Monday, January 21, 2013

Spin the Rainbow Wheel of Fortune!

I sure hope you had a nice weekend! I spent much of my weekend working on my Doll Quilt Swap project for my partner, and it's now officially finished. I am absolutely in love with the way it's come together, and I know I'm going to have a hard time sending it off, but at the same time, I'm really excited to send it to my partner. I sure hope that she'll like it!

DQS - Rainbow Wheel of Fortune

This miniquilt is made up of nine foundation paper pieced 6" blocks, each block using nine different main colors, in three different fabrics. By my count, there's over 218 different fabrics in this 18" mini. I pulled from my scrap bins for all of the prints, and used Kona Ash and Kona Charcoal for the two grays. 


One of my favorite parts about this miniquilt is the way the grays come together to form a star when the blocks are pulled together. I had a really hard time figuring out how to quilt this, but ultimately, I went with a simple outline around the wheels, which emphasizes those stars really well. 

DQS - Rainbow Wheel of Fortune - detail 1

I bound this mini in Art Gallery Pure Elements in Caviar, which has a gorgeous sheen in person. It does a beautiful job framing the mini. I love working with those Art Gallery solids, they are just so soft and smooth. 

DQS - Rainbow Wheel of Fortune - detail2

I make a little label for the back, using a piece of fabric, some freezer paper, and my printer, and pieced it into the backing, but I somehow managed to foul up the year on the label. Darned 2012. The swap did start in 2013, so I suppose it's not entirely inaccurate, but still. I didn't realize it until Terri pointed it out on IG after I had started the binding, so I didn't change it. I hope my partner won't hate me for that! 

DQS - Backing

Quilt Stats
name: Rainbow Wheel of Fortune
size: 18" square
pattern: my own, coming soon, called Wheel of Fortune, foundation paper pieced using 50 wt Aurifil
quilting: simple straight line outline in 50wt Aurifil in color 2024 (white)
fabrics: So many it's nearly impossible to list them all!
backing: Lucy's Crab Shack Plaid in Ocean by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

I'm working on a pattern for this quilt, and much like in my Lucky Stars BOM, there will be two block sizes shared in the pattern, a 6" and a 12." I started on the 12" blocks at the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild meeting over the weekend, using one of the stacks of fabric I pulled last week for my Juki cover. Stay tuned for a pattern release some time next week!

Todays progress at the #tampamodernquiltguild sew day...bit to shabby considering i did all my cutting there! Working on a 12 block quilt here...


  1. This is so awesome Elizabeth, lucky partner!

  2. gorgeous work and color choices, thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Beautiful pattern. Works equally well with bold rainbow and the softer pallet below.

  4. Just beautiful, and I love how you have several fabrics for each color in each wheel - A detail that just makes is extra special.

  5. Very beautiful!! It reminds me of Anna Maria Horner's Spinning Stars. The colors you chose are perfect!

  6. gorgeous!!!! you have one lucky partner!

  7. Elizabeth - this is just so darn pretty! It turned out so beautifully…. Can't wait for the pattern!

  8. It is totally amazing! I'm a sucker for rainbows!

  9. Just so amazing! Btw, I did the same thing with my label by accident! Glad to hear it wasn't just me. Blasted year change.

  10. Fabulous! I noticed that grey centre star too - love that detail.

  11. Cool, love all the rainbowy goodness!

  12. Elizabeth they are mighty beautiful and very happy looking - I'm sure your swap partner will love her quilt, I know I sure would.

  13. gorgeous! i just love it and can't wait for your pattern to come out!

  14. love the sense of movement created with all of the scraps and the stars are so striking. it almost reads as an optical illusion...

  15. Amazingly gorgeous!
    I'll cross my fingers that it's coming my way. :-)

  16. A-mazing!! You've outdone yourself with this one, my friend.

  17. Wonderful quilt ~ lucky person getting it!
    Great block too ~ looking forward to making one!

  18. Fantastic! Can't wait for the pattern to come out, sure I will like it as much as the Lucky Stars blocks.

  19. Amazing! It's so little. Your partner is lucky.

  20. So I've never really commented on blogs before but I couldn't help myself when I saw this! Just *love* this design! I've been working on a gem-inspired paper piecing template myself, but you are obviously a pro and this is really quite stunning ;)

  21. Oh my wow! I think this is just amazing! Great job Elizabeth. Now I want this pattern...bad!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous! The colours are divine, so cheerful. Very clever pattern.

  23. Very nice love the colors and that pattern would also look great with civil war fabric too,and make a full size quilt with them that would look really amazing.


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