Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Rainbow Rose QAL Week 5: Assembling your quilt top!

Welcome back to week 5 of our Rainbow Rose QAL

First up congratulations to Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl who won last week's prize of the QAL, a fat quarter bundle from Sew Crafty Fabrics by linking up a polka dot Rainbow Rose!

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”.

Just sew nowThis weeks post is sponsored by Just Sew Now 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 assembling our Rainbow Rose Quilt top!
To win the 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!

We're onto the home stretch and the part where it all comes together! Cue the A-team music! Di-di-di-da!

1.  Layout the pieces we've made as follows:

2.  Sew into rows and finally sew the three rows together to make the Rainbow Rose Block.

3.  Before trimming our border pieces measure across the length of your block in three places : at the right, middle and left side. Take the average measurement and use this figure to trim your border fabric for the two sides of the block.  If you have maintained a perfect 1/4" seam the block will measure 32 1/2" x 32 1/2" and the bed quilt 72 1/2" x 72 1/2".

4.  Sew the side borders to either side of your block.
Large lap quilt & smaller baby quilt version!

5.  Measure again across the width of your block at the top, middle and bottom and taking the average measurement trim the top and bottom border. If you have maintained a consistent 1/4" seam it will be 40 1/2" for the baby quilt and 80 1/2" for the bed quilt.

6.  Complete the quilt top by sewing on the top and bottom border.

7.  Now I quite like the minimalist look of this block, floating in all that background space, but if you like a more traditional treatment and a fancy border, here are some options for using your leftover triangles and stash of Rainbow fabrics!
Hexagon with squiggle or Orla Kiely inspired orange peels!
Options for borders if you wish - shown here the 72" block with border options to finish at 80" x 80"
The templates to make the applique pieces for each of these 3 options for both the baby quilt and lap quilt sizes can be downloaded here.   

 Remember to print at 100% with no scaling to end up with the right size templates.  A 1" checkbox is included for reference.  You can use any applique method you wish.  Templates are sized for raw edge fusible applique e.g bondaweb or the Crafted Applique method by Lara Buccella.  If you prefer to needle turn applique please add your seam allowance when cutting out your fabric shapes.  Hexagon Flower templates are correct size for the EPP method.

My placement of applique squiggles on a corner of the larger sized quilt!
Yes there is a piecing mistake in my corner block, I had to unpick! Can you spot it?
And you are done!
Except for the basting/quilting and binding, labeling and gifting if you like...

Exploring the colour wheel
Last week we looked at complimentary and triadic colour schemes.  Other colour schemes that are fun to play with are:

Analogous - fabrics used are from colours side by side on the colour wheel like red, red orange and orange. 

Monochromatic - all the fabrics used are from the same colour and vary in lightness only.  You can have great fun playing with gradients and ombre effects.

This colour scheme could be fun to try in each of your applique borders if you like and add to our rainbow blend & complimentary colour centre.  You'd have lots of exploring colour theory in just one quilt as an an end result!

And lastly, Achromatic - think of a Black & White photo.   B&W in photography is sometimes referred to as greyscale.  Using tones of grey with black and white can make for a very beautiful quilt.

I had the privilege to make some blocks for a Share Jane quilt project co-ordinated by Paula Rafferty.  The Share Jane concept is for lots of people to make blocks of the Dear Jane quilt, a really old quilt design made up of small squares. It's a quilt made over 150 years ago by a lady called Jane A. Blakely Stickle and contains over 5600 pieces.  It's a sampler quilt of 4.5" blocks (169 of them!) with a triangle border (adding it all up to 225 patterns in total).   Taking this traditional sampler project and re-colouring it, Paula designed 3 very striking quilts!

An Achromatic version with a happy accidental pop of colour:
Photo by Ruth Bourke.  Image used with the permission of Paula Rafferty
A Rainbow version:

Photo by Ruth Bourke.  Image used with the permission of Paula Rafferty
 An Irish version based on the colours of the Irish Flag
Photo by Ruth Bourke.  Image used with the permission of Paula Rafferty

Doesn’t this traditional quilt look very modern with Paula’s colour treatments? 

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

For our final link up opening on the 20th July we will have three more prizes to giveaway.  The link up will be open until the 30th of July so there is lots of time to catch up and finish your quilt top if you need to!  Random number generator will choose 3 people who have linked up finished quilt tops and finished quilts to win prizes from Fluffy Sheep Quilting, Slaney Handcraft and Love  Mark it in your diaries and see you at the final linky party!

Thank you for quilting along with us and exploring the colour wheel.  I hope this will be of use to you in making your own quilt designs and can see that applying your own colour treatment to some traditional designs can make for some very fun quilts – Modern Traditionalism at its best! I hope you enjoyed it and thank you too to all our very generous sponsors.

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  1. Those three Dear Jane quilts are just stunning - all colour schemes work so well but have to say I LOVE the Irish flag one!

    1. Mine too - I love the skull but the colours in the Tri-Colour are just amazing and it has brilliant impact when seen in person!

  2. Thank you Ruth, will get down to work now)). Any ideas about quilting? I was thinking about it - changing thread color for every piece seems to fussy, overall quilting in a neutral or variegated thread will probably downplay the color differences...

    1. No clue on the quilting yet Lena - keep waiting for inspiration to strike - was thinking bit stitch hand quilting at first but not so sure now!

  3. Loved the quilt a long. Had so much fun doing it. Now to figure out the quilting

  4. Loved the quilt a long. Had so much fun doing it. Now to figure out the quilting


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