narrowing down my colors from all the lovely ones RJR makes! I chose these 24, and used Optic White for my background:

The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

Sunny Side Up
Tangerine Dream
Sunny Delight
Hot Pink
Lapis Lazuli
Lancaster Sky
Royal Blue
Kelly Green
Emerald City
Putting Green
Pool Side
Turks and Caicos
Aloe Verde
Sour Apple

I used Jen Carlton Bailey’s quarter circle template (http://www.bettycrockerass.com/shop/) to make my curves, and randomly arranged the finished pinwheels until I had a layout I liked!

I quilted with straight lines to oppose the curved lines, and bound with scraps of teals, greens and blues.

When it came time to take pictures, I knew I wanted to use this amazing mural on the outside of an art gallery here in Fort Worth – it’s a perfect spot for pictures of a bright quilt!

I just love the way this quilt turned out – exactly as I had pictured it in my head, and I LOVED working with the Cotton Supreme Solids. They cut and sewed like a dream, and the colors are gorgeous! I’ve made a bunch of quilts using solids and these definitely rank at the top of my list!

What Shade are You with Cristy Stuhldreher

Hi, I’m Cristy of Love You Sew. I’m a lifestyle sewist who like to dabble in all different type of projects- from quilts to garments, to bags and even embroidery.

Lately, I’ve been incorporating quilting and piecework into more than just quilts themselves. I’ve been experimenting with different substrates and enjoy combining my love of quilting with my love of bag-making. So when I was asked to be part of this blog hop, I knew I would do something a little different…

I was given the green-light to make anything with these fabulous Cotton Supreme Solids. With the durability and bright color saturation of these fabrics, I chose to make the Sandra Saddle Bag by Swoon Patterns. It was the perfect style bag with ample “open space” to use for piecing.

The following colors were chosen:

033 Optical White

290 Putting Green

330 Tickled Pink

125 Silver

433 Gray

102 Celeste

371 Melody

234 Seaglass

030 Navy

Cotton + Steel Sprinkle – Counting Stars Navy

With the size of the bag, I used my die-cutter to make 2″ HSTs and randomly arranged them adding in some faux leather pieces. The leather adds some texture and an extra dimension to play off with the solids.

Both the front flap and front pocket of the Sandra saddle bag are pieced and I quilted them with fusible fleece interfacing to add even more texture.

I chose to use faux leather on the gusset and the back of the bag to keep it more modern. But the back of the bag looked too bare…so of course, I had to quilt that! It’s all about the texture, right??? The quilting was created to mimic the HST piecing and really pulls the whole bag together.

I love how this bag turned out and how I can carry a little bit of quilting with me everyday. Do you have your own quilted accessory?

If you would like to follow along with my other fun sewing projects, you can find me on Instagram here or on my blog, here.

What Shade are You with Daisy Aschehoug

I love old houses.

Old houses have history. Old houses have charm. They have a sturdiness that stems from decades of existing, as though that’s proof enough that they will exist for many more.

And yet, old houses need upkeep and updating in order to continue to be comfortable. Our kitchen had little of either, and we didn’t debate whether it should be at the top of the list for renovation after we moved in last summer.

When we pulled the kitchen apart, this old knob and tube wiring caught my attention, and I loved the way the wires converged and wrapped around the white porcelain insulators nailed to the wall. I imagined all that energy coming and going and dancing around that hub, and I felt inspired.

I’d already designed and submitted the Spinoff quilt to Modern Quilts Unlimited, but I pulled it back out and reworked that whole quilt pattern as a quilt block. I repeated it. I mirrored it to make the lines continuous. I tested different color arrangements and palettes, teamed up with the What Shade Are You blog hop, and the Wired quilt came to be.

RJR has an impressive range of colors in their Cotton Supreme Solids collection, and I chose Tropicana, Flamingo, Night, Havilland Blue, Celeste, Goldenrod, and Custard.

The wavy lines extend across the quilt and suggest the energy I imagined in the wires. I love how they create ethereal, almost sunset-like scenes in each of the blocks. I still see the original quilt composition in each block, but I love that moment when I step back and take all of them in as a whole – following the lines becomes a fun game and the blocks merge.

Wired finished at around 90″ x 90″ – just barely big enough to cover over our king-sized bed.

I’d never used RJR’s Cotton Supreme’s before, but I’m genuinely excited to put them in future projects. I judge fabrics on several factors including how much they fray when handling, how vivid the colors are, and how they keep their shape when I’m sewing with them. Cotton Supreme’s met all of my criteria and then some! This quilt feels amazing, and even though I haven’t put it in the washer yet, I expect the crinkle will be perfect.

Many thanks to RJR for supplying the fabrics for this project! If you’d like your own bundle of Cotton Supremes, head over to Instagram and follow RJR Fabrics and myself. It could be your lucky day!

What Shade are You with Sandra Kaye

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So, a while back I had a DREAM…I know I know…bear with me…. I woke up and ran to my Art studio and began a sketch. I usually can’t hold onto my dreams like I did this one. They usually slip away from me the second I open my eyes. Not this one. It stayed…and I knew I would create it in fabric one day. Of course I never thought that someday would be 3 days later when RJR Fabrics contacted me and asked… “Would you be interested in doing a collaboration? I was like “WHAT”??? Me??? Are you talking to ME??? LOL!!! Without even knowing what that really meant…I said Yes!!! :0)


RJR has asked me to join in the AMAZING year long blog tour of “What Shade Are You?” Happening on their blog and Instagram. Using their Cotton Supreme Solids and 1 print from their Cotton and Steel line, I was off and running.

Here are the fabrics that I used for this quilt::

Cotton + Steel Mochi – Speckled Navy 1917-21

333 Bougainvillea

349 Aloe Verde

348 Neon

208 Night

347 Grass is always greener

329 Emerald city

366 Toy boat

292 Turks and Caicos

274 Riviera6

126T Royal Blue

215 Amethyst

123T Opera Mauve

217 Hot Pink

49T Chili Pepper

222 Redwork

355 Beach Coral

131T Carrot

326 Sunny Delight

337 Citron

And thus began the BIGGEST project of my life!!!

The concept I created really needed to be appliqued!!. I’m not a huge fan of raw edge applique. I like my edges turned under or covered.

This is where I hit a major a hiccup before I could even begin….I have a bad hand and I’m in need of surgery.

Which would put me out of commission for 2-3 months for recovery. So, I haven’t sat still to do the surgery…as an Artist THAT is like going to Art prison. NO ART, and it’s just not something I’m willing to do…expect…as time goes by its getting worse, so putting on my big girl undies is a must…sigh!!!

So when I sat down to start working on my quilt…which I wanted to hand applique…(oops) that was so NOT happening. My right hand just doesn’t have the strength.


I have a Trigger finger. If I close my hand….snap…that finger is locked and I can’t open it without the other hand helping….and it is painful.

So, biased tape making for an entire month began!!!

…because I had about 204 bubbles to make :0)


Here I am getting some help from the new kitten we got. “Jasper”


Quilting…or at least trying to….LOL!!! Had to kick someone out of room that day…He wanted to sleep on the bubbles.


Have you figured out what it is yet???


The bottom of the quilt…and the ground…you can probably guess now!!!


It’s a Atrzy Tree!!

“I Dream My Quilts and I Quilt My Dreams”

..the saying is a spin-off from the master Artist Van Gogh

This is the very first quilt that I have made without a pattern. It is all ME. So I wanted it to have a great name I call it… “I Dream”. I have always wanted to create my own quilts and publish a quilt book one day. So this quilt for me is a really BIG dream come true…. and a step in the right direction.

I then took the quilt downtown to the oldest tree in Jacksonville, Florida. I wanted it to have a unique. backdrop.


We built our City in 1893…and this tree was already here and huge…we built a park around it.


This tree is so big it’s branches rest on the ground and then grow back up in the air again. They look like elbows on the ground…LOL!!!


The Back


And then there is Me… and my handsome feet helpers…lol!!!


I sat down and played on my friends I pad pro…and created what I was really wanting… So, this is the picture that I created my quilt from.

I want to THANK ….RJR Fabrics for asking me to make a quilt with their wonderful delicious Cotton Supreme Solids!!! If you have not tried these solids yet …you really must !!! They sew like a dream!!! And their colors are so very VIBRANT!!!!

Be sure to hope on over to my Instagram page… There will be an amazing GIVE-A-WAY by RJR…and you are NOT going to want to miss that!!!

You can find me at :



What Shade are You with Tara Faughnan

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I had the idea in my head for this quilt for quite a few months, so when I was invited to be a part of the What Shade Are You blog tour, I knew immediately what I wanted to make. I usually don’t write down ideas and I don’t keep a sketchbook. If I like an idea it sticks in my head, and I will start to visualize it in that way. This quilt did take some turns as I was in the design stage. Originally I was just going to do a random zig zag quilt, but as I cut and laid out the pieces it was not coming together.


It actually seemed too crazy, and not cohesive. I rearranged the pieces and started to introduce the diamond shapes in a random manner…still too jumbled.


I kept introducing more diamonds into the mix and it came together for me.


For the construction of the quilt, I use a method of freezer paper piecing instead of traditional foundation piecing, which helps create precise points without a ton of effort or precise cutting beforehand. For the quilting, I chose to hand quilt. I like to have something to do at night, and hand stitching gives me an excuse to watch endless episodes of Supernatural and True Blood without guilt.


I used regular DMC embroidery thread, it’s super affordable and has a ton of colors to choose from-can’t go wrong with that!


So lets start with my shades and how to cut them:

Seafood 301

Toyboat 366

Notting hill 309

Nile green 90

Bora bora 328

Proud as a peacock 289

Riviera 274

Horizon 354

Twilight 353

Denim 106

Night 280

Navy 30

Custard 265

Golden topaz 285

Goldenrod 92

Goldilocks 368

Martini olive 343

Cantaloupe 209

Beach coral 355

Raging ruby 287

Bougainvillea 333

My Valentine 295

Putting green 290

Tiffany box 291

Optical white 33

Linen white 32

Flamingo 338

Bronze 195

Shamrock 109

Matcha 315

Bayou 344

Rio 311


Thank you RJR for inviting me to participate, and what lovely fabrics. They are truly a joy to work with-a soft hand, vibrant colors and easy to hand quilt. I had a wonderful time with this blog hop! Make sure to follow me on instagram and check out my website!



What Shade are You with Carolina Asmussen

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Hi, here is Carolina Asmussen and welcome to my stop on the RJR blog hop! I bought my first sewing machine in 2010 in Switzerland and since then I never stopped to sew. I like to design my own quilts, most of the time for contests and exhibitions (you can check my instagram: @carolasmussen). Over the last 2 years I had the honor of being part of some important exhibitions, like the International Quilt Festival in Houston and American Quilter’s Society Quilt Week.

To design this quilt I was inspired by those balcony gardens some people have in their apartments. I don’t have any talent to take care of plants and flowers… I’m actually allergic to pollen! So, at home, the garden stays outside. But I love to see how people can be creative with their space limitations in their apartments and are able to create compact and colorful gardens. Luckily as a quilter I can bring all the colors I want with fabrics and threads inside my home (without any sneezing).

My mini quilt “Balcony Garden” (41” x 41”) was made especially for RJR Fabrics. For this quilt I used cotton supreme solids to make (64) 5 1/2” drunkard’s path blocks. You can find the template here. Download and before printing make sure you scale to 100% and your template is going to be exactly like mine.

So lets start with my shades and how to cut them:

2 + 1/2 yards- 33T Optical White (background), cut 64 templates B

1/2 yard – 319 Overcast, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 175T Shell Pink, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 286 Ruby Slippers, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 282 Gale Force, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 343 Martini Olive, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 342 Peridot, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 294RP Cove, cut 8 templates A

1/2 yard – 309 RP Nothing Hill, cut 8 templates A

and 3 yards – 362 Argento for the backing fabric and binding


Now it’s time to sew all your templates A and B together, making the 64 drunkard’s blocks. I like to piece every “flower block” first, and after that, piece all the 16 “flower blocks” making my top quilt design.


For quilting I coordinated my fabric shades with the colors of threads (its a good excuse do add more spools to my collection!). I used Aurifil 50wt and to quilt the background variegated thread.


And voilà! My Balcony Garden! Many thanks to RJR for the fun! I was thrilled to work with your amazing cotton supreme fabrics!


What Shade are You with Sandi Hazelwood

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When people find out my favorite color is purple, I am often asked how I use purple in my work. To me, “purple goes with everything!”.

So when RJR Fabrics asked me if I wanted to participate in their “What Shade Are You” design challenge, I knew I wanted to answer the often asked question through a quilt. I wanted to show how well purple works with other color and can be a “neutral” as a dominant background fabric. For my quilt, I used the following colors:

The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

tiffany box
egg nog
gray stone


Once my color palate was chosen, I searched for a pattern to showcase the colors as well as my love for geometric shapes. The Woodcut pattern by Bijou Lovely has been on my “to make” list and fit perfectly with my vision for the quilt. The pattern was easy to use although I would size up the corner pieces by 1/2″ to give yourself extra room for trimming. Otherwise, I was able to make over forty paper pieces blocks with little trouble.



I wanted the quilting to echo the shapes in the quilt so I asked Carrie Hanson of Gotcha Covered Quilting to create the echo in her own design. I feel the quilting does a great job of making the colors “pop” and yet not take away from the overall feeling of the quilt.



What Shade are You with Christine Joubert

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Hello ! My name is Christine, aka @lopolokko on Instagram I’m a self taught french quilter since 2012. Or let’s say I’m totally addicted since I tried my very first one : can’t stop buying fabrics, always a new design to try, 4 WIP ongoing in parallel and never enough time ….


So when RJR fabrics asked me to join their What Shade Are You challenge, I was very proud and excited, and immediately answered a loud YES !

The came the color card … What shade am I ? It took me ages to decide !!!! I wanted something luminous and bright, and when I received my bundle, yes it was, but I wasn’t fully happy. But RJR people are so nice they offered me to change my mind, and then came a second package.


The Cotton Supreme Solid colors I chose for my quilt top are:

Sunny delight 326
Mandarin 159T
Orchid 216
Hot Pink 217
Rio 311RP
Rhododendron 181T
Amethyst 215
Hydrangea 214
Feeling blue 335
Blue bayou 300
Riveira 274
Turks & caicos 292
Notting Hill 309RP
Peridot 342
Neon 348
On the rocks 283
Meissen blue 271RP

And I couldn’t resist to add some cotton + steel prints:

Sarah Watts – Bear Hugs 5053-1
Rashida Coleman Raindrop –Koinobori Pear 1936-01
Basic Notorious – Plummy 5000-006

For the quilt design, I fell in love with an off centre medallion pattern created by Jo Avery (@mybearpaw on IG) « mix+match medallion », published in love quilting and patchwork magazin #23. Although a few additions of my own, I tried my best to stick to this awesome plan …


So after a summer of color hesitations, I focused on making this quilt during the last months, giving up temporarily my other projects .


And here we are ! Taking the chance of holidays by the ocean, we went to the beach with the quilt and enjoyed a cool time shooting pictures under the sun !


Cotton Supreme Solids are high quality made, vibrant colors, a pleasant touch and it’s a quilter dream to work with these gorgeous fabrics .


Thank you so much RJR for letting me participate to this fantastic experience (Demi, Rachael, Jennifer you are my stars !)


See you soon with scraps and leftovers …

Love your Local Quilt Shop with Dawn’s Quilt Shop

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I started my shop in 2007 and with my undergrad degree in Visual Arts and its focus in fibers, playing with fabric every day is a dream come true. Being creative and picking out fabrics to make a new quilt or sewing project is the most enjoyable part of the process. Seeing it blossom into a beautiful quilt is the added bonus that makes it all very rewarding.


My shop is a family affair. Daughter, Katie, now in college, grew up in the shop, learned how to sew and help customers at an early age. My husband Todd works more behind the scenes, taking care of the books, website, and newsletter emails, while my parents, Marv and Teri Asche, help out in the shop whenever they can. My mom helps teach classes and cut kits, and my dad entertains the customers with his stories. I have three part time gals who help me out in the shop. They help fill in when I’m gone, are very knowledgeable and they are a great help to our customers.


I am a visual person, as are a lot of people, so I try to make as many samples as I have room for. This helps our customers see many different ideas and ways to use the great fabrics. With all of the samples on display, I am fortunate to have several “Quilt Fairies” to help me make the things I come up with. I carry many different fabrics in my store, but you will find a lot of novelties, brights, and modern feeling fabrics, including the full line of RJR’s Cotton + Steel.


I love creating new ways to use the fabrics together. I also love animals, especially cats, so I can say I may have the largest selection of cat fabric in Minnesota, if not in the entire Midwest. My shop resides in beautiful, historic, downtown Alexandria, MN, where, as merchants, we are so proud of our downtown, that we have formed the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association to keep the downtown area alive and beautiful. This keeps customers coming back to shop day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. We offer classes, and I am always trying to reinvent the class offering to keep things fresh and not necessarily “copy” what everyone else is doing. I would rather be the shop that other shops want to copy, than be the one doing the copying.


We do many fun events throughout the year. For one event this year, we have the Designer for the 2016 Quilt Minnesota fabric, Teresa Magnuson, coming for a Meet the Designer/Pre-sell Party to get quilters excited about this year’s Quilt Minnesota statewide Shop Hop. We host several Shop Hop Bus Trips throughout the year and partner with other area quilt shops to come up with other events.


I have two Gammil Statler Stitcher Quilting Machines, which allow me to offer a faster turnaround on the quilts customers bring to me for finishing. These machines are running all the time, so I get to see a lot of great quilt tops from my amazing customers! These machines are out in the open, which allows me to tend to them as I run the store, but they are also great entertainment for the non-quilters, as the fabric lovers are shopping. My shop shares space with a custom framing store and a sewing/alterations studio. This is a great fit for all of us.

We are located in Alexandria, MN. Check us out on Facebook to learn more about our family owned shop!