Thursday, 16 February 2017

A FAL Q1 Finish :: Rainbow Mini No 2

Ever since I made and sent this quilt off last year I have wanted to make another for me.  I used the design as a learning lesson in EQ7 - it's much easier to design a quilt you have already made!

Then, just because the Kona White happened to be on my cutting table for another project I thought I may aswell cut some squares .... and whilst I was at it why don't I cut the coloured squares too?  And also why don't I make two Rainbow Minis at the same time?!!!  These squares are cut at 1 1/2".

It always amazes me how much smaller the blocks get when they are sewn together.  Yep, still working on two minis at the same time here!

At this stage I was considering what colour to make the star in the bottom left hand corner ....

and by this stage I had decided not to put one in at all because my idea for quilting it had changed!  Even though I can now do more formal design with EQ7 it's not going to stop my normal method of making things up and changing things as I go.

Choosing the rainbow coloured threads ....

The final choice were all Glide threads and the colours were: cardinal, mars, mango, turf, light turquoise, cobalt, amethyst and white (not pictured).

Initial straight line quilting from the coloured stars in coloured thread.  I was going to add feathers like I did on my original but in the end I forced myself to just go for straight lines having never quilted a quilt with just straight lines.  It did take a lot of will power but I managed it!

 I love the texture that the straight lines give the quilt but in a way I wish I had put some curves on it aswell.  Oh well I can do that on Rainbow Mini No 3 when that's finished!

It finishes at 21" square and I used Warm and Natural White wadding and Kona White for the background and backing.

A gratuitous shot at an angle - which I love!!

It has been interesting remaking a quilt, although it is slightly different in design.  I certainly don't love this one as much as my original but it has been a good learning curve and I am sure I will find a good home for it somewhere!

This is my first blogged finish of the Quarter from my FAL list which feels great!

I will be linking up to Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. I really like that you changed the way that the colored lines flow out of the stars. It will be interesting to see how you finish the next mini in this series!

  2. This is a great piece. I think the quilting is just perfect too.

  3. Abigail, this is such a fascinating mini to look at . . . the colors, the stars, the colored thread, the texture. It's tiny but with a lot of punch! Definitely a work of art.

  4. The coloured threads gave this mini a real lift and worked well. I agree in that I preferred the first one too, I just had another look and it is spectacular. I'm looking forward to seeing the next one.

  5. This is beautiful Abigail. I love how you played around with the quilting colours and the straight line quilting.

  6. I just love the different colours you quilted with. This is really cool! I also just had a look at the original mini - Wow, just wow!!!

  7. Gorgeous!!! The quilting really makes it;-)

  8. Funnily enough it was the quilting that caught my eye when I saw this on instagram, though if I could do this stuff at all I think I too would want to sneak in curves all over the place. :-)

  9. Beautifully done! Love the straight line quilting in all the rainbow colors.

  10. Beautiful quilt. I like it very much!

  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PROJECT!!!!! I love everything about this mini and want to make one, if you would be okay with me doing so, that is.


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