With FloMo on hiatus I was finally forced to do binding and here's my second finish for the month! This is the lap size Rainbow Quilt. I finished the king size version in May. This one is going to Alycia for Quilts of Valor in Colorado.
I quilted it with a quick and easy continuous curve design. This one will stay soft and cuddly as a QOV should be.
I love the back. This is based on the Abundance gradient and I used the purple edges of the backing fabric for the binding. It just needs the QOV label and it will be ready to go!
This is the quilt that the Misty Morning gradient was designed for. You can read all about it in my 2017 gallery.
Here's another of the back with the color better.
It's washed and dried now and all that's left is the Zentangle label.
It was my sewing weekend with Country School Quilters this weekend and, of course, I worked on the postage stamp quilt. What I didn't expect was to actually get the top finished! I cannot believe that this behemoth is finally done....well, except for the quilting.
Here are the answers to some questions I expect to hear:
Yes, the postage stamps are 1" finished
There are approximately 3970 pieces (including the black pieces)
Once quilted it will probably be about 94" square
I stated it in 1998 right after we moved into this house
Quilting it will be a lot more fun than piecing it
I freaking LOVE this quilt.
You won't see it again until I start quilting it but hopefully it will not be too long now for that.
I always have a dedicated project for CSQ sewing days so when I came home I searched out the next one. I'm happy to report that my UFO shelves are getting a little thin! I did find a box with these crumb blocks. The are leftover from the Fractured Fragments quilt which is leftover from a king size Fractured quilt.
At least I'm consistent!
Anyway, I found a big piece of purple and a piece of yellow and found a wonky star pattern in a book. I put it into EQ and adjusted for the size I needed. I'm ready for the next CSQ sewing weekend (in September). This will probably be a donation quilt.
The Rainbow's End top is done! I really love this quilt. I love it a lot more than I ever expected. I love the pale blue background and the effect of the Color Wheel Warm Gradient border. On Monday I showed the blue backing that I dyed for this quilt and I just need to pick a binding color and get that dyed.
This makes 2 Rainbow tops that need to be quilted and I've decided that these will get done by the end of July.
With that in mind I dyed this backing for the other Rainbow Quilt.
I'm going to quilt the wedding quilt and these 2 quilts with simple all-over designs. These need to get done. I consider them "blankets", not "quilts" so the sooner I get them done the sooner they can bring comfort to someone.
I am very excited to have the Rainbow fabrics finally at the end....except for the blocks I saved for placemats! I'll try to get to those soon.
Since before our vacation in May I have been dealing with tendinitis in my left arm/neck/jaw. It's nothing serious but something I deal with all of the time. I seem to have some tendon/muscle pain somewhere in my body all of the time. Usually it's jut an annoyance but this time it's gotten out of hand. As a result I had only 2 goals for this weekend. The main one was to be more attentive to icing my neck and using the TENS machine. The other was to make some serious progress on the Rainbow's End quilt.
I did both! The tendinitis is getting better and I made lots of snowball blocks for the Rainbow's End quilt.
I got the first 2 borders on and am working on the last set of snowball blocks. I am seriously liking this quilt.
I feel so confident that this quilt is going to be done soon that I dyed the back for it this week too! I hope that doesn't jinx me.
I added one more goal for the weekend and got the Misty Morning wedding quilt loaded.
The backing is a gradient and I wanted to center the top. I do that by starting loading the quilt in the center. If you ever need to load a quilt centered on the back I have a tutorial here.
Hopefully I'm all set up for a very productive week!
I finally put the scraps away and started making the quilt. First I cut squares for the corners and stitched across then diagonally to make the big snowball blocks. I'm very happy with the light blue mottled fabric for the background.
I couldn't help myself. I had to use the leftover corners. I see placemats in my future. Next I start making all the other crumb pieces into snowball blocks. Fortunately the cut offs from those will be too small for me to save.
My big event for the weekend was teaching my ruler class at The Longarm Network. I had a full class and it was a lot of fun. I think everyone was more comfortable using rulers after the class. But teaching is a lot of people interaction for me so after class I need some concentrated quite time and I decided to spent the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday with my rainbow scraps.
Judy Laquidara's Snowball quilt calls for 4 sizes of blocks and I'm just piecing all of the bits together randomly. I got the bigger blocks done and at this point I needed 40 4.5-inch square blocks and this wasn't enough fabric to get that done. I went to my shop inventory and cut a half yard each of the 2 Color Wheel Gradients (since that's the palette I used for these fabrics) but I needed a little more.
I'm almost embarrassed to tell you that I found another box of rainbow colored leftover tiny bits from this quilt that I finished THREE YEARS AGO! Normally that would be a sign of some sort of serious mental illness. In this case it happens to be a genius foreshadowing of a future need.
By the time I went to bed last night I had all of the blocks made. I hope to get the background cut and substantial progress on putting this together this week because I'm kind of tired of working on it.
I also killed an iron in the process. I think this $25 Target iron has lasted for 4 or 5 years and I'm happy with that performance so I'll just go buy the same one again.
Now that I have a plan and can visualize and end to this project I've give it a name: Rainbow's End. I've been working on it in bits of time and am making good progress on getting the blocks together.
I even found a good fabric in my stash to use as the background. I intended to use white but I think that this mottled pale blue will make it a little more acceptable if I decided to give it to an adult.
I have about half of the blocks made and have plenty of scraps left for the rest of them. There are probably even a few placemats in there too. Once I get the blocks made this should go together pretty quickly......until I get sidetracked by something else.
I'm back with an update on my oldest UFO. I'm working on this project once a month when I have sew-in days with Country School Quilters. Here's where I left off last month. You can see that all I completed was the black border. That may not seem like much but I had to put the first 2 on twice.
I'm finishing this quilt on a different machine from where I started and the 1/4" is different on each machine. The last row of 9-patch postage stamps is a little bigger than the rest of the quilt. I can deal with that in the quilting but I needed this border to be right to contain it all. I knew that going in and thought I had measured correctly but after I sewed on the first 2 borders they were too wavy so I remeasured and un-sewed and re-sewed and now I'm happy.
The next border is 2 rows of postage stamps. I got one done this weekend and half of another. Maybe I can complete these next month. I'd love to get the last solid border on too but I think it will take 2 months. Regardless, it's one step closer to done!
Seriously, I am borderline insane. My ability to make things complicated knows no bounds.
Remember the Rainbow quilt scraps? There are so many of them that I knew I could make another quilt from them. I don't NEED another quilt but they are perfectly good fabrics and I like playing with them.
So I started sewing the small bits together into crumb blocks. That's no problem.
But once I got them sewn together I started playing with ideas for the quilt and everything got completely out of control.
I had some big triangle pieces and played with them on the design wall a bit. I kind of like the wonky pinwheels but got stifled when I tried to figure out where to go next with the layout. So I pulled out EQ.
I saw some quilts on Pinterest that have this kind of look. Assume that the hideous stripe blocks are crumb pieced chunks. But this is way too buys and too fiddly and I don't like the gradient border (which I really want to use). I did 4 or 5 versions of this before I moved on to the next rabbit hole.
The next rabbit hole had nothing to do with my project. I was at the beach and Anne was working on a quilt design and I got involved in 10 version of this. We're still working on this one but I sure do like it!
I'm not sure even what I was thinking with this disaster. The stars would have been the scrappy fabric but it wouldn't even come close to using even half of the scraps. Oh, and it's ugly.
Then I thought about working with big blocks and I like this one a lot. The red would be the scrappy part. I tried several large blocks and liked this one the best but I realized it would be a pain to piece.
Getting back to simple I thought that maybe I'd just make some scrappy rectangles and sash them.
Then I started going through my quilt books, especially the scrap ones. I saw an antique quilt in a Roberta Horton book and saw the "O" blocks from Anne's quilt above. I like this a lot but it doesn't use enough fabric. I went through 6 more versions of the "O" block.
Then I found this in Weekend Quilts by Judy Laquidara. I actually made a kit for this quilt for a customer in another colorway. This is exactly the effect I wanted for my scrappy blocks and I can use the gradient for the border.
Hallelujah! Now I can sew again.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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