Wednesday, February 11, 2015

APQ Quilt Along First Finish

So the first pattern I selected from the available three patterns for the APQ Go Four It Quilt Along was Rainbow Rows.  Here it is, designed and pieced by Lissa Alexander.



This quilt immediately appealed to me for two reasons, the scrappy background fabric and the prominent rows of diamonds.

I enjoyed going through my low volume stash and cutting all my strips.  I also enjoyed making all the 4 patches.  But as I mentioned in my last post, the low volume prints that I initially loved didn't appeal to me once the blocks were pieced and on my design wall.


I can't even put my finger on why that layout didn't appeal to me, other than maybe I'm more of a white background kind of gal than I thought.  I received some great feedback and suggestions on my blocks so I decided to keep working at it, and discovered that while the busy background bothered me when the blocks were set on point, that same background appealed to me when the blocks were not set on point.   I'm just crazy that way I guess.

So this is my version of Rainbow Rows and I'm happy with it.  It is the same block from Lissa's pattern, just set differently.  



This is Lifetime Quilt Number 149
The pattern is Rainbow Rows by Lissa Alexander from the April issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
It finished at 46" x 56" - a nice lap size.
It has approximately 1,526 pieces.

From what I've heard most folks have located the magazine for the quilt along.  Be sure to send me a picture or link to your blog while you are working on your Go Four It project.  Nicole from Sister's Choice Quilts is joining the fun and making a few changes to Lisa's pattern also, check it out here.  #apqquiltalong on Instagram has some great pictures too, so check them out if you can.  My favorite finish so far is by Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Stop back by tomorrow, Buried Treasure is pieced, 
and I got it right the first try!

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15 comments:

  1. I knew it would be great and just love the grays and burnt oranges.....Love it!!! Still pulling fabric and just got my magazine so will be at it soon. A really nice quilt Thelma and love it!

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  2. I like the way the orange continues into the border. Very nice!

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  3. Oh WOW do I like this quilt! And I love that you continued it to the borders! Laura V.

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  4. Love the orange pop! And love how it extends intoi the border! Im only able to make a couple of blocks a week. Using up my charm square stash and using low volume for thewith rainbow sorted squares and gray/brown charms for the alt squares.

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  5. It definitely makes a huge difference. I love the look.

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  6. WOW!! I really love this! The addition of orange. SWOON! My secret favorite color. I let my APQ subscription laps so I need to hit the store and look for this magazine. I may make a dent in my stash this year yet!

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  7. Those totally remind of those little paper things that get folded into four patch strips. Love how you took it into the border too. If I wasn't taking 7 classes right now, I would love to get in a little sewing time and I have tons of low volume that I got for last year's QAL (which is still on my list because I love that quilt too!)

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  8. This looks great, I particularly like how you have incorporated the stripe into the border.

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  9. It's so neat to see them float right out into the border.

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  10. I like it a lot better this way and you've got me thinking about the blocks I've made -- hmmm... I think I have to play with this layout too! Great looking quilt!

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  11. What a wonderful solution! I love it!

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  12. What a great way to set it! I love what you did with the border! Very cool and very fun!

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  13. Very cute! I end up changing things around a lot too, so I get it. It's got to look good to the maker's eye.

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