A Rainbow Neighbourhood Flimsy

I am back with another brief post as it is time to share our quilt tops with Sandra Walker, the designer of Rainbow Neighbourhood, who blogs at mmmQuilts. This is her annual QAL and I have done all of them since 2017, so I definitely was in for this one. When I saw this pattern months ago, I knew it would be good for a QAL and it has been fabulous. And, yes, I use the Canadian spelling because she is the author and designer of this fun quilt.

The Blocks

For your entertainment, I thought I would do a slideshow of the 16″ blocks. I just used what scraps I had, barring some greens and blues for the sky that needed to be a bit longer than the strips I had on hand! These are big blocks and go together fast, once you select the fabrics.

I was going to use the same door fabric, but ran out. Of course, after I made a brown door, I discovered more of the funny beige print. My plan was to do 3 single windows, 3 double windows, and 3 no window blocks. I varied the skies and hoped it would work out, and it did!

The Flimsy

I have just barely 50″ of quilting width on my Simply Sixteen on a Little Foot Frame. Why am I telling you this? Well, it determined what I did with the blocks and assembling them. For simplicity, I decided to add a 2 1/2″ strip to separate the blocks and offset the middle the row. This would make it a lot less blocky. The quilt is going to a benefit drive, so I wanted it to be a pretty good size, that would work with a variety of the charities that they donate to. I am pleased so far and glad to have participated again in a great QAL!

Coming Up on My Blog

Fab Farm SAL – Block 9 (6/19)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd
Fab Farm SAL – Block 10 & Linky Party (6/26)

Linking Up

mmmQuilts Flimsy Linkup

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  1. Laurel
    June 16, 2023 / 5:42 AM

    I love the off set middle row!

  2. Vicki in MN
    June 16, 2023 / 8:23 AM

    I like the off set of the middle row, adds more interest/character to the quilt.

  3. June 16, 2023 / 8:47 AM

    What a great quilt top, Kathleen!! I wanted to participate, but Sandra’s QAL didn’t work into my schedule. :o((

  4. Cocoa Quilts
    June 16, 2023 / 9:00 AM

    A very pretty neighbourhood! Love the window varieties in the blocks!

  5. June 16, 2023 / 10:03 AM

    A nice gathering of houses, Kathleen! Perfect for a benefit drive, too!

  6. June 16, 2023 / 10:08 AM

    What a great solution to not having that wide of space for quilting! I love the offset rows(!!), and I love each and everyone of your houses. What a wonderful donation quilt, Kathleen. Thank you again for participating in every one of my quilt alongs over the past seven years(!). I truly appreciate it and I also am grateful that you kept the Canadian/English spelling. You’re so very kind! :-)

  7. June 16, 2023 / 11:02 AM

    I have seen a large variety of these house blocks and they are all super cute! :)

  8. June 16, 2023 / 12:40 PM

    I like the way you staggered the columns, Kathleen. Your flimsy looks fantastic and I hope you have fun quilting and finishing it off for donation.

  9. Rochelle Summers
    June 16, 2023 / 5:46 PM

    It’s so nice to see how others are putting their blocks together. Your flimsy is lovely and it will nice to see it quilted.

  10. June 17, 2023 / 8:54 AM

    I love the Canadian spelling, it’s perfect for this flimsy. Your offset row is wonderful – nice job!

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