Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Finish!


Rainbow Dresden Plates
I should call it Fiesta Dinnerware
88 x 88
Hand quilted


Here's the last row on the ground. It's too long for the clothesline. 




This was another Rainbow Scrap Challenge I started a few years ago.  Each month I used scraps in the color of the month to make four Dresdens - 
1. Color of the month
2. Color of the month plus its complement
3. Color of the month plus black/white
4. Color of the month plus white/black

Each was appliqued to a gray background and had a polka dot center surrounded by gray rick rack. 


I hand quilted it with hand quilting thread first about a quarter inch inside each blade of the fans and then I used an old cardboard stencil that looked kind of like a flower or kind of like a Dresden with eight blades, traced it with mechanical pencil and quilted it where the four corners of the blocks meet.  The stitches are a little larger in the Dresdens because I didn't cut away the extra background behind the Dresdens (I was afraid to do so)  and that made for an extra layer of fabric to quilt through.  It also makes for a very heavy quilt but those are needed around here on the beds in the winter. 


True to the scrappy nature of the quilt I used a bit of  leftover binding after I ran out of the 8 gray width of fabric pieces I had prepared for binding.   I never actually measure precisely when I make binding. I just kind of guestimate in my head. In this case I knew if it was 88 on each I would need at least 2 widths of fabric per side so that is why I prepared 8 - 2.5 width of fabric pieces.  I didn't have any gray leftover binding to finish up when I got to the end but had a little piece of solid light blue that worked just fine to fill in the final gap.   And you can't see it very well but I used it for my quilt label.  I rarely label a quilt I keep for myself so this works for me to easily get it done as part of the process. 

This is the back. 


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30 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

This is just fantastic -- your system for choosing colors works SO well. Another scrappy beauty!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love it - such a pretty colorful quilt and I love that it is hand quilted

Angie said...

Wonderful finish! It has been so much fun watching this quilt progress!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

It turned out so amazing! You need a taller clothes line - ha ha

Pam @ Quilting Fun said...

I love all the colours in your quilt! Congratulations on your finish! Beautiful!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Another lovely finish! I really like those bright colors on the black and white backgrounds. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

Congratulations on the finish...it's gorgeous!

Julierose said...

Oh i love your Dresden quilt; I am still hand quilting my blocks--your rainbow definitely is like Fiesta Ware--love that stuff, too. ;)))
Just beautiful hugs, Julierose

Ariane said...

Wow! This quilt is gorgeous!!! I love it!!

Quilting Babcia said...

You're right that this quilt looks like a fiesta, it's a celebration of color and design. Beautiful finish!

Crystal_235 said...

Very pretty quilt!

Chantal L. said...

WOW! There's a lot of work in this quilt. Fiesta Dinnerware is a great name since it does have a party flair to it. Congrats on this big finish! ;^)

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful -congratulations on a cheery, colourful finish!

Linda said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt. Love the colours, the grey background is amazing. Your idea to combine the Rainbow colour of the month with 3 other combinations is so clever, so effective.

Kathy S. said...

LOVE your idea of how you did one block a week. Thanks for sharing the plan with us. Congrats on a gorgeous finish! Quilts that are too big and hit the ground from the clothesline? MY FAVORITES!!!

Sue SA said...

This is a seriously beautiful quilt and testimony to what you can make out of your scrap box. Love it!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on completing your Fiesta Dinnerware quilt. It's SCRAPALICIOUS!!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is a beautiful quilt, Cathy! So much pretty color, and I like the different background fabrics, too. With all those scraps, I bet it is really fun to look at up close!

mangozz said...

Wow, did you really do this all from scraps? This quilt is incredible! That's a huge quilt to do by hand!

Denise :) said...

What a stunner! Making a Dresden quilt has been on my bucket list for a while. I love your finished quilt -- just beautiful!! :)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A lovely colourful quilt! and it's a great name too!

Julie Craven said...

I love love love it. You do amazing work.
Thank you for all the inspiration and courage you give me.

Monica said...

Love this one, Cathy! And your quilting pattern is perfect. Very inspiring!

Quilter Kathy said...

Another super fabulous hand quilted treasure! I love it!

---"Love" said...

Have I ever said that you absolutely amaze me? Well, I'm saying it again! Fiesta Dishes would be a great name for that beautiful quilt! ---"Love"

margaret said...

what a wonderful quilt you have made you must be thrilled with it so colourful and liking how you hand quilted it did you have sore fingers I seem to prick mine so much when hand quilting

Joni said...

Absolutely Gorgeous, Cathy! I love how the background makes the colors pop (even more). I think the Fiesta name fits!

Nann said...

What a beauty, Cathy! And hand-quilted to boot. Good for you!

gayle said...

Fiesta ware indeed! What a happy quilt!!

Ellen said...

Really beautiful!