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Cameo Quilt Pattern

Today's the day that the Cameo pattern is released!  I loved making this quilt.  It was my first project when our Bequest fabrics arrived, so I'm a little sentimental about it.

It was quilted by Dara Tomasson of Stitched Quilting Co.  in Nanaimo BC.  She used Aurifil 50wt to quilt up this beauty!

 I enjoyed designing the centre block.  I tried out a few faces before I decided on this one, but also in the pattern, I teach you how to make the centre block a silhouette that means something to you!  You can use the guidelines to make the face of someone you love.  I'm dreaming of making the silhouettes of my kids into four pillows for the couch, or a family tree quilt, including a few generations.

Batting is Hobbs Tuscany wool, my forever favourite. 

Pattern is in stores, and also our Etsy shop, where you can buy an Instant Download of the pattern, or the printed booklet.  A full size pattern of the centre block is included in both patterns.  I'm so thrilled to have this pattern out in the world, and I'm excited to see where your creativity takes you with this pattern!

What Share are You, Coral Shawl Quilt

Giveaway info and fun announcements coming at the end of this blog post!

I'll always love an opportunity to work with RJR's Cotton Supreme Solids.  Beautiful colours, beautiful hand, so many potential colourways to dream about! 

In my last What Shade Are You feature in 2017 I played with cool blues, purples and greens, using my Botanica Quilt Pattern.  But this time the gorgeous warm tones were calling to me.

 This is my Shawl quilt Pattern.  I first designed it over a year ago!  I've since made it four times, in three different colourways, but this is the first time I've made it using solids.


Picking out fabrics for this quilt is a different approach than most other quilts I've designed:

First you decide on a handful of colours you want in the quilt.  These become (that were it an actual woven shawl) the yarn colours you would choose to weave the shawl.

I always stay stitch 1/8"from the edge around my quilt before it goes to the longarmer's.  It keeps seams from opening, bias from spreading, and keeps seam allowances the way they were pressed.  Do you stay stitch too?

Next, since on a shawl these different yarn colours cross each other and interact, we need to find a colour that represents an even mix of any two yarn colours.  I used an amazing tool to determine these interactions, The Color Hexa website.  I've just written a Blog post all about how I use it to select colours.

I considered a few different colourways before I decided on this one, and with the help of Electric Quilt, I was able to have a great idea of what these colour interactions would look like.

I really love the colourway I chose (top left), and was able to find the exact colours I needed to make this quilt come to life.  Here are the Cotton Supreme Solids I selected for the quilt top:

 • Ballerina • Rio • Lemon Chiffon • Raging Ruby • Bubblegum • Just Peachy • Elephantastic Pink  • Pink Sapphire • Rhododendron • Guava • Rose Coloured Glass •

Then, since I'll always jump on an opportunity to use low volume neutrals or bling, I chose these C+S Basics for binding and backing.

 • Sprinkles in Jelly Bracelet • Add it up in Party Hat • Netorious in Silver Metallic Cloud •

The end result is a fun play on corals, plum, yellow, and their interactions!

Sheri @violetquilts quilted a sweet crosshatch on the quilt.  I requested an asymmetric crosshatch, and when I dropped off the quilt, we laid it out on her cutting table and she laid a sheet of glass over the quilt.  I drew where I would like the quilting lines to be with a dry erase marker on the glass, then she took it from there.

Batting is Hobbs Tuscany Unbleached Cotton. Almost every quilt I've made uses Hobbs Tuscany Wool, but I wanted a flatter profile for this quilt, and achieved it with the soft and supple Unbleached Cotton.  I did a flanged binding following this tutorial, but I trimmed binding to 1 1/8" once pressed in half, to make my usual 2 1/4" binding.

I've made this pattern in prints as well!  First as a mini in June's Cottage (our first fabric line with RJR), and in Bequest (our second line).  Choosing fabrics to achieve the woven shawl effect can apply to prints and solids, and is all explained in the pattern.

So, four things I'd like to tell you about this quilt:

1.  We're having a giveaway, and we hope you'll enter!  We love when you participate!  For a chance to win these fabrics

• Follow @briarhilldesigns, and @rjrfabrics on Instagram, then...

• Tag a friend in the comments on the giveaway post.  Each comment counts as an entry.  There is no limit on how many times you can enter.

A winner will be chosen from both @briarhilldesigns and @rjrfabrics, so comment at both locations!

To sweeten the deal, the winners will also be receiving a digital copy of the Shawl pattern from me.

Giveaway closes Monday Feb 11th, 4pm PST.

2. This pattern is available now in print in quilt shops, and as of today, Shawl Quilt Pattern is available as digital pattern and on sale at 25% off!

3. This pattern is kitted through Missouri Star in our Bequest fabrics!

4. I'm doing a quilt along with this pattern starting March 25th.  You can subscribe here, and follow #shawlquilt hashtag on Instagram to follow along.

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Color Hexa and how it can help you find the colours you're looking for!

The hugely fun process of picking fabrics for a quilt is often driven by choosing colours that we like together, and finding complementary prints to play out our chosen colourway.

Some quilts will require a little more planning such as the trending modern movement of quilting;  a Transparency Quilt.  Here, your purpose in selecting a colour is finding the right colour to be an equal representation of two other colours, as if the two were blended to make a new colour.

As experienced as we quilters may be at choosing a beautiful palette, and pulling together intriguing colourways, choosing colours for a transparency/interaction effect might be stretching out of our colour choice comfort zone.

For example, I can imagine the colour that these two RJR solids Raging Ruby and Lemon Chiffon  would make when blended, but I can still be quite off-the-mark. 

When I designed my Shawl quilt, I could imagine the different colour threads used to make the plaid, and how these threads interact across a woven Shawl. Sometimes the same colour threads meet, and you have a full saturation of one colour, and sometimes different coloured threads weave into each other and make a new colour.

My goal was to make a process whereby anyone can have success choosing interacting prints or solids, and though this is all discussed in the pattern, I've referred those who have the pattern to this blog post for some additional tips, using the ColorHexa.com website.  Here, you can first select your main colours, then use the Colour Blender tool to find a colour that's an equal representation of those first two colours.

Here's the process:
Once you have selected the main colours in your quilt, and are only looking for the blending/interacting colours, it’s important to take some time and find the digital equivalent of your colour. This can be done by using the Search field on the Color Hexa homepage. With your fabrics beside you at the computer and with good lighting in the room, try to get just the right colour, and record the hexadecimal number for each colour.  

Here are the colours I was looking to match:

These are both RJR Cotton Solids that I used in one of my Shawl quilts. Now hop on over to ColorHexa.com

Click on the red dot, and a little colour selector will pop up.

Use your mouse to find the right colour.  First, use the bar on the right to select the general tint of the colour, then move the little dot (found in the top right corner of the square) to make your final selection.  Every little movement will produce a new colour hexadecimal code.

(In case you're curious, a hexadecimal code is one of three digital ways to determine a colour.  1: Colour Name, 2: Hexa, or 3: RGB.  A Hexa code is always a 6 digit code with the first two digits representing an amount of Red, second two digits representing an amount of Green, and the third two, Blue.  Since the amount of Red, Green or Blue could be any number between 0 and 256, letters have been incorporated into the formula to keep the Hexa codes tidy.)

Once you have found what seems like the right colour match to your fabric, click on the code in the search field and press Enter.  This will bring you to a page all about this colour!

Here you can look at some very close alternatives, and maybe one of these alternatives is more like your actual fabric colour.  Record the Hexa code, and start back at the home page to determine the code for your next colour.

So, my deep plummy magenta Raging Ruby code is #ae146b, and my pale buttery yellow Lemon Chiffon is #feea79.  Now to find what these two colours would make if equally blended!

Your next step will be to click on the Colour Blender tool from the home page. 

Follow the method as shown in the "Blend Colours Together" diagram, by adding your two colours together as an equation in the Search field at the top of the page, then press enter.

Next, will pop up your answer!

This colour is a great match to RJR's Rose Coloured Glass, so that was my choice.

A special note to those who are working with the Shawl pattern: Start by finding the Hexa codes for your main fabric choices, then through the colour blender, type in the equation of A+B to get your AB colour, and repeat with other colour interactions listed.

My recommendation is to take a screenshot of every blended colour generated, and bring these screenshots into a word document, list the equation that made this colour and any other important information. This can be saved as a file on your phone while you go shopping, or printed out so that you can properly select these colours. 

This process of finding colours "can" also being used to help select prints, in a general sense. For example, if you have a golden print that you want to mix with a navy, and have no idea what colour that would produce, you could find a colour that well represents the golden print and well represents the navy print, and see what colour is generated. Aim to find a print that is a good representation of the colour generated, and compliments the style and look of the two original prints.

In my experience the Shawl quilt and its plaid effect are very forgiving to loose interpretations of these interactions, so just have fun, and don't be concerned about hunting down the right print!

This Colour Hexa website is incredible!  I'm looking forward to learning more about it!  Have fun as you pick out your colours, and share your palettes with me online!  I love to see what other creatives are up to!

Potter's Wheel QAL Closing Ceremonies!

Sincere thanks to everyone who participated!  No matter how you've participated, thank you! Cheering on fellow QAL-ers, sharing your palettes, sharing pics, and sewing along with us, well it was all amazing!

Hearth is ready!

This mini uses up the circle scraps from 22 Potter's Wheel blocks, and the background neutrals from 8 blocks.  Pieces are cut to 1 1/2" wide, and different lengths to make the mini.

 In addition to it being a pattern for a 19" mini, I added instructions for how to make it into an 18" pillow, and you can select between an envelope closure, or zipper closure (shown). 

Pattern is in the shop selling for $8, and it's also been included in the Quilt Along coupon that you have received in your emails recently.

So, I might as well add this to the giveaway lineup!  Nola @luv.pieced , you've won a digital copy of Hearth!  Yay!

Please remember to take a minute and like/follow/comment on our Sponsors social media.   We're really thankful to them for offering to be part of this!

So, in no particular order, here are the winners of the prizes:

The Winner of Cranky Kangaroo's 6 patterns of your choice is Anja   @anjaquilts

Jaymi Horne Instagram
Pattern Shop
Handmades and Quilts Shop


Kim @kgibsonlane is the winner of a digital copy of The Moonrise Quilt, which will be available later this month.  

proto cred: Sarah Bodri

Wendy @redlabelquilts receives Andrea's Sleepy Fox Kit!  


@susanboudreau has won our Grand Prize- a bundle of their new Cotton and Steel Basics!  They don't even ship out until the new year, but you're getting them early!

Susan's IG account is private, so below are some pics of her quilt.  Wouldn't want you to miss it!

C+S Website
C+S Instagram

Here's Susan's quilt!  I love these colours!

Yay!  So thrilled for all of you!  I hope you'll consider joining another QAL with me!  I have a quilt pattern or two in mind, that would be great QAL Patterns!