Monday, December 30, 2013

rainbow days

Last week I set aside my only sewing day to test out a potential pattern.  My goal was to come up with something fun to add to my new class, Color Intensive.  This class is not really about sewing patterns.  It's about color composition and fabric choice, but including a few happy patterns is a must, right?  Right.

Well, it started out promising enough.
 
rainbow scrap crumbs

mini improv

cplor scrap bands

Rainbows.  Tiniest scraps ever.  Improv piecing.  Yay.

ooh.  ah.

a Wheel Quilt spoke

Then I cut my rainbow band with a spoke from my Wheel Quilt pattern, elongated to avoid curved piecing at the tips.   They were mighty cute, but too few.

Sooooo, I made another rainbow band, this time out of bigger scraps, like so.

or use big scraps

And ended here that night.

makes 2!

Oh, yes, it makes TWO. That was what had tickled my imagination.  Opposite rainbow goodness?  Yes, please.

The next day...

rainbow mini burst

scraptacularity?

yin and yang

Scraptacularity?  Not quite.  I do like how these turned out, but the reality is different than what I had in my head.  They are very pretty, BUT

1.  The mini scrap piecing is all but lost because the spokes are so small.  Might as well have made this all from big scraps as in the second round.

2.  It bugs me that I didn't sew the teeny tiny tips together into sharp points.  I could see as I was going where I got off track, but lacked the oomph to unpick and try again.  I think precision at this tiny scale is only going to happen for me via paper piecing.

two mini quilts

I've decided to set these aside to finish after my class launch, when I am in a place to enjoy them, not see them as what they failed to become.  I actually know exactly what I'll do with them too!

Happily, that very night I sat down in a cloudy mood and began to sketch and very good things came to be.  Will share that vision and details on my new class in January.

eee, Coming Soon!

33 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous! Completely agree about the mini scrap piecing you did earlier just disappearing in the spokes.

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    1. Yep, bit of a "duh" moment. But truthfully I need to do things to see more often than not! Oh well =). Thanks and be well, friend!

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  2. If you don't like the centers, you could add a large button. The points would be hidden and the illusion would be that they all meet up. I think these are terrific.

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  3. fabulous. you know i love all things rainbow. i need to finish my penny sampler! it can't be time for another class already!!

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    1. Yes, this one does come quick, doesn't it? That's because Penny Sampler was SO LONG! But, this class is lots of content, but not so many assignments. It fits right in with unfinished quilts =)

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  4. Very nice, but I am sure that you will capture some great idea.

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  5. I think they look great, but I understand the frustration over what you have in mind vs result. I try to remember that no one else knows what I had in mind, and appreciate the result.

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  6. It looks great, but I see what you mean with the small pieces, great fabrics.

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  7. Such a beautiful and colourful sight. It's rather fulfilling to use scraps isn't it.

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  8. With my Penny Sampler off at the quilter, I am ready to hear about the next class!

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  9. You have to try things sometimes! They are pretty, but I get what you mean about possibly not worth all the piecing. Nice to get those scraps out of the bin anyway.

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  10. oh, I can definitely see these as pillows - maybe make a 'center' to them like a dresden plate center if you don't like how the points match up? I can totally see concentric circle quilting with them too! Can't wait to see what the new class will be! I have about a 10 yard stash of rainbow charm squares I'd love to find a pattern for!

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  11. They are just beautiful. I know the feeling of disappointment you describe -- not just quite what you were hoping for -- but to give you an objective viewpoint, I'll say it again: these are simply beautiful.

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  12. They are just beautiful. I know the feeling of disappointment you describe -- not just quite what you were hoping for -- but to give you an objective viewpoint, I'll say it again: these are simply beautiful.

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  13. Eeeek! I am absolutely enamored with these. I see I'm in the minority with some of my comments, but I'll say them anyway. I think the funkiness in the center just echoes the variation in the width of each color layer. The bits of asymmetry/inconsistency in those two places seem to work well to keep the rainbow really interesting - at least to me. I see how the mini-piecing may not have had the big impact you expected, but I think those small details are so valuable - even at that scale. They weren't lost to me, and I really liked the effect that had on distorting the rainbow theme just enough to stay true to rainbows but be a little unpredictable, too. It's going to be hard to stay on track with my current to-do list - I want to start some of these right now!

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  14. They are gorgeous! I agree that paper piecing would give you more precise points, but honestly I don't think that people notice because the colours are so great together. I might have to take that colour class...

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  15. Pretty! I just made a wall hanging with paper pieced points. It's still difficult to get sharp points when so many are coming together (16) but I don't think the recipient will notice. I hope not anyway!

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    1. aha! Even hard with paper piecing? Ok, that makes me feel better =) I'm sure your recipient won't notice. We are definitely our own worse critics!

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  16. I love the colors! My favorite thing about you is your use of color!! Can't await to see what you end up with.

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  17. love these - great way to use up scraps, even if the tiny piecing didn't show as well as you'd like. really digging the inverse rainbow and they way they work together. wouldn't a whole quilt made of these blocks be awesome! :)

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    1. Yes, a whole quilt would be awesome and such a scrap buster. Would work well for a bee too... "inverse rainbow" is just the right word.

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  18. I love that you share your design process and talk about what’s a failure in your eyes, but I love the scrappiness and colours. I often overthink projects too much and avoid making ‘mistakes’, but you learn the most from them, don’t you!? Glad to hear the sketches made you a happy camper again!

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  19. It turned out fine. You were crazy to try to match that many points in the middle anyway--so call it good!

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  20. Oh, I love how this Rainbow turned out ~ and that you kept going even tho you weren't pleased with the outcome. I think that sometimes we get to nitpicky about being perfect (I know I do) ~ sometimes it keeps me from doing any thing at all.
    I also want to tell you what an inspiration you are for me. Really. I enjoy your blog so much and the encouragement you give to each and every one of your readers! Thank you for a year of wonderful projects, inspiration and fun!

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  21. Those rainbow wheels are so pretty! I love how you used up scraps to make them. I did something similar with leftovers from a quilt I made, but I never sewed the wedges together, just cut them from the leftovers. I should really try to get on that...

    I looked up the price of the HD3000 vs. the DC 1050 I commented about in your sewing machine review. It looks like the model you reviewed is $400 whereas the DC 1050 is only $299. It has the needle up/down and speed control, but I don't know about a walking foot or quilting ability. I didn't think of that when I wrote my comment. I just let my daughter use my machine for those things. It is a great little machine for someone looking for a basic computerized model.

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  22. I agree with DaisyLiz! I love these and you inspired me to make RAINBOW stripes with tiny scraps! Happy NEW year Rachel! x Teje

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  23. I don't care if those points are mushy or what (though, having been a reader here for awhile, I know you will keep working at it until you get crisp perfect centers!) but Rachel these bright colors are just what I need to see right now! Wow. My spirit craves color all winter, so thank you for doing these beautiful little works of scrap piecing and sharing such nice photos of them. :)

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  24. I agree with DaisyLiz, you have inspired me also, I love little scrappy piecings and this has just shown me a new way to work it , thank you for sharing

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  25. Thanks for sharing this! It's good to know that the pros end up at frustrating dead ends, too, and to see how your thinking evolved. I would like the spokes to somehow have a neutral/low volume at the end, so you can see the circle pattern better.

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  26. Am, these are the coolest happiest things ever. I think the slight not matched miss of them is what makes them so interesting to look at. Like more of a piece of art then something made in a store. They are just so cool I even had to show my husband :-)

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  27. I absolutely love these! I just found your blog and I really hope that you teach your color class again as I would love to take it! You are so talented!

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