I am so excited to be part in the RJR Fabrics 'What shade are you?' blog hop today. I have admired these beautiful cotton supreme solids and quilts made from them for a long time.
And I was always wondering how can I be considered to take part? Well, in my case I was not approached by RJR Fabrics themselves, I just wrote them an email. So, if you would like to be considered, just ask.
I had a hard time selecting colours. Because when I think of what shade I am then I don't really have an answer. I like a lot of colours and shades, there is no particular colour I use in all my quilts or I have a favour for.
What I noticed recently is that I am drawn to soft tones rather than very bright colours. So I selected three main colours: blue, red and green and picked soft tones and different values of the same colour.
I have finally settled on these beauties:
Rose Colored Glasses
Proud as a Peacock
I knew I wanted to make an improvisationally pieced project. Following the principle from a mini quilt I made earlier this year I grouped the different values of the three main colours together and started to piece strips.
I was aiming for a light centre to the quilt and wanted the darker values radiate from there.
There was a lot of editing and rearranging on the design wall until I've settled on a final design.
I really like the contrast of subtle colour and value change horizontally and rather drastic vertically. I think it lets the eyes moving and it creates a lot of interest. I also turned direction of strips or have them in a smaller scale. I like to make rules and then intentionally break them.
I quilted more or less horizontal straight lines that vary in direction and density.
The more I quilted the better I liked it, the space between quilting lines vary from 0" to 1.5" and I also used eight different coloured thread.
I used faced binding and I really like the way it looks. I had the feeling that a normal binding would distract from the actual look of the quilt.
I like the crisp edges and the way the quilting seams just run to the very end of the quilt.
I used all remaining fabrics for the back and applied the same design principle here: light centre and radiating values towards the edges. The faced binding at the back though is a little too big for my taste. I followed a tutorial but I might reapply the binding and make it smaller since the back of the quilt is also really nice.
The dense quilting is very visible at the large solids areas and despite the density of the quilting lines the quilt is still very soft.
This is such a nice texture, it almost is too cuddly to hang the quilt up but that's what I'm planning to do.
I am very happy how this quilt turned out. Using only solids, and 13 of them, was a challenge for me but the improv method I started with the mini quilt turned out beautifully in a bigger scale. The mini quilt was called 'Three' so the continuation of it is 'Four' and so the name was a logical decision.
'Four' finishes at 55 x 62".
Thank you so much RJR Fabrics, for the opportunity and the generous fabric supply!
Here's the link to the RJR Blog 'Quilt with Love' where you can see all of the beautiful quilts made from their cotton supreme solids.