Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Big Rainbow Plan for 2018

...and probably 2019 too.

Blue for January

So, this is my first post of 2018 for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Last year's project was a rainbow version of Bonnie Hunter's Talkin Turkey. I finished the blocks but they are still not all sewn together.

The first colour for 2018 was blue, and I did start my new project back in January. I didn't share it then because I was giving myself time to change my mind. But, it's working and it looks good, so it's on. And it's the project I've been most keen to get moving since my break.

This year, in addition to all the rainbow colours, I'm going to have a range of shapes to keep things interesting.

And the entire quilt is going to be foundation paper pieced. It's slow, but I realized that it will be the easiest way to manage a wide range of scraps, and all the different shapes and sizes I'm going to need.

Is it starting to look familiar to anyone?

How about now:

Yes, it's Sue Garman's Halo Medallion, the 2017 BOM she designed for The Quilt Show, and her last one before she passed away. The pattern is still available this year to TQS members. I loved all the borders and the distinctive Halo Star in the centre, but I knew that a whole month of sewing flying geese, followed by a whole month of pinwheels or HSTs, would never work for me. Then last year I had the idea of superimposing a rainbow over the whole thing:

That way, for each RSC colour of the month, I get to sew a cross section of different things.

Obviously, it's a crazy idea, but I've done a Herculean amount of planning, and so far, so good. My rainbow has 11 colours plus grey and/or beige in the two corners (still TBD), so it's most certainly going to run into 2019.

I was also thinking of doing Bonnie Hunter's Garden Party for RSC this year, but I've come to my senses on that. It will have to wait.

Anyway, I'll get into more details in future posts. In the meantime, check out the rest of the RSCer's at this week's link up.


  1. The blocks look beautiful and what a great project! : )

  2. This is a beautiful quilt and it will look fantastic in rainbow colors. Follow uour plan.

  3. What a super cool idea with superimposing the rainbow on the pattern. What a fun year of piecing! You have the best ideas!!!!! I look forward to following your progress!

  4. I think your plan is ingenious!

  5. OMG, what an ambitious project! But it’s going to be drop dead gorgeous, and if anyone can pull it off, it’s YOU. Can’t wait to see this develop. And your Technicolor Turkey still has me Jonesing to do that for the RSC!

  6. What a wonderful idea. I've seen quilts that have a rainbow gradation like you're doing and then walked away, thinking it insurmountable. It never occurred to me to do it as part if the rainbow scrap challenge...or to break it up somehow. Thank you for opening my eyes and I look forward to seeing your project take shape. (And good luck with the many half square triangles!)

  7. OH, wow! It's a challenging pattern but then using it as a rainbow project, it will keep you on your toes. When you finish it up it will be absolutely amazing. I recognized the project as soon as I got to the circular geese!

  8. OMG, that is brilliant!! I have this pattern and love it, but couldn't face the idea of making 6700 or so flying geese, 3000ish pinwheels, etc. Doing a few of each type of unit each month is a great idea. I can't wait to see your progress!

  9. WOW! Welcome back. You came back with a big bang (and big project)! Good luck. That's going to be one gorgeous quilt!

  10. This will be amazing and utterly gorgeous . . . go for it!!

  11. What a great design challenge - have fun and we'll have fun watching the progress

  12. Wow - what an amazing, ambitious project. It looks like you have it well planned out though. This will be a lot of fun to follow.

  13. Great idea! Love the gradation. It will be spectacular. Our guild made Halo Medallion for our raffle quilt (with permission from Sue's daughters of course). Glad I didn't have to make all those flying geese arcs. My version is in extended time out.

  14. Hmm, can't wait to see just how you'll pull this off. I love the idea and think the finished project will be stunning. Great way to challenge yourself!

  15. Just wondering if you okay. You haven't posted in over a year. Hope all is well!

    1. Yeah, sorry, I'm ok. Thanks for touching base! I haven't been sewing a lot, but I keep meaning to post and then other things take priority. As soon as I have something worth sharing, I'll share it!

      Tysm and all the best!


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