May 29 2017

Design Wall Monday 05-29-17

Well, actually Design Floor Monday.  While working on the Rainbow Braids quilt, I had an idea for the quilting.  In the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for April 2016 was a bargello wallhanging that had quilt-as-you-go directions.  I thought that it would also work for any columnar quilt and I was right.

Basically what you do is attach the batting to the backing, place the first column right side up and the second column right side down matching the edges then sew together.

I used Hobb’s Thermore 100% Polyester batting and marked the center horizontal line as well as the top & bottom of the quilt center – both of which were recommended in the magazine article.  It took longer to pin the columns in place than it did to sew it and next time I will use my knee pads.

Here I am getting ready to sew the fifth column.  Since I wanted to be mindful of which directions the seams were turned, I added black sashing to the left side of columns two through seven so all seam allowances would be pressed to the sashing.

Once all the columns were sewn down, I added the black inner border to the sides and then the top & bottom.  Here I am adding the top border.  Once the quilt is finished I will stitch in the ditch the right side of the sashing.

Yesterday I finished the borders and trimmed the quilt.  I should have the binding finished in the next day or two and have a finished quilt to show you.  Since the recommended quilting distance for the Thermore batting is 9″ and the braids are 5 1/2″ wide, I should be fine with this minimal amount of quilting.  Rainbow Braids will be a guest at my house for awhile and if it looks like it needs more quilting I will take care of it at that time.

I have two other patterns that are made with columns and plan to make them the same way.

Thank you Judy H at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for hosting the Design Wall Monday.

Happy Memorial Day


7 Responses to “Design Wall Monday 05-29-17”

  1. Ramona says:

    Your braid is gorgeous! And what a great idea to quilt as you go. The black sashing really makes the colors pop.

    • Marlene says:

      Thank you. Rainbow colored quilts are one of my favorite color combinations. I almost went with a dark gray sashing, but I think that the black was a better choice.

  2. Libby in TN says:

    Very nice! You were smart to think through the sashing pressing scenario. That’s the kind of forehead slapping I usually end up doing.

    • Marlene says:

      The whole time I was sewing the braid columns, I was thinking through the quilt-as-you-go process. It worked out just as I had thought, which doesn’t always happen! However there was some forehead slapping while I was attaching the binding – I was in such a hurry to get it on that I pulled the binding too tight causing waves and wrinkles before I saw my error. I ended up unsewing almost all of the binding and resewing it.

  3. Kate says:

    Beautifully done!

  4. Cathy Tomm says:

    Great Quilt! I love rainbow quilts.

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