Friday, December 18, 2015

RJR Blog Hop: What Shade Are You?


Hi! I hope you are enjoying this holiday season! I am here today to participate in RJR's What Shade Are You Blog Hop and a give away. You can find their blog here . RJR became one of my favorite fabric companies when I listened to the Cotton and Steel story when they came out with their first line. Making a solids quilt has long been on my quilty "want to make list" so I am very grateful to RJR for this collaboration!! It was so fun to work with Cotton Supreme solids; they are high quality fabrics with amazing colors to choose from. Looking at their color card sent the wheels of my mind spinning with all of the different possibilities of color combinations and quilts that could be made. I love bright, happy colors. I wanted to choose all of the colors while looking at the color card so I decided on a project to help me narrow down my color choices.
I have done a lot of swaps in 2015 so my goals for 2016 include less obligations and leaving time to sew what I want to sew when an idea strikes. It has been awhile since I have made quilts for each of my 6 kids so i plan to make them each a quilt for their beds in 2016. One of my daughter's recently fell in love with a duvet from Pottery Barn Teen so that was the color inspiration for this quilt. Since the duvet is floral I wanted to compliment it with a geometric quilt.
It has been awhile since I worked with half square rectangles (HSR) and I don't see many people use them so I decided I would like to revisit that block. The first quilt I made with HSR I created diamonds with them so for this quilt I wanted to do something different. For making diamonds the diagonals alternate, but here I have all of the diagonals going the same direction. I sew in rainbow order occasionally but, generally i prefer a random color order. For this quilt I envisioned an abstract field of wild flowers with bits of sky peeking through and fluttering butterflies.


While I was making this quilt I hung a flannel backed table cloth in my kitchen to act as a design wall. My husband and kids were interested in what I was making and my progress every day. I paired the orange and yellows to create butterflies then scattered pink and purple flowers everywhere. My family caught on to the butterflies and every day one of the girls would say, "I see the butterflies Mom!" Towards the end of completion, the daughter I made the quilt for said, " Mom, where are the flowers?" I had to laugh and said they were abstract and were the pink and purple bits.
                                                                                



I quilted 1/4" on each side of the diagonal seams. My daughter chose a fleece print whose colors coordinate with the front for the backing. With batting and fleece this is a very soft, warm quilt!


One of my favorite bits about this quilt is that in a couple places along the binding it says "I love you". I love the Cotton and Steel Word Play print!
The "love" theme tied in very well with the Love pillow I had made for my daughter earlier this fall.


I didn't originally plan on adding a border to this quilt but once I made the HSR panel I felt like I needed a place for my eyes to rest, which the borders provide. The quilt finished approximately 60 x 70. I used nine RJR Cotton Supreme solids and a few Cotton and Steel prints. Almost everything I make these days includes some Cotton and Steel basics or prints and I love how these solids are a perfect match!

RJR is a very generous company and will be giving away a bundle of the solids I used in my quilt to one of you
The give away is open to residents of the U.S., Canada, and Australia. You must have a non P.O. shipping box. Leave me a comment to be eligible for the fat quarter bundle. If you can't think of anything to say tell me what you would make with this bundle. The winner will be announced Monday next week. #quiltwithlove

52 comments:

  1. Love it - that binding is great and the butterflies are really fun!

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  2. Gina!!! This is a fabulous quilt!!!! I love the HRTs. And the family involvement...it sounds like it was a super fun make, all the way around! How happy :)

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  3. Your quilt is gorgeous, I never think to use solids but they make such an impact!! Beautiful!!

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  4. What cheerful colours! A truly lovely finish, please toss my name in the hat for a bundle win, I believe we need a happy HST quilt in our home too!

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  5. Seriously Gina, this quilt is gorgeous. Total eye candy. I've been using RJR solids for a while because that's what my LQS has. I've always been happy with them. I love your goal for 2016- less obligations. I'm on board with that.

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  6. So absolutely gorgeous G!!
    You've definitely nailed the abstract meadow with butterflies, your little gal is one lucky girl :)
    I have an even stronger desire to make an all solids quilt now! Fantastic bundle you curated!

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  7. I love this graphic geometric cheerful quilt so much! The inspiration and creation story make it even better, and the binding is such sweet perfection! Your daughter must be thrilled! My 2016 also involves fewer outside commitments and more bucket list finishes! ������

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  8. The colors are absolutely beautiful. I too have had making a solid quilt on my bucket list for awhile. This gives me inspiration to start a solid quilt in 2016. So....I would love to win the bundle! And thanks for sharing your story about the design and creation of your quilt!

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  9. Gina, I love your quilt and color combination. I think I would like to make something close to this and love how the quilting looks and it might be something I can do. Thanks for the fun. No snow here in central Kansas, USA.

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  10. I'd love to make a quilt just like yours... It is beautiful!!! Gorgeous colours!!!

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  11. So pretty! And it sounded like everyone had fun! Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas! vickise at gmail dot com

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  12. What a fresh take on that quilt pattern! I made a similar pattern, but I feel yours looks more upbeat and contemporary. I love it!

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  13. Love this quilt/pattern beautiful vibrant color choice RJR is very generous great giveaway thanks

    clemonssarah7 at gmail dot com

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  14. Pretty quilt. I would make a quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  15. Your quilt is beautiful. I would make a flying geese quilt as I have seen several lately that I just love.

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  16. Just beautiful! The fabrics and the design should be lovely in a girl's room for the tween years and beyond. Beautiful colors, classic design. Thanks for sharing. I haven't made an all solids quilt yet, but if I should win this bundle that could the perfect time to give it a go.

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  17. Love the colour combo you have picked for this quilt Gina - what a great Giveaway. I am sure this will be treasured and loved by your children.

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  18. I would make a tote bag love my tote bags lol.....ty for giveaway..........happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  19. Wow! I would have a difficult narrowing down the choices, in fact, I might just want to try each color! How many colors do they carry? Hehe!

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  20. I would definitely make a quilt with this bundle. I love the colors Gina chose and the binding fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  21. Beautiful fabric! i love the bright colors!

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  22. I love the words on the binding, too. Very pretty colors! I would make a quilt for my great-niece, who will be graduating to a toddler bed. Thanks!

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  23. Gina! You are so talented! I would love to win a bundle! Such beautiful colors!

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  24. Gina!! I was so happy to see you in my blog feed! I've been watching all your projects on Instagram but I'm a words person. I love this quilt and the way you described the design process. You made a gorgeous quilt into something magical:) I love the bright prints and this quilt seems perfect for your little girl.

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  25. Love Love LOOOOOOOVE your Quilt!!! Awesome job! I would make a quilt similar, for our Grangirlie!! Thank you for the chance to win your Give-a-way!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS!!!

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  26. Dreamy quilt...very joyful and happy!

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  27. Your quilt is beautiful and I love the quilting you did on it. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  28. What a beautiful story behind the quilt! What a cozy idea about the fleece backing.....cute print as well. My bucket list is to make a solids quilt as well.....Bravo on a gorgeous quilt.....and I'm with you about your 2016 goals!!! 💕

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  29. This is a beautiful quilt, I didn't see the butterflies right away but then it was a pleasant surprise to the eye to spot them! I am working on quilts for my 3 girls too! Thanks for hosting a giveaway! Xo

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  30. Your quilt is beautiful and colorful. I would make a lap sized quilt with the bundle. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Beautiful quilt. I love the colors and would make a lap size quilt for my sons girlfriend . I think the colors would be perfect for her.

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  32. Beautiful job Gina! Your daughter is one lucky girl!

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  33. Beautiful job Gina! Your daughter is one lucky girl!

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  34. I love your thought process in creating this! Your daughter is blessed❤..its truly stunning! And...you are off to a running start! Its not even 2016...and...look at you! One down������!!! Congratulations on your beautiful work!


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  35. I love your thought process in creating this! Your daughter is blessed❤..its truly stunning! And...you are off to a running start! Its not even 2016...and...look at you! One down������!!! Congratulations on your beautiful work!


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  36. I love the bright colors in this fabric!! Not certain about HSR but I've mastered HST, I believe. A color theory class is in my list of to dos and this bundle of fabric would be so good to use in class. Thank you for the chance in the giveaway.

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  37. Gina, I am so glad to see you on your blog again!!! I have been watching the lovely things you make on IG. What a beautiful quilt it is! The colours are so bright, vibrant and fresh. I love the binding too, so sweet. :-)

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  38. I love this quilt. Such a cute backing

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  39. I ADORE your daughter's quilt! It is so bright and happy and pretty!
    I love the HSR blocks you created with the solid fabrics. What a great idea! ("copy worthy" !! )
    Thanks for sharing this lovely post.
    Susie

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  40. Lovely quilt, love the backing! I am sure it is a great quilt to snuggle under!

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  41. I loved reading about your thought process on making this beautiful quilt. I may go for a fleece backing next!

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  42. This is so pretty Gina. I live your colour choices. My oldest really wants a HRT quilt too so that is on my list to make in 2016 :)

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  43. This is so pretty Gina. I live your colour choices. My oldest really wants a HRT quilt too so that is on my list to make in 2016 :)

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  44. Oh Gina, this quilt is just so lovely. I absolutely adore the color palette! I think if I were to win this bundle I would make a lone star quilt out of it. And I think, like you, I would back it in fleece. What a brilliant idea!!

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  45. I absolutely adore the story behind this quilt. I do hope you have added it to your label. How precious!

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  46. I absolutely adore the story behind this quilt. I do hope you have added it to your label. How precious!

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  47. What a beautiful quilt and I love the inspiration behind it. I'm planning to make quilts for my 6 nieces and nephew next year and I think a HSR quilt will be one of them.

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  48. Just leaving a comment because I think it is really beautiful! And what an amazing goal for 2016, Quilts for all the kids can't wait to see what you make!

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  49. Oh my goodness, I'm just catching up on my blog reading now and I'm so pleased I have. What a beautiful mix of colours, I especially love the pops of green ... my goal this year is also to make quilts for my family ... if only they would keep changing their minds! Happy New Year xxxx

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  50. Magnificent work all so pretty.

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