Friday, 24 June 2016

Rainbow Rose .....

My Rainbow Rose has bloomed ...... and so I can today link it up to Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  I will also be linking it to the linky party over at Modern Quilters Ireland who are hosting this QAL, designed by Ruth at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner.  All the instructions are still up there if you are tempted to join in the fun!

Week 3's instructions were to piece the 4 corner sections.  I only managed to make one corner peice in Week 3 but finished sewing up the rest yesterday.  I love how these four blocks look when they are placed together - I think I might make up some of these blocks in other colourways.


I wanted to make this quilt only using fabric from my stash so overall I am happy with the colour gradations.  There are a couple of changes that are more abrupt than I would like but I was not going to go and buy new fabric ..... much as I would have liked to.


This has been a really enjoyable exploration of colour and I learnt other things besides:

::  I had never made HSTs by cutting triangles in the first place - I like this method and it means that you don't have to have two squares made up of the same fabric triangles and, because I will use the leftover triangles there was very little waste

::  I had never used starch in my patchwork or quilting before  - I am not sure that I would use it again because I really dislike the smell and how it clogged up my iron's surface

::  I used grey as the background for the first time instead of white - sadly I am not sure I like it that much!  I'm not sure if it's because it's grey or whether it's because it's this marbled fabric .... whichever, I think I would have liked it more in white.

I started this project with red at the top of the rose and have always looked at it this way ....


Now it's all joined together it's fun to see it with the other colours at the top ....





This is currently 32 1/2" square.  The assembly instructions are coming next week but I was too impatient to wait!  I am not quite sure how I am going to finish this up yet so still have some playing to do.


There were lots of points to join and whilst they are nowhere near all perfect I thought I would share a join that I was very happy with!!


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Wishing you all a great weekend. x

22 comments:

  1. Love all the colors! And the points look awesome.

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  2. Beautiful! I really like that you used the gray background because it is so different than what I am doing! :)

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  3. Pretty, and the grey background is different to the usual white. Don't beat your self up about points, in my quilt group we work with the 'blind men and galloping horses' theory, perfect every time.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  4. Sometimes the little things like having something "on point" no matter what it is makes your day! Wonderful.

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  5. This is looking great! Isn't it fun how different a quilt or block can look when simply rotated!? <3

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  6. I'm enjoying seeing everyone's version in this Qal. Yours is looking wonderful and I really like that you've used a different background colour. I tend to sway towards grey over white in a lot of my own projects.

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  7. Very, very pretty! Do you think a reason you don't like the grey as much as you might have liked white is because it is tonally similar to a couple of the green points? If the background was white they'd be a little more defined. Personally I like grey because I'm a mucky puppy and get things dirty!

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  8. Rotating this makes quite a difference, doesn't it? I like it all ways round too.

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  9. Loving this block. Great colour choices...x

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  10. You did such a great job with the color gradations. It is beautiful.

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  11. Lovely block! I like the grey but I can also see it in white. It sure changes things when you flip the block around doesn't it? Amazing!

    Wow, you should be proud of that join! So perfect, and with all those points coming together in one spot, that's not easy.

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  12. Beautifully done! I love rainbow inspired projects and yours looks great.

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  13. Oooh, how I love these rainbow roses that are popping up all over! I wish I had the time to participate in this but maybe a bit later in the year. Yours is beautiful.

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  14. You did a fabulous quilt.Love these rainbow fabric combo.

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  15. Your Rainbow Rose is glorious! I like the way the bright colors look against the light grey background! It's fun to see how different your quilt looks depending upon which direction it is turned.

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  16. I think I am going to bookmark this QAL and visit it when I'm ready to make a queen size quilt for my bed. Stars are one of my favorite motifs and I love a good rainbow.

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  17. You've done a lovely job with this. Just look at how all those points match up!! The back ground looks fine from here...

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  18. Sooo pretty! I love how everyone's quilts are turning out. I think all of your points look great. I usually gravitate toward a bright white background, but I'm really liking your gray. Actually at first glance, I thought it was a white marble :)

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  19. I've been a fan of your grey from the beginning and wish I had ventrured away from white! I really like it with the yellows at the top!

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  20. I think your gray mottled background is a perfect backdrop for the bright and happy fabrics you've chosen for your rainbow. Fun seeing it rotated with the different colors featured at the top.

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  21. I like your color gradations and I think the grey makes the reds and yellows to glow, and also to kind of float above the surface. Personally. I would also use a darker grey thread to quilt the background to enhance this effect. Funny I should be giving advice to others when I haven't decided how to quilt mine )))

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