If you were just thinking to yourself, “Man, my day is really lacking in eye-searing rainbow awesomeness,” you’re in luck. Put on your sunglasses, and feast your eyes on my finished Rainbow Sampler quilt top!
I worked on this project on and off from March through September (6 months!), so it was quite a bit of work for such a small quilt top. Part of the time-consuming process was the hand-sewn hexagon panel, and part of it was the customized nature of this project. I had both an Excel spreadsheet and a Powerpoint file for this quilt, and each panel was planned out in detail to make sure it would fit. I also used this project as an excuse to try out a bunch of new-to-me techniques and traditional blocks for the first time, including curved piecing, equilateral triangles, English paper piecing, flying geese four at a time, and working with very thin strips. I learned so much in making this quilt, and I’m pretty happy with the finished top!
This past weekend I started playing around with half-square triangles in an attempt to participate in the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild’s upcoming Triangle Challenge. Essentially the challenge is to create a quilt that is composed primarily of triangles – sounds fun to me! There is also a “bonus level” in which you can make your quilt monochromatic, but let’s face it, I don’t think I could ever make a monochromatic quilt. I love bright colors too much. 🙂 Continue reading
This year has been all about quilting for me. I’ve been really enjoying participating in the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild, which is full of extremely talented quilt artists. And I do not use the word artist lightly! My work is total amateur hour compared to many of these quilters. With that said, I’ve been learning a lot and thoroughly enjoying the process. Here are the highlights of my quilting progress since January or so. Continue reading
After much indecision, here’s what I came up with! Still a rainbow, but not as linear as my initial arrangement. I added more warm blocks to better balance out the cools, and I mixed the blocks up a bit so the color transitions wouldn’t be too harsh. If I’m honest, I’m not 100% happy with it, but I am NOT ripping out any seams at this point!
One thing I learned during this exercise is that I wasn’t born with an eye for color arrangement. Getting that perfect mix and balance is really hard! I admire people who are good at this, and I hope to get better with more practice. There are few things in life that can’t be learned, right?
Here’s a close up of the back. The internal seams of the blocks are pressed to one side (to the darks whenever possible), and the seams connecting the blocks are pressed open to avoid bulk at the points. All seam allowances are 1/4 inch. There are approximately a million loose threads stuck all over this quilt top, but hopefully I’ll catch them all during basting!
I’m debating adding a thin white border around the edges, for two reasons: (a) to give the blocks a bit of room to “float,” and more importantly (b) to give myself a little wiggle room during basting and quilting. Maybe it’s just my lack of quilting skill, but having only 1/4 inch seam allowances on the edge of the quilt often results in uneven edges for me. I feel like the quilt top shrinks a bit during quilting, and it’s nice to have a little more fabric along the edges to compensate.
By the way, this quilt is huge. It’s currently about 74″ x 90″, without the border or binding. I don’t know where/how I’m going to baste it…. so suggestions are welcome! I may have to use the huge table at Gather Here for this beast.
Will keep you posted!
That’s right folks, I’m on vacation! After a very challenging summer at work, I’m taking a few days off to recover before all the craziness associated with the fall semester kicks in. It’s my favorite type of vacation, too: staying home with nothing planned. I feel so freeeeeeee!!!
Case in point: I am writing this post out on the roof deck in the middle of the afternoon with a belly full of sushi and a cup of coffee brewing. My sewing machine is in the adjacent room along with my rainbow quilt top in progress. Maggie (my sweet kitty) is napping on her cardboard scratcher, and all is quiet here in Cambridge. Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this. 🙂
With nearly enough blocks to start assembling my quilt top, analysis paralysis has set in. I have a rainbow of colors, but should they be arranged in rainbow order or not?
The random order is a little less obvious than a classic rainbow, but do the colors get jumbled with such a variety?
Then again, although rainbow order is super cliche, do the colors look more harmonious in a more organized layout?
Or should I do something else entirely? Perhaps a hybrid of the two?
The quilt is currently 81 blocks strong (9 x 9), and I think I’m going to make 18 more, for a total of 99 (9 x 11). So, I have some wiggle room to adjust the color scheme a bit, perhaps making more of one color than another.
I think I know what I want to do, and it involves a bit more rearranging. What do you think? Honest opinions welcome!
Amidst the chaos that seems to define the most recent events in world news, American politics, and my day-to-day life, there has been sewing. Calming, peaceful, and focused sewing. Do you sew to drown out the chaos? I know I do. It works pretty well, at least temporarily. 🙂