Chasing rainbows

16 Sep

I belong to the South West Modern Quilt Guild; we’re having an exhibition next month and as well as displaying any quilts we choose the committee set us a challenge.  We were given 7 Kona cotton fat 16ths in red, kumquat, corn yellow, sour apple, water, dahlia and azalea and a fat 8th of silver.


The brief was to make a 12″ square mini quilt in a design of our choice, using only the bundle and as many or few of the fabrics as we want; quilt as desired and no embellishments.

I’ve had the bundle of fabric since March and it wasn’t until on holiday in Italy last month that I made time to think about it.  Whilst sitting in the sun on the terrace of our villa overlooking Lake Como I borrowed colouring pencils from the children and did some sketching:

We got back from an amazing 2 weeks in Italy and the next day I got cutting and stitching  and fairly soon I had a quilt top.  I used some techniques learnt from Jo Avery when she taught earlier this year at our guild meeting.

I had to chop it down a bit and not use all the plans in my head.

I hand quilted it using Aurifil 2615 in 12 weight with fairly big stitches.  I used the Kona silver for the binding of the quilt.

For the backing I continued the rainbow theme using some fabric from the lovely Catrin.

It’s a relief to tick this off my FAL list and to hand it in last week to the committee ready for the exhibition.  We’d love to see you at the exhibition so if you can make it here are the details:

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One Reply to “Chasing rainbows”

  1. What a cheerful mini quilt! Sometimes we need a deadline to get a project done… And congratulations on your FAL finish, too.

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