To say I was excited to join in on RJR Fabrics "What Shade are You" blog hop is an understatement! I was so excited to play with these yummy solids!
I am a huge fan of Carolyn Friedlander and when I was trying to figure out what I would make with these fabrics, I knew it would be one of her patterns. I took one look at the Aerial pattern in my stash and knew! This was the quilt!
Quilts + Beach = Perfection, don't you think?
When the fabrics arrived, I was pregnant with my second child and had absolutely NO SEW-JO. None. Notta. Zilch. Even looking at my studio made me nauseous. It was so strange. So these beautiful fabrics sat on my cutting desk for months. Yes, months, until my Baby Boy was born on June 30th. I got home from the hospital on July 2nd and by the end of the following week this quilt top was pieced! Boom. Sew-Jo came back with a vengeance!
This pattern is paper pieced, which is my absolutely fave. It's so therapeutic for me. Plus, all the vibrant colors of these solids really made my day each time I sat down at the machine to work.
I thought of each section as a plot of land and had plans to make this very green oriented, but as with all my grand plans, the quilt took on a color story all it's own. I feel like all the colors really work well together. A bit soothing, a bit edgy and a bit exciting.
I chose the grey sprinkle print as the border. I wanted something neutral and those little sprinkles make me think of herds of cattle or horses surrounding plots of crop land. The backing is a bright lawn, so soft and really shows off the quilting.
I quilted this on my Juki 2010-Q with a free motion foot. I knew I wanted straight lines, but I did not want them to be perfectly straight. The quilting is straight matchstick lines in each individual plot, with the border being left un-quilted. The binding has a few of my favorite colors scrapped into the sprinkle grey.
I'm in love with these solids. Beautiful weight, vibrant color and so easy to work with! Not to mention so many colors to choose from! It was hard to pick! I wanted them all!
A huge thank you to RJR Fabrics for allowing me to make this gorgeous quilt! If you want to make this quilt as well, I have good news! Head over to my Instagram @bossmarecraft to win a bundle of your own! Believe me, you don't want to miss out!