Posts tagged: Rainbow Braid

Jun 01 2017

Rainbow Braid

Rainbow Braid is completed – this is the 13th quilt finish for the year.  All the fabric for this quilt came from my stash (happy dance, happy dance) and the Thermore batting has a nice soft, drapey feel to it which I did not expect.

I am already planning the next quilt using this quilt-as-you-go technique, but before I can get to distracted with it I need to finish the Long Time Gone quilt top.

Happy Donut Day,

Marlene

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

Marlene

May 24 2017

Long Time Gone Update

I did make some progress in the sewing room this last weekend, although not as much as I was hoping for.  Isn’t that always the case?

The binding and the sleeve on the Stair Steps baby quilt (29 1/2″ x 37 1/2″) was finished Friday evening.  This is my 12th finished quilt for the year – only 13 more to make my 2017 goal.

The remaining checkerboard blocks for Long Time Gone and the Rainbow Braids were Saturday’s projects.

I decided to put a solid black sashing strip between the braids and found some fabric from my stash for the border.

Sunday & Monday was spent working on four Pineapple blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.  I am using Marti Michell’s temples for the Pineapple blocks, but I was totally unprepared for how long it would take to piece these four blocks.  There are more Pineapple blocks to make, but that will be a project for another day.

My goal this week is to finish the Rainbow Braid quilt and then back to Long Time Gone blocks – I would really like to get another section completed over the Memorial Day weekend.

Marlene

May 08 2017

Design Wall Monday 05-08-17

The Long Time Gone sew-along is consuming most of my sewing time, but I did make some progress on Rainbow Braids and Stair Steps.

Stair Steps was designed by Jo Kramer and published in the American Patchwork & Quilting August 2016 magazine.  All the HST are leftovers from the half Snowball blocks in Buried Treasures.  I don’t usually keep the cut off triangles from 2 1/2″ strips, but since there were 144 of these I did.  My plan is to only use these triangles and not make any more, so I will have 36 blocks.  Right now I am considering a 5 x 7 block layout with a finished size of 20″ x 24″ before borders – a nice size for a small hanging or doll quilt.

The purple/blue braid is finished for the Rainbow Braid.

All the parts for the remaining braids have been cut out, so they should come together fairly quickly.  Originally I was only going to have 4 braids, but after seeing them on the design wall I decided to have 7 total braids.  There will be sashing between the braids, but I won’t know what color to use until all the braids are completed.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Apr 13 2017

Long Time Gone Week 5

This week the block for the Long Time Gone sew-along is Trip Around the World.  I am having so much fun with this project and look forward to each new block.

I also finished the Hemingway quilt top (40 1/2″ x 46 3/4″).  Originally I had pulled a brown calico with salmon flowers for the border, but after sewing one side on I knew that it wasn’t right.  This brown fabric makes a much better border as it looks like a picture frame.

Now that the Hemingway quilt top was finished, I needed a new leader/ender project.  Since my 2 1/2″ bins are getting full, I decided to make a Rainbow Braid quilt top using the Creative Grid 2 1/2″ Trapezoid ruler.  I bought the ruler years ago, but have never used it and now seemed like a good time.

My favorite thing about this braid is that I don’t need to trim the sides to make them straight and the seams will nest when sewing two braids together.

The plan for this weekend is to get a couple of the setting triangles sewn for the Lincoln quilt.  My plan was to have this a finished quilt top by May, but I can see now that it won’t happen.  Maybe it will be completed by the end of the summer.

Happy Easter Weekend,

Marlene