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.
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.
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.
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 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!
For more stops on the blog hop, check out RJR on facebook!
Full disclosure: RJR sent me my fabrics at no cost. All opinions are my own and are genuine.