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What Shade Are You? Blog Hop: Sparkle & Fiz quilt top and FQB Giveaway

So this is the project that I’ve been dedicating all my time to this month – my second quilt! Ever! I do actually enjoy quilting. I really do. I find it relaxing and methodical. Cutting out little geometric shapes in coordinating colors really brings me some sort of zen level inner peace. …but it’s not my first love. No, ironically my first love is using quilting cotton to sew clothes. As much as I enjoy the process of quilting, I find it difficult to start a quilt of my own free will. Whenever I buy new quilt fabric, I just want to make dresses! So, believe me when I say I *need* a deadline or I probably won’t commit to a quilt. Luckily, the wonderful people at RJR Fabrics asked me to join their “What Shade are You?” Blog Hop for the second summer in a row, and I was eager to oblige.


The quilt I made for their blog hop last summer was the first quilt I ever made, and as many times as I’ve “planned” to make another quilt since then (I’ve even bought quilt books and attempted to design my own quilt pattern) it just hasn’t happened. …until now!


Keeping with the theme of last summer, I couldn’t decide what quilt to make until nearly the last minute. I considered following Devon’s Wonky Log Cabin tutorial, but couldn’t trust myself to decide on a size or number of blocks on my own accord. I wanted to follow a pattern with more set guidelines so I ultimately decided to follow the Sparkle & Fizz pattern included in Issue 15 of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.


Just a few days before Quilt Market, RJR surprised me with a Pie Making Day bundle, which happened to include the exact number of fat quarters I needed for the Fabric B pieces of Sparkle & Fizz. All that was left to do was pick some Cotton Supreme Solids to coordinate.

I chose eight colors total (1/2 yard each): 326 Sunny Delight, 130 Pumpkin, 287 Raging Ruby, 327 Pool Side, 349 Aloe Verde, 348 Neon, 033 Optical White, and 292 Turks and Caicos.


Quilt Pattern: Sparkle & Fizz by Karen Lewis for Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine
Print Fabrics used: Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff of Just A Bit Frayed
Solid Fabrics used: Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics


I liked this pattern a lot because it was equal parts free-hand and structure, though I didn’t expect the final layout to be as difficult to decide on as I made it. The blocks are supposed to come together randomly but I found myself swapping squares around over and over to try to evenly distribute colors and prints. It was tough! I even had family members helping me spot when I had too much of one shade or pattern too close together. I could have spent an entire week over-thinking it, so finally I threw up my hands and said, “Nope! Enough is enough! This is good. I’m sticking with this.” Overall I’m very happy with my choice.


You know your quilt is bright when you lay it down in the grass and immediately start attracting bees! I’d like to think they were a couple of old ladies admiring my work, like “Hey Phillis, did you see this?!” “Yeah wow, Marge, this patchwork is just beautiful! Stunning work.” “I know. So charming.” “Oh yes, quite charming.” – Haha! …I may or may not have a wild imagination 😉


The actual quilting on the other hand? I’m not sure I even want to talk about that, haha! This quilt is a bit bigger than my first one and I had an awful time trying to manipulate the batting and backing around my machine. I used my walking foot, I tried rolling and folding the extra fabric in different ways, and I still couldn’t sew a straight line to save my life. It looked so awful that I stopped after one row of blocks and ripped out all of the stitches.


No big deal I suppose, I’ll just throw in a few hand-tied knots, or maybe take it to a quilt shop and have them quilt it for me. We’ll see. All I know is I had a lot of fun making the top and it’s impossible for me not to smile when I look at this quilt. It’s just so colorful! It’s reminds me of clown pants and balloon animals. …in the best way, of course 😉


NOW CLOSED – Congrats to the winner, Andie L!

Now for the Giveaway! If you’d like to win a fat quarter bundle of the eight solids I used for my quilt, please leave one comment, using your first name and a valid email address, and tell me you’d love to win! That’s it! The giveaway will close on Friday July 3rd 2015 at midnight EST. I’ll draw one randomly selected winner and announce the lucky person here (as well as contact you via email) on the 4th. *Please note: This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only, no P.O. boxes.


p.s. I had to include my little Vandie “Peanut” Cat a lot in this post since she’s 19 years old now and starting to show signs of her age. …though she tries to prove otherwise by the way she scales furniture like a Sherpa of Mount Everest <3



  • Michele T

    Beautiful cheerful colours!!! I love the prints with solids, it looks spectacular!!! Please put my name in to win!!!

  • lindsay

    Beautiful quilt! You’re so brave to use such a ‘free’ pattern. I still need to have exact measurements and cutting rules. Wonderful colours too!

  • Margo

    Just so you know Marge and Phyllis would be drooling over your quilt! Gorgeous! I do admire you for making clothing…I’m just about to take the leap and make a cotton top for myself and I am terrified! ha ha! Great second quilt! I would have have guessed you are not a seasoned quilter! Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway! I love the colors!

  • Kristy Smith

    Oh I love your quilt top!!!! I’m totally new to the “quilting” part too, sewn for years, but that quilting…..well…..suppose I need a bit more practice. 🙂 Love all this gorgeous color too! Thanks for the chance!

  • Brenda Castiel

    I’d love to win !
    Bcastiel at yahoo dot com

  • Annie L

    I’ve always dreamed of quilting though I do have to admit I would need a deadline too!

  • Rose Santuci-Sofranko

    Woo hoo…a wonderful prize and a cute kitty! We have 2 rescued cats whom we love. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @

  • Leslie

    I’d love to win! Love the quilt you made. I’m getting ready to attempt to make my 1st quilt. Nervous and excited to begin.

  • tinygoldenpins

    Those colors look great together in the quilt. I love it and it would brighten any room! IMHO, I don’t think you should take it to a quilt store. It costs a lot of money and I always think it looks too done. And, I’m okay with the ties but the really fun thing to do (and it’s my favorite part of quiltmaking) is to hand quilt it. Nothing fancy, just stitching in the ditch while, preferably, binge watching something that has a ton of seasons. It doesn’t take too awfully long, really!

  • Kathryn Laposata

    I would indeed love to win these solids. I love the block you chose and the result. I send quilts out to be quilted more often than not. Your cat looks like two of my past cats. I always love tabbies.

  • What a fun quilt! I would love to win – those blues and yellows are right up my street!

  • jodi

    I would def love to win! peanut is so cute! I hope I am that cute when I am that old! Haha! Jodi gmmeenan at gmail dot com

  • Linda Pawlak

    I would LOVE to win these fabrics! Thanks for the chance!

  • Amorette

    I love your imagination! The old lady bees cracked me up! I would love to win some solids!

  • Virginia Degnan

    I would love to win the FQ bundle. Your quilt top is beautiful.

  • Katie Winkelman

    Your quilt is so beautiful!! I’d imagine the need were saying just that – lol.

  • Alicia Merlino

    Love your selections!

  • Carole Jeremy Shaffer

    i would love to win i love bright colors

  • MaryLou

    Your quilt top is so fun! It made me smile. 🙂 I would love to win the bundle you’re offering. You have inspired me to GO BOLD!

  • Lauren Maedge

    This quilt top is just beautiful! This has definitely inspired me to purchase pie day precuts! I would love to win the coordinating fabrics.

  • Meg Nicholas

    Love, love, LOVE the colors. My quilts attract bees, too, and (being the actual clown I am) I can’t see how clown pant- reminiscent fabric could ever be a bad thing. Of course I’d live to win the giveaway, but I don’t know if I could surpass the lively color arrangement you did here.

  • Tracy Barra-Navratil

    Love the bright, happy colours. Perfect for a summer picnic!

  • Emily Callender

    Beautiful quilt top. I love the pinwheel effect and the contrasting colors. It does look like the big top. ebbtide45 at yahoo dot com

  • Bunny

    It’s so pretty and colorful! I’d love to win so I can make something fun too! Smurfettmm at yahoo dot com

  • Oh my stars, what a fresh, fun, fabulously pretty quilt. That colour palette is slaying me with its awesomeness. Fantastic quilt, dear gal. Seriously.

    ♥ Jessica

  • carol n

    I’d Love to Win! Great job on your quilt, hope that you get addicted to quilting as I am!

  • Quilting Tangent

    I would love to win this beautiful fabric bundle.

  • Such a pretty color selection! I’d love to win this fat quarters 🙂 Your quilt came out so great! I’m always afraid of trying to “quilt” mine at home because of my machine not liking all the fabric too.

  • AmandaStock

    Beautiful colour choices — I’d love to win some of those, too!

  • Misty S

    I love the quilt, the colors, the story, and your cats! The way you quilt sounds a bit like how I do it…though my cats are not quite as cooperative. Thanks for the chance to win some lovely colors.

  • I’d love to win! I’ve spent the better part of the past six months working on a quilt. Yours looks so lovely! I love the colours, and that bee picture is just the sweetest! Way to go Rochelle! carleeandrea (dot) smith (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Alyson

    Beautiful colors! Would love to win!

  • Nancy
    I would love to win

  • Claire Sutherland

    What a fab colourful quilt. Would love to win these fabrics x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  • PK Solberg

    Your quilt is delightful! And the kittie is cute too. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric!

  • TheGranChris .

    Definitely I would love to win. Love your quilt!

  • Vicki H

    Gosh yes! I would love to win. Your quilt is surely a ‘happy’ quilt.

  • Linda Brown

    I would love to win…..the colors are soooooooooo bright…..

  • Oh gosh, the quilt is so bright and lovely! Take it to the shop and have it quilted!

    I’m in love with the little floral prints. I’m going to have to go hunt those down…for clothes of course. 🙂

  • Kathy Erickson

    I’d love to win! Your colors and fabrics are such a joy to look at…it’s really eye candy and I am sure there were ladies of all ages (even guys) admiring your quilt! I have the same problem when it comes to quilting. I’m so afraid of messing up.

  • Doris McCarty

    Oh, yes I would love to win!!! Such a happy quilt,I love it.

  • Carolyn

    Oh my gosh, this quilt top is gorgeous! I love all the oranges and yellows – so bright and cheerful. I really hope you decide on a quilting option because this top is too good to leave unfinished. 🙂 Count me in for the FQ bundle – it might get me to make another quilt!

  • Sarah

    I would love to win! This is the exact color pallette I need to pull out in the middle of our long dark winter to cheer me up!

  • Kathy Davis

    I am Kathy and I would love to win!

  • OhioLori

    Yes! Yes! Yes! would LOOOVE to win this Bundle!! Your Quilt is Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Awesome job!!
    I think “Peanut” makes a Special addition to your picture…can see approves of your Quilt too! 🙂

  • lindawwww

    Cat always seem to get in the middle of everything – especially when there’s quilting fabric around! Congratulations on your quilt! I love your colour choices!

  • Chris Griffin

    I love the quilt! Congrats. Maybe hand-quilt the layers? I hear its a soothing process and good for Netflix binges 🙂 My email is my last name followed by my first initial at

  • Whoa, this is AMAZING!!!!!! And you know it’s officially amazing when it’s attracting bees and cats 🙂

    I’m glad that RJR has been including you in their blog tours, I love watching your quilts progress! I’m sure that this one will get as much love as the first one.

    I’m throwing my name in the ring for that bundle! Erin – (you know my e-mail address 😉 )

  • StanleyBeagle

    I’d love to win! So beautiful. mhairimurray/

  • Debby

    I am in love with this quilt top that you made. It is so beautiful. The mix of prints and solids and the bright colors…. I just love it.

  • Oooh, these are Colourful Canvas colours! A lovely, lovely make! Your ‘Peanut’ girl is adorable! I’ll leave the giveaway to the many quilters on board. Good Luck peeps!

  • nrs

    Ooh, nice quilt. I love to make solid only quilts and this would be a fun one to try.

  • Debra Ward

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  • Gorgeous colours! I’d love to win a fat quarter bundle. 🙂 Email: andrea.leathley (at)

  • mad14kt .

    What beautiful colors to win and project 🙂

  • Megan Rae Biddle

    I would love to win! It would be my first non-tshirt quilt.

    I also love to sew clothing with quilters cotton!

    Megan Biddle

  • Loran Watkins

    I love quilting 🙂 Or I should say, I love to sew the tops of the quilts and then take them to the nice ladies at the quilt store for THEM to quilt. Something about taking the chaos of hundreds/thousands of tiny fabric bits and making then into something orderly and pretty appeals to me. Yours is LOVELY!

  • Kalle

    I WOULD love to win! So far, I have two partially completed quilt tops (spaced about 7 years apart) but I am SURE I’ll be finishing up soon. 🙂

  • I absolutely love this! The colors are beautiful. I always think the more color the better! Just looking at that quilt would instantly make me happy. If you’re ever having a bad day just go snuggle under it. 🙂 I would love to win! My email is Thank you for always being so inspiring!

  • i think quilting is the hardest part of making a quilt. it’s fun & easy to piece fabric together, & then you risk fucking the whole thing up with bad quilting. it looks like your thread tension may be off, which is causing your stitches to look weird. you have to futz with the tension a little when quilting, as opposed to sewing. it’s also crucial to make sure the walking foot is properly installed. i forgot to make sure the hook was attached to the needle bar once when i started a quilting project & my stitches looked a lot like this. i was terrified that my machine was giving up on me, but i just needed to reinstall my walking foot. i have also found that i cannot count on myself to sew a straight line without drawing a stitching guide for myself on the quilt top (with chalk or water-soluble pen).

    i’m working on a completely paper-pieced quilt right now & i have no idea how i will quilt it. it actually keeps me up at night: ties? hand-quilting? free-motion? sucking up the expense of farming it out to a pro? each block takes at least three hours to make & it’s scary to think about sinking 150 hours into piecing the top only to wreck it with bad quilting.

  • I totally would love to win this! I have never made a full on quilt, but lately I have been making quilted skirts. I am almost finished with my newest one, which is for the 4th of July, so has 13 quilted stars on it. I do really want to make a quilt, but am not sure I have the patience to do the actual quilting part. I love your quilt, it is so vibrant. My email is sartorialsewing (at) gmail (dot) com.