Friday, November 20, 2015

Mini-Wavelength {RJR Fabrics: What Shade Are You?}

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 this RJR Cotton's "What Shade RU?" blog hop I chose blue and green solids.

Obviously. heh.

If you are new here, welcome. My name is Rebecca and I'm the author of Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color. In my book I use ALL THE COLORS with the purpose of discovering how to make rainbow quilts that are unique and inspired.

RJR Solids in Argento, Optical White, Neon, Grass is Always Greener,
 Riviera, Putting Green, Twilight, Indigo, Bora Bora

And you may have noticed that green and blue is not ALL THE COLORS! So you might be curious why I chose such a limited palette. For this project I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to know how the Wavelength pattern (from my book Modern Rainbow) would look with a more limited palette monochromatic rainbow.

Original Wavelength
Quilted by Angela Walters

If you follow me over on Instagram you might have seen my progress in early October. I wasn't confident my idea would work so before wholly committing I put up a mock up of the colors on my design wall.

There are certainly times where I put an idea up on my design wall and it just doesn't work. Happily I did like this idea once it came to life on my wall.

I couldn't resist piecing a monochromatic back.

For the quilting I wanted to use cross hatch, but that turns out to be pretty challenging on a long arm. So instead I cross hatched in sections, creating luscious texture.

And voila. Here is the finished piece. What do you think? Does the Wavelength pattern look different with the colors in a random array? It's so interesting how a quilt pattern can look completely different just by changing fabrics and color schemes.

Mini Wavelength, detail

Mini Wavelength, Detail 

And when I say mini, it's more of a wall hanging size. That yellow table just needed something to hang above it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you are interested in purchasing Modern Rainbow click here or visit your local quilt shop; if you'd like a signed copy click here

A special thank you to RJR Fabrics for supplying the fabrics. Check out their blog to see more "What Shade RU?" posts

And a special thank you for reading! 

{Giveaway!}And if you would like to win a bundle of the fabric I used, please leave a comment below. (Fabrics can ship to U.S., Canada, and Australia)

I'll pick the winner randomly on Monday.

RJR Solids in Argento, Optical White, Neon, Grass is Always Greener,
 Riviera, Putting Green, Twilight, Indigo, Bora Bora

Monday, November 16, 2015

Making EPP Stars with Fabric Scraps {Sizzix Post}

Hi guys! 

I'm over at the Sizzix blog talking about how to use the new Sizzix Bigz Die - Diamonds, 60 degrees, 2 1/4'' size to make English Paper Pieced (EPP) Stars. 

This new size is just perfect for EPP stars. 

Check it out and tell me what you think! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Colorful Trilobite Quilt Top {Finish}

Hi guys, it's been quiet around here. I'm sorry about that. It will continue to be quiet around here. I'm working on a second book and well, the deadlines are coming up fast. ;)

Anyways, I do have a finish to show you today - colorful version of my Trilobite quilt pattern! Well okay, it's merely a quilt top. The quilting will have to wait!

April Rhodes sent me 10 half yards of her Bound fabric, and I had the best time playing with it. I love April's fabric, Arizona, Wanderer and this latest fabric collection , Bound. It's amazing. The way April combines earth tones with geometric shapes with ease and beauty.

I eagerly set out to make a more colorful version of my Trilobite quilt pattern. I chose some coordinating solids to supplement the Bound fabrics.

The original Trilobite version is made with just 2 color solids but I think it's a pattern that lends itself well to patterned fabric.

And I set out with the plan to keep each Trilobite, the same color throughout the quilt. 

But then I happened upon this combination and it really excited me. 

 Look how pretty the HSTs are bundled together! Love these colors.

I toyed with a few different REALLY colorful arrangements. 

But I lost confidence and ultimately decided to tone the color down a bit by placing the whites in the middle. In retrospect I kinda like this wild and bright version. 

Quilt Stats: 
Trilobite Quilt Pattern Available in my Shop
Throw Size: 60'' x 76''

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quilt Market and Quilt Festival

I'm not speaking or presenting at Quilt Market but I do have several quilts in a few different booths.  And I will be at market so stop me and say hi! 

So that's my quilt on the cover of Heather Ross's look book for her upcoming Mendocino re-release. (!) My quilt is the quilt draped over the crib. Stop by Heather Ross's booth (with Windham Fabrics in #2554- #2555) to see my Vera quilt. The Vera quilt pattern shows off larger prints elegantly. Look for the pattern in the first quarter of 2016.  

If you stop by Lecien's booth (Booth #TBD) to see Flower Sugar please look for my B.F.F. quilt using Flower Sugar and the coordinating solids. These fabrics are so sweet and happy! Click here for the Lecien's lookbook. 

If you are only going to Festival, you will find these two quilts hanging in the Modern Showcase. (Look mom! My quilts are hanging at FESTIVAL!!!!) 

Huckleberry from Modern Rainbow

Wavelength from Modern Rainbow
quilted by Angela Walters

If you are going to Market and see me, stop me and say hi! 
And if you are going to Festival, enjoy!