Friday, October 10, 2014

#5 It's my day for....... RJR Fabric's What's Your Shade

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This is my second time working with RJR Fabrics (see the first projects here, and here) and I have to say I had just as much fun with this time. From choosing which of the fantastic colours to work with from the RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids line to what project to tackle!

My selections:  French Vanilla  (111), Bowood Red (266), Red Wagon (110), Driftwood (297), Burlap (310), Grey Hound (321).  I always like trying something different,  I've never made a quilt in these colours and thought they would work great in the modern design I decided to try.

I wanted to attempt  a technique I really had only touched on once in a BOM.  I remember thinking it was fun and modern, but when I sat looking at the blank 18" vanilla block, I have to say I was a little afraid to start, lol. I think I was into the second block before I really started to relax and enjoy the process, but that's just me, wonky and freestyle are not always easier. I like my ruler and cutting instructions, lol!!

I read about the slice and insert technique in the book  Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. The amazing part is it is totally improve, so when I  finally got over my apprehensions and started enjoying the process, it was fun to think I was designing my own pattern.

It really isn't hard just make a cut anywhere and sew in a strip and then another and another, till you are satisfied with the look. So a few or a lot it all depends on you. Depending on the angel of the cuts is whether they line up, I had to get over that, in the end I liked  the look, even the odd angles.



Don't forget to read/skim to the bottom for the giveaway. While you are looking at the pictures maybe you can help me come up with a name for my quilt (I'm horrible at it) The only thing that I came up with is Pick Up Sticks, a game I use to play as a child at my Grandmother's. My son says it's Drunk Tic Tac Toe, lol!

So enough talk, let's get onto the picture show!!



As I said I started with 18" blocks of the French Vanilla  and various strip widths from the other colours, and I ended up trimming the blocks at 18.75" when I was finished.



On the Frame, this is when it gets real exciting, and nerve racking...

Definitely the right choice of quilt pattern....


With the weather changing so quickly, here in Canada, I wanted to make sure I got some fun shots while I can!! (before binding)


Love my Wonder Clips

 The home stretch!!


Finished quilt is approximately 60" square.
 and the back.....just some random blocks made up of left overs!!

Found some extra editing tools.....and had some fun playing with exposure and saturation....


So I guess the question goes out to all of you now....What's Your Shade?



Please join in the give away for the FQ Bundle of the fabrics I used in my project and see what you can come up with!!! This time the give away is only open to Canada and the US, sorry to my international friends!! (but stay tuned, because more fun stuff is coming!!)


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84 comments:

  1. I'm in the UK so can't enter the giveaway, but just wanted to say how much I love your quilt. I have that book, and trying this technique is on my to-do list.

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  2. Your quilt is wonderful! I think Pick Up Stix is a great name. You have definitely peaked my interest in trying this technique, thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Broken Pieces or Shattered might work. Your quilting design is definitely the perfect choice. All in all, a great quilt.

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  4. Love the quilt. My first thought was Pick Up Sticks - but I see someone else chose that name too. So maybe Jack Straws? Thanks.

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  5. Wow! Your quilt is beautiful! I am so impressed, it makes me want to try some improv. Think you nailed it with Pick Up Sticks.

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  6. I never really named my quilts, but Pick Up Sticks sounds good!

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  7. Your quilt is beautiful. I will admit I skimmed first and my first thought was pick up sticks too. I think it is a winner!

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  8. Beautiful quilt and colours. As for a name, what about "Crossed Branches"? If you go with Pick Up Sticks, spell Sticks with an "x" and a "z" as this mimics the nature of the inserted strips. "Pick Up Stixz" Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

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  9. I'm not so clever when it comes to naming, so pick Up Sticks works for me! Fun quilt!

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  10. I love the name pick up sticks! The colors you chose are great too.

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  11. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the color combination. Your photos are beautiful as well. You can't beat fall and water! I'm no good a names either. "Pick Up Sticks" is good and I also like the "Crossed Brances" Audrey suggested. Both go with the photos and colors.

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  12. I like the names suggested and I would add Twigs for your consideration. It is a lovely quilt, both front and back.

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  13. HELLO, I love your quilt+I couldn't think of any name near as neat as you did! I'd use 'Pick Up Sticks' for sure! Cute!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  14. I think Pick Up Sticks is a great name.

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  15. Love the quilt. Great colors and quilting. I am with you on the improv thing...I find it hard to do but you...DID A GREAT JOB. How about naming it 'pickup sticks'. I am not sure of the exact name but there use to be a child's game called something similiar.

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  16. Really love this quilt!! Your color choices are fabulous and your choice of "Pick Up Sticks" is my favorite. Spot on name :). Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. I'm not good at naming things, but I LOVE THIS QUILT. The colors, the block design, and then finally the quilting. It's fabulous. Love it!

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  18. Oh my Sandy, this is spectacular. I love everything about the quilt. My computer was acting up and all the photos did not load but the one with the barn and house in the background gave me an idea for a name. The quilt matches your homestead so well the 'homestead' seemed a good idea for a name. The bars of colour also looked like boards ...used to build a homestead. I'm going to miss the SOMQG meeting this week so I'll probably miss getting to see the quilt in person. Take pix please. I know there will be gasps of delight when everyone sees this quilt. I am in awe.

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  19. Love your quilt. The blocks remind me on # signs. Or to be more exact abstract pound signs. So how about something like "Abstract Pounds".

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  20. Pick up sticks is a good title.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  21. I like your pick up sticks name. They also remind me of construction beams.

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  22. i think pick up sticks is pretty good myself

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  23. Love the quilt. I like Pick Up Sticks. It fits.

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  24. I love your quilt! I'm not sure on a name, maybe, Under Construction. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  25. It looks a little like window frames, so i thought Wonky Windows.

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  26. I see it;s already been suggested, but Pick Up Sticks is what came to mind when I saw it! Love how it turned out and thanks for the chance to win! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  27. One of the pictures really caught my eye - so I'd call it Old Mill Run or Down by the Old Mill Run. It's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Fractured Sticks! And shades of Grey

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  29. Wow, wow, wow! Your quilt is absolutely stunning!!! I love the colours that you chose and the quilt stitch design could not be more perfect!!! I think that I should step out of my comfort zone and try this quilt design...it would be fun!!

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  30. fractured might be a nice name…love the photos…wonderful scenery

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  31. I like the name Pick Up Sticks, the colors are beautiful.

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  32. Love the quilting. I would call it Breaking out of the box. Your quilt turned out beautiful.

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  33. I think Pick Up Sticks is a perfect name. Your choice of colors is great.

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  34. I agree Pick up Sticks is really a great name or it sort of looks like Linguini on a Square Plate. I like it. Came out wonderful.

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  35. I'm terrible with names. Your quilt is beautiful. It will make a wonderful pattern.

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  36. I do like pick up sticks. But mellow Mondrian is my thought on a name. thanks

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  37. Since they are colorful, how about fiesta sticks

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  38. I am terrible at coming up with names, but here goes Crazy Sticks.

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  39. I love the name Pick Up Sticks! Thanks for the chance to win such a fabulous bundle. I am usually a "blue" girl, but these colors are so pretty I may just be changing my tune! Thanks again!

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  40. Love your color choice and the quilt. The quilt reminds me of a stick puzzle or a Chinese stick puzzle.

    Pick Up Sticks is a great title. I was also thinking Stick-tillating, Stick-tellation, Stick-plotion or Stick Explotion or maybe Chinese Stick Puzzle.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. The first thing I thought of seems to be the first thing some others thought of too -- Pick Up Sticks. Reminds me of the game we played as kids. Love the quilt!

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  42. I think Pick Up Sticks is perfect! Go with it!!!

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  43. You could name it Sticks with no stones:0

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  44. I love your quilt! How about Cross Roads? Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  45. I am so not good with coming up with names. Your quilt is lovely. It reminds me of Pick Up Stick.

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  46. LOVE your Beautiful Quilt!! Awesome job! Think you have the Name already...Pick-up Sticks is PERFECT! (& cooler than Chopsticks too...)

    Thanks too, for sharing such Gorgeous pictures!!

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  47. Beautiful quilt - looks hard though.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  48. How about City Scapes, or Highways and Byways?
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  49. I follow Upstairs Hobby Room on bloglovin.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  50. Looking at the blocks individually, they remind me of some Chinese characters. Really cool! I also like Sticks, No Stones!

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  51. How about Chopsticks? :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  52. Reminds me of "matchsticks" but I love the "pick-up-sticks" title as well!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  53. You might be tired of hearing this, but I like "pick up sticks." ;) Excellent job! I really like the quilting.

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  54. I LOVE your quilt made up of beautiful fabrics! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  55. "Broken Rails"
    Pick up Sticks works also.
    I never thought tan, brown and red would look so good together.

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  56. I don't think I could do that technique, looks scary, I would say chopsticks, or pick up sticks.

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  57. I see that several have said "Pick Up Sticks" but I say "Cardinals in the Woods" Thanks for a nice giveaway. Colors that I love.

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  58. I agree with everyone, Pick up sticks is the perfect name

    Kellie Bessey

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  59. I love your quilt and fun blog. I think pick up sticks is good, but then I'm not very creative. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. Your quilt is simply striking! I'd call it "Chop Sticks" as that is what it reminds me of. Love it!

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  61. I do love your idea of Pick Up Sticks - exactly what it looks like, but I laughed at your son's name.

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  62. I really like this design - your quilt is beautiful. Love the colours too. I think Pick Up Sticks is the perfect name for it - tried hard to think of a better one but there is no better name for it!
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  63. dont search any further, Pick Up Sticks is the best name.

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  64. dont search any further, Pick Up Sticks is the best name.

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  65. Popsicle sticks! This quilt is a beauty.

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  66. Ventura highway or Expressway Interchange love your color choice and I hope I win as I am anxious to feel the rjr solids. They colors look yummy but I haven't seen it in any of my local stores. Great example.

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  67. Yes, Pick Up Stix is perfect. I love all grey colors at this time so greyhound is my choice in the color pack from rjr.

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  68. I love your quilt! The first thing that came to mind for a name is "Support Beams".

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  69. Pick up Sticks was my first thought!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  70. I think "Pick Up Stix" or Needle In A Haystack"

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  71. I had pick up sticks called Pixie Sticks. Perfect name =)

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  72. I love your quilt, the color choice is very nice. My name suggestion would be "Geometric Delight" because it is really delightful just to look at it ☺ Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. Beautiful! With the slash of red, I keep thinking of a laser light. So, how about Laser Reflections or Laser Light for a name? (Visiting from WiP Wednesday.)

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  74. I have nothing new to add to your already-super-long list of compliments except that I agree. Your quilt is awesome. Everything about it is cool.

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  75. Love this quilt and the back!! Awesome job!

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