Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Summer Breeze Quilt - Ta Da!

Summer Breeze Quilt

Today I get to share my version of the Fat Quarter Shop's  Summer Breeze Quilt Pattern. I named my quilt Rainbow Breeze. It's been hard working on this quilt in secret for much of the summer.


This clever kaleidoscope pattern is designed to use fat quarters, and the Fat Quarter Shop encouraged the choice of Moda Fabrics. I saw this as an excellent opportunity to finally try a bunch of Moda Bella Solids. To give me a nice rainbow of solids, I chose four different bundles: the Mumbai Solid Bundle, the Sew Sampler Solid Bundle, the Me and My Sisters Designs Bundle and the Blues Bella Solids Bundle, together with Bella Solids Ivory and a couple of extra Bella Solids oranges and yellows.


The Fat Quarter Shop's  Summer Breeze Quilt Pattern uses a really easy approach to piecing and trimming this traditional kaleidoscope pattern. To make it, the Fat Quarter Shop also supplied me with two rulers for making this quilt, the Creative Grids 45 degree kaleidoscope ruler and 8.5" square ruler.

Here is the Fat Quarter Shop's video tutorial, which shows how to make this lovely and clever pattern:


Summer Breeze Quilt

I had fun quilting this quilt. I first quilted horizontal lines from 1/2" to about 1" apart. Then I turned the quilt a quarter turn, reloaded it on my long arm frame and quilted a second set of horizontal lines. The resulting effect of having squares that are not quite even is lovely.

Summer Breeze Quilt

I used a Wonderfil 50wt variegated grey and ivory thread for the quilting. The thread worked perfectly, no thread breaks and very even tension, and the colour added just the right touch to the quilt.

Summer Breeze Quilt - detail

These detail shots were taken of the quilt after it had been washed and dried. I used a cotton batting which shrinks just a little to give the quilt a soft, puckered look.

Summer Breeze Quilt

I had a lot of fun deciding on the colour placement for the blocks on this quilt. I wanted the rainbow to have enough distinction to be noticed, while still having the sparkle of mixing up the colours a fair bit.

Summer Breeze Quilt - back

I used a Tula Pink wide back fabric for the back and more of the Bella Ivory for the binding.

Again, you can find the Fat Quarter Shop's  Summer Breeze Quilt Pattern here.

Summer Breeze Quilt

There is Rainbow Breeze one more time - she is about 56" square, which is a slightly smaller quilt than the pattern calls for. I love the rainbow and the way that, if you just move back from the quilt a little bit, the kaleidoscope circles peek out from this approach to the colour placement.

Be sure to check out the other versions of this lovely pattern created by these lovely bloggers:

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Sherri N. from Rebecca Mae Designs
Sherri M. from A Quilting Life
Jessica from Quilty Habit
Afton from Quilting Mod
Kathryn from Kathryn Jones Quilts
Stephanie from The Modern Sewciety

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This  quilt was also on my Q3 Finish A Long list, and it's done too!

Best,

Leanne

31 comments:

  1. WOW! That's beautiful Leanne! What a secret that was.... You can definitely see the rainbow circles spinning about!

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  2. Oh, wow! This is fantastic! I love of course all the colours abut also this pattern is in my list! x Teje

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  3. Leanne... Great minds think alike! You'll have to check out mine. I did similar layout... AND same Tula wide back! So funny!

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  4. Мечтаю о таком квилте! Браво!

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  5. Just beautiful! And I love your quilting!

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  6. It's so pretty, love all the colors you choose!

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  7. Your colors are perfect! I love how you incorporated so many shades of the rainbow!

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  8. This is really lovely, Leanne! I do like how seeing your quilt as a whole I can see the circles form, and there are some lovely secondary shapes that pop up for me as well because of the contrast in the centers of your piecing (a little bit like jacks but I don't even know how to explain myself well here). How did you find working with the Bella solids?

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  9. Really lovely! This is my kind of rainbow quilt! And I love the quilting pattern you used!

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  10. Beautiful Leanne. Such pride in your work!

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  11. "It's been hard working on this quilt in secret for much of the summer."
    Oh gosh, Leanne, I seriously thought you were doing NOTHING all summer since I had not seen any really big creations busting out on your blog. I thought perhaps you were loafing, or looking for Pokeman :-P


    Just kidding. This is amazingly beautiful. You are very inspiring. I love the color placement. I would have wasted the whole summer away trying to decide such a crucial matter. Perhaps that is why I am so slow.
    I love this to bits
    Thanks for sharing this lovely creation

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  12. WOW! That is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L - I truly LOVE it! If I had the patience for piecing, this is the quilt I would make. Great Job!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  13. This is beautiful.
    I checked out the utube and the pattern. I the amount of fabric that seems to be wasted--more scraps and more scraps. Also, I would like your thoughts on how the poplin backing works? This has been the one thing that has kept me from purchasing this fabric. In the shops it seems heavier than I would lie. Also, the quilt seems like a LOT of work. I do like the fact that the pattern is only 3 pages of printing--and not the 50 or 60 of some PDF patterns. So it's about $2 a page (U.S.).

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  14. Such a beauty! I keep looking at it, and love your color placement.

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  15. Beautiful. My favorite of all the ones I've seen.

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  16. Super quilt Leanne, I love the colours, the movement, and also the quilting which has given me food for thought for my next project.

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  17. I love your version - definitely my favorite of the ones I've seen. I'm almost tempted to make the pattern!

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  18. Leanne, Rainbow Breeze just looks delicious:) I love the Tula Pink backing too..really makes it summery. You not so even squares really do give it a lovely lift. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Wow! This is really gorgeous. Beautiful use of color.

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  20. such a beautiful quilt, you do some wonderful things with solids!

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  21. This is fantastic! The quilting is fabulous too

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  22. I am late to the party but nevertheless wanted to tell you how amazing I think your take on the pattern is!!!

    Did you use the full strip mixing technique described in the video tutorial? And what did you do with all those scraps? Appears to be an annoying amount of "waste" or are there additional pattern ideas for the "waste scraps" included?

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  23. Gorgeous! It's actually my favourite out of all the sample quilts.

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  24. This quilt is gorgeous! Congrats on getting a quarterly goal finished! I love the colors, and the quilting makes it pop. Great job!

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  25. Such a pretty quilt. It looks so happy and bright. I love it.

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  26. Such a pretty quilt. It looks so happy and bright. I love it.

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  27. Oh this is lovely and one of my favorites! Thanks for joining in the FAL on behalf of the cohosts! ;-)

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