20 June 2014

Shadow Boxes Patchwork - with tutorial and giveaway

Hi all!  What's up?  I'm back after a FANTASTIC honeymoon, a super-fun time at Camp Stitchalot, and a week or so of trying to get my feet back on the ground and get to work.  Thank goodness for deadlines or I may never have come back down to earth...I'd be floating off into the atmosphere...desperate for a snack!

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Today's post is part of the blog hop for RJR solids and it had to happen on time, so it has pulled me back to lovely quilty reality.

As a part of the blog hop, I got to make my own fabric bundle. At first I was a bit overwhelmed by all the choices, but then I realized I just needed to think of a project first and then pick my fabrics!

The image that was my initial spark for my project was a picture of Squares and Triangles's Scrap Box ii quilt (photo shared here with permission).


Her quilt block is basically a sort of scrappy micro-log cabin.  Each one has a single ring of logs around a white center and then the white background.  I really liked the simplicity of it...so pretty and calming.  I wanted to play with my own micro-cabins!

I picked three medium-valued colors I really liked out of the color card (overcast, haviland blue, and driftwood) and then three light colors to go with each one.

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You might be able to read my note in the photo above, but the fabrics here are (from top to bottom):
  • 283 On the Rock (light gray) 
  • 319 Overcast (medium gray) 
  • 179 Hyacinth (lilac) 
  • 297 Driftwood (medium purpley brown)
  • 169 Haviland Blue (medium blue) 
  • 102 Celeste (light blue) 
  • 033 Optical White (bright white) 
In order to piece the blocks, I simply cut a small square of the dark fabric (no measuring, just cut!) and then used strips of the lighter color to go around it (I cut the strips freehand, at approximately 2" wide).  I tend to prefer the courthouse steps variation of log cabins, so if you look closely at my blocks, you'll see that they were pieced that way, rather than as straight log cabins.



Finally, a border of white is added to the blocks and then the blocks are cut to the same size for ease in combining them; I just add more white if the block isn't big enough yet. 

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You'll see in the block above that I also included some plain patches and I have some log cabins that are missing some walls.  The plain patches were added to give the piece some breathing room and the incomplete cabins happened because I decided to use up all my fabric and I ran out of the lighter fabrics before the darker ones.    I love how this quilt is coming together!  I can't wait to make more blocks and join everything up!

As to the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids...I love them!  They have a really nice feel and lovely drape...a nice middle ground between Art Gallery (super drapey) and Kona Cottons (somewhat stiff.)  I tend to chose my solids based solely on color, not feel, and I was impressed by the colors RJR has available, I found a few new favorites on their color card!

Would you like to play with some RJR Cotton Couture solids?
I've got two bundles you can win!  (Update: The winners have been chosen)

I've got a bundle of my choices from RJR for one winner.  Let's call this Subtle Shadows.


And another winner will a Daisy Field bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics.  This is also RJR Cotton Supreme Solids, Pink Castle Fabrics has a monthly club where they send you a bouquet of RJR solids each month--Color Inspirations (sign up any time!) All of the combinations were hand-picked by shop owner Brenda Ratliff, who is also the designer picking new colors for RJR's line-up (best job ever?)  Daisy Field was March's choice and it's sooooo pretty!


In order to win, simply leave a comment below.
If you are outside of the US and Canada, please let me know--you'll only be eligible to win the Daisy Field bundle from Pink Castle.



For more stops on the blog hop, check out RJR on facebook!
I'll pick the winners on Monday and email them, please be sure I can reach you via email!
Thanks and good luck!
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Full disclosure:  RJR sent me my fabrics at no cost.  All opinions are my own and are genuine. 

73 comments:

  1. I LOVE the *quirky-ness* of this classic design--and the chance to win fabric is a bonus! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You won a bundle! Please check your email!

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    2. Thanks! Just sent you my mailing address!

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  3. Fun mini, and the daisy field fabric bouquet is a nice echo of the inspiration quilt :)

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  4. I think your design would make a cute baby quilt with the Daisy Field bundle. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Your color choices are very soothing; great job!

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  6. I love the simplicity of it!

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  7. Really illustrates that a very simple quilt can be stunning! Excellent color choices!

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  8. Great neutral palette

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  9. Love your choice of colours and pattern.

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  10. anna brown....happyness04431@yahoo.com..............wow very cool use of solds..........Ty for sharing...

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  11. Hi!!!! Very pretty and Thanks for the tutorial!!!!! I can see it in many colors too!!!! Thank You

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  12. I like the simplicity of your quilt as well as the neutral palate. I would love to see this in brights, too. Thank you for the tut and the giveaway.

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  13. Cool block and lovely fabrics!
    Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!
    Hugs from Annelise in Denmark

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  14. I like the title "Subtle Shadows" It is perfect!

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  15. Love what you did and the shades you picked.

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  16. very nice! i like the squished ones and the blank squares. an inspired touch.

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  17. Very nice indeed! And the fabrics are lovely!
    Jill (in France)

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  18. Congrats on all the good things going on in your life. I love solids and would love to add a few more to the stash for when I sit down to play. Thanks for sharing the giveaways.

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  19. Very nice. Thanks for the chances to win. Big fan of Pink Castle

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  20. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Fabulous design !!
    I'm in the UK !

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  22. love your colour choices and the Daisy Field colours. The design is fabulous.

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  23. I would love to win either bundle.
    Raverne at comcast.net

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  24. Great mini! I love the colors! thanks!

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  25. Welcome back to the blogosphere! I love the dustiness of the courthouse steps quilt that you made and would love to add those fabrics to my stash. But I would be equally happy with the Daisy Field bundle! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win in your giveaway!

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  26. Thanks for the great tute, and the chance to win some fabric!

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  27. Live in Georgia, USA, thanks

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  28. I love both color bundles they are great.

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  29. Love the colors!! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  30. I am always drawn to patterned fabrics but have resolved to try more solids. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  31. Thank you for the giveaway and for creating and showing another version of the awesome log cabin-courthouse steps blocks.

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  32. Cool layout and log cabin interpretation. Thanks for the tutorial! Great giveaway as well!

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  33. Love how your colors came together and it looks like a fun one to quilt:-) Welcome back!

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  34. Oh that is pretty cool, looking forward to seeing the top all made and then quilted!

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  35. Welcome back. Love both the bundles. I have always liked to work with solids and near solids

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  36. I really love those colors! Beautiful quilt! Evin5 at aol dot com

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  37. Love the colors you chose. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. Thanks for the chance at an awesome give away:)

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  39. I love the way you design keeps a viewer's eyes moving! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. I like the sunrise! I love your quilt designs!

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  41. Love your fabric choices. Sometimes subtle is a nice option for a quilt. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  42. Just getting ready to start a log cabin with zombie centers. Thanks for inspiration

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  43. Nice modern quilt. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

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  44. I'm loving the Daisy Field bundle. The colors are so vibrant and pretty.


    serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. I really really love the openness of this quilt I do not know if that is the word for it, and honestly my hubby would love these colors, he is a minimalist.

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  46. I love your design! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win a bundle!

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  47. love these colors! I'm in the US

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  48. Thank you for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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  49. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm in Australia.

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  50. Interesting twist on log cabin blocks. I haven't seen quite this interpretation before and look forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  51. I like these blocks. I love the effect of the partial blocks especially. I love serendipity in design. Sometimes I wonder if I'm being lazy when i let logistics/fabric shortage etc guide my design but I really like the effect here and often when I see other quilters do it.

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  52. Love the idea, I don't think I could bring myself to be that imprecise though, If I did one it would have to be beautifully mathematically precise. I'm in Scotland, so a bit too far away for a chance at the subtle shadows!

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  53. I love your choices. I live in the desert and seem to be making a lot of quilts with gray undertones recently - I think I'm trying to get out of the heat! Lovely quilt - what are you going to do with it?

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  54. I love these- such beautiful solids. Thanks for the chance.

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  55. ooh I love the pattern! It would look great with either bundle!! ksmith8@emich.edu

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  56. Would love to be in with a chance of winning :)

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  57. I'm trying very hard to use more solids. This looks like a great improv method--right up my alley!

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  58. when i began quilting in the 80s amish quilts were popular - my daughters quilts were pieced by machine but quilted by hand in grays, yellow, off whites and one with a splash of burgundy. i love you quilt - reminds me of the baby quilts i made long ago!

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  59. Thanks for the chance to win, I think your kinda-improv looks fab. I'm outside the US and Canada.

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  60. Beautiful colors in both bundles. I love how calm this is.

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  61. They look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  62. Love the micro log cabins. I did an improv log cabin-ish boxes out of every shades of blue and green withsome white and green paisle vertical sashing for my youngest sister. She loved it. I really love March bundle palette!

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  63. The mellow bundle is gorgeous, what a nice way to highlight some of the subtle differences.

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  64. Very different moods to those bundles! Like them both.

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  65. Love that daisy field! Great colors. I like how you added blank squares to your block. Lots of room for fun quilting! :)

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  66. AnonymousJune 23, 2014

    Pink castle- my favorite store. I so want to find a class with you.

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