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!

Good Folks Scrappy

Good Folks Strip Hanging

It’s amazing what you can make with scraps, isn’t it? I received a fat quarter set of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line for my birthday. Two birthday’s ago. And although I still haven’t made the quilt I originally planned with the fabric, I have cut out the pieces. And I had a lot of scraps left over. I really, really, really love this fabric and there was no way I was going to let the scraps go to waste.

Good Folks Strip

I am finding it hard to take photos of finished quilts lately. There is snow everywhere! And it seems we don’t have much daylight this time of year, so my husband isn’t around during the light hours to hold the quilts for me. So today I decided to drive to the Morton Arboretum to take photos with the camera balanced on top of the car. It actually worked (somewhat!)

Back to the quilt though! I pieced together all my left over strips. This small quilt measures 39″ x 43″. I quilted straight lines vertically down it, 1/4″ on each side of the seams. It has a bit of loft to it and just looks so soft.

Good Folks Strip Back

The back is a wider piece of fabric from the same line, with Kona artichoke on top and Kona espresso on the bottom. The binding is also Kona espresso. Even though the color always photographs looking black, I just love the deep brown in real life and find myself using it often.

Good Folks Strip Birch

Next I am going to be finishing up an Echino quilt I started last summer. The blocks are finished and I plan on sewing the top together today!

ETA: Interested in this quilt? It will be auctioned off by the Katy Kidney Beans sometime in March to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. I will post a blog post with the details when I know more.