Wednesday, 21 May 2014

what shade are you?

Hi! I'm back from quilt market (although my luggage is AWOL right now...keep your fingers crossed it shows up soon). I'm a little foggy headed, but it was a busy few days, and the flight home wasn't the best I've ever had, so hopefully by the weekend I'll be back on full functionality. I'll be back with news from market when my bags finally show up, it's kind of put me in a bad mood, I'm not feeling quite as chipper as I was. Honestly, I'm about 120 shades of grumpy (incidentally, about the number of cotton supreme solids there are, if I'm counting correctly...which might be wrong)

Anyhoo, today is my day for the RJR cotton supreme solids blog hop in conjunction with Pink Castle Fabrics. Actually, my real day was last Friday, but that didn't quite happen in the rush up to market, so we're a bit late but better late than never, right?



For my project I used the following RJR cotton supreme solids;
209, 217, 218, 292, 327, 332, 336, 348

I wanted something that would be a good picnic blanket in bright colours (because it's always a good idea to attract the bees and the wasps when you're having a picnic with some bright fruity colours, right?)

My project is a simple quilt using FQs following a pattern I wrote for issue 7 of love patchwork and quilting. It's a big square framed with rectangles - super simple and it's FQ friendly, with little waste, which is always good. I loved using these solids, I found they didn't fray much at all, which is always a good selling point, and they feel really nice. It's a really nice base cloth, with a soft hand and not a lot of sheen, which is my preferred type of solid. I'm in 2 minds on how to finish this now (which is why it's not finished). I don't know whether to back it with a towelling and turn it rather than regular binding, and just fix the centres of each block with tying or something, or to make it into a regular quilt. I quite like the idea of towelling for something that would be lighter weight and a bit absorbent (because here in the UK we have a lot of soggy grass). I'm still mulling that one over, but the sun just started shining this week so I'd better get a wriggle on and decide before summer decides it's over.

my camera is missing too...apologies for my phone picture *sigh*
You can win a FQ bundle of the fabrics I used too (if you're in the USA or Canada - sorry international peeps, I'll make it good for you with something else if when my luggage finally arrives home). Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win and I'll pick a winner in a week.



Check out the rest of the projects at the RJR facebook page! And stop by Pink Castle Fabrics when you need to buy RJR cotton supreme solids for your next project!


118 comments:

lalaluu said...

I am intrigued by the toweling back with turned binding, and I would like to see that finishing on your blog if you decide to do it. My grandmother always brought the back of the quilt to the front and stitched it down. I thought this was not done in today's quilting (now that we're all fancy about the quilting cotton and 2" binding, etc.). Of course, I should have realized: there are quilting rules, but no quilt police!

Debbie said...

Sorry to hear about your luggage, Kathy. Hope it does show up soon. Your quilt top looks like candy! And, your phone picture is pretty good. I have a U.S. mailing address for when I win. :):)

Julie V said...

Fingers crossed for your luggage <3... these are lovely summery colors and I love the simplicity of your picnic quilt. Thanksf for the opportunity!

Miriam said...

I really hope all your luggage finds its way home quickly!!!

Nine Kids and Not Counting :) said...

Love your bright quilt. It makes for a lovely picnic blanket no matter how it is finished. Really great colors!

Brenna said...

Lost luggage is the WORST. I love the idea of toweling on the back to make it a picnic quilt. I have a few raggedy store bought quilts that I use constantly for picnics and beach time! (and don't tell anyone but I usually just do fold-over binding on my quilts. I'll prob be kicked out of the club, but it's so fast!)

Gill said...

I love the colours you used - I can see a picnic quilt in my future!!

momma said...

I'm coming to the UK in summer to visit the family and have a bit of a vacation, a soggy picnic is on our list of things to do. Of course we won't be disappointed if it's not soggy, but we had many a drizzling or in the car picnic before we moved. I think a toweling back is such a great idea.

Toohey said...

Love all those colors together. Thanks for the chance to win!

Ellyn said...

beautiful fabric! thanks for the chance. Fingers crossed your luggage turns up pronto!

Claire said...

Gorgeous colours! I'd love the chance to win!

Rebecca Bell said...

I'm not surprised you're in a bad mood. How do they manage to lose luggage?! It's so frustrating. Hope it turns up soon, I bet there's an awful lot of quilt market goodies in there. The colours on the quilt look amazing, almost neon. Or maybe that's just because the picture was taken with your phone, or it might be my computer. Either way, it looks good to me.

Susan Evans said...

I've never backed a quilt in toweling. Would you use batting as well?
Fingers crossed on the luggage! Sometimes you have to pester those people to get results!

wonderlandbyalyce said...

Love these bright, happy colors! Thanks! wonderlandbyalyce(at)gmail(dot)com

Jude said...

love your quilt! fingers crossed for your luggage....thank you for the giveaway! cjudygo at hotmail dot com

Jennifer said...

Love those colors! And the pattern is so quick and simple! Thanks for the chance to win.

Rachel said...

Beautiful bright colors!

jill gm said...

nothing quite like missing all of your go-to things at once. [sigh] I hope that your luggage surfaces soon. by the way, I, too, have muddied a quick quilt top finish by laboring over the rest of the process. for a picnic quilt, perhaps practicalities should prevail.

Jess said...

Love the bright, summery colors. Thanks!

cynthia said...

Good luck on the luggage--what a bummer to have to arrive home empty-handed!

JLVerde said...

Gorgeous quilt. It totally reminds me of summer (popsicles!).

knottygnome said...

lovely top! the bright colors you picked are awesome. hope your luggage arrives soon!

Unknown said...

I am interested to see how you do finally finish it. I have been wanting to make my middle daughter's family a picnic quilt. I know I don't want white in it. Your quilt is practical and joyful. Sorry about your luggage and camera. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

PersimonDreams said...

I think the toweling back idea is intriguing! can't wait to see how it turns out! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope you get your luggage soon!!!! No fun! lapaceksorchard at gmail dot com

Rebecca McAfee said...

So sorry about your luggage! It will show up soon. :-). That's for the giveaway and thinking of us even when you're grumpy!!

Crickets Corner said...

Nothing worse than being tired and then having your luggage go missing, hope it shows up soon. Love the bright colors of the fabric and how you used them.

Janet M said...

I love your picnic quilt - I have been thinking I need to make one. . . I just got back from Pink Castle Fabrics and my head is still spinning - they have so much to look at and actually touch! :>) Now to focus on a new project!!

Helen Lay said...

Lovely bright colours and your quilt top - simple but effective. Hope the luggage catches up with you soon.

Ramona said...

I know you're glad to be back home. I'M so glad you will be at QuiltCon. If I don't get into one of your classes, I may have to track you down just to say hello.

That quilt would be fun to quilt Angela Walters' style. So cheery. Get some rest and good luck with the luggage.

Geni Pickens said...

Oh my, love your quilt with solids. It's so bright and cheery!!

Tina Short said...

At least if your luggage is AWAL you dont have to do laundry yet - every cloud and all that.

Sheila said...

Fingers crossed for your luggage.

Crafty Coffin said...

I have not done it but I have heard of people using tablecloth material to finish the back of a picnic quilt. I hope your luggage turns up ASAP!

audrey said...

Good luck with that luggage! Love the brilliant hues of these yummy solids!

Kay said...

Great picnic quilt and I would be very happy to win some fabric. Do hope your luggage turns up soon. x

Lisa said...

safe travels for your luggage and I would love to win

Ella said...

Thanks for a chance to win. Would you have to worry about fraying/unravelling with toweling?

Archie the wonder dog said...

I like the idea of a picnic blanket backed in thick towelling - would be great for 'it's just rained and is about to start again but we're British, it's the summer and we're having a picnic no matter what' family outings! Hope your suitcase(s) turn up soon!

Liz Rehrauer said...

What better than toweling for a picnic quilt. I think it a grand idea.

Tracy Kay said...

Wow, that quilt sure did jump out of my iPad and slap me in the face! Very punchy colours indeed. I would love to have a dabble at winning a set myself. Thanks Katy and keep up the fab inspiring work!

JoyceLM said...

Sorry about your luggage (but better it be lost on the way home than on the way to market). Thanks for the chance to win.

Jennifer said...

I just love the quilt you made - what a great picnic quilt! Gotta make one of these for my own summer picnicing!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Oh my gosh! I'm guessing all your market goodies were in the bag?! I hope it gets to you soon. that happened to us once on vacation and they found us in 3 days. Hubby had to buy all new undies and toiletries and walked around with souvenir t-shirts on for those days!

MarSha said...

The backing for your lovely quilt could be a vinyl that would make it water proof and you might do some quilt in the ditch. Can't wait to see what direction you go.

Janet Schultz said...

I'm newer to quilting and have very little solids which I'm now finding out isn't a good thing! Would love to add to my stash ;c) Good luck with your luggage! shopgirl7232(at)yahoo(dot)com

Judith said...

Beautiful colours and solids! The perfect combination. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary Ann said...

Love the colors you picked for your quilt. Thanks for a chance at this giveaway.

Gayle Fahrion said...

Hope you have a short wait for your luggage.

Steph Blair said...

It's nice and cheery - good luck with the luggage!

Karen said...

This is such a cheerful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Adele said...

Oh no, I hope you didn't have too many things from sample spree in there! I'm sure it will eventually turn up. Fabulous quilt.

Sarah Lahrman said...

A beautiful quilt for the summer ~ reminds me a bit like rainbow sorbet! Best of luck getting your luggage back ~ such the pits! -xo

Laura B said...

I hope your luggage finds its way home soon. Hope there weren't any rare prints in there ;)

Heather Hambrick said...

Pretty quilt! Great idea with the toweling, I would love to picnic on that quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

Allison C said...

Love the quilt! Hope u get ur luggage!

Margaret said...

Hope your day gets better. Thanks for the chance for such beautiful fabric.

Tamie said...

Love your picnic blanket. Hope your luggage comes home soon.

Karrie S said...

I love the colors you used! I'm definitely stopping by PCF tomorrow to pick up some of these solids! ksmith8@emich.edu

mascanlon said...

Gorgeous colors, so pretty they just sing out Spring!

Lee said...

A toweling back - cool! Great quilt and colors! Sorry about your luggage!

Linda Sparks said...

Such lovely bright colors. I would love to win.

margaret said...

fingers crossed your luggage arrives soon, lovely shades of solids.

Linda said...

The towelling back sounds very practical. Hope you luggage appears soon.

Sharon said...

I love the colours you have picked. I think towelling is a great idea. I do hope your missing luggage adventure has a happy ending.:)

Mickey said...

Hope your luggage shows up soon.

Gem said...

Ooooh hope your bags turn up soon. I'd love to make a picnic blanket just like yours - I was thinking maybe back it with polar fleece, so even if it gets damp (which it will undoubtedly do in good old Blighty) it will wash and dry quick. But maybe that's too bulky? Or even go the whole hog and back with ripstop or an IKEA shower curtain :-) Gx

Becky Butler said...

Oh no, you took too long and missed it, the rain has returned! Hope your luggage turns up soon!

Justine Malinski said...

Truly sorry about your luggage! Thanks for the chance to win!

Patti said...

Beautiful colors and quilt!

memmens said...

Oh heck does that mean your 'Gertrudemade' dress is missing too? Hope you're not having sleepless nights. Gorgeous quilt top look forward to seeing it finished!

Nancy Sue said...

You hide your shades of grumpiness well… I know I'd be 3 hues of livid if it were my luggage! Fingers crossed here in Maryland that it comes back to you like a well-oiled boomerang!! Wonderful shades of summer sherbet!

Cheryl Hammond said...

Beautiful quilt & colors!! Hoping your luggage wings its way home soon!

Lois Fullerton said...

Wow so bright and cheerful...Perfect for when you have a sick one at home...how can they be all grummpy with that quilt keeping them company. Beautiful job!

Amanda Rae said...

I love bright colors such as these. Please post an update once you finish it. There are so many possibilities for quilting it if you decided to do so. Best of luck having your luggage returned.

Diane McLauchlan said...

These colors make me think of my 18 month old granddaughter Dylan. Add as many prints to the stack and wow! My brain is creating.

Rhonda D. said...

Love your colorful picnic blanket! I have been wanting to make one of these for a long time. Sorry about your luggage, hope it finds it's way home soon. Thanks for the chance to win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa Dempsey said...

Love the color combo!! Perfect for a beach blanket!

Rita McCart said...

Very sweet quilt top, I made a picnic blanket last year and love using it. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful fabric. Have a great weekend. :D mccart@iland.net

Patti Kubacki said...

The colors are very cheery and really do say summer to me. I love the size of the blocks and the idea of putting toweling on the back is great. Can't wait to see the completed quilt. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

Linda V said...

What great colors! I love your quilt top, too !

PK Sews said...

Your picnic quilt is so bright and cheerful! I like the idea of toweling. I've just recently fallen in love with solids, as I'm working on a baby quilt that is using prints plus pink and yellow solids. They add so much pop to a quilt! Thanks for the chance to win, and I hope you get your luggage soon!

anna brown said...

wow very pretty gives me ideas hun tyty

Nancy said...

Love your quilt - would love to win this! - gorgeous colors!

Helene Christensen said...

Love the bright simplicity of this!

Nicole said...

I love these colors! I am new at quilting and really haven't been able to decide on what to make. I really like the layout and think this is one I can try and succeed with. I tend to gravitate to blues and greens. Thank you sharing these beautiful colors together. Hope you get your luggage soon and intact.

imatopper said...

Love the bright colors!

Debbie Weishaar said...

Love the pattern and the bright colors. I could see these colors working great in any pattern making a bright and bold quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lucinda Miller said...

Looks like a fun easy quilt. Love the bright colors. Want some!!!

Natalie Jones said...

Here's to picnic's!

Ali said...

I hope it's showing up today if it didn't get there already! I love those colors, I see two I need to add to my solid collection!

Sylvie Gilbart said...

Beautiful colours, hope your luggage turns up soon!

Katie said...

I love those bright colors -- hope your luggage arrives soon and safe

teachpany said...

Great pattern, and use of the wonderful colors. Glad you had fun at Market!

Elizabeth said...

Lost luggage SUCKS! So sorry you have to endure that aggravation - ugh!
But, thanks for offering up the wonderful FQ giveaway - yummy!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh no, don't say I passed the Katy luggage curse onto you?! Hope it turns up soon!

Jackie said...

Love the colours and the quilt. Thanks for the chance.

Anita said...

Love your quilt! It's simple, but so cheery and colorful! Thanks for the giveaway and hope you get your luggage.

Ellen said...

Love the quilt and the solids. They make a stunning quilt.

meredith said...

This is such a happy quilt!! Love the fun bright colors! I keep saying I'm going to do a solid quilt & then I sneak in prints!!! Maybe this will force my hand! :)

MC said...

Great simple quilt, it looks very friendly and fun. You can never have enough solids! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jeana said...

Oh I hope your luggage is found! what a sad way to end a fun trip! thanks for the chance for this :)

CindyM. said...

I feel like I say the same comments however I LOVE all that you create and want it in my home too. Please FQ I would love to transform you!

Maxine said...

i love the colors---bright and cheerful.

ruthshelton10@att.net said...

Love your quilt top. These colors are my Happy Colors. Your quilt top made me smile. Thanks for sharing with us out here.

Teresa Stanulis said...

I hope your luggage has arrived by now! Love the bright colors of your quilt.
tstanulis@verizon.net

supersara20 said...

Gorgeous fabrics.

Kelly Wilson said...

Great colors! Very cheerful. After such a dreary winter it would be super to work with such bright solids. Thanks!

Steven Turner said...

Beautiful choice of colours - I hope your luggage turns up!
turner(underscore)post(at)hotmail(dot)com

carla said...

Hi!!!! Very pretty picnic quilt!!!!! Sorry your luggage is MIA....Hope it shows up soon!!!!!

allierae said...

Great quilt - I've loved seeing all your designs in Love Patchwork & Quilting

Adtski31 said...

Bright colors, thanks for the giveaway.

Wens said...

I love those bright solids and they sound like my preferred type of fabric for a solid too. Not much fraying is always a plus, but I love a good vibrant solid in any case. Hopefully your luggage has arrived safe and sound by now :)

Barb in Mi said...

Hope the luggage disaster is over by now!
Love your bright and colorful quilt. Thanks for a chance!

QuiltinGram said...

Thanks for chance to win. Love your quilt and could do something like that for niece who is expecting her first baby!

Anne said...

How did you like Pittsburg? Nice city! I hope that tomorrow is the day you are reunited with your luggage! The quilt is really bright and happy!

Lisa S. said...

Katy,
Sorry to hear that your luggage got lost but hopefully by now you and your QuiltMarket spoils have been reunited. Your picnic quilt is beautiful! It reminds me of Popsicles or Italian ice, such bright, summery colors! I like many of the others I have never used toweling to back a quilt it sounds interesting. I made one as a gift for a friend that loves outdoor concerts and used e a thin shower curtain in between the fabric layers to make it waterproof

Lisa S. said...

Katy,
Sorry to hear that your luggage was lost but hopefully by now you and your QuiltMarket spoils have been reunited. I love your picnic quilt. The colors remind me of Popsicles or Italian ice, the bright colored, keep cool treats of summer. I like many of the others have never used toweling on a quilt. It sounds like an interesting substrate to use. I made a quilt last spring for a friend that enjoys lawn seats for concerts, and I used a thin shower curtain between the two layers of quilting. It kept the quilt from being too bulky, but made it so that there were no soggy bottoms. It was also still machine washable.

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