What Shade are You with Katie Youdell

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Hi there, my name is Katie, and you will find me on Instagram as @iamkateyz. I live in a funky beach town just outside Vancouver Canada. I have three mostly grown children and a husband who, along with a growing menagerie of animals and a small garden, keep me pretty busy. I am a pastry chef by trade but these days I only bake for family and friends.

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I’ve been quilting since 1999, shortly after the birth of my second child. When I started quilting the only fabrics available were quite traditional, novelty prints, or batiks. There wasn’t much variety for solid fabrics, likely because quilt teachers then told us not to use solids. They told us to use mini monochromatic prints that would “read” as solids but add more interest to the quilt. Boy, am I glad attitudes have changed! I was so happy to be asked to join in the What Shade Are You Blog Hop. It gave me a chance to do something a bit different and try out the luscious Cotton Supreme Solids.

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My quilt is made up of a single repeated traditional quilt block called Chain and Hourglass. I handquilted it in a circular pattern that is at odds with the piecing to add a bit more interest. I was amazed at how modern this quilt looked made up in solids!

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For the piecing I used 10 RJR Cotton Supreme Solids. They are:

Tropicana 330

Orchid 216

Rio 311

Proud as a Peacock 289

Riviera 274

Seafoam 301

Harlequin 358

Goldilocks 368

Overcast 319

Optic White 33

I also used one Cotton + Steel print, as the binding. It is Persephone 5059-1, and it’s from the 2016 black & white collection.

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Thank you RJR for the opportunity to work with these delicious fabrics. I really enjoyed working with them!

Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Quilting Mayhem

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Quilting Mayhem opened May 1, 2015, in a flurry of chaos after remodeling and then prepping fabric in less than thirty days. My twenty-year-old dream was coming true! Our focus was—and is—to be bright, fresh, and have a variety of fabrics to fit everyone’s tastes and needs.

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Located in the charming historic town of Snohomish, Washington, our shop reflects the modernity of today’s quilting and sewing trends as well as the antique-shopping flavor of the area. Both tourists and locals visit Quilting Mayhem, where we offer more than 2,000 bolts of fabric, and notions, patterns, books, kits, and precuts.

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We pride ourselves on introducing new quilting trends to our customers, and providing unique twists on traditional patterns, tools, and quilting methods. Our classroom is 700 square feet, which includes cutting and pressing stations. We also have a HQ Avanté longarm that customers can learn to use and then rent by the hour.

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The shop’s quilting and sewing classes vary from a beginning level to more complicated, advanced concepts. Other classes teach bags, home décor, and crafts. Our wide variety of project styles—from traditional to modern—includes traditional piecing, modern improv, appliqué, foundation paper piecing, collage, hand work, English paper piecing, and sewing clothing. There are also many clubs and block-of-the-month programs. Our Wounded Soldier charity group meets monthly to make quilts for local veterans who serve in the military or law enforcement.

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All of our employees teach classes, and outside teachers bring additional variety. We look to them for their knowledge and desire to teach what they know. By having a wide range of teachers, we are able to offer more than twenty-five different classes and clubs per month. Our six employees together have more than 100 years of quilting and sewing experience, which help us give the stellar customer service for which we are becoming known. A UFO (Unfinished Fabric Object) class meets twice a month for customers to get help finishing their projects, but of course we help customers every day with recommendations, advice, ideas, inspiration, and sometimes just good-hearted laughter. We have also taught social media classes to help customers learn how to be part of all the inspiration available on Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope.

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Bringing quilters together is one of our goals, and to that end we have started a Snohomish Chapter of the national Modern Quilt Guild. We are thirty members strong and growing every month. We support our modern quilters by teaching them to branch out into new and different techniques. Events during the first year have included educational talks, fundraising through auctions and raffles, numerous children’s charity quilts, a retreat, block swaps, many new friendships, and plenty of “oohing and aahing” during show-and-tell time. At Quilting Mayhem, we challenge ourselves to work harder and better every day. We listen to our customers and encourage their input on what they would like to see and learn. A new project we have underway is to offer retreats for customers to make new friends and enjoy quilting together while learning new projects and techniques. We are also designing our own patterns that we’ll teach, and we’re creating our own online tutorials for customers to be able to refer to after taking a class.

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We are thrilled to share our knowledge with our customers and to inspire them to create beautiful projects. Our goal is to give everyone who walks through our door the pride and satisfaction that comes from quilting. Nothing makes us happier than when a customer brings in a finished project that we have helped with, whether it’s picking out fabric, walking through a tricky step, or just the fact that she has finished something that’s been hanging around far too long.

Creativity and inspiration are our way of life and we live to share that with everyone.

Vist Quilting Mayhem on Instagram, Facebook and Blog.

What Shade are You with Alisa Kutsel

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Hi everyone, I’m Alisa from A Stitch in Between and you can find me on my Instagram @astitchinbetween or my website http://www.astitchinbetween.com I currently live in Taipei, Taiwan, but I have lived in four different countries before I got here. I became interested in quilting around two years ago and although I mostly focus on mini quilts and mugrugs, an occasional throw size quilt does sneak through.

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My tastes vary quite a bit, I enjoy trying out different types of projects and techniques and work in different color schemes. However, the love of bold colored rainbow remains constant, so when RJR Fabrics approached me with a blog hop opportunity, I knew it would need to be something colorful and something epic.

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A while ago, I made a mini quilt for a swap on Instagram that consisted of 800 1-inch triangles, which I paper pieced together in a very colorful design. The mini had both solid and patterned fabrics. I desperately wanted to recreate the design on a larger scale and with only solids; thankfully What Shade Are You blog hop offered the perfect opportunity. Since cutting 800 triangles by hand sounded like torture to me, I used Sizzix Big Shot Plus and the equilateral triangle die. That really made a huge difference in my sanity. But once I put everything together, I realized that I needed to add 160 more triangles to achieve the size I needed. After I managed to cut those out from the scraps, this baby became my “960 triangles” quilt!

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In an extraordinary lapse of judgment, I decided to hand quilt this beauty, but after 1 hour and only about 5 square inches done, I went back to my senses and my trusty machine.

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I used 7 different Aurifil Thread colors that coordinated beautifully with RJR fabrics and I love the effect the rippling hexagons created on the back. I have no skills whatsoever in free motion quilting but straight lines? Straight lines I can do!

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I used the following fabrics in this quilt: Chili Pepper, Electric Blue, Mandarin, Riviera, Indigo, Turks & Caicos, Tourmaline, Citron, Sunny Delight, Carrot, Rhododendron, Cove, Pool Side, Grape, Bougainvillea, Sprout, Kelly Green, Aloe Verde, Hydrangea for the binding and Cotton and Steel Sprinkle in Kimberly Blue for the backing.

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I really wanted the quilt to be photographed illuminated by an evening sun to really make the yellows shine, so my two sisters and I organized a quilt glamour shoot on the beach (tough life, I know). Picture us frolicking on the beach (very supermodel like) effortlessly holding the quilt without a care in the world while the camera is snapping away. And definitely don’t picture us sweaty and sandy, holding surprisingly heavy quilt with sore arms, avoiding the confused gazes of the beach goers and panicking that the quilt will get wet and dirty before the pictures are done.

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My sister in law was behind the camera, my sister and I were holding the quilt and my niece held the light reflector; the photo shoot was definitely a family affair and I suspect they all might expect some sort of reward for their effort, which is of course my endless love.

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This was such a fun project for me to make and I absolutely loved working with Cotton Supreme Solids, the colors and the quality of fabric are outstanding and I’m so honored to have been asked to make something with them.

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I hope you enjoyed my contribution, hope to see you on my blog or Instagram and thank you again RJR Fabrics for such a wonderful opportunity!

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“A Quilt of 960 triangles”

Size: 52” by 52”

Fabrics: RJR Cotton Supreme Solids and Cotton and Steel (listed above)

Thread: 7 different colors of Aurifil

Pattern by A Stitch in Between (not released)

What Shade are You with Carolyn Murfitt

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I’m Carolyn Murfitt and you can find my work on Instagram @freebirdquiltingdesigns or my website. I have been making quilts since about 2011 and have been a longarm quilter since November 2014.

Basically I am addicted to making quilts and quilting them, so when RJR fabrics asked if I would like to be a part of the ‘what shade are you’ blog hop I jumped at the chance.

When I thought about what shade am I, I realised I was every shade of the rainbow, so I knew straight away that I wanted to make a lonestar with as many of there beautiful cotton supreme solids as I could.

I used a lot of small amounts of different colours to create the effect I wanted:

For the yellow section I used Lemon chiffon, citron, sunny delight, goldenrod, sunny side up, golden topaz, butternut, and pumpkin.For the orange/red section I used carrot, cantaloupe, tangerine dream, oriole, mandarin, bandana, morocco.For the Red/dark red section I used Amaryllis, noel red, chili pepper, moulin rouge, scarlet letter, red wagon.For the dark pink/purple section I used Sunset ruby, rio, pink sapphire, raging ruby, ruby slippers, grape, purple haze, bougainvillea, aubergine.For the blue section I used night, lapis lazuli, royal blue, lancaster sky, bora bora, proud as a peacock, Turks and Caicos and horizon.Finally for the green section I used meadowland, beach house, wimbledon, pea in a pod,martini olive, aloe vera, clover emerald and putting green.

I cut up lots and lots of 2.5 by 5.5 inch rectangles.

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The lonestar came together quickly and before long it was time to audition the background fabric for the star.The Cotton and Steel grey sprinkles fabric was the winner and I think you will agree it looks perfect.

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But, as I started putting the lonestar together on the design wall, I decided to play around with the layout and loved the concept of a deconstructed lonestar, something a bit different.

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Once the top was pieced, I decided it needed a pieced back too.

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Then it was time to load it onto the longarm and start the quilting.

I colour matched my aurifil threads.

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The grey sprinkle negative space was quilted first, I call this my ‘fanciful garden’ design.

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The garden grew and grew!

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Next up was quilting the lonestar. I stitched in the ditch all of the seams with clear aurifil thread and then colour matched each thread colour to the fabric colour and quilted a continuous pattern into each section.

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The cotton and steel grey sprinkles was perfect with the bright solids and quilted beautifully.

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Finally it was finished and I could take it off the longarm and see the quilt in its entirety.

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I love it!!

And the back looks just as good!

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Now she is bound, she looks even better, this quilt is definitely a she!

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and another one!

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Thank you so much RJR Fabrics for asking me to be a part of this blog hop! Your cotton supreme solids are so soft and colour saturated, they are going to be the only cotton solids I use moving forward and the cotton and steel was perfection, quilted beautifully.

A special thank you to the lovely ladies Rachael, Demetria and Jennifer for all of your help and enthusiasm with this project!

What Shade are You with Laura McDowell Hopper

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Hi RJR Fabrics fans! I’m Laura McDowell Hopper and you can find my work on Instagram @sonicstitches or on my blog. I’ve been quilting since 2014 and I’m a member of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

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Horizon

Riviera

Grape

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The Cotton + Steel basics I used were:

Black Cat Sprinkle

Teal Netorious

Grape Dottie

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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!

What Shade are You with Sari Ditty

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“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!

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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.”

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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)

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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.

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Colors:

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)

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“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).

Love your Local Quilt Shop Featuring: Intown Quilters

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Is Intown Quilters your local quilt shop? Don’t miss out on these upcoming events:

Holly Days

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 Anniversary

August 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!

What Shade are You with Sari Thomas

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

What Shade are You with Kristy Lea of Quiet Play

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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?

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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.

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Ahhh bestill my rainbow loving heart. That’s perfection right there. For the curious, the colours are (in rainbow order):

Chili Pepper

Carrot

Citron

Grass is Always Greener

Royal Blue

Turks and Caicos

Hydrangea

Jacaranda

Bora Bora and Poolside for the background colours. Ah pretty pretty.

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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!

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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.

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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. 😉

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I know, I know, it’s hard to decide whether to look at the quilt or that scenery isn’t it!

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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.

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The Doll Days! Blog Hop

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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/

Rachael