Friday Finish: Rainbow Dash Quilt

This is one of those crazy ideas that wormed its way into my head after scrolling through Instagram and wouldn't be quiet until it was finished.  The original idea was from @_glass_half_full, but I first saw Kitty Wilkin's first few blocks, and had to make my own.

These are seriously easy blocks to make.  I started with six inch blocks, sliced randomly across at any angle, then added a strip of fabric from my scrap bins.  I always love a project that gives me a chance to use up some scraps.  And I was able to make some almost fussy cut, like these animals from one of the Cotton and Steel lines.  

After the first handful of blocks, I settled on a light gray background, which was not an easy choice since I don't have a huge pile of light gray fabrics in my stash.  Actually, the prints I used here are pretty much it, but there was enough variation to keep the scrappy vibe.

After a few more blocks, the rainbow started to become the obvious arrangement.  I seriously can't help but arrange things in rainbow order. 

My original plan was to cut the squares back into 6 inch squares to make everything fit together nicely, but I once I had the rows laid out, I liked how they were staggered.  It was kind of magic how most of the rows were already pretty close to the same length.  So I sewed them into vertical strips then lined the pink row up as I sewed them all together.  I only had to add fabric to one strip, and then trim off the excess in a few other rows.  

When it came to quilting, I had a plan about doing a lot of vertical and horizontal lines, then adding some hand stitching in a rainbow of perle cottons.  That was the plan right up to the point that I loaded it onto my long arm and was about to go.  There was just something about those horizontal rows of quilting space that I just couldn't resist.  So I went for it.

For a quilt that started on a whim, it turned out really great.  It's a little smaller than most of my quilts, but it's just big enough to lie under on the couch as long as you're alone or with a cat.  And it'll be getting a hanging sleeve for now and heading to my guild's show at the Quilters Gathering in November. 

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.  And crossing this one off my list for Q3 of Adrienne's 2015 Finish-Along.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Q2 Finish-Along Roundup!

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

My first quarter of the Finish-Along over at On the Windy Side has come to an end, and I'm so pleased with how it went!  I didn't get to all my projects, but I did a lot of finishing and moved more closer to done.  

So I had three really solid finishes, and three that just need an hour's work.  So close!  

I'm so excited to get my Q3 list together.  I'm loving the google Keep function to keep these things organized because I can leave the window open on the computer to remind me, or open the app on my phone so I can check things off wherever I am.  

It's also fun having so many little steps that I can check, because it's motivating to have a step get crossed off.   When your goal is to make a quilt, it can be overwhelming, but when the day's goal is to just cut some pieces, it's not so bad.  And once you have a box mostly checked off, why not finish it up.  

I started color-coding my boxes (which I'll show you when I get my Q3 list in order), so that the things with due dates were red or orange, no due date was blue or green, and finished was gray.  I loved keeping the finished boxes as part of my list; they were my little pats on the back.

I'm still bogged down in a pile of WIPs, but it's great to move things along!  Thanks Adrienne for organizing this!

If you want to join in on the fun, head over to On the Windy Side to read all about the rules and prizes (yep, prizes!).  You have until the 14th to get your list linked up, then until September 30th to finish your projects.