Friday, April 13, 2012

Mixed-up Rainbow Brick Wall Doll Quilt

As I continue to work my way through the charm packs I ordered way back when, I put together a little doll quilt (by request) using the solids.  I started piecing in a similar fashion to how I pieced the Rainbow Striped Quilt.

I randomly selected colors as I went and did rows of 6 charms.

I then cut those rows in half lengthwise but this time since I have lots of charms but hardly any solid yardage, I sewed the strips to each other.

After I sewed together the seventh row, I decided I wanted to use the little bit of off-white I had left to break up the color so I sewed together a group of 5 strips and a group of 2 strips (in addition to the first group of 7 strips.)  I then cut each of those groupings into thirds and added the sashing.

For the quilting, I just did diagonal lines.  I used masking tape (I think others use painter's tape but this was all I had) and marked the first line down the middle and then used the first sewn line as a guide for the rest.

I had a few strips of dark gray left from an old project so I used that for the binding and then machine quilted using an aqua thread.

This quilt is very different from my usual aesthetic but I like it.  If I make a similar quilt in the future, I think I would add sashing around the border and probably use wider strips between the blocks.  I also wonder how it might look if I got some of the black and white fabric that I've seen around blogland lately for the binding.

Oh, and while I was looking through my stash to find fabric for the binding, I found my first set of hexies that I had appliqued poorly and put away in frustration (if you look closely, you can see all the trial and ERROR that is not reflective of all the time I spent on them.)  I decided to put it to use and sewed up a quick little bag that I hung on a hook in my crafting room - I think I'll use it as a crochet bag.

And I'm happy to announce "I've been PINNED!"  I saw an article about how to check if anything from your blog is on Pinterest and was so excited to see both my rainbow stripe quilt and my crochet mobile.  Not sure anyone in my offline life understands my excitement but I'm sure my blog friends do!

I'm linking up to Crazy Mom QuiltsAmylouwho, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. Love the quilt! The use of solids and the sashsing really adds to the look! Did you paper piece the hexies? =D

  2. The quilt is great!! You make such lovely things...I am adding you to my google reader. :)

  3. Love your quilt, Beth! The diagonal quilting is awesome. As you know, I love solids too.

  4. Beautiful modern look quilt!! You sound like me trying to use every last piece to make something, sometimes without a plan which is so much fun! Your hexies look perfect on the bag too!

  5. Your DQ looks fantastic! I have never made anything with just solids before, but this is inspiring. I also like the aqua thread on the binding. Very modern feeling.

  6. I need to remember the tape trick.

    Love the bright colors.


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