As promised a tutorial for my latest finish...the Rainbow Quilt. The daughter of a dear friend of my mom's had a baby boy in May and in my book babies = quilt. So I got to work on this little quilt..I hope she likes it! As the mother is a school teacher I thought what better than a quilt with all the colours of the rainbow...ah yes, you bright spark at the back might notice I forgot indigo...well creative license I'm afraid as a) indigo isn't a easy colour to source and b) having 7 colours messed up the maths for a square quilt.
For a square quilt measuring finished 46" x 46"
18 geese per panel and 6 panels (colours across)
5 - 6 1/4" squares per colour (total of 30 squares) cut in half across the diagonal. (you will end up with an extra 1/2 at the end)
54 - 5 7/8" squares for background (white in my case)
3 - 3 1/2" squares in background for ends (white in my case) cut in half across the diagonal.
This method does rely on accurate cutting and sewing so take your time and the results will be worth it :o)
Take one colour triangle and match it right sides together with a square of background. Match up the corners and let the dog ears of the triangle hang over the edge. Sew 1/4" seam down the 2 legs of the triangle.
With a ruler cut the sewn unit in half across the diagonal as shown.
Carefully press open the 2 triangles creating a left and right unit.
You can start to see how they will fit together…
Repeat for all the colours.
Unpick one unit of each colour making sure they are all the same either a left or a right. (put background pieces to one side)
Starting with the triangle that you just unpicked sew to a unit (below is a video by Deb Tucker that clearly shows this step at about 4 minutes in)
You are sewing from the bottom up. Now mixing up the placement of each colour as you go sew the left and right units as shown.
Make sure to match the pointy triangles ends for accurate piecing.
When you get to the top you use the extra background piece that you had from the start to sew to one side and then the HST made from the 3 1/2" squares for the other side to square off the end.
Repeat for all the colours and sew the panels together.
Quilt as desired...in my case I did a meander in the white and left the colours to pop.
Bind with snazzy coloured binding!
*you can do different sizes of migrating geese...the difference between the goose and the background is the background is always 3/8" smaller
Here’s Deb Tucker’s Video (please note that Deb uses different sizes than I did and the chart she is referring to can be found on her site Studio 180 Design) I’ve included this video just to share the method for those than might want more than pictures :o)
Until next time...♥