Main Street Rainbow - a Finished Quilt!

Wow, it feels like forever since I had a finished quilt. I guess that’s what happens when you hurt your sewing foot…and go on vacation in August…and longarm/finish other people’s quilts… This quilt was finished last week, but it took a little jaunt to the county fair and came home with a blue ribbon before its photo shoot.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

And oooh, isn’t it lovely? This has been in progress for nearly forever! Way back in 2012, I got a checkbook cover from my at-the-time LQS, Prairie Quilt, as a Christmas gift or a Saturday Sampler giveaway, or…something.

Main Street Rainbow by Rebecca Barker

Image courtesy of Rebecca Barker Quiltscapes - please do check her out! She draws absolutely lovely quilt prints and cards, and was very awesomely generous in letting me post about this quilt. Especially since my checkbook cover has worn out as I worked on the design.

And that fabulous quilt was so inspiring! I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere, but really, it’s just squares and sashing. So I worked it up (ignoring the Y-seams in the drawing, because ain’t nobody got time for that) and ordered the grays.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

Of course, I ran out of the light gray along the way, and of course, that is the only gray that’s been discontinued from the Dimples line in the last ten years. But I think it’s pretty hard to spot the slightly-different gray. Quit looking at it so hard. Sheesh.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

And if you thought the front was vibrant, then there’s the BACK! This was actually my second choice, but I’m quite pleased with it. It makes a good binding, too.

The quilting is just a stipple, because I’m in a major quilting rut right now. It doesn’t help that standing hurts, so I tend to get the quilting done fast without thinking too much about it. Something subtle that tacks down all those little scrappy bits that aren’t exactly straight on grain? Stipple it is!

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

And yes - not one single scrap is repeated in the front. Which takes considerable effort considering I started on it in 2013! There’s my sister’s Big Blue quilt, hanging out with the accent I used on a butterfly dress for my niece. There’s the pink plaid from Bad Romance’s back, chilling with a modern print who’s quilt isn’t even close to done. (I should work on that. There should be a rule about finishing a scrap quilt while the scraps are in a UFO.)

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

I do not know how to get a good quilt swirl.

Dimples - Sand / Cool Grey / Medium Gray (Manatee!) / Dark Gray

Backing/Binding - Wilmington Safari, So Goodie (hee!) Rainbow Dots

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

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And yes, I’m writing up a little free tutorial so you don’t have to run out of gray fabric like me!

See also: Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, Show Off Saturday

BOMs Away - an RSC Back

Nothing much to report this week - we went away for the weekend to celebrate my birthday! Hamilton tickets, lots of good restaurants, lots of walking that hurt my foot, and no fabric shopping! I know, weird, right? Don’t worry, I did some online shopping before we left.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge by Katie Mae Quilts

This hunk of gorgeousness is the backing for my Main Street Rainbow. And by the time you’re reading this, it’s pieced, pressed, and on the longarm! I’m excited to get this one finished in time for the local county fair. And I’m excited to type up some block instructions for it! It’s such a simple scrap buster, with a nice setting to make it all pop.

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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BOMs Away - RSC June

YOU GUYS!

Are you ready for this??

After 5.5 years - my 2013 Rainbow Scrap Challenge is finally….

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

…well, a top, at least.

I started out the weekend determined to at least finish making the color blocks. Which I did. And then I started making the gray blocks and discovered TWO MORE color blocks under the gray fabric. That was the final straw - this thing was going to get finished. I’m tired of miscounting and finding bits and pieces everywhere.

Really, it only took about 2.5 hours to get it finished, since six of the seven rows were already pieced. I just had to sit down and DO IT. And so I did.

I might add a border - or I might not. It’s 61x71” which is a quite nice size, but if I find something amazingly wonderfully rainbowy while I’m searching for a back, I won’t not get it.

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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BOMS Away - RSC May

Another month, another couple additions to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! This month, I barely remembered that I needed to do this before heading to the East Coast to visit my new baby niece (the actual Queen B) so… This is what you get.

Main Street Rainbow by Katie Mae Quilts

Four new color blocks, everything attached to other blocks, and only three more color blocks to go! I need to lay out the whole thing, though, to decide on the last three. I’ve been working on it so long that I don’t remember what fabrics I’ve used! The four new ones are new stash fabrics, so I knew those were safe.

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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BOMs Away - RSC Bonus April

Happy Easter! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. We went to a friend’s house for dinner, so I only had to make one part of the meal instead of slaving away in the kitchen all day. So nice! And it gave me lots of time in the sewing room to catch up on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects!

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Look at that pretty stack! Rainbow bits and pieces in all shapes and blocks!

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More specifically, it’s two yellow/blue churn dashes for my bee queen this quarter - since there’s only the four of us, I’ll probably make a few more before collecting up some goodies and sending them along. And then four little blocks for Main Street Rainbow - I think I need 11 total, so this brings me down to seven more.

And finally! I pulled out the whole box for Jack’s Chain and counted blocks. I only needed eight more to finish the nine patches, so I made those. And I counted and separated them into left-leaning, right-leaning, and non-leaning stacks, so I know exactly where to start next month.

Look at that - both of my Rainbow Scrap Challenges are nearing assembly and it’s not even halfway through the year! I mean, one’s from 2013 and the other is 2015, but whatever.

And so… Did anyone else work on (or start) a BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Or a few blocks for someone else’s charity project? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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