Rainbow Rectangles – A 2019 Finish

Yes!  I finished my Rainbow Rectangles quilt and am so proud.  Why?  

First, I made up a fun pattern for this quilt here. It was so fast, but why it has taken me so long to quilt it – I do not know why. It didn’t have a purpose, so it guess it kept falling back to the end of the queue. Who wouldn’t love the fabrics in this quilt – Island Batik – a layer cake of Paisley Bright Dots was the layer cake I used.

Simply Sixteen with Little Foot and Little Buddy.

Secondly, I  quilted it on the SS Tabitha, my Handiquilter.  She was great to work with – only I ran out of thread – rookie mistake.  Then I order the Superior Threads King Tut Nefertiti #901 and get a shipping date in 3 days. BUT, I also ordered bobbins which then showed up as backordered.  3 weeks later, I kid you not, the single spool of thread gets here.  UGH!

The third reason is that I did different patterns in each block (mostly).  Now, I say mostly because at the end  of the quilt I no longer remembered what I did and I really needed to get it off the frame for my August Island Batik challenge. So, they aren’t perfect, but they are a work in progress. I didn’t use rulers, wanted to force some muscle memory. I notice some moves are harder to make smooth, not sure why.

I love the backing fabric. It is fun and childlike but not too, so it can be for any age child, not just an infant. This was my One Monthly Goal and a 3rd Quarter Goal! All done – Hip Hip Hooray!

Rainbow Rectangles
38″ X 60″
Island Batik Paisley Bright Dots
Hobbs Premium Cotton Batting
Superior King Tut Nefertiti for quilting
Aurifil #50 wt white for piecing

Coming Up on the Blog:
Island Batik Box Reveal – July 25
Sew Let’s QAL Block 11
Dream to Reality

Linking Up With:
Main Crush Monday
What I Made Monday
Lets Bee Social
Wednesday Wait Loss
Colour & Inspiration
July UFO/WIP Link Up
One Monthly Goal
3rdQuarter2019 FAL!

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  1. Vicki in MN
    July 22, 2019 / 9:00 AM

    Such a bright and fun quilt! You got in some really good practice doing so many different designs:)

    • kathleenquilts
      July 22, 2019 / 9:26 AM

      Thanks, Vicki! It was really fun to do…until the thread delay.

  2. somethingrosemade14
    July 22, 2019 / 4:39 PM

    I’ve seen this quilt on IG but did not notice the different quilting patterns until I read your post. I love it and what a great idea to quilt each rectangle differently. You’re getting quite good at machine quilting and you do need to share, or did you, about Tabitha. I keep saying I don’t want a long arm, but after seeing you buy one you need to give me the deets.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 22, 2019 / 10:23 PM

      I did share about Tabitha, but I need to keep singing her praises. We’ll talk about it…its a great investment and I love quilting my own quilts. Doing a queen cut in half….its crazy but I am loving it.

  3. July 22, 2019 / 7:21 PM

    Love the different designs on each rectangle. Good for practice as well as a look up when you want to choose a pattern for another quilt. The thread is cool too. The quilt looks quite sparkly with the bright colors and your quilting.

    • kathleenquilts
      July 22, 2019 / 10:21 PM

      I am so glad you enjoyed the quilt and the quilting. In spite of the complications, this was a fun finish and a fun one to quilt.

  4. July 22, 2019 / 7:29 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Love, love, LOVE those dotted fabrics. Dotted and batik – that’s a great combination. I was hoping you would do something different in each block! Great way to give that new machine a workout. I sure know what you mean about not remembering what stitches you had already used – I found myself doing that as well. So there may or may not be repeat stitches! Three weeks for a spool of thread?!! Holy moly – I knew you had run out but come on. Looks great and I enjoy a good twofer. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      July 22, 2019 / 10:21 PM

      I love the dots too! It was to tempting not to do one in each block, but not so easy to come up with different things. Yeah, it was totally ridiculous about the thread order. I don’t know whether I would ever order from that vendor again – it looked like 3-4 days which would have been ok. I won’t make that mistake again!

  5. July 22, 2019 / 10:04 PM

    Great way to get a quilt done and practice some quilting at the same time! I love the simplicity of your patter, Kathleen!

    • kathleenquilts
      July 22, 2019 / 10:06 PM

      Nancy, it was fun to come up with different patterns. I need a lot of practice, but you know how long it takes. Meanwhile, a baby quilt or kids quilt is the best thing to practice on. The pattern is simple and really so fast.

  6. July 25, 2019 / 3:01 PM

    Really nice and I love your quilting.

  7. inquiringquilter
    July 26, 2019 / 7:46 AM

    Love, love that you are quilting this with different motifs. Congrats on a great finish. August is coming and I’m still working on my July IB project. Ugh. So you are way ahead of the curve in my book! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • July 26, 2019 / 8:22 AM

      Thanks, Jennifer. I have mostly used longarms with programs/pantographs and the expert guidance of the “rental owners” so it is fun to stretch. That said, I love the precision of the computer guided motifs – so I am hypercritical of my work. I let it go on this! It is so much faster than struggling with a quilt under the arm of a machine! I am leaving for MN and won’t be back to my sewing until the 31st so I had to get this s… done. Good luck with your projects.

  8. Lisa J.
    July 27, 2019 / 4:41 PM

    Hi: I thought I had already left a comment about this quilt, but perhaps that was at an earlier stage. i love all the bright colours in the quilt and all the excellent practice quilting.

    • kathleenquilts
      August 2, 2019 / 8:28 PM

      Thank you, Lisa! I just found out that some ad blockers prevent comments so it is possible that could have happened. Sometimes they just vanish! Thanks for commenting and stopping by.

  9. Patty
    July 29, 2019 / 7:12 AM

    Love the quilting! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

    • July 30, 2019 / 8:44 PM

      Thanks, Patty! Always pleased to get my OMG done.

  10. July 29, 2019 / 7:36 PM

    Congrats on your finish and on getting in some terrific practice. You are up to quilting for August?! I hope that means you are in the beat the heat blog hop, not just putting me to shame… :) xx

    • July 30, 2019 / 8:44 PM

      Yes, in the Beat the Heat group – and away for 5 days so, I needed to be in a good spot for it. No way I would want to put you to shame! I also have the freedom quilt to do…a lot of quilting!!!

  11. July 30, 2019 / 8:16 PM

    What a great idea to practice machine quilting designs!

    • July 30, 2019 / 8:43 PM

      Thanks, Kathy, I am pleased with it and think I need to make another one for more practice soon.

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