I loved this pattern from the moment I laid eyes on it. The rainbow color spoke to the 80"s child in me and said "you NEED to make this rainbow quilt". When I saw that they had a kit and Quilt-a-long at my local quilt shop (Sew Inspired in Simsbury, CT) I went and bought one right away. It's just piecing I told myself...yeah, a LOT of piecing, but I can do that. Maybe. Not so much.
UGH. Thank GOD for the first class...The instructor went over the cutting for the center piece in great detail, noting that although you got a fat quarter for each color, which is what the pattern called for, you needed a FULL, EXACT fat quarter. If it was a hair short or crooked, you had to get clever with your cutting.
I tried to take a lot of pictures as I went along. The diamonds were much harder to line up than I thought...and every single one of the eight had to be ripped out at least once. I used the templates in the pattern. My cutting techniques and precision need improvement.
|My not so exact diamonds for the center medallion|
Much pulling and creative pressing ensued.
|The first set of grey offsets helped a ton in "making" things straight|
|Look at my points in the center!|
|Center and border #1|
|With Border #3, which was a TON of piecing|
|With the squares for border #5|
|Close up of Border #5|
At the end, I'll try to include some pictures of the other color/fabric options people in class chose. They are all spectacular.