Friday, September 5, 2014

RJR Supreme Solids Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Happy Friday everyone! Last month I was contacted by RJR Fabrics and asked if I wanted to be a part of their Supreme Solids Blog Hop and it took me about 2 seconds to say YES. I love solids anyway and the projects I'd seen people doing with these had shown me a gorgeous range of colors that I was thrilled to play with.


As I thought about my design I kept coming back to an Autumn color palette - I'm so ready for cooler weather, changing leaves and pumpkins I can't even stand it! In addition to color I'm always drawn to large blocks that make a big impact design wise, which led to this jumbo sized flying geese quilt. I'm calling this one Flying South and I am delighted with how it turned out.


The colors were just as rich as I'd hoped and when they arrived I couldn't wait to cut into them. After combining all the color pairs to make the individual blocks I laid this out probably 5 or 6 different ways and finally settled on this after some *very* helpful suggestions from a friend. Aren't quilty friends the best?! I love the movement from the random chevrons and that the chevron pattern isn't obvious, but kind of comes as goes as you look at the arrangement.


I love how all the colors of play together and glow when you put them next to each other!
Because these are large blocks they sew up very quickly - I had all the cutting and piecing done in one morning. If you're busy, big blocks are your friend!
I used masking tape to mark straight vertical lines randomly spaced for quilting.


See the color on the very tip-top ends of those leaves? No? Look closer. It's there, I swear.

So this is the high tech way I plan out my blocks and quilts, starting with a graph composition book and a pen. I wanted these blocks to be FQ friendly so I made sure my layout would work even with FQ's that might be a bit wonky - I think this gives you the biggest flying geese block possible with a FQ. You'll need 2 FQ's to make 2 blocks. 



Measurements for cutting EACH block are: cut TWO 8.5" squares and ONE 8.5" x 16" rectangle.

If you use half yards instead (like I did) you'll get 4 blocks from 2 half yards.

I like this tutorial for flying geese blocks - I used the traditional method for this block.

For this quilt I used 18 half yards, making 4 blocks of each colorway. 
My layout was 4 blocks x 9 blocks and the finished size was approximately 64"x72". 
I used flannel on the back and I had a piece in my stash that was about 4 2/3 yds that worked great.

You can check out all the gorgeous RJR Supreme Solids right here. You can find a good selection of RJR Supreme Solids at Pink Castle Fabrics. If you're interested in seeing the other amazing projects in this series you can find them all on the Blog Hop facebook page.

RJR Supreme Solids colors I used in Flying South:
130 Pumpkin
198 Cocoa
341 Stormy Night
199 Chocolate
285 Golden Topaz
131 Carrot
229 Mahana Beach
342 Peridot
282 Gale Force (also used for binding)
351 Pewter
267 Boxwood
219 Pinot Noir
201 Espresso
314 Oriole
92 Golden Rod
110 Red Wagon Red
318 Craft Paper
343 Martini Olive


RJR Fabrics has generously offered a Fat Quarter Bundle of ALL the fabrics I used to one reader (US and Canada only please)! Just leave a comment on this post - giveaway will be open until Midnight next Tuesday (9/9/14) and I'll post the winner Wednesday morning :-)


RJR Fabrics provided me with the fabrics for this project and giveaway but all designs and opinions expressed are my own.


93 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway! That is a perfect autumn quilt, I need to get started on something so cozy now that the weather has turned - and I can actually get that pattern made before it's spring again!

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  2. Great solid colors! My favourites are the Goldens and red <3, awesome quilt, you are one very talented lady!! Thanks for the giveaway

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  3. I love your quilt! I have been wanting some solids because I don't have much,, so it would be great to win! Thanks so much for a chance!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  4. What a gorgeous quilt! Your colors are yummy! So rich! Awesime job!

    Thank you and RJR Fanrics for an amazing and generous giveaway! Fingers crossed! hehe

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. it's beautiful, darcy! and i'm with you...fall can't come soon enough!

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  6. I love the way that your quilt glows! What a wonderful color combination. Thanks for the chance to win these fabrics and thanks for your inspiring blog!

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  7. What a lovely, colorful Fall quilt!

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  8. I love that location you chose for displaying your quilt for those pictures! I didn't even notice the chevrons until you mentioned it and then I saw them a lot! You did a beautiful job and your blog was a pleasure to read!

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  9. Love these colors and fabric
    Hope I win them

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  10. Beautiful colors in a beautiful setting. Love those big block in-your-face quilts!

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  11. I am not sure I would have picked those colors out on my own but I love the way they play together! Beautiful!

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  12. Love it all--the colors, the pattern!

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  13. I love your photography of this gorgeous quilt.

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  14. I love these solids - martini olive is great

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  15. I love the flying geese ty for sharing.......The colors you picked are wonderful..........

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  16. I really love this quilt, and the subtle chevrons are fantastic! I haven't done much with solids yet--this would be a great opportunity to give them a try. Thanks!
    Sfriedgood@comcast.net

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  17. What a beautiful quilt -- and I loved the way you showed it off in the photos. They really show the pop of the colors.

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  19. I love the colors you chose. Your chevron pattern was perfect for showing off the palette. becbanet@gmail.com

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  20. I love fall too, beautiful use of colors!

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  21. This is fabulous....I love big blocks and solids...thanks for the cutting schematic too, my kind of high tech!

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  22. I love it -- and I don't even like making Flying Geese!

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  23. Great reveal, your quilt is beautiful!

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  24. Your flying geese quilt is so striking - thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. I usually am not a fan of Flying Geese, but you have taken them to a new level. Love it!

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  26. Your quilt and the colors are just fabulous!!!

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  27. HI, beautiful project!
    Thanks to you + RJR for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  28. The colors you chose were amazing. It is a beautiful quilt. And I love how you photographed your quilt.

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  29. This will be a great quilt for my grandson. Looking forward to starting it. Thanks.

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  30. Turned out wonderful. I really like Flying Geese but the colors you chose are perfect.

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  31. Beautiful quilt! I love flying geese and the colors are perfect. I would love to make this quilt!

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  32. Love the quilt - really need to put it on my bucket list! Bucket List of Quilts, that is!!

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  33. I love the big blocks. I am putting this on my list to make.

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  34. What a very beautiful quilt. I think I might just have to make this one

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  35. I love the gorgeous fall colors of your quilt, the big flying geese blocks and all the movement! It's lovely!

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  36. Love the rich colours, your quilt is stunning and the photo shoot is beautiful!

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  37. I love flying geese for the exact reason you said, there are infinite layouts, especially if you play with light/dark colours.

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  38. Mission accomplished! My first time at your blog and I am a fan of your quilts already! And a fan of your daughter's first quilt! How special. Thanks, too, for the give away. Hope I win because I like the colors.

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  39. Your quilt is stunningly beautiful because of its simplicity. Thank you for the chance to win those pretty solids!

    Tami
    tamiquilts at att dot net

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  40. I love your quilt, it is very 'up the down staircase'.

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  41. Gorgeous, deep, rich colors! Thanks for hosting the giveaway and inspiring us with your quilt.

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  42. I love the colours! I thought it was a pretty quilt when I saw the other pictures, but that first one of it on the steps is just beautiful! It looks like a painting!

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  43. I really like what you created with these solids!

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  44. You chose a beautiful palette of solids and I'd love to make a quilt with them :)

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  45. I really love the colors and the hidden chevron pattern. I'd think I could make the flying geese in the large size. Beautiful pattern.

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  46. Very nice range of colors, and a nice job on the quilt!

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  47. Very beautiful! I love the solids.

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  48. I have never used solids to sew with..... yes it's true. I went to buy some and got frozen thinking about the colors so I put them all back. I guess if I won some, I could get past the frozen stage and actually sew with them! caveat78 at hotmail dot com

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  49. I am so in love with your quilt, the colors and of course flying geese. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  50. What a gorgeous quilt! The colours are so vivid and rich. Beautiful!

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  51. Your quilt is beautiful, the chevrons are very subtle, but add great movement.

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  52. Your quilt is lovely. The fabrics are gorgeous. Thanks for the tutorial and a chance at the giveaway.

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  53. I LOVE your quilt! And I love your high tech design method - my style too!

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  54. I love these colors in this quilt! Perfect for my favorite season of the year!

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  55. Lovely quilt! I'm a high tech graph paper designer too. Sometimes less is more. Your color choice is great...love the fall colors mixed with some grays and blacks. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  56. Such a beautiful quilt! Definitely puts me in the fall spirit. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  57. I'm an autumn girl so these colors are right up my alley. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance.

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  58. Beautiful quilt. I will miss summer, but the color of fall is full of inspiration.

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  59. your quilt is beautiful! it seems so different from what I have seen lately. (I'm in the US)

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  60. I LOVE the giant block quilts-it is the only way I can seem to get anything accomplished these days-and bonus I love how a traditional block made giant sized is modern! Great job on the quilt & thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  61. I love big blocks! Also, I love the colour palette you chose. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. Magnificent! I love the color choices (I miss fall here in South Florida).
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  63. Pretty Autumn colored quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  64. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love solids too, but usually coordinate them with patterns, but now you've given me more ideas! Would love to win!

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  65. Beautiful quilt! Would love to add these solids to my stash, never enough solids! Thanks!

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  66. I'm so in the mood to make a quilt with solids, and this one is fabulous!

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  67. Love your quilt and the beautiful colors! So not ready for winter, but love, love, love fall!

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  68. I love the quilt, colors and setting of photo!

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  69. I would start making this today if I had the fabrics. So striking! And I would LOVE to win!

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  70. I have just started to get back into using solids again. Thanks for the chance. Love your quilt!

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  71. Not sure why I don't use more solids--I really like them. b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  72. What a beautiful fall quilt; inspiring! sarah@forrussia.org

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  73. Ooooh! Flying Geese are one of my favorite blocks (the first quilt I designed & finished was FG). Love the idea of the giant sized blocks & your color placement is wonderful!

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  74. I love making big block quilts and this one is gorgeous. I love the colors you chose, and having flannel on the back just makes it better!

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  75. I love your quilt. The colors are perfect!

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  76. Wow, that's awesome, we are already getting cooler weather here, wish it would stay warmer for just a bit longer.

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  77. This would be a perfect birthday gift for a best friend!....Bwah ha ha....gorgeous.

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  78. Wow, gorgeous colors! Flying geese are pretty much my favorite block.

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  79. What a pretty quilt! I love the colors -- very Autumn!

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  80. Um yeah this quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us

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  81. What a stunning quilt! The colours and design are just perfect. The setting for the pictures is also lovely.

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  82. Amazing use of solids, you have shown solids will never be looked as solids again. I love the quilt and would love to make it. Thanks for sharing.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  83. I love the way some of the light colors flow together! Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

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  84. I love love the colors...they remind me so much of the fall, my favorite time of year.

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