Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Rainbow Rotary

May 15, 2015

I am excited to make Rainbow Rotary my first entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  This was my first rainbow quilt, but I didn’t make it too easy-  There are 72 different fabrics creating the circle of color!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary is a re-interpretation of a traditional Courthouse Steps block that I turned into a wedge.  Eight wedges combine to form this circle of color.  If you would like to see more on the development of this design, please check out the original Rainbow Rotary post.  In this detail photo you can see some of the block construction as well as the quilting detail.

Rainbow Roundabout detail a


Each of the 72 sections of color has a single line of echo quilting in a coordinating thread.  The white sections of each wedge are quilted using a thread color which matches the dominant color of the wedge.  Nine different threads were used to quilt this project.

Rainbow Roundabout back view

One of the most exciting aspects of using so many different threads is that the back of the quilt has a subtle thread rainbow on the solid white backing fabric

Rainbow Roundabout back quilting detail

This quilt will be in the ROYGBIV category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  The Festival is currently open for entries and nominations for viewer’s choice.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely quilts that have been entered, and come back between May 22-29 to vote for your favorites in every category!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Rainbow Rotary

Size:  18.5″x18.5″

Techniques:  Foundation paper piecing

Quilting:  Echo Quilting within each area of the quilt using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabrics:  74 different fabrics:  72 colors from scrap and stash, Kona cotton in whiter for background and backing, Lotta Jansdotter stripe for binding

Batting:  Warm and White

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Connecting Threads cotton Essentials quilting thread in Red, Grape Juice, Peridot, Persian Blue, Persimmon, and Sangria as well as yellow, teal, and green in Gutermann Mara 100.

Binding:  Striped fabric, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machined stitched to the front of the quilt, hand stitched to the back.

Up Next:  I am currently writing a pattern for this quilt!

If you like this quilt, you may want to take a look at Mini Quilt Mania– I am making a mini quilt a week for 2015!

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  • Reply
    Cynthia Brunz
    May 16, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Wonderful seeing this quilt again. Best of luck in the Festival!

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    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    May 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

    This is a perfect entry for the ROYGBIV category! I do love how you put so much attention into details on this quilt, like the use of colored thread for the quilting. It really helps the quilt have a rainbow glow.

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    What comes next?
    May 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    great quilt! Love the design!

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    Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
    May 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Wow Cassandra! First, all those fabrics and second, the quilting is fab-u-lous!! How did you ever quilt those straight lines so straight? (Straight lines are sometimes a struggle for me…) This is super cool quilt.

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Wow awesome fabric/color placement! Looks awesome. And I love the quilting you chose!

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    Kamila@ Work-With-Patches
    May 18, 2015 at 5:24 am

    What a great idea for a beautiful miniquilt!!! I love your design, rainbow colors and I love your quilt 🙂 Great job!
    Greetings from Poland

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    May 18, 2015 at 5:27 am

    I’ve voted for this in Viewer’s Choice too 🙂

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    May 18, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Love your quilt. The design is fantastic.

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    May 18, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I remember seeing this on IG, it’s one of my favorites! So fabulous!

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    Elizabeth Eastmond
    May 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I love your little quilt! I love the angles, the way you arrayed your rainbows, and that amazing quilting! Well done!

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    Sylvia Anderson
    May 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I love, love, love this quilt and am excited to know that you are writing a pattern for it. Could you please notify me when it is available? It is so bright and colorful and brings a smile to my face. Hope you win!!!!

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    May 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

    This is a stunning little quilt. I love how you quilted it, too.

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    May 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Wow! This is absolutely beautiful. I’m definitely interested in the pattern when you’re done with it.

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    May 28, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Fantastic rainbow quilt!!! Fantastic!!!

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    June 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I love the quilting on this guy! So fun changing the thread color for each section and the design is just beautiful.

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    Brianna Robertson
    June 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    This quilt is so striking! I just love that quilting. I’ve thought about doing that sort of spiral quilting before but wasn’t sure how it would look. This looks great! That must have been a lot of threads to bury too.

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