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What Shade Are You Blog Hop with Nadia @nadiashae

Hi everyone!

My name is Nadia @nadiashae and I’ve been quilting since the summer of 2013, when I needed a new hobby to get myself out of a “funk.” My best friend taught me how to use a sewing machine, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I became more obsessed with quilting later that year, when I began my graduate studies in English and needed something to take my mind off of the stress of grad school. From there, I stumbled into the Instagram modern quilt scene and the rest is history. I’ve been in several swaps and have made lovely friends since then. More recently, I became a founding member of the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild in my new town of Columbus, Ohio. I can’t wait to see where quilting takes me next!

Taking on a project for the What Shade Are You series was definitely a challenge for me. Before this, I quilted exclusively with prints and blenders, aside from background fabrics. I was pretty daunted by the idea of letting solids take the lead on this one, but I took the challenge head on and I added another new endeavor to the mix: large-scale quilting.

I’ve long been inspired by Heather Jones’ quilts, with their large-scale blocks and bold colors. I wanted to give it a go myself, so I used the Giant Starburst Quilt-A-Long from the Canoe Ridge Creations blog as my guide. It was difficult for me to deal with such large pieces at first, but I quickly got the hang of things and now I’m so happy with the results!


I love a good star quilt, and with the huge one-block pattern and the bold solids, I feel like I achieved my goal of “tradition-made-modern.” I was drawn to all of these colors because of their rich saturation, and I’m so pleased with how they pop against that white background. I’m pretty proud of this one—it’s the first thing I ever shared at a guild meeting, despite my nerves 😉


I can’t wait to finish this quilt—it’ll be perfect for picnicking and reading at the park, once spring returns!

Quilt stats:

Size: 60” x 60”

Pattern: Giant Starburst by Megan @ Canoe Ridge Creations

RJR Cotton Supreme Solids (clockwise from top):



Raging Ruby



Toy Boat



Background: Kerchief


Nadia / Instagram: @nadiashae

Neutral Territory by Audrey Wright


Hello Quilters! I am excited to be able to share with you my Neutral Territory fabric line. The colors range from cream-tan-grey and black. This reproduction group was inspired by the Civil War Blacksmiths and their traveling forge who traveled with both the North and South Armies to repair the wagons, artillery, horse shoes and tools.

Web In The Window Pattern by Legacy Patterns

This quilt Web in the Window was created using Neutral Territory and a Black Cotton Supreme Solid by RJR Fabrics. I like the way the shades of fabric blend to give the quilt depth. This quilt is designed for the confident beginner and goes together in a snap! It is available on the Legacy Patterns website.

Another pattern that will be released in January is called Salt & Pepper. It was designed using precut 2 1/2” Pixie Strips. It is perfect for a retreat or weekend project. I love the time saving feature using the precuts.

Salt & Pepper by Legacy Patterns

Watch the Legacy Patterns website at, follow the blog at or on Facebook for more great patterns using the line.

What Shade Are You with Gina @Party of Eight Our Story

Hi! I am Gina and I blog at Party of Eight Our Story, or at least I did before I joined Instagram (IG). I am very active on IG so my blog has been a bit dormant but I am happy to be here today for the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop featuring RJR Cotton Supreme Solids. My husband and I plus our 6 six kids make us a party of eight.

I am a self taught sewist and learned to sew about 7 years ago by sewing up vintage dress patterns for my twins. I soon discovered I liked more fabric than I could buy yardage for clothing so i started buying smaller cuts. I decided I would make some quilts to use up the fabric I loved so much, but you guessed it, making quilts lead to more fabric not less. There have been periods of time over the past 7 years when I haven’t had much time to sew due to newborns, toddlers, tweens, and teens so small project sewing has been most of what I have done the past 3 years. My youngest started pre kindergarten in the fall so I am feeling ready for larger projects. I have proclaimed 2016 to be the year of the quilt and will be making each of my kids a bed quilt plus one for my husband and I. There will be some garment sewing as well and I have friends I would like to sew for too!


My project was born by getting a head start on my 2016 quilt making. We recently bought a duvet cover for one of my twins because she loved its mint-aquaish color and large florals. This duvet was the color inspiration for my What Shade are You project. I chose a geometric quilt block to balance the floral print. I hope you will head over to my blog to check out more pictures and read the story of the quilt I made.


Make sure to head on over to her blog, Party of Eight Our Story, for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle, featuring the fabrics that she chose to use in her project!

Octopurse with The Sultan’s Garden and Vintage Made Modern

Octopurse at Home

I’m a Belgian woman, 36 years old, with 2 kids, who studied history. I’ve been a bookseller for 12 years. I started to sew 7 years ago and my fingers have never stopped moving. My hobby transformed into a craft with Octopurse’s birth. Octopurse was born after I created some purses as gift for the teachers of my kids and they love it. I’ve done many tests to find the best shapes and a great “puffy touch”.

Vintage Made Modern 2471-03 + 2472-04 (for lining) 2475-04 + 2472-03 (for lining) 2476-04 + 2477-02 (for lining

Vintage Made Modern
2471-03 + 2472-04 (for lining)
2475-04 + 2472-03 (for lining)
2476-04 + 2477-02 (for lining

Octopurse allows me to share my love for colorful japanese and US fabrics. Meeting a lot of kind people all around the world is the best reward 🙂

Sultan’s Garden 2533-01 or 02 (Motif) and 2535-01 or 02 (dots for lining) 2532-01 or 02 (tossed), with same lining are beautiful, too!

Sultan’s Garden
2533-002 (Motif) and 2535-02 (dots for lining)
2532-01 or 02 (tossed), with same lining are beautiful, too!

The beautiful clutches can be can be purchased at her etsy shop.

Whatshaderu blog hop with Persimmon Dreams

Persimon Dreams

I found out that the theme for the RJR booth at Fall Market was going to be Paper Cranes. I instantly headed over to Pinterest for some inspiration. Once I saw the paper piece crane blocks I knew I was going to base my quilt on those. I thought a print would create a dimensional feel to the cranes and by framing them with rich RJR solids they really just pop out at you.

Paper Cranes

I was inspired by the Fibonacci sequence in this quilt as well. The crane in the lower left is the largest of the cranes. It is surrounded by three cranes slightly smaller which are then surrounded by five cranes slightly smaller with the final frame of seven cranes in the smallest size.

Paper Crane Quilt

I added two different colored fabric flanges to the quilt before i bound it to create a bit of definition as the final touch.

Paper Cranes

I love the mixture of solids with prints. I’m definitely the kind of designer that likes a lot of color and a odd color combinations. This quilt covers all of that and yet still feels cohesive. Don’t be afraid to mix and have fun with your fabrics.


Working with solids is a challenge to me and I love a good challenge. Solids are stunning and dramatic … but you have to be careful because it’s easy to see mistakes in the solids. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a quilt with RJR solids. It’s a really good way to show off your skills as a piecer.

This quilt was quilted by my aunt and long arm quilter – Barb Raisbeck of Quilts by Barb, www.quiltsbybarb.