Color Block Quilt

I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a finished quilt in this space. After many, many, many hours of quilting straight lines, this one is finally complete. This Color Block Quilt is based off my Rainchino Rails quilt.

I wrote this pattern back in 2011 for Fat Quarterly. For my Color Block version, I eliminated the white sashing and just increased the width of the strips by 1″. You can still buy the issue with the pattern on the Fat Quarterly website.

I debated between mixing up my fabrics or dividing them into sections, and I’m happy I ended up doing the latter. I just love color blocking! I mentioned in my last post about this quilt, I quilted straight lines using the edge of my foot as a guide. I used the dual feed on my Bernina 750QE for the entire thing – about 170 lines!

You may recall in my post on straight line quilting that I was getting “off” results from the walking foot – but I encourage you to check back at that post. It’s all working fabulously now, just tweaked my settings a bit.

The backing is a beautiful Fig Tree & Co print from their California Girl line. The binding is from Zen Chic’s Comma line. This quilt measures 60″ x 68″. It’s actually a gift, going to a very special home in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to send it off!


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    I really like how it turned out. I can imagine it felt like forever to do all that straight line quilting but it was a great way to go with it.

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    This quilt is just exquisite Faith! I love the color blocking too. It can be very elegant with a light hand. I think taking the sashing away completely changed the feel of this. I don’t envy you quilting all those lines, but oh how effective they are! I’m going back to look at your other posts…..

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    Mabel says

    As always, your work is beautiful! Love the color combination is very calm including the backing. Lovely!!

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    Diane says

    love the rainbow effect. That very special person will feel so blessed to snuggle in this quilt.

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    Anne Burden says

    I really like your colour choices, modern and calm. Quilting lines are terrific. Well done

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    Carol Broughton says

    Wow! Your quilt is stunning! I love your fabric choices and the color blocking. Those are a lot of quilting lines for sure. Thank you for being so inspiring!

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    Beautiful quilt, Faith! Can’t imagine doing all of those quilting lines, but more than worth the effort. Really love it. XX

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    Maryellen says

    Thanks for the comparison, Faith. I checked back to your other post on straight line quilting. I LOVE my 440, but can only imagine how fun it must be to use that 750!

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    Mary says

    This is just fabulous. I have a Bernina 350PE so I am only able to do straight line quilting. This made my day as it reminded me that sometimes you just can’t improve on a basic straight line quilt stitch!!

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    Connie W says

    Nice work. I have been wanting to try straight line quilting myself
    Where do you start ? And what stitch length are you using.

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      Hi Connie – I usually start at the top middle of the quilt, sewing lines down to the bottom and working my way over to the right edge of the quilt. Then I flip the quilt and start at the top again, repeating the process for the second half of the quilt. Depending on the quilt/fabric/my mood, I’ll use anywhere from a 2.5 stitch length to a 3.0 stitch length.

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    Beautiful quilting. I just quilted a bunch of straight lines on a mini and can’t begin to imagine how long it took to do all those lines on your quilt.

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    Yolanda in Cali says

    Another beautiful success! Your quilts are wonderful. Straight line quilting takes a LOT of patience. Oh, what reward with the finished product.

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    I just made a quilt for my daughter but just used two fabrics seen together with the straight line quilting effect. Well I did my lines diagonal but it seems really stiff! So my question is, will it soften out after I was it a couple of times?

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      Hi Dusti – the quilt sounds beautiful! Any quilt will soften over time in the wash. How it feels now depends on how your fabric felt before making the quilt (was it soft? crunchy?) and the type of batting you used. I use a low loft batting and I like the softness and drape of the quilts. My sister made a quilt last year with straight lines quilted 1/4″ apart and it is SO soft now.

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    Thank you so much for responding!! Yes the fabric is a soft cotton and I used low loft batting too!! I’m now relieved that it will soften up!! I also just learned a trick with washing it with a little vinegar!! So I might try that to speed up the process!!! Mine is not as big as you and I think by the time I was done sewing line after line I wanted to pull my hair out!! But it was well worth it!! I just need to remember to use a lot more safety pins to secure it from slipping so I don’t need to add a 3 inch border around the fabric to cover up my opps next time!!!

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