Rainbow Crazy

This week I finished up my Rainbow Improv quilt just in time to ship it to Sisters for their quilt show next month….there is nothing like an impending deadline to get you working hard!

rainbow improv quiltI started this quilt a little while ago, making the blocks in between some complex paper piecing projects.  It was so much fun to do something so free from rules and constraints.  You can read more about the process on my original post

quilt detail 2I just used a rainbow of solid fabric scraps and played with colour.  I must admit I did not know what the end product would look like, I just enjoyed the process of making the blocks.

quilt detail 3Because this quilt was going to Sister’s I wanted to do something modern for the quilting, but I did not want to distract from the blocks too much.  In the end I went with my beloved straight line stitches but used a rainbow selection of thread for the quilting.

threadEach row of blocks got their own colour, which was so much fun to do.

straight line quiltingI just used my walking foot as my line guide…I did contemplate marking up the quilt top but this was so much easier and worked out perfectly… I got 16 lines of stitches per row and only went a little off course, one or two times.

improv quilt backFor the back of the quilt I went with a patchwork of solid Kona greys (Ash, Charcoal and Medium Grey), which was perfect for highlighting the change in the thread colour.  If you look closely you can see the rainbow effect of the quilting.

quilting detailThe final touch was some scrappy grey binding, a label and I was done.

bindingI am so thrilled with how this quilt turned out.  It is so different from what I usually do, but was just so much fun to make…

Quilt Details:

Blocks:  6 inch improv blocks
Fabric:  Variety of solids – Kona, Michael Miller, American Made and Bella.
Finished size:  48 x 48 inches

35 thoughts on “Rainbow Crazy

  1. This is SPECTACULAR!! Hope to see it at QKS?? More than worthy of the Sister’s show. So glad you finished it and that it was fun to do. The fun always shows up in the final quilt and makes people happy to see it.

  2. It is beautiful! You should be so proud!!! I’m going to Sisters in October for a workshop. I will, however, be missing the show. I usually have a workshop in Las Vegas at that time. Would have loved to be able to see this in person!

  3. I love the improvisational charm of this quilt, and the formal rows of straight quilting add value to the effect of all the plain fabrics. You’ve made me want to start collecting solids, which I have rarely used except for sashing and binding.

    Talking of fun, I’m having fun with my cheapo strips salvaged from the remnant basket at my local quilt shop, being VERY random and freehand with cutting. Nearly ready for batting and backing.

  4. Love your rainbow quilt. Rainbow threads in your straight line quilting looks effective too. Such a modern fun quilt!

  5. Love it – so bright, cheerful, free flowing and it’s easy to piece! That’s a winner in my book – I don’t collect solids very often but now I’m inspired to do so!

  6. I absolutely love this! And great idea with switching the thread colors while quilting, such an awesome touch. 🙂

  7. Very cool quilt, and very effective in person at show ‘n tell. And I’ll get to see it again at Sisters. I do love that narrow straight quilting–don’t know if I have the stamina to do it on a whole quilt though.

  8. I am going to sisters so will look for it and get an up close photo, maybe I can replicate in some manner, great quilt!

  9. This quilt is so cool – I could look at it for ages 🙂 Also my eyes keep wanting to make out letter shapes when I look at the blocks … must be the tonal changes in each colour … either way I love it!

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