Wednesday, November 17, 2010

pretty, pretty Rainbow

This morning I woke up to a silent, empty home.  My children left last night with grandparents for a week trip to visit far-away relations.  So, can you bet I was at the sewing machine by 7:30 am - dressed, fed and ready to go!

Good morning!

Good morning! I started with completed quilts blocks...

Hide & Seek quilt top

and stitched away until the quilt top was pieced, framed and backing prepared. This Hide & Seek Spectrum baby quilt is a gift for my dear friend Bethany. It's a project from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings. My, what a clear, easy-to-read pattern! The process has been a complete treat. I will definitely be making this gift again.

I chose natural linen for the border frame, rather than the muslin Anna used. My earthy friend will appreciate the texture, and I couldn't help but think that cream muslin borders would be a magnet for stains.

Peek a boo

I'm really not sure if the funnest part was choosing the solids or finding the peek-a-boo prints in my stash.  Curious about my fabrics?  I promise I'll give you a list of colors and prints when I've completed the quilt.

Rainbow Spools

So, now after an afternoon at work, I'm off to quilt and finish this baby. I'll be machine quilting it with a rainbow of threads, a la Ms. Horner. These pretty spools were all waiting for their day to shine in my thread collection (many passed down from my mama who never really sewed). I know, "tisk tisk," I'm using old thread. It's the utilitarian in me. Bethany would approve.

16 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea for a quilt! Love the fabrics you've used and the rainbow threads :-)

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  2. I love that Handmade Beginnings book! Your quilt turned out fabulous -- you have a lucky friend!

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  3. This is beautiful Rachel. Boy are you on a roll. I see nothing but beauty coming from you!!!

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  4. What a beauty!

    Also: I would totally be up and showered at the crack 'o dawn if I had an empty house. Sew on, sister!

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  5. What a treat to have some time alone to sew. Like a retreat in the comfort of your home. Hope you enjoy!

    I love your quilt. I haven't used linen yet. I imagined it feeling a bit rough but I had the pleasure of seeing and touching Jacquie's (Tallgrass Prairie Studio) quilts recently. She had used linen in some of hers and it felt wonderful. So now I'm tempted to try it. The linen looks lovely with the rich saturated colors you used.

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  6. Beautiful quilt, I'm so envious of your free time!

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  7. love, love! bethany is one lucky mama...and you are a good friend!

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  8. Just was flipping through this book last week and admiring this quilt....love your version with the linen! And, WOW, kid free time at home.....ENJOY!!

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  9. Giirrrllll.... what I wouldn't do to be in your shoes. (really big long wistful sigh) Gorgeous quilt, though! :)

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  10. Boy howdy, I totally envy you that free time! I keep waiting for my mom to call me up and offer to take the kids for a week. All I can think of is how much I would get done!! But in reality I'd probably be bored without them after the first day.

    Lovely quilt. One of these days I'm going to use linen. Where do you get yours?

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  11. Jenn, I get my darker shade of "natural" linen (like used in this project) from fabric-store.com. I linked to the exact product in my materials list for Colorbrick. I get my lighter shade of "natural" linen (like used in the Christmas Tree Skirt) from Sew Love Fabrics - it's the Essex linen/cotton in natural. Different tones of natural compliment different color schemes.

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  12. oh, how fun to have that free time! enjoy!

    your quilt looks great. can't wait to see it done. :)

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  13. Another great project!

    I don't know what I'd do with myself if my kids were away for an entire week! It sounds fabulous to have that much time to do what you want to do! Enjoy it!

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  14. Just Love That quilt...but must finish the 101 thngs i have on the go before i dare attempt something new,,,lol..fabulous colours and fabric,,,,ok - yes i am weakening,,,,xx

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  15. i use old thread too. its beautiful! lucky baby! :)

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