Friday, July 24, 2015

Rainbow Bricks mini quilt

Ok, I thought that might happen!  Many of you couldn't help sharing what you would change about my mini quilt in progress.  Good thing I'm a good sport (wink).  There were so many different opinions that I'm glad I didn't read those comments until after "fixing" my quilt top.  Best not to get too conflicted!  And, really, there were as many right answers as opinions shared.  I could see merit in each train of thought.

As it turns out, there were several who said I shouldn't change a thing.  Like comment #21: "There's nothing I love more than having something not belong in a piece of sewing. Otherwise I often think things are too predictable. I like it. lots."   So keep this in mind next time you struggle with the little details.  We're all our worse critics!

this little mini

That said, I went ahead and changed the darker tan square at the upper edge of the mini quilt, which you can see in the above original photo.  When I had selected that piece, the lighting made it appear paler than it is.  Once finished, it stuck out to me, centered as it was (by accident) over the rainbow bricks.  I hope that replacing that area with a lower volume fabric helps the viewer's eyes settle on the focal point a bit easier.

Rainbow Bricks mini

Today I quilted her up!  This is free hand, straight-ish quilting completed free motion with the feed dogs down.  I believe this is how Carolyn Friedlander machine quilted Aerial Grove, my inspiration for this mini.  Free motion saves a lot of time when you'd be otherwise rotating the quilt.  Even so, it took over 3 hours to quilt this 19" x 21" piece!

Rainbow Bricks mini

I pushed myself to experiment with different patterns, trying to create a variety of textures.  My favorite element may be the matchstick diagonal lines over the tiny polka dot strip.  Or maybe the big crosshatch section on Kona Oyster?  Though the quilting was quite laborious, I'm tempted to try this style again on a larger work with larger scale quilting.  It does add so much interest to the low volume portions!

Rainbow Bricks mini

My Rainbow Bricks mini quilt is bound in a Carolyn Friedlander Doe fabric and backed with triangles at the corners for easy hanging with a dowel rod.   As always, I favor my zigzag binding method for a quick, secure finish.

Rainbow Bricks mini

Ok, this one is off in the mail!  Now I'm crossing fingers that the recipient finds this "organic" quilting charming, not sloppy...


32 comments:

  1. Don't know what I love more ... the front or the back! Thanks for sharing this with it it'struely an inspiration:-)

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  2. Rachel Hauser,
    Your lovely quilting, color choices and creativity are always an inspiration to me. Keep it up girl!

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  3. I really like this "Carolyn Friedlander" style of quilting. I'm new at making quilts though so I would love to see a post someday on how you did it. How do you stop and start (like in the crosshatch sections)? Or do you not stop? Do you backstitch or hand sew in the ends? Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Good question! I had to start and stop in the middle of the quilt a lot with this work. Usually I avoid that, but this was worth it. Do a search on how to "pull up the bobbin thread for quilting" and you should find some helpful resources! It's kind of a pain to do but sometimes it's called for.

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  4. It turned out perfect and yes, that was the piece that felt a bit off. Three hrs of quilting (so worth it btw) would be not be too much if I could listen to a good story at the same time....did you?

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    1. Oh, I forgot to! I even have one checked out from the library. Well, my brain probably needed the white space anyways.

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  5. I love it! The quilting makes it really special.

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  6. oh, wow!!! I'm not usually into mini quilts but this one is just stunning. STUNNING!!! You did such an amazing job, well done indeed :)

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  7. It's beautiful, and that's the same piece I would have changed! I love the quilting you did on it. I do fmq for everything, even stitch-in-the-ditch because it saves so much hassle with turning the quilt.

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  8. Adorable. And the quilting just makes it. Best of all is the fun you had making it - sometimes small is just the perfect thing!

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  9. A wonderful piece! Thanks especially for the two posts about your change. I learned so much from your presentation.

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  10. Love the quilting! And that's the back? Woot woot! Of course your recipient is going to over it!

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  11. This turned out really cute, Rachel.
    I like it. I know the receiving friend will be happy with this treasure

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  12. Wowza! Your quilting is phenomenal and really sets off the lovely colored pieces. And, yes, that piece at the top is the one that caught my eye as the one to change when I came at it a second (or third) time. Beautiful, beautiful work!

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  13. Such a lovely quilt and the quilting is great! It shows you had fun making it!
    I guessed you talked about the darker tan square and you know what,I’m missing it now... ;-)
    It looks more balanced now though!

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  14. A really nice little quilt! I don't know if I like the old or the new version more. Both are beautiful. But it's you who have to decide. It was good not to read all comments. Just believe in your opinion if it's something for yourself. I ones heard on the others to choose another color base for a mystery quilt and now the quilt doesn't fit to one room, so I'm thinking about to gibe this quilt away.
    Greetings from Germany, Rike

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  15. I just love it, it made my day just by looking at it!
    Myrto

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  16. loooove it! This is terrible but I simply staple my mini quilts to the wall. I know I know I'm a bad girl!

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  17. This turned out so beautifully. As always, you inspire me and give me new things to think about. This time, it is your free motion straight stitch quilting. It is just perfect for this piece and adds so much to the finished product. This is something that I really have to try.

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  18. Love it and the quilting is great.

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  19. This is quite an eye full! So simple at first glance, but so detail-rich! What a treat to be on the receiving end...your friend will surely squeal with joy :)

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  20. I didn't read the comments and thought I knew which it was but I was wrong! Sometimes I don't just get it; which is why I loved your color course. I should review my notes...
    I love the way the quillting turned out. I often experiment and do different styles in different areas. Keep playing!

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  21. Absolutely lovely Rachel :o) My eyes found the exact same piece of fabric that yours found. I like the change you made. A quilt of gentle happiness with a dash of fun thrown in!

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  22. That backing is gorgeous!!! I love the way you quilt it.

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  23. Wow, that is a lot of quilting! It did turn out good.

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  24. I adore this mini! Such a great play on the original! Beautiful work.

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  25. What's not to love?! This is a beautiful piece!

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  26. Your quilt is vibrant with color, yet serene. I really like it! Now to rummage in my scrap box for bricks in all the colors of the rainbow.

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