Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Juggling Rainbows

So, it was one of those mornings when my poor children were repeatedly advised "Do. not. disturb. the. quilt."  No, I don't have a design wall =).  Yes, this is located, very inconveniently, in a main walkway.  I'm working as fast as I can!

walking in rainbows

These are the many, very special blocks I received from the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches (an online charity quilting bee that benefits needy people in our communities).  When I led the quilt design for April, I asked for rainbow blocks of any size square/rectangle and of any design from my bee members.  The results are stunning!  Each block is a gem and they're all so different.... Here are a random few:

from the Faith Circle!

My original vision for this quilt just won't work, so I juggled the blocks for a good while last night to come up with a new layout.  Some of the blocks have lots of white space, while many of them have no white at all.  At first I tried mixing everything up, both in sizes and in color intensity.  Oh, it looked like a mess!  I feel like sashing is a must. This quilt needs some cohesiveness!  But what?  Since we're making this quilt for a large family of many young children, white is not a practical choice.  Stylistically, it's what I'd choose, but I just don't feel good about it as a mother.



I tried a dark purple sashing, since it's a color I'm sure the mother would like.  But, nope, that's too harsh.

working layout - very nervous!


So, in the end I've chosen to use several sashing colors and arrange the blocks from most white (in the upper right corner) to darkest colors (in the lower left corner).  The sashing will move from pale sky blue to a darker green as well.  I think.  No promises.

I'm very nervous about this quilt.

Not only do I really, really want the mother and her children to love it, but I also want to allow all of these beautiful blocks to shine.  If the end result is a jumble, it's all on me.  I may have been too open in my design concept this time!  After the success of our Love in Wonky Stars quilt, I wanted to push the envelope again.  It's so different designing a quilt for success in a quilting bee as opposed to a design I make all myself.  I'm still learning!

this corner

Here is the bright white corner with pale Kona sky sashing.  I think this is looking pretty nice?

adding sashing...

In the middle of the quilt, where the sashing is Kona banana, I enlarged one block with this bright Argyle Remix print by Anne Kelle.  So fun!  I think I'll add this argyle sashing in a few other places in hopes of creating more unity. 

Wish me luck!

56 comments:

  1. Those blocks are awesome! I love how everyone interpreted the rainbow differently and brought such personal visions to their blocks. What an amazing quilt. I am sure a family would LOVE it! It's so happy!

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  2. I can't wait to see how this turns out - - amazing!

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  3. So many lovely fabrics everyone used for the blocks, I love them all!! I'm sure the quilt will be great!!

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  4. Such beautiful blocks from your bee friends! I'm sure you will pull these blocks together fantastically! I look forward to seeing it finished!

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  5. Wow! I'm in rainbow love! I am excited to see your end result and know it's going to be amazing!

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  6. Vow - all those blocks are wonderful! And with the sashing you are adding, this is going to be very beautiful and unique quilt!
    Good luck!

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  7. What a wonderful, daunting overtaking! Best wishes for pulling it all together. I know you'll come up with a gorgeous quilt.

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  8. ACK!! A color progression in the sashing? Inspired. Totally inspired.

    You're doing a great job with this, and I can't wait to see it finished! Yay!

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  9. The quilt is beautiful. I loved the purple sashing until I saw your other choices and then was blown away when you added the argyle. If you have any doubt that the family and your bee partners will love this think again. It is a wonderful expression of all of the inputs.

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  10. I gotta admit--all those blocks would scare the crap out of me. But I think your layout looks great and the lucky family will be totally blessed to have something that obviously has so many unique and varied creators.

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  11. So(!!) excited to see how this turns out!

    I know it is going to be lovely. ^_^

    Kelsey

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  12. Its wonderful! You have a great eye for color and you need to trust it. It'll be beautiful, and interesting and much loved in the end. With all the love that has gone into it, how can it not? :) Are all the circles full? I'd like to join.

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  13. I cannot wait to see your finished quilt!! I love how it's looking so far, those blocks are amazing! I'm feeling like I was a bit too open with the herringbone quilt design too and that it won't come together well...hopefully that is not the case :) Good luck with yours!!

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  14. The blocks are wonderful...everyone should be so proud.
    I am amazed at the design challenge you gave yourself. I would be very overwhelmed by it!
    Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  15. A colorful masterpiece. You're doing a wonderful job of putting it together! I never have the patience for that kind of setting.

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  16. Every block is BEAUTIFUL!!
    I want to make some!

    Putting them together would give me a headache! But the quilt is in good hands! You will make the rainbows shine!!

    Have fun!!
    -Johnnie

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  17. Don't be nervous, it is going to turn out great!

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  18. This is going to be a very special quilt. I love it!

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  19. The blocks are awesome. I love what you are doing with the different color sashing and the argyle border. This is going to be a stunning quilt. The mom will love it.

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  20. The blocks are amazing! Good luck figuring it out...it'll be wonderful, I'm sure. :)

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  21. Don't worry, Rachel! It's going to look beautiful, no matter what. Except don't use black, that would look weird. But I love the idea of using a few solid colours with an occasional flash of print. Will really love seeing the end result!
    I keep thinking I need to sort something like this out locally here in Hampshire. It's brewing slowly in my mind, i guess.

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  22. All those rainbows are going to be totally beautiful!

    And I feel you about the lack of design wall, I use the floor too. I don't have kids, but I have to work fast or my cat will "help" me with the layout.

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  23. Love the blocks, this will be a special quilt with each block having it's own vision yet all working together so well. I feel for you with the lack of design wall!

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  24. I can see why this would be a bit nerve-wracking! Those are stunning blocks, and I know you'll come up with a fantastic quilt!

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  25. Wow what a unique and beautiful quilt it's becoming! Love the choice of the sashing, makes the rainbows pop out without being too stark.
    Thank you for showing the process with all the ups and downs, gives a beginner hope!

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  26. It's all so pretty. I actually like the purple sashing idea, but the changing colour sashing sounds brilliant too!

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  27. I can definitely understand why you'd feel nervous about this one, but I think your plan sounds stellar and your photos look great so far, so I really think this quilt is going to be amazing! :)

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  28. I have a feeling that this will be gorgeous Rachel. All the bones are there for a great quilt and I love that you are using different sashing colors. Genius! And I also love how you added the remix in. Pops of that will definitely tie things in together.

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  29. Rainbow Heaven!!! Don't worry - there is no way this quilt will be anything but wonderful!! I can't wait to see it done!! :)

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  30. Ahhhh, the blocks look great. I'm loving those tiny geese!

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  31. so many beautiful blocks! i can't wait to see the finished product ... it can't be anything but beautiful ... and a work of art to the family that will be receiving it!! :)

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  32. It is beautiful! I want to sit down straight away and start on something with all those gorgeous pops of rainbow colour

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  33. WOW! I can't wait to see the completed quilt...all the blocks look so wonderful!!

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  34. The blocks are wonderful, but the process is killing me! Such a hard puzzle, this one. Thanks for your encouragement, friends!

    Oh, and to clarify, I did NOT make the block with the tiny geese. I only made 3 blocks. The rest were contributed by the members of the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches!

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  35. Rachel, I have a feeling this is going to be a spectacular quilt! Just hang in there, I think you're on the right track with the multiple sashing colors and the Argyle Remix.....

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  36. this is going to look amazing! way to think outside the box.

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  37. Amazing rainbows - will enjoy watching you pull it all together!

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  38. Rachel,

    This looks awesome. I agree with the comment that was made earlier about the color progression in the sashing, that is a brilliant idea...

    Have you considered reversing the Dark / Bright sashing so the dark sashing is behind the white blocks and the lighter sashing is behind the darker blocks? I may mess around with a design concept. This has been a very enlightening post.

    By the way, I too, use our floor, my largest problem is cats who seem to think that the moment I lay out a quilt I am actually laying out third base and they start practicing their slide...

    Anyway, it looks great!

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  39. Oh they are fabulous! Well done you for a great project x

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  40. Awesome rainbow blocks. I love them! Can't wait to see how it looks when finished. The family is going to cherish it!

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  41. What amazing blocks! This is going to be one fantastic quilt. I really liked the purple sashing actually... Can't wait to see it finished.

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  42. That's quite a challenge to get all those blocks into a cohesive quilt. I like the way you are moving from the lightest ones to the darker ones. Can't wait to see the end result :)

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  43. It is intimidating, but you are doing the blocks justice. I have loved seeing the blocks pop on on flickr, and I cannot wait to see the finished quilt. I know it will be beautiful.

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  44. The blocks look great! Can't wait to see the whole thing finished. I like how you added that argyle fabric. It is so fun!

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  45. What a sensational set of blocks. Your charity bee is a wonderful project.

    Have you considered sashing with a mix of rainbow colours?

    Or binding all the blocks in the same colour before adding the sashing?

    Whatever you make, I'm sure it will be fabulous.

    Katrina

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  46. Gorgeous! I can't wait to see it finished!!!

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  47. Good luck making all those beautiful blocks mesh. A challenge for sure! But I'm sure you can do it!

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  48. I think you've done a really good job bringing it all together! It can't be easy - I like that you've arranged it from "light to dark" - echos that rainbow theme.

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  49. Oh man, such gorgeous blocks! I think no matter what you decide to do in terms of the layout, it will be amazing! Any family who receives it will be in awe, I know!

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  50. I absolutely love the title of this post! I like the gradation of the light to dark squares. That is a struggle to get all of them to look cohesive, but you are doing a great job with it. Keep tweaking it and you'll find the happy solution.

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  51. It's going to be gorgeous and totally original. I love the thought that the little ones in the family will be cuddled under this—maybe even talking about which rainbow they like the best. :) I can't wait to see it all pulled together. Way to keep yourself challenged, Rachel!

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  52. I had a similar problem not too long ago with a tee shirt quilt I am making.

    Each tee shirt logo was a different size because of the way I had to cut it. It was driving me nuts.

    What I decided to do was to standardize the width of each block so I would have at least columns that could be sewn together. I added strips of color, or encased the block with a sashing, but the finished "block" of each tee shirt logo had to be 12 1/2" wide.

    I might plan it out a little better next time, but I hold that either the height of the blocks needs to be constant or the width. Anything else involves set in seams.

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  53. What an interesting challenge of unifying so many different blocks by different folks! I think it's looking great and loved hearing the thought process behind it.

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