Wednesday, 19 August 2015

My rainbow quilt ....

I have been continuing work on my rainbow quilt, which I have now named.  I have never named a quilt before but here goes - Straight Line Bow!

All the coloured pieces were joined and then a narrow and a wider white strip were added ...

 
all the piecing was finally finished ...

 
I used my binding clips to put it on my design wall - they were perfect for the job and I have to say I don't actually like to use them for when I am hand sewing on the binding I still prefer the metal binding clips that are like hair grips.
 
 
 
And then, I cut it .......  I was a little anxious that I was doing the wrong thing but in my head it looked great!

 
Figuring out how to join it together again with a strip of white fabric.  It shouldn't have been that hard but I only had limited material, and no matter how hard I tried to source some last week I couldn't find the match.  I would have liked the white fabric to have the grain going vertically but there just wasn't enough so I had to have the grain on the angle and sew very carefully so I didn't alter all those cut edges which are now on the bias.


Ta da!!!!  I think it was worth it all .....

 
 
Now for borders and quilting.  I have so many different quilting designs running through my head right now but I think I am actually going to load up a test piece and do a trial run - not something I would ever usually do!   But thank goodness I did.  What was in my head did NOT translate onto fabric.  I am not sure whether it was the fabric I used, the thread, the design ....... I am so new to long arm quilting and it many foibles that a lot more practise will need to be done.  Oh, and the borders didn't work out as planned either - long story ........  Suffice to say there's a little bit more work in this quilt yet!
 
I am linking up to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts again today. I have really enjoyed playing along the last couple of weeks and discovering some wonderful new blogs and amazing work.  Also linking to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.
 

24 comments:

  1. It looks fabulous! Adding the white strip was a great idea and I'm glad it turned out exactly as you thought it would. I have cut apart a quilt top before and I know it takes nerves of steel and maybe a glass of wine ;) haha

    Glad you did a practice piece. I typically do not do that either (should have learned by now!) and have spent hours ripping. . . and ripping! Can't wait to see what you decide with the quilting!

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    1. Than Judy - my longarm is very new so unless I just do an all over pattern I realised I had to practice! Quilt has changed again overnight so got to reconsider all the quilting!

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  2. The work in progress pics are great! Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do for the quilting... And the borders. You have me curious!

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    1. Thanks Lorna - hopefully more next week!!

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  3. So much yumminess in your quilt top!!! Look forward to your quilting design.
    Hugs
    Sew Preeti Quilts

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    1. Thanks Preeti. Now even more confused about quilting - I guess it will come to me as soon as I start!

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  4. You have some great fabrics making your rainbow lines. And thanks for sharing your thinking that has gone into this so far. I look forward to seeing how this continues to develop.

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    1. Hi Anne - thanks for popping by and commenting. I love to see how other people go about making quilts - I think my next project may just be squares, square and more squares that go together quickly!

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  5. Yay well done, I think I'd have been really nervous cutting it and stretching on the bias, it looks like you did it perfectly!

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    1. Tank you! You want to hear a funny thing? I cut it again yesterday .........

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  6. I really like that your rainbow is seperated. I think I would be nervous too, cutting this in half, but it looks like it was well worth it!

    Oh, I hate it when what you have in your head somehow doesn't translate into how you had planned it. This well be a fun finish once it comes together!

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    1. Thanks Allison. The quilting design in my head was great but part of it was just some straight lines in the different colours. Now the white lines were beautiful but the coloured lines weren't. Not sure why there should have been such a difference in appearance .... maybe different threads, something to investigate further when there isn't a deadline.

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  7. What a gorgeous rainbow quilt! I've often thought about cutting a quilt like this and think you made the right decision, however nerve wracking! Can't wait to see how it turns out after quilting.

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    1. Thanks Deb. It as nerve wracking but I must have got over it because I did it again yesterday - aaarrrgh!

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  8. Great quilt!! Very colorful and modern.

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  9. I can never go past a rainbow quilt! I love that big band of white you put in the middle, I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to make that diagonal cut - eep!

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    1. Thanks Serena - it would have been easier to have a proper plan rather than winging it!

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