Rainbow swirl quilt | Apple wall-art


This was one of those projects where the end result was nothing at all like what I had envisaged when I first started out. When I received the gorgeous L's Modern 2015 Spring Collection by Lecien, I knew I had to do a rainbow quilt of some sort, and that I wanted to play with some half square triangles and see what I could come up with (this is SO not like me, normally I like to plan my quilts down to every single detail before my scissors even touch the fabric). So I set about making a collection of HSTs, two from each print in the line. Then I started laying them out randomly and seeing what funky patterns I could come up with. And out of the randomness emerged this swirly shape as a clear winner. To me it looks like a turning pinwheel with ribbons attached to each point of the pinwheel!



I was sure I would have loads of HSTs left over, but I used every single one. And I only had to make an additional 5 or so HSTs to complete the whole pattern. To say I am pleased is an understatement! I love it so.


With the left over scraps I made some wall art for Alice's room. She is massively into apples at the moment, and it was time to update a couple of the nursery prints on her walls: she is definitely no longer a 'baby' (though she will always be my baby of course). They only took me 15 minutes each, I pieced three scraps of fabric together randomly, applied fusible web on the wrong side of the pieced patchwork, drew an apple shape on the backing paper, trimmed, applied it onto backing fabric, then topstitched all around 1mm from the edge (this technique is called raw-edge applique for those who are not already familiar with it). And hey presto, a lovely apple wall art! In fact, I made two.


Recently I have been enjoying working with bright bold colours, the ABC quilt that I am continuing to work on (slowly!) also features bold florals. It's an exciting departure for me from my beloved pastel florals and dots. In fact I enjoyed making this rainbow quilt so much that I have just started cutting HSTs for another rainbow quilt. This one is going to be bigger!

*** PATTERN UPDATE: Due to lots of requests I am currently in the process of drafting the pattern for the mini quilt, which will be published in Make Modern magazine's January issue. Link to follow soon. ***

16 comments:

  1. Sedef, this quilt is amazing!!! <3 Did you use precut fabric to make it--or yardage? I love the apples, too! You're so incredibly creative! :) Alice is a lucky little girl! :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I just had a small promotional pack from Lecien, 6 inch squares of each print. It doesn't need a lot of fabric to make a big impact, the colours are so bold :) The backing is not Lecien, it's from my own stash. x

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  2. I can just see the pinwheel spinning with the streamers flying around. It's so cute! And the apples are sweet and dainty. Great wall art. I'll bet Alice loves them.

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  3. I love the happy colours! Do I spy a backing fabric from Spotlight? I love those spots, simple but classy :)

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    1. Hi Alison! Yes it's a Spotty fabric! I thought the rainbow dots was quite suitable, unfortunately I didn't have any Lecien yardage for the backing :)

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  4. Hi, fabulous!! Will you be publishing a pattern? I have the perfect wall for this!

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    1. Hi Lily, I am not intending to publish a pattern as being made of just HSTs it's pretty easy to replicate. Feel free to copy the design! Thank you :) xx

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  5. Я в восторге! Мне всё очень нравится!!!

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  6. This is stunning! Fun! and Happy!

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  7. Love the apple art! And the quilt as well










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  8. Love the apple art! And the quilt as well










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  9. I absolutely adore this rainbow swirl quilt. I just saw it on IG, shown by clammon. It's gorgeous!

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  10. Hey. It is lovely colours in this one. I will try to make one myself thou i must look for similar colours

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  11. I am making this! Here's a link if you'd like to see it!
    http://carolsworldofquilts.blogspot.com/2016/02/on-design-wall-rainbow-swirl-quilt.html

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  12. Beautiful quilt. Love how the colors flow together...

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