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Rainbow quilt

a Single bed quilt

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Eileen Foster01/03/2019 20:07:11
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I hope you will be interested in the development of this quilt.

About a year ago I decided I wanted to make a 15 block single bed quilt using the colours of the rainbow. Over time my ideas have changes from 7 different blocks [a block for each colour] at 12" to 4 x 6" blocked joined to make the 12" block.

Lately I have decided to use just one block 'The Fall Leaf' and then 4 x 6" blocks , sashed with the rainbow colour for the block.

fall leaf plan.jpg

I have used 3 different shades of red for the red leaves on a white on white background with a darker red appliqued stem.

I planned it all out and worked out what fabrics I needed. There are 60 6" blocks in total.

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Background colour in white needs the following:

60 x 31/2" squares, 180 x 2" squares, 360 2" right angled triangles.

There is one set of red and violet, 2 sets of orange and indigo and 3 sets of yellow, green and blue.

They are also cut out and the triangles are now pinned together and collected in sets ready to sew.

all ready to start sewing.jpg

So far I have spent 17 hours and 10 mins on cutting fabrics. I didn't keep tabs on the hours I have spent planning ideas in my head.

rosemary Rosenfeld02/03/2019 12:15:10
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That sounds great Eileen....I look forward to seeing some finished blocks! "People" (non quilters!) just don't realise the number of hours of work that goes into making a quilt do they? And then they are surprised when I give them a quote for a quilt! I usually talk about at least 100 hours....! Rx

Margaret S03/03/2019 13:29:13
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Love your ordered approach to quilting, Eileen. I am much more 'in my head' rather than on paper. Look forward to seeing this one as it is a very interesting idea and I have a mental picture of what it will look like.


Eileen Foster03/03/2019 18:19:22
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I was a scientist in an earlier life and I'm a Virgo so both conspire to make me 'logical and ordered'. Hubby reckons I'm not though as the garden is not ordered but looks more natural as a result. wink



Eileen Foster06/03/2019 17:27:58
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chain pieced all 360 rht to form 360 2" squares today. 6 at a time taking about 2 mins per set, to keep them in order.

chain piecing.jpg

then it was down to press them all open.

ready to iron.jpg

The red set are almost complete, I just need to applique the stems on.

red leaf.jpg

Tonight I am at my quilting group and I will start pinning the squares into rows ready for sewing tomorrow. After I have cut the dog ears off.

I am remembering to tally the time I spend. Ironing took half as long again than the sewing.

rosemary Rosenfeld06/03/2019 17:54:06
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It is going to be a fantastic quilt when it's finished! Rx

Carol B07/03/2019 14:45:51
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Wow Eileen, so organised, but I bet it cuts down the time when you know exactly where the next piece you need is. Really looking forward to seeing the finished quilt, I am sure it will be brilliant.

Carolface 23

Eileen Foster10/03/2019 13:38:36
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Due to the rain I haven't been indulging in my other passion, gardening. But I have made a good start on my blocks.

The red and violets are now complete.


4 red leaves.jpg


Sashed into their blocks, they are 17 1/2" square

red block.jpg


4 violet leaves.jpg


violet block.jpg


All the other smaller components of the remaining 5 colours are pinned and ready to sew.

Eileen x

Edited By Eileen Foster on 10/03/2019 13:43:08

Edited By Eileen Foster on 10/03/2019 13:43:40

rosemary Rosenfeld10/03/2019 13:43:32
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Coming along well Eileen! Rx

Sylvia11/03/2019 08:58:39
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Fantastic Eileen.

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