Monday, June 11, 2012

Rainbow QST quilt finish

A few months ago I joined up with Kati's (From the Blue Chair) Color Wheel Charm Swap. I didn't have any plans for the fabrics, but I loved the idea of getting a whole rainbow of different fabrics.

Then at a PMQG meeting, Anna brought in this quilt and I fell in love with it! She was inspired by this Red Pepper Quilts HST Overload quilt.

Now I don't know if there is a difference officially between Half Square Triangles and Quarter Square triangles, but I made mine with what I've been taught are Quarter Square Triangles (hence the name).  You simply sew around the four edges of two charms and then cut an "x" through them. Then you have 4 triangles from the square, each a quarter of the square. Clear as mud right?

Enough rambling.

I knew these fabrics would be perfect for that kind of values quilt and here is what I came up with.


It's a lot smaller than Anna and Rita's version since I used 5" squares to start with, but I think it would make a fun baby/kid quilt.


Some of the fun fabrics.


I wound up using the raspberry that I had contemplated for dresden sashing and decided against. I think it works much better on this quilt. The brightness would have been too much for the dresdens.


The backing is all stash - yay! And the quilting is straight line.  One thing I would change if I did this again is I would press the seams open. I normally don't do that (I hate steam burning my fingers!). But I wound up with some lumpy intersections which made the quilting a little wobbly. It's nothing a good wash and fluff won't fix, but was a little frustrating in the process.


Quilt stats:
Size: 30"x45"
Pattern: Inspiration here
Fabrics: Rainbow Charm Swap collection
Quilted by: Myself
Finished: 6/6/2012

linking to Summer Sewing at Ellison Lane Quilts.



36 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Oh it's gorgeous, love how it turned out!

Angie said...

The quilted is gorgeous. You did a great job on it.

Katherine said...

Stunning! I absolutely love this quilt.

**nicke... said...

i love it so much becky! it is beautiful! xo

howtobejenna said...

Oh man, this is a beauty! Great work!!

wipgirl said...

Very nice - that turned out great.

Ellie-Mae said...

So beautiful. Well done. I think I'm going to have to try something like this with the rainbow of charm squares I've been hoarding.

Ellie-Mae said...

So beautiful. Well done. I think I'm going to have to try something like this with the rainbow of charm squares I've been hoarding.

kelly said...

wow... that is truly beautiful! it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous!

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous!

diane said...

this is stunning

Lisaleh said...

Beautiful! I'm inspired.

felicity said...

Oh my I love this quilt! I had a hard time deciding between blocks like yours and the churn dashes I eventually chose for the Stash Trad bee ladies to make me.

Your triangles are HSTs, despite the method you used to make them! The triangle makes up HALF the (square) block. QSTs are when the block is divided into 4 triangles (imagine an X going through the centre of the block).

signed,
your friendly neighbourhood quilt nerd

Quilting In The Cold said...

This is just beautiful, what a great use of your rainbow charms!

Rachelle said...

That is a lovely quilt; might have to try something similar myself once my "must make" quilts are done.

Masha Novoselova said...

Becky, this is very beautiful quilt! Great work with color!
Hugs from Russia,
Masha

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

It looks fantastic! Your fabrics have so much contrast the triangles are standing on their own like a pyramid. Lovely rainbow of colors!

Laura said...

That's so beautiful - I love how the colours really pull your eyes around the quilt, and the binding colour is perfect :)

Marika said...

Oh my it's gorgeous !

You should enter it in the Summer Sewing Contest ! There's a "quilt" category :)

Jessica said...

Love this Becky! Great use of all those color charms!

Tamie said...

Love the wash of color. Beautiful.

Janine said...

This is such a pretty quilt. I love all the colors!

Denise in PA said...

Beautiful! I've used that technique before. I have a bunch of Kaffe Fassett fabrics earmarked for a HST triangle quilt like this - I think I'll use that method!

Sue Daurio said...

What a great quilt!!!

Jacey said...

It's really lovely, Becky! I love the layout, and how awesome that you got to use your swap squares!

Emma said...

What a fabulous quilt! It's a great way to highlight the fun you can have with colour.

Mermaid Sweets said...

Great job, I love it, perfect for the rainbow squares I have been saving

Teje said...

Hi! I simply love your quilt! It is so beautiful! All those tiny triangles, adorable colours and rasberry binding is perfect!
x Teje

Kristy QP said...

This is just stunning! Such a bright, cheerful quilt - gorgeous!

Kati said...

Love how this came out! Such a fun use of color.

Rachel said...

What a stunning quilt!

Mermaid Sews said...

I voted for you, My favorite, I want this sooo badly.

Janice said...

Love your quilt. Inspired!

Diane said...

This is gorgeous!

Marianne´s hantverk said...

Mycket vacker quilt.

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