Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rainbow Tilt-a-whirl

Rainbow Tilt-a-whirl baby quilt

It's finished!  And given that my Briar Rose fabrics are here and calling my name, that's a good thing!

binding from FabricBubb

Do you like the zigzag quilting?  Fun and soooo forgiving!

Today I attached this classic stripe binding (from FabricBubb) while Liam chatted enthusiastically about the new Lego book I picked up from the library.  (Major mom points there, btw.) 

Rainbow Tilt-a-whirl baby quilt

Later on, the cutie was a good sport at helping me photograph Rainbow Tilt-a-whirl, a baby quilt made mostly from scraps, including the solids.  I've been sewing with Kona cotton solids for years now, so even my scrap drawers have a nice selection.  If you're new to sewing, definitely buy solids!  I usually get a full yard of any color I order, if I can.  They always, always turn out to be useful and make the most versatile scraps.

triangle bits

Ok, now I'm not so pleased with how the back turned out.  I really wanted white on the back, but didn't think I should piece minky with the quilting cottons and didn't have the right low-volume white-ish yardage for the back.  I ended up using a yellow Timeless Treasures sketch print that's been in my stash for awhile.  It's OK, but a little too primary-feeling for my taste.  Oh well.  Someone else will like it.

thanks, Liam!

I love the front, that's for certain.  And at 36" square, it's an easy baby size for lugging about.  That's another finish for my gift/craft show pile.  I think next September I'm going to have enough for another craft show.... if I dare!

39 comments:

  1. Great quilt! I love the zigzag quilting, would really like more detail on that in your next post, if you felt like it :-)

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  2. Someone else will LOVE it! :) woo hoo for finishing! It's beautiful!

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  3. So pretty! I have never tried zig zag quilting, I may have to give it a try. And I actually really like the yellow on the background :)

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  4. I love it. Such a beautifully bold rainbow - you can't help but smile to look at it!

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  5. I think this would have to be one of my favourite quilts you have made - so bright and cheerful. The yellow backing is probably more practical if it is a baby quilt. Looks great.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Yes, that's what I thought. Most moms would cringe at a white backing anyways!

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  6. It looks awesome and I love that it's entirely from scraps!

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  7. Hooray-Hooray for using up scraps...did you even make a dent? Sweet quilt all the way around!

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  8. Haha! I just blogged about finishing a scrappy rainbow quilt and like you, I used a black and white stripe-y binding!!

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  9. Your zigzag quilting is brilliant...why didn't I think of that! Beautiful quilt.

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  10. That is so cool Rachel! I love the pattern and the black and white binding rocks. I'm glad you showed us what came of those cute little triangles for the back too! of, and I love the yellow. It may be a little primary, but it does go really well with the quilt!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  11. Love this quilt, perfect for a baby but my favourite thing about this post was the photo of the quilt wearing green gumboots! hehehe

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  12. It cracks me up that you feel the pale-ish yellow is too primary when the front is so bright. I love both sides.

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  13. You uttered the craft show teaser! Yahoo!

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  14. Love this one, so cheerful! And a stripey binding = perfection!

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  15. I love that quilt! How do you figure out how to pick the colors so that they look right? And, on your binding, how did you keep the stripes matching up? My stripes always go every-which-way.

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  16. Oh, it's so pretty! And I love the zig-zaggy quilting! Definitely will be investing in solids in the new year!
    Your day with your 'little' one looks sweet. I have my little one alone today and it's such a different pace to my bursting boy. Very nice!

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  17. Really love this quilt ~ that green block really popped out at me ~ the one with the darker green around the inside

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    1. Thanks, Elsa. Yep, that one really stands out to me too. Some whirl blocks had to be too small since the triangles were different sizes, so I just added an extra bit of solid to bring them up to size. Figured those little "off" things tend to be good in a finished quilt =)

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  18. Love this! Of course, I'm a sucker for a rainbow, but what really got me? The soft yellow backing. I die for yellow! Great job! Now onto that stack of Briar Rose :)

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  19. Absolutely beautiful! I am so drawn to the vibrant colors. Is there a pattern for this somewhere??

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    1. I'm not a aware of a pattern, but I am teaching the whirl block in the Penny Sampler. You could search windmill block and possibly find a pattern for that.

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  20. Okay I also need to add that this post blew my mind. I literally just finished a quilt yesterday with the same type of block. (I tagged you on instagram so you can see!) I used 2 charm squares for each block, and each block measured around 8-1/4"--yours look a little smaller? Hard to tell for sure but anyway I just thought it was cool to wake up and see that we were both on the same wavelength. You are so talented!

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    1. Oh, I want to see! I am no longer really on IG since my husband has the only device that can do it. I'd love for you to link me =)

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    2. Look at my blog (http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com) and on the left I have a link for Instagram that allows you to see it on a computer.

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  21. I love the zigzag quilting! It's really fun and works great for a baby quilt.

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  22. My kid dragged out my oddball triangle scraps (truly, they are the oddest balls) and spread them out on the floor to swim in them this week. She could actually swim in them, which means I've got to do something about them. When you pieced those teeny triangles on the back, what size ish were they? Were they all about binding-trimming sized? I'm really struggling for an idea for these weird scraps of mine, many of them are like half-rectangles, about 4'' by 1.5'' at the wide end.

    I've loved every post you've done about this quilt, the whole way through. It's so gorgeous!

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    1. The size of the backing triangles was actually larger than binding scraps. They finish 1.5" wide on the short sides of the triangle. I thought I was making the template small enough to use binding scraps, but hadn't taken into account how much extra fabric you need to successfully paper piece. Also, FYI, when I sorted my triangles I threw away the ones that were less than 2" across on one side. I decided that binding scrap triangles (which are 2") are the smallest I'll save. A personal limit!

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  23. Absolutely perfect! And I'd love to know what Lego book you are referring to. It might be one that I need to get for my Jammer.

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  24. It's great. There's something about rainbow quilts that always makes me smile.

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