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