Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Rainbow Rose QAL Week 4: Centre Star

Welcome back to week 4 of our Rainbow Rose QAL

First up congratulations to Imelda who won our third prize of the QAL (by linking up to last weeks post), a fat quarter bundle from the Quilt Shop Tuam!
For our schedule see the QAL tab at the top of this page.  We are exploring the colour wheel and making this block, the Rainbow Rose, in your choice of 2 sizes to make either a 40” x 40” baby quilt or a larger lap or bed quilt 80” x 80”.

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This weeks post is sponsored by Sew Crafty Fabrics, who have sponsored a prize of fat quarters to the value of €20 to a lucky winner, who links up to this weeks post on piecing the centre Star of our Rainbow Rose.

To win this bundle, link up a photo, instagram or flickr image, or a blog post of your progress on the Rainbow Rose block by clicking the blue linky button at the end of this post.  Random number generator will choose a winner to be announced next week!  The linky will be open until midnight next Tuesday and the winner announced next Wednesday when we move onto assembling our quilt!

image_thumb81Piecing : Lastly we come to the centre star!
1.  Take the remaining 4 background fabric squares 5" x 5" for the baby quilt or 10" x 10" for the bed quilt and cut in half along the diagonal. Remember if you are not used to handling bias edges you can starch your squares before cutting to make them easier to work with and avoid stretching out of shape.

2.  Gather up your remaining coloured triangles - you should have 4 left from the corners and 8 left from the middle sections. You will need 16, so from your colour wheel fabric, choose colours to blend with what you have.

It can be helpful in choosing the fabric to arrange your on hand pieces into a star shape, so you can see what works best together and what colours you are missing.

3.  Again, to make the triangles needed cut 5" x 5" square or 10" x 10" from your fabric.
4.  Cut in half along the diagonal to make two identical triangles.  You will have extras and can use them to make a label for the back of your quilt if you like!

5.  Pair the colour triangles for the star points with a background fabric triangle, by placing right sides together.  For the remaining colour triangles pair as per the diagram or your chosen layout in step 2.  Place right sides together.
6.  Sew along the diagonal edge using a 1/4" seam and press open or to the side as you prefer.

7.  Trim to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" for the baby quilt or 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" for the bed quilt.

8.  Sew the 4 HST for the centre in a pinwheel formation by sewing in rows and then sewing the rows together.

9.  The star points will make up the bottom section of the blocks we made for our middles. The star is set opposite the outer wheel in terms of colour. The orange and yellow points of the star are pointing towards the blues, purples and pinks and the greens against the reds.

Sew the star points to the bottom of your middle sections as follows:
The star points will then be sewn on to the centre block next week when we look at final assembly & borders!

Exploring the Colour Wheel:

Colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel are called complimentary colours - they have the most contrast with each other and in reality clash quite a bit but still somehow manage to go together! If you want to draw attention to something, using high contrast like complimentary colours, will attract the eye. A classic complimentary colour combo is the Christmas Red & Green. I'm quite partial to Blue & Orange though not so much Yellow & Purple!

Orienting our star within our colour wheel this way just adds a bit more contrast to the colour placing and I hope makes for an interesting quilt block!

A split complimentary colour scheme is a variation on complimentary. Instead of using a colour directly opposite on the wheel, use the two colours that are on either side of your opposite colour. e.g. Instead of Red and Green, use Red with Blue-Green + Yellow-Green.

A tetradic scheme uses 4 colours that form a rectangle on the colour wheel and is composed of 2 pairs of complimentary colours.  As such, it can be overpowering if equal amounts of the 4 colours are used! Using one of the colours as an accent in small amounts can be more pleasing!

A triadic scheme uses 3 colours that are equidistant on the wheel like Purple, Orange and Green or Yellow-orange, Blue-green, Red-purple. This can be a really fun combination to play with!

Next week we’re onto final assembly and completing our quilt top!

Remember to link up a photo, Instagram/Flickr post or blog post on your Rainbow Rose progress to win this brilliant prize of a fat quarter bundle from Sew Crafty Fabrics! Click on the blue button below to add your image.

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  1. Not sure why my link posted twice and doesn't appear to have the photo, but the link back to my post does work. Thanks for hosting this quiltalong, having much fun with it!

  2. Thanks! Delighted you are having fun with the block!


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