It's Not All Sunshine and Rainbows

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I think I'm most proud of the binding. I'd never hand-stitched the binding down before and didn't really know what I was doing but it turned out wonderfully.I'm also proud that I didn't give up. There were all kinds of wrestling with my machine and the quilt going on and I nearly gave up but in the end it worked out okay and was a great learning experience. I was really inspired by the fabric. The pieced centre was the second thing I'd ever pieced. It took me a while to figure out how to put the charm pack together and in the end I decided to order them like a rainbow. After it was pieced it sat around in my sewing room for ages because then I couldn't figure out how best to turn it into a full quilt. Finally while taking Weeks Ringle's Designing Modern Quilts class here I figured out to place the pieced section like a rainbow in the sky and it all came together. For the quilting I followed some of Angela's Dot-To-Dot designs (which was really fun!) in the pieced section, and then just quilted lines radiating out from one corner with my walking foot. I'd originally planned to call it "Sunshine And Rainbows" because the pieced section was the rainbow and the quilting resembles rays of sunlight but I had so many troubles trying to quilt it on my small machine which is just sitting on top of a desk with no extension table or anything that it ended up being the "It's Not All Sunshine and Rainbows" quilt. :D What advice would you give someone starting this project? Clear as much space as you possibly can if you're planning on Free-Motion-Quilting. And be prepared for struggles if you don't have an extension table or a table that lifts and lowers your machine so you have a much wider flat surface. Trying to control your quilt for free-motion when you just have a 3 inch square of flat surface is difficult and caused me many a tantrum. :P

What you will need

  • Valori Wells' Cocoon Fabric

Q&A with Strange

Denise S asked:
Great quilt. I think your choice of border fabric to frame the quilt and create the rainbow in the sky effect is marvelous. I love the deep reach colors. The ray effect with the quilting really enhances the quilt. And the title and the story behind the title is wonderful. You didn't say why you don't have an extension table for your machine. If it is cost (been there) you can surround your machine with books or cereal boxes to build the height up to get a flat surface. Christmas is coming. Start dropping hints that you want an extension table ;)
Strange answered:
Thank you so much for your kind words and handy hints. The reason I don't have an extension table is probably a combination of cost and not remembering I need one until I'm actually in the process of quilting. Your idea of surrounding the machine with books and boxes is awesome and I'll definitely use it while I'm saving up money for the table. :)

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