What Shade are You?

I’m back! I stumbled off of the blogging track, but I am back today with a fun post to get me back into the swing of things. Next week I’ll catch you up on the highlights since well….April.


I am thrilled to be a part of the #whatshaderu blog hop with RJR Fabrics celebrating their Cotton Supreme Solids today. I was floored when RJR approached me to participate (the day after my birthday!), but I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Fast forward seven months and here I am with my Wonky Runner!
I chose a palette of grays, white, and mustard for our bedroom and set out to make a runner to pull the the mustard to the foot of our bed. I was inspired by the gorgeous illustration by Cara @Print Stitch & Paste and after getting her blessing, I set out to reproduce it in fabric! The cards are available in her Etsy shop if you love them as much as I do.
I had a great time playing with the Cotton Supreme solids and working in a slightly less accurate style then I’m used to. It was a great way to stretch my comfort limits and work through some creative fears. I was aiming for a slightly off kilter and wonky look, which I think I accomplished.
I struggled a bit on how to quilt it. Originally, I was going to and matchstick it evenly (top of above photo) with gray and a pop of mustard thread here and there. I paused halfway through to look at my progress (to make sure the lines were not leaning sideways) and fell in love with the texture that the uneven spacing added to the quilt (bottom of above photo). My seam ripper and I had a date one evening!
I have yet to settle on a binding color, but here are the options I am considering.
Want to make a runner of your own? With a yard of white, a half-yard each of five colors, and some careful cutting you can make enough blocks to create four full diamonds. My runner is two diamonds in the center, a half diamond on each end, with a diamond on the back.
Initial cutting (for 16 striped blocks):
  • 64 – 3/4 x 13″ from white white
  • 16 – 2  3/4 x 13″ each from color a, b, c, d, and e (a combined total of 80)

Assembly (additional cutting is included in the instructions):

  • Make 16 stacks that contain one a, b, c, d, and e piece. Randomize the stacks so no two are alike (or few are).
  • Piece together along the 13″ length your colors with a white strip alternating in between. Your start and end piece will be a color. Press seams to colors. Repeat until you have 16 blocks.

  • Roughly square up your blocks to be 13 x 13″.
  • Divide blocks into two stacks of 8. Cut half of them diagonally top left to bottom right and the other half bottom top right to bottom left. You want to make opposite cuts.
  • Layout your (now) triangle blocks on your design wall, bed, table, or floor and move the blocks around until you find the arrangement that you like.
  • Measure the length of your diagonal line and cut sixteen 3/4″ strips of white a 1/2″ longer than your measurement. This will be the piece that makes the triangles block again.
  • Sew 3/4″ strip along the diagonal of the first triangle, press to the colors. Offset the second triangle 1/4″ from the top edge of the first triangle, lining the diagonal cut against the white edge and sew. Press to the colors and you have a squarish block again. Repeat until you have 16 blocks.
  • Measure the width of your new blocks and cut eight 3/4″ strips of white a 1/2″ longer than your measurement.
  • Sew your white strip in between two vertical blocks to make eight individual two block units. Press to the colors.

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  • Measure the length of your vertical blocks and cut seven 3/4″ strips of white a 1/2″ longer than your measurement. Sew white strips in between each vertical block to finish the runner. Press to the colors.
  • Quilt and bind to your liking!


RJR Fabrics is generously giving one lucky reader a fat quarter bundle of my color set which includes Golden Topaz, Pewter, Argento, On The Rocks, Silver, and Goldilocks. Goldilocks is another mustard option, my quilt uses Golden Topaz. To win, leave me a comment telling me what color combination you are loving today. Mr. Random will pick a winner next Wednesday evening, August 12th (8pm EST) and I’ll announce it here. I’ll be sending the winner a note card in the mail, the one that inspired the project.

Congratulations to Marti T!

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To keep things real, this is what happens when I photograph quilts in my house! I think they approve.



Quilt Details

Title: Wonky Runner
Pattern: my own, inspired by an illustration by Print Stitch & Paste
Front: Cotton Supreme Solids by RJR Fabrics in Golden Topaz, Pewter, Argento, On The Rocks, & Silver
Back: Black Widescreen and more Cotton Supreme Solids from the front
Binding: undecided
Quilting: Aurifil 40wt 2600, a light gray, and pops of Auriful 50wt 5022, a beautiful mustard
Finished Size: 23.5 x 74″


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34 thoughts on “What Shade are You?

  1. Katy M August 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm Reply

    I love your runner! They’re not usually shades I would put together but you’ve opened my eyes! I’m loving turquoise and red together at the minute 🙂

  2. Veronica Rushton August 12, 2015 at 4:26 pm Reply

    Beautiful runner! I have been obsessed with shades of purple and green with some grays and citron thrown in.

  3. Cathy Lynch August 12, 2015 at 10:59 am Reply

    Congratulations Elizabeth on a beautiful runner and awesome directions. I love your color combination too. If I was sewing today my colors would probably be “beach tones with a splash of teal”. Thanks for the give away chance too!

  4. Chrystal exkman August 12, 2015 at 9:35 am Reply

    I love the runner. It is so gorgeous. I would like to see a plummy purple iwhere the yellow is. That sounds amazing too. Thank you so much for sharing. This is definitely on my todo list.

  5. Amanda August 12, 2015 at 8:17 am Reply

    LOVE this piece Elizabeth. Another great one! My favorite color combination is a simple gray and white or gray and cream.

  6. An Update of Sorts | andpins August 12, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

    […] If you are looking for my mustard and gray Wonky Runner and my giveaway, it’s here. […]

  7. Karen August 12, 2015 at 7:06 am Reply

    I’m loving this color combination very much, makes me want to change up my bedroom! I’d love this with hits of purple even more. Fantastic inspiration in that card.

  8. Alice Harman August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am Reply

    I like the darker grey with the dots. Cards are great inspiration.

  9. jeifner August 12, 2015 at 3:23 am Reply

    I love this so much. It’s beautiful. And although I have a soft spot for yellows combined with neutrals my favorite color combination is aqua with different shades of aqua and maybe a white thrown in.

  10. julia August 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm Reply

    I really enjoy the vintage old world colors and prints with browns and dark reds, small flowers, though at the moment working with orange pink and purple. This is also to expand my boundaries as i have no pattern!

  11. Pam S August 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm Reply

    I love your modern looking runner and it’s clear that your kitties do to! My favorite color combination used to be purple and green, but lately I’ve been admiring gray and silver or gray and black. Maybe I’m just liking more modern looks, or maybe it’s because those are the colors I’m starting to see in the mirror. In any case, I love your color combinations!

  12. LINDA August 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm Reply

    HI, your project is just beautiful! (See Kitty’s LIKE!) I love the colors lately that you are giving away>I didn’t know I’d like those grays+yellow-golds so much! Thanks to you+RJR for a Grand Giveaway!

  13. Jenelle Boxberger August 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm Reply

    I love your colors as well as the runner, but I’m searching for just the right colors to resemble ocean/sea colors and add a little coral. Thanks.

  14. Melody Lutz August 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Lime, purple and blue batiks!

  15. mumbird3 August 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Great runner – I love your colours!

  16. sarahbond220 August 11, 2015 at 11:51 am Reply

    What shade am I today? I do love the color combo you used in this piece, and these are often my colors. I feel lucky to have watched it come together from the beginning at Mod. I think i might be in jewel tones today. I can’t wait to see the finished oeuvre in person!

  17. Anne Dovel August 11, 2015 at 11:44 am Reply

    So lovely! I’m really enjoying working with solids…all colors. 🙂 I tend towards scrappy color combos unless I’m working from a pattern or BOM! 🙂

  18. Gill lamming August 11, 2015 at 11:35 am Reply

    What treat to view, currently on holiday in Brittany and am very inspired by the pink and blue hydrangeas. Currently sewing in soft pastels with white.

  19. Lesley August 11, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply

    Beautiful runner! I want! My colours are grey,silver, teal and aubergine

  20. Claudia August 10, 2015 at 11:49 am Reply

    I have fallen in love with red, beige, and grey

  21. Marti T August 10, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply

    I’ve been on a bit of a black and white kick recently. Those mustardy yellows are amazing, they will definitely become part of my fabric collection. I love your interpretation of the notecard and the random line of mustard quilting, so good!

  22. carolyn white August 8, 2015 at 6:44 pm Reply

    So beautiful and unique! I would bind with the mustard. Hope I win! LOVE this!

    • carolyn white August 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm Reply

      I didn’t answer your question: I would love the Goldilocks line!

  23. Carol August 8, 2015 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I came here because Aurifil shared a pic of your runner on FB and I wanted to see more. I was pleasantly surprised to find instructions and a contest! Needless to say I love your runner and the colors you chose. I am currently loving aqua, purple and gray.

  24. buntyw August 8, 2015 at 2:17 pm Reply

    Fabulous colours – I’m loving navy and green!

  25. Michele August 8, 2015 at 8:01 am Reply

    I working on an aqua, navy, green, grey HST quilt – loving the soothing colors. But yellow and grey are just so great together!

  26. debkleiner August 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I love, love your runner. I just painted the guestroom light gray and this runner would pull it together, I’ve taken a sudden turn and am working in all shades of blue right now.

  27. Beth T. August 7, 2015 at 10:17 pm Reply

    While your color combo immediately makes me want to claim it as my own–so sophisticated and calm and restful–I’ve been quilting in deep plum and mustard and gray and navy these days. You’d think it was November instead of August, wouldn’t you? It will be soon enough, here in Oregon, and will stay that way long enough. I think I need to dig out some sky blue & grass green, “toot sweet” as my dad would have said. 🙂

  28. Cecilia August 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Gorgeous runner! I’m loving red and aqua right now.

  29. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl August 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm Reply

    Welcome back, and what an exciting and beautiful project! I do love mustard and grey together. I am personally really crushing on the rainbow lately. It’s fun to see how those things change; a year ago I could’t get enough orange.

  30. Quilting Tangent August 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply

    I like the rainbow, also orange/yellow with purple. Edge your runner in white, it continues the white stripes from the inside.

  31. Kristi G August 7, 2015 at 11:11 am Reply

    I do love the mustardy (word?) yellow with grey! I tend towards cooler cokors like aqua or teal usually. But I did just finish and yellow white and grey quilt i adore!

  32. Cindy Herndon August 7, 2015 at 10:49 am Reply

    Your runner is GREAT!!! I like the colors you chose, but I have never worked with mustard and gray. My colors lately are tending toward the purple and gold or orange pallet. You have inspired me. Thank you.

  33. quiltyhabit August 7, 2015 at 10:45 am Reply

    It’s gorgeous! The design is stunning. I love the colors you chose too. Okay, I’m going to stop gushing now. Beautiful! 🙂

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