Today is my turn for the RJR What Shade Are You blog hop! I love participating in blogs hops, it gives me a chance to create something just for me, and have a little fun with all of my wonderful followers (Hint: FABRIC!) This is my second appearance in the blog hop. My first was back in 2015 with my Lanterns quilt Tutorial. It felt like only yesterday, and the ways my life has changed in such a short time, from there to here, is truly amazing. From a new house, to a new baby, to new opportunities within the quilting world, the last 2 years have been busy and scary and WONDERFUL.
RJR makes Cotton Supreme Solids. They are a dream to sew with. The fabric is the perfect weight to mix with anything, and you have 197 rich, delicious hues to choose from.
Now let me introduce my newest creation, Heat Wave!
I LOVE everything about this quilt. The colors, the layout, the quilting, everything. I’m sure somewhere there is a grouchy quilt police officer wagging a finger and chanting “Stacey, you are being prideful. You can’t just TELL PEOPLE you LOVE your own work.” But you know what? The hashtag for RJR is #quiltwithlove . So I just threw this quilt over their head, because I LOVE IT! I want to shout that love from the rooftops!
I picked an analogous gradient of my favorite warm colors and went to town. Each color is a color I love individually, and together they make a perfect sunset inspired palette.
Heat Wave is the perfect example of how a small change can make a huge difference. I had mocked up a different layout for these blocks, something eclectic and busy and kinda neat, but in my near-coma-like sleep deprived state I sewed half the blocks as a mirror image of the first. And I didn’t notice until I started laying the blocks out. After a little head scratching (because I STILL hadn’t noticed what I’d done) I turned the blocks around and VOILA! Heat Wave was born! I still had to take a picture so I could purposefully do what I just did accidentally (and then FINALLY realized what had happened), but the top came together quickly after that and it couldn’t have turned out better.
The next step was quilting, and I had Heat Wave hanging over the bars of Penny(my Tin Lizzie Apprentice) for almost a week while I pondered. Then I realized it was Wednesday (again, I blame the sleep deprivation). Now I know some blogs are really good at showcasing just a top. Me, not so much. So she needed to be quilted, and quilted now. The funny thing is once I had her loaded on the frame, the quilting just fell into place. I recently returned from a family vacation, where I was able to meet up with a quilting friend. She once told me an anecdote from a famous longarm quilter (don’t ask who, I really can’t remember) and it always stuck with me. The moral of the story is when it comes to thread choice, always take the risk. So I did. I matched the yellow and violet fabrics in my quilt, and then used each color exclusively with the motif. Violet with the straight lines and yellow with the curled meander. The contrasting thread and patterns really worked well to highlight the secondary patterns in the quilt, and reigned in the pre-quilted color chaos.
To top off the perfection of this quilt, I chose to face it instead of binding to keep the colors flowing. Paired with the first really nice sunny day we’ve had in weeks, it felt like magic taking her outside to photograph. Even H wanted his turn with the camera! (We now have a lovely montage of grass growing.)
Now for the fun part (and the reward for reading to the end)! One lucky follower gets to win a bundle of the gorgeous Sunset Palette I curated for my quilt.
To enter, follow me here or on Instagram @staceyinstitches, and leave a single comment telling me 2 things: Where you follow me, and what your favorite color is! Easy peasy! I will draw a winner at 4pm PST Tuesday.
Congratulations to number 82, Deborah! I will be in touch soon!
There is also a second giveaway on the RJR Instagram Account. Log on and follow RJR Fabrics instructions to enter.
125 thoughts on “What Shade Are You? Winner Announced!”
I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, and on your blog! I have a hard time picking my favorite color. There are so many pretty one.
These are my absolute favorite colors! They are magical@
I follow you on Instagram (my handle is maybe.just.c.d.b). And my favorite color is ALL THINGS PINK!!
Hey! I follow you on IG (I’m @lelliebunny), and my favorite color is purple. 🙂
I follow you on Instagram (@christinesquilt) and and just signed up to follow you by email. Your quilt is beautiful! I’d love to see it with Royal Blues (my favorite color!).
I follow you on IG, and green!
I follow you on IG and bloglovin and my favorite color is blue all shades
Pink, orange just make me think summer.
I follow you on IG and my current favorite color is coral.
These colors remind me of sunsets in my home state of Colorado and are so comforting to me! I would love to work with them! @quiltowl
I follow you in Instagram and my favorite color is red.
I follow you on instagram. My favorite color is blue.
I love these colors…they remind me of summer! I follow you on instagram….I dont have a fave color–I love too many to pick just one 😊
I am a follower on instagram and my favourite color is blue! Just love your quilt, looks stunning!
I follow you on Instagram. And my favorite color seems to change with seasons and with what I’m working on, lol. I seem to love all colors. But if I have to pick one, I’d say aqua.
This is such a pretty quilt
I follow you on Instagram and my favorite color is purple. Your quilt is beautiful.
IG follower, I love all colors the more the merrier.
IG follower and I love all colours but if purple is in the mix I am a happy quilter
I follow you on IG (@gigiayala89) and my favorite color is pink!! I love all pinks of course but that bright barbie hot pink is my absolute favorite 🙂
I follow on IG and my favorit colors are mint green and teal!
I follow you on instagram. Thanks does the chance to win!
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