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RJR Blog Hop! Skip! Jump! Quilt

Well here’s something a little different, my very first quilt! When RJR Fabrics approached me about participating in their Cotton Supreme Solids Blog Hop, my immediate thought was I don’t really quilt… but that thought was cut short when I realized I really need to start if I ever want to use up my fabric scraps. Plus, the parent company of Cotton & Steel is automatically a winner in my book so I jumped at the chance and said yes please!

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At first I had grand ideas for complicated vintage patterns and fancy free-motion quilting but then I reminded myself I was working on my very first quilt, on a deadline, and maybe I shouldn’t get too ahead of myself for once in my life. So I scrapped all my grand schemes (no pun intended) and turned to a sewing/quilting book in my library, Sew Red. You might remember this book from another project that graced this blog way back in April 2013, and how funny that I mentioned this particular quilt in that post as a project I’d like to make in the future. Well, it only took me a year and a half but I finally made it!

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This is the Hop! Skip! Jump! quilt pattern by Denyse Schmidt, who happens to be one of my favorite fabric designers. Before I thought about which supreme solids to use with this pattern, I dumped all my scraps onto the floor and started pulling a few favorites that were big enough to work with. The ones I reached for first were the leftovers from my Cotton & Steel Mustang shirt, which I then started to coordinate with other prints that would pair nicely, and THEN I turned to the Supreme Solids swatch book to pick some colors that would bridge any gaps and pull all the prints together. I posted a photo on instagram of this process.

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The RJR Cotton Supreme Solids I picked were French Vanilla #9617-111, Tiffany Box #9617-291, Peridot #9617-342, Rio #9617-311, Riviera #9617-274, and Hot Pink #9617-217 (courtesy of RJR Fabrics).

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I followed the pattern in the book to a T, but had to skip the muslin foundation blocks since I didn’t have enough muslin. Instead I just cut one foundation block to use as a guide, but used my cutting mat to measure the final size of my quilt block instead of cutting the foundation block down as well. The top came together really quickly and I enjoyed the free hand cutting and “wing it” style of building the blocks. It was a nice, stress-free break from garment sewing!

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I wasn’t entirely sure what to do for the backing, but after watching a free class on Craftsy I found some inspiration and learned how to lay out the back and the batting. I used pins to sandwich everything together, but in the future I’d like to try the spray adhesive method. I did the simplest thing I could think of for the actual quilting part and stitched everything together by just following the white strips in a sort of lightening bolt pattern. I used varying seam allowances and had no real set plan as I worked but I think it really compliments the free hand style of the blocks.

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I was having my doubts with mixing so many colors and prints but the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids really brought my entire quilt together! I highly recommend this type of pattern to anyone who’s brand new to quilting. There’s really not a lot of room for human error so your finished product is bound to be really successful! My mitered corners are a bit of an eye sore but I picked a busy print for the binding so you can’t even tell.

luckylucille_rjr_blog_hop_quilt8(That’s my William modeling the quilt for me. Thanks, Wil!)

Lucille is convinced that this is not actually my first quilt, but is in fact a nice snuggly new thing for her to wrap up in. Which, let’s face it. It is exactly that.

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I know this is practically blasphemous in the quilting world, but I used my machine to attach the binding. Sorry, I guess that’s just the garment sewer in me and I’m not about to start hand stitching it any time soon πŸ˜‰

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I’m so proud of my first quilt! A huge thanks to RJR for finally giving me the push to start quilting, and for providing the beautiful solid fabrics to pull my love of crazy mixed prints together. Check out all the other awesome RJR blog hop projects, here!

Do you do any quilting? I think I might be hooked!

xo
Rochelle

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BONUS GIVEAWAY!! (NOW CLOSED) RJR Fabrics is giving away one fat quarter fabric bundle of all the solids I used in my quilt! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below (using your first name and a valid email address) and mention you’d like to win! πŸ™‚ The giveaway will close and I’ll randomly draw one winner on Friday, September 19th 2014 (For US and Canadian residents only this time, I’m sorry).

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  • Oh, and of course I’d like to win a fat quarter from such a fine fabric seller.

    Lyric
    aprov.31woman@gmail.com

    Thank you for the offer.

  • “I know this is practically blasphemous in the quilting world, but I used my machine to attach the binding. ”

    Yes, perhaps to a quilting snob! Thankfully I chose to not join those type of quilters when I started learning the craft last year. Honey, you did a splendid job (machine sewing and all) and should be proud of yourself like I am OF YOU.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    http://www.sewlyricallyvintage.wordpress.com

  • Wonderful job on your first quilt! I love the pattern and the fabrics that you chose.
    Stitchedwithlovejenn.weebly.com

  • ncjeepster

    Wow, all the quilts turned out fabulous, like your little four legged models also. Love to win and try my hand at one of these quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

  • Nancy L

    Nice quilt – keep it up!

  • Lina Z

    Thank you for the chance.
    likomr at yahoo dot com

  • Lina

    I would love to win

  • Kathy McG

    Your quilt looks great – so cheerful, and finished so quickly! I decided I needed to make my first quilt this summer, and got a bit bogged down (actually more like distracted by needing to make your Mustang shirt!). Some free fabric would be lovely motivation to finish that quilt so I could do a new and better one πŸ™‚

    • Le Ann Osborne

      I love your quilt, and also your pets!!!

  • Peg

    A chance to win? Yes, please. Thanks.

  • robin

    Love the quilt – love the fabrics!

  • Vanessa

    Lucille looks like she’s in heaven lol beautiful quilt and thank you so much for the chance to win!!! πŸ™‚

  • alexandria

    what an exciting giveaway!

  • Michelle

    I would love to win this fabric giveaway. I would use it to make my first quilt.

  • Alexandria M

    What great fabric, i would LOVE to win!

  • Alicia M

    I getting ready to start my first quilt.. I started to make a really simple pattern way too difficult so I had to step back and make my goal for the first quilt: finish! I would love to win!

  • Cutest quilt model EVER!!! πŸ™‚ Fabulous work on your first quilt, dear Rochelle. The colour palette is so fresh, fun and cheerful!

    β™₯ Jessica

  • Diane Beavers

    I’d like to be as Lucky as Lucile and cuddle in that quilt , but first I NEED TO WIN the RJR solids bundle:)
    Thank you for your advice for beginning quilters such as me…I’m gonna wing it til I make it!

  • Pam S

    Your quilt is just joyful! No wonder your dog is so fond of it. Congrats on your first quilt, and thanks for the chance to win!

  • It is so beautiful! Quilting is sort if the sewing holy grail for me. I only want to make big full size ones and they take so much time and money!

  • I would love to win those beautiful colors. Thanks!

  • Paula K.

    I would live to win that solids pack! Great job on a first quilt. Be proud of the great job you did. Sincerely, Paula K.

  • duchick

    I’m so glad you “jumped” right and made a quilt! It turned out great and I see that your furry pets love it too! I’d love to win this and get inspired!

  • Renee G

    I would absolutely love to win and make my own first quilt.

  • Sarah

    I would love to enter the contest! I am also a garment sewer who’s started quilting, and I also attach bindings with the machine. πŸ™‚ Beautiful colors!

  • Your quilt is wonderful!!! (no surprise there) :o) I confess that I too bound my first quilt on my machine. I expect I will always do so. :o)

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  • sharon

    Nice job. free fabric? of course.

  • Thank for the giveaway! I would love to enter….dreaming up fat quarter projects! πŸ™‚

    Annie
    casehanks@gmail.com

  • Great job on the quilt! Lucille looks very comfy in it. Who is that at Will’s feet in the quilt modeling pic???? I could use more fabric! Who couldn’t???

  • Garm

    Oh, I’d like to win. I’m working my way towards quilting (garment sewing for years for my kidlets). Maybe winning this will be the push I need! lol

  • Love the colour collection-that teal just pops!

  • Very cute quilt and very well done! The colors are yummy too, who wouldn’t want to win them πŸ™‚
    I’m not new to sewing or quilting but I never hand sew anything. Having rheumatoid arthritis rules out any hand stitching and I’m perfectly happy with that.

  • That looks amazing for your first quilt! I love your color scheme too – just my style πŸ™‚ I’d love to win the fat quarters – I’m sure they would be very handy to have around. Thanks so much!

  • Kristy

    Wow! You did a GREAT job on your first quilt! I’m a newbie quilter too….and I do the machine binding also! One day….one day I’ll try the whole handstitching thing! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the chance at this awesome bundle too! πŸ™‚

  • Mary

    I think your first quilt looks beautiful! The first quilt is always special- and don’t feel wrong about machine sewing your binding! I’ve quilted for many years and it is my method of choice! As most quilters know, giving your quilts to others brings joy to all- I tell them they are to be used and enjoyed- so machine binding holds up well to washing! I’d love to win-

  • Cheryl

    Lovely! Great job. Yes, I, too, would love to win!

  • Beautiful- I’d love to win! And I think my foster dog, Charley, has a crush on Lucille. He keeps coming over to look at her snuggled in the quilt!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

  • I would love to win this fabric!

  • Veronika

    I’d love to win! Well done on your quilt!

  • Jenelle Boxberger

    you made an amazing quilt and love all the pictures and your blog. I would most defiantly like to win the fabric bundle. Give that dog a big hug he was a great subject for your pictures. Thanks.

  • Naomi

    What a great first quilt! Thanks for the chance, I would love to win this giveaway.

  • Ashley

    That dog has the right idea! You did a great job on your first quilt- it’s beautiful and snuggly! I’d love to win some of those solids. Thanks!

  • jenetamasson

    That first photo is adorable! Actually, all your photos are great! You chose a fab pattern for your first quilt – it’s lovely.

  • Kathy Davis

    I love pictures of quilts with feet! I would like to win, Thanks, Kathy
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

  • Julia

    Beautiful! Would love to win!

  • Lorelei

    I’m on Team Lucky ~ I machine stitch my bindings too! Would love to add to my stash!

  • Cute quilt! I’d love to learn to quilt!

  • Janie

    Congratulations on your first quilt! Looks like everyone loves it! Ha. Thanks for the giveaway, and the chance.

  • nel

    Love fabric and would love to win……

  • Count me in! I need to make another quilt.

  • Julie T

    Very cute quilt, and I love seeing your dog wrapped up in it! When you pets love what you do, you know you are doing something right.

  • Shannon D.

    What a great project! I have been quilting since I was in single digits (a long time!) Some solids would help pull some of my scraps together!

  • Jean

    Nice job. Love the colors! And… I would love to win.

  • This turned out beautifully! I love the fabrics you chose and would love to win some!

  • Love this quilt, the colors make it so cheerful! Seeing your attempts at making something out of scraps motivates me to address the scrap bin in my sewing room! I’d love to win some shiny new fabric!

  • I would love to win! Great first quilt. I,also machine sew my bindings on…shhhhh…Don’t tell!

  • Quilting Jeannie

    Oh my goodness, I’d love to win solids! I have a real need for them. Thanks. Your quilts are so cute, but the dog sleeping in one gets Best Vote for a Photo!

  • stgilbert

    Rochelle! Your quilt is stunning (of course) and I love all the peeks of your patterned fabrics against the solids. Of course it’s a new blankie for Lucille! What else would you make?! I love seeing your fur babies pop up in your posts – they are so sweet πŸ™‚

  • This is gorgeous! I recently finished my first quilt; I did hand-sew the binding – but only because I tried to machine it, and it looked like a dog’s breakfast!! I love the photos of Lucille under her quilt (you are so kind to make this for her!), and your cat helping you to read the instructions! Please don’t enter me in the draw, because I’m in the UK.

  • I’d love to win! What a great giveaway, and what a great quilt! I made a quilt for a baby shower two years ago with my sister (in a week!) and it was a similar style. I attached the binding by machine too. Pfft, who cares if anyone gets their nose out of joint over it, it looks great and the great thing about sewing is that it can be whatever you want it to be πŸ™‚

    If I am lucky enough to be chosen, I can be reached at carleeandrea dot smith at gmail dot com πŸ™‚

  • Amber

    I would love some solids…I don’t have any. Thanks for the chance.

  • Quilting Tangent

    Would love to win the solids.

  • Absolutely lovely! The colors are calming and it looks like the perfect quilt for a chilly night. I will keep my fingers crossed on the chance to win the bundle πŸ™‚

  • BARBARA MERKLEY

    beautiful quilt

  • What a beautiful quilt! Lucille has excellent taste. πŸ™‚ I’d love to win those solids, I have scads of patterned fabric but few solids. Enjoy you lovely quilt in the cold, dark days of winter, you did a lovely job.

  • Alexis Davis

    What a beautiful quilt! I’m just starting too but already hooked! I’d love to win. πŸ™‚ And I might need to find that book too!

  • Sandra

    Looks great! I’ve been wanting to try out my first quilt and would love to win! Yay!

  • Hayley

    Lovely quilt and fabric choices. I’m currently making a quilt out of Suffolk Puffs, with lots of different patterns and fabrics. Quilting is such a relaxing and easy thing to do!

  • Chris

    You did a wonderful job. Yes you are hooked. I’d love to win some solids. Keep going and have fun.

  • I love your quilt! I think your machine binding is perfect! I do all my quilts with machine done binding. I like to think that if my doggies are gonna be sleeping on the quilts they need all the support to hold up!
    I would love to win the bundle of fabrics!

  • Love your quilt. The colors are fantastic.

    I do quilt a little. I started a few years ago (5? 6?) for the same reason a lot of people do: to use up scraps. That was the original intention but I have only completed one scrap quilt. I usually get an idea and buy fabrics specifically for a quilt. I do all the quilting by hand because I want to do it just like my grandmother did. It’s slow but there’s a satisfying, zen-like feeling to hand sewing.

  • Such a Happy quilt! You are on your way now! I’ve been quilting for 40 years and I’m still excited to try new techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  • Machine binding is great. Your quilt is lovely, as is the pooch. Aaaand, I’d like to win a little fabric…Thanks!

  • My pup is convinced that every quilt I make is his. Lay it on the ground to get a sense of how it looks? Instantly has a dog on it. Drape it on the couch for photos? Only time he ever jumps on the (forbidden) couch. Despite his campaigning, he has yet to get one of his own. Perhaps winning would be just the thing (okay, not really, I’d just use it in another one he’d like to claim πŸ™‚ )

  • Amorette

    Fun! In glad i found you from IG, this looks like a fun blog to follow. And we are on opposite journeys…i am a quilter who wants to start doing garments. I would love to win.

  • Erin

    Love it! I thinking quilting is a great break from garment sewing while still sewing!

  • sillyandrea

    You did a great job! Love the scrappy backing and the Parisville print.

    I’m a machine quilter for a long time now and I always machine stitch the bindings.

  • Stevie

    Beautiful quilt! I wanted to make my first out of my son’s baby clothes, but I think I need to try something simpler first! Oh & I’d like to win!

  • Janet T

    Your friend looks really comfy and cozy! That’s what quilts are for! To be enjoyed.

  • LINDA

    HI, your quilt is beautiful! I’d love to win these neat fabrics! Thanks to you+RJR for sharing!

  • PamJ

    I love the colors and simplicity of design . . . and especially the beautiful canine who is enjoying the quilt!! Thank you for a chance to enter the giveaway . . . .

  • I have never quilted in my life though I have way too many fat quarters so I really should! And this gives me hope that I could totally bust something out. And omg Lucille is so cute. That picture of her with her (clearly it’s her’s now. lol) new quilt pretty much made my morning. πŸ™‚

  • Becky Banet

    I used to sew all my clothes when I was a teenager and then later I started making my daughters clothes. Now I only quilt…and mend if I absolutely have to do it. lol You did a great job on your quilt. Better watch out…you’ll get addicted! lol

  • Dani

    I also need to take that step into the quilting world, I think you may have given me the push! Daniwhite1977@yahoo.com

  • Gorgeous quilt & gorgeous dog! Please enter me for the giveaway πŸ™‚
    threadsandbobbins(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • goonyburd

    Your quilt is great!
    Nancy

  • Tina C.

    Great giveaway! I love all the colors, and the quilt turned out fantastic!

  • I love your quilt! And I always love the opportunity for free fabric. Thanks!

  • anna brown happyness04431@yahoo.com………..Loved reading your blog you sound like a fun lady to sew with……..The quilt was pretty cool ty for sharing………….I would love to win………Gl with your adventure in quilting hun….

  • Berta

    Love the bright colors and the free form of the quilt. I would love to win the fat quarters to get me started on making a quilt for my niece. Great job on your first quilt of many to come.

  • Excellent first quilt – congrats!

  • Amy H

    Excellent Quilt! I’d like to win.

  • Brooke

    I want to win! Love love love these color combinations and the backing.

  • maggielou

    I would love to win . I really love all those solids

  • I would like to win this! It just so happens that while you were working on your first quilt I was working on my first patchwork project! I made a pillow cover that is all stripy explosion. Your quilt is lovely!

  • Congratulations on getting it done! Looks great.

  • Allison

    You’ve got a cute dog. I want to win so my dog can play on this fabric.

  • Nothing could be cuter than the pic of Wil with the cat rolling in the grass! Great quilt, too, btw ;–)

  • That’s really awesome! I have a reproduction 1930’s quilt kit that I started but never finished. I’ll have to look into finishing it up over winter break this year! But those colors are wonderful and if I win they might just be incorporated into a 1940’s quit skirt that I found in Make and Mend for Victory.

  • I love the concept of “dog approved”! Its very pretty. I keep meaning to quilt because I think it may be faster than knitting blankets, which is what I normally do πŸ™‚ I’d love to win a fat quarter to start my journey!

  • Janet

    I make a lot of quilts. For being your 1st one, it’s very good! And don’t think twice about doing the binding by machine. Unless it’s a quilt for a show, I ALWAYS do machine binding. If your going to actually use the quilt, machine applied bindings hold up better…..especially on a child’s quilt as they will get wash often. If you continue with quilts…just remember…there are no quilt police! Do what makes you happy! And have fun! I would love to win the fat qtr bundle…..one can NEVER have too much fabric!
    Janet
    ntzasqrl2(at)msn(dot)com

  • Cecilia

    You did a great job! I love the colors you chose. I would love to win the bundle. Thanks!

  • It’s beautiful! It’s also dog approved, what can be better then that. πŸ˜‰

  • I love your bright and simple quilt! I want to win those fabulous fabrics! Also love your animals posing with the quilt, sweet! Happy quilting, am looking forward to your next quilt.

  • Your first quilt looks lovely. I would like to win the contest.
    Alison
    littlelorenbear@gmail.com

  • That is a fantastic quilt. And I’d like to win.