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What Shade Are You Featuring Sarah Schraw

What Shade Are You Logo 2016

I’m SO excited to share this quilt with you today. It is my second attempt at this design and definitely my favorite. (You can see the first version here.)

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This time I teamed up with RJR fabrics as part of their “What Shade Are You?” blog hop. Did you know that RJR carries a line of Cotton + Steel coordinating solids? All of the colors I chose are from that collection. I find it difficult to look at hundreds of colors and pick just the right shades all on my own (especially online). It was much easier after narrowing it down to the colors already chosen by the Cotton + Steel designers.

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Yep, it was a lot of HSTs. I used the 8-at-a-time method (good tutorial here) and trimmed them 20 or so at a time over the course of a week. It really wasn’t that bad, I swear.

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I usually press my seams open but this time I wanted to see how accurate I could get with them pressed to the side and interlocking. It really turned out quite nice but it took a lot of time and attention to get it right.

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I’m working hard on a pattern for this design. Watch for that later this summer!

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The good news for you is that RJR is giving away this gorgeous bundle on my Instagram account (@sarahschrawdesigns)! Grab your phone and head over there right away – the giveaway closes at 9 pm EST on Sunday, May 8.

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I loved this bundle so much I’m already making another quilt with it!

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Being Cotton & Steel coordinates, they obviously go perfectly with Cotton & Steel’s prints. This is last year’s Christmas line, Tinsel. I’m most definitely going to be getting some of this year’s Christmas line (Garland) to add to this project.

Thank you so much for visiting me here today, and don’t forget to look me up on Instagram (@sarahschrawdesigns) and enter the giveaway! Thank you RJR!!

 Make sure to follow Sarah’s blog for more on this awesome quilt!


Sew lately we have asked loyal Instagram followers to participate in our exciting Color Inspirations Club featuring our Cotton Supreme Solids. They signed up for the color stories that they liked and made up the mini quilt of their choice. Here’s a look at some of their progress!

solids collage

Here we have the Asscher Cut mini quilt made by Lee Monroe chosen from the color story Carnival for the month of October.

Asscher cut Collage

What is CIC? CIC 2016 offers custom Cotton Supreme Solid color stories hand selected by Brenda Ratliff of Just A Bit Frayed. There are 12 color stories in all and each story features 10 different Cotton Supreme Solids including 11 NEW solid colors, which are identified in the color story. In addition, we have designed 12 new mini quilt patterns to support the program. Each mini is made from the 10 solid colors featured in a specific color story.

Here’s another one of our mini quilts, Rainbow Row from the color Story Riviera made by Becky Keizer.



Here’s a look at all of our exciting mini freebies that feature our solids!

9 Patch Dazzle

April Showers

Asscher Cut

Crown of Thorns


Rainbow Row

Every Which Way

Welcome Home

Desert Star

Liking what you see? Well you can participate too. Just let us know what color story and mini you want to make! Leave a comment with your email 😉

Happy Quilting!


Hi all! My name is Jennifer, I’m the person behind the screen bringing you news on all things RJR and I’m happy to introduce a new segment on our blog called, “Sew Lately…” A better way to show everyone the exciting things going on with us! Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you won’t miss any exciting news!

So lately here at RJR we took a peak inside the RJR art studio where the creative duo behind Flaurie & Finch, Linda Fitch and Vanessa Stevens are hard at work on their quilt, Daisy Day Dream which features Blossom Batiks.


Vanessa shares, “We decided to kick off the Flaurie & Finch brand with a line of batik fabrics. Linda and I love to design batiks because of the range and depth of color that is achievable, and since they are hand dyed in Indonesia, every piece is uniquely special”.


This entire collection can coordinate together or can be split into five distinct color groupings: Bella Vita, Tiger Lily, Blue Bonnet, Freesia, and Starling. As you can see from the Daisy Day Dream quilt Vanessa is working on the color variations work beautifully together!


Want to find out how you can win a FQ bundle of these amazing batiks? Well keep on reading!


Can you believe its all pieced? Looks like all these ladies need to do are the borders and quilting!

Leave a comment on this post about what you like most about this new line for an opportunity to win a FQ bundle of the color grouping of your choice! Make sure to check out their collection Blossom Batiks available now and stay tuned for more exciting Sew Lately news 😉

Happy quilting from RJR!

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

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!

Exploring color with Rebecca Bryan


Once upon a time, Rebecca taught high school, earned a masters degree, and worked in research. Back then she found her creative outlet in embroidery and quilt making. These days every bit of Rebecca’s education and mental energy goes toward raising her young children – as only a perfectionist and over-achiever would – but still finds her creative outlet in designing and making quilts.

Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan Rebecca’s first book with Stash, Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color, came out February 2015. In it she explores using the entire spectrum in quilts in creative and inspired ways.


“If you had to be a color, which color would you pick? That’s a fancy question for “what’s your favorite color? My answer is (of course) ALL THE COLORS!!! Which is why for my project with RJR’s Cotton Supreme Solids “What Shade RU?” blog hop I chose blue and green solids.”

Rebecca lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, 4 children, and 2 dogs. Make sure to head on over to her blog, Bryan House Quilts to learn more about her quilting adventures as well as a chance to win a fat quarter bundle featuring the Cotton Supreme Solids used in her quilt design!

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.

Winner Round Up!

We have some winners to announce for our previous posts!

Sandy K is our Shades of Autumn” winner. Sandy K Shades of Autumn Winner

Cindy A is our winner for International Music Day with Perfect Pitch by Dan Morris. Cindy A Perfect Pitch winner

Please make sure to private message me at quiltwithlove [at] rjrfabrics [dot] com your non PO Box shipping address and I’ll ship out your winnings right away! Thank you to everyone for participating, there are many fun giveaways and fun features coming up before the end of the year, stay tuned!