Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baby Bottled Rainbows!

It's been so interesting to follow the discussion sparked by yesterday's post on my Project Jam.  There are folks who have found a happy "flow" on both sides of the coin, whether juggling lots of projects or keeping it to a minimum.  Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts where we can all learn from each other!

Today seems like just the right day to share my baby-sized Bottled Rainbows quilt, being the very last day to vote for Celebrate Color.  If there's anything that celebrates color - all color! - to me, it's the rainbow.  Midway through our Bottled Rainbows quilt-along early this year, Quiltmaker magazine asked me to make a version for them.  It's just been released in the January/February 2012 issue.

Hey, I make "modern quilts" - it's official!
 
Wanna see, wanna see?

in Quiltmaker magazine

This was all fun and games to make, what with my scraps already having been divided by color and the small, 10" square block size which works up so fast.

making baby Bottled Rainbows

I still made the blocks in the quilt-as-you-go style, just like we did in the quilt-along.  This time I made up the blank block "canvases" first.  Then, I just went for it!  Here are a few close-ups of blocks:

Baby bottled rainbows Everglade Kona

Baby bottled rainbows Tangerine Kona

Baby bottled rainbows Cerise Kona

Everything but the scraps was from Robert Kaufman.  There's the Kona solids, of course, but also the Remix bright stripe border and Remix bright argyle backing, both by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

Baby Bottled Rainbows Remix argyle backing

Finished size was 48" square.

Baby Bottled Rainbows!

Can you believe I bound it in white?!?!  Yes, well, it just seemed like the right way to finish this rainbow-bright concoction.  Let's hope whatever baby enjoys this quilt someday doesn't like chewing on edges...

White binding!?!?  Yes, that's crazy.

I am happy to report that working with Quiltmaker was a very nice experience!  They also featured quilts by Faith of Fresh Lemons and Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy, as well as an interview with the three of us about how we use color.  I think I'll share my thoughts I sent to them for that interview sometime here, maybe.

Ok, back to it!

23 comments:

  1. That is a really lovely quilt!

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  2. Woot!!! Yay for you Rachel! I love the idea of a mini -- I'll add that to my project jam list!! ;)

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  3. congrats Rachel! It looks gorgeous in a baby size. What a fun spread in the magazine. I'll have to pick up a copy!

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  4. Congrats on the publication, that wee quilt looks fab! I'm trying to save up scraps to make my own bottled rainbows, but haven't really been at the quilting game long enough yet!

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  5. Wow... I love it. And I love that backing fabric so much.

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  6. excellent - how exciting to see your name in print - i get excited knowing i 'know' someone in print - relatively speaking of course!

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  7. you are a super star! super congrats!

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  8. Congrats Rachel! The mini version is adorable.

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  9. So nice quilt!!! Funny, lovely... full of colours!

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  10. Congratulations for being in the magazine! I know a famous person! Well, sort of...even though we haven't met. :)
    You do such beautiful and inspiring work. I am so happy to be a follower!

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  11. COngratulations and job well done!!!! Super duper sweet quilt! That will be one lucky baby!!!!

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  12. This is gorgeous! I love the border, the backing and each individual block....this REALLY makes me want to try the bottled rainbows!

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  13. Love the mini size! A wonderful way to teach children their colors. I love the backing and the border fabric too. Congratulations on being in Quiltmaker magazine!!

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  14. Congratulations, Rachel!! The quilt is lovely - you really have a special connection to colours!

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  15. congrats! I will be on the lookout for the magazine.

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  16. Very beautiful! I love the backing too, how perfect for this quilt. Well done you!

    S x

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  17. Woot woot! You go girl!!!! Awesome! congrats!

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  18. How very cool! The mini is a great variation. Yay, Rachel!

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  19. I love the mini version. I hope to get back on mine after this pre-Christmas madness I am going through now.

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  20. Congratulations, Rachel! How exciting it must be to see your projects in print. Job well done!

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  21. Yay! How cool! Congratulations! That quilt deserves a ton of celebration and glad the professional quilting community agrees. Much deserved. This will be one very lucky baby!

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  22. Love these baby rainbows! It's really a great pattern that looks good in many sizes.

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