Planning a Delightful Rainbow Patchwork Quilt


I'm planning out my next craft project. This one is going to be a king size quilt inspired by mermaidsews's Anna Maria Horner rainbow quilt that I saw on Instagram.

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I'm going to be using a half yard bundle of Anna Maria Horner fabrics that I purchased from Westwood Acres.

I want to make a king size quilt for my bed and I only have a 3/4 size sewing machine so I'm going to do this quilt using a quilt as you go method so it's easier to work with on a small machine.

This is also going to give me the confidence/practice to go back and finish the very first quilt I ever started which a quilt as you go quilt my mom and I started when I was a kid and she was teaching me how to sew by having me use a different technique on each block (backstitching, cross stitch, button holes, weaving, using the different fancy stitches on the sewing machine, appliqué) - I did the blocks and she put them together into the quilt.

Here's the plan:

  1. cut lots of 3.5" squares out of my Anna Maria Horner fabric
  2. sew 4 squares by 4 squares with a 0.25" seam allowance so that I have lots of 12.5" x 12.5" blocks
  3. add batting and backing and quilt each of those blocks (which should be much easier on my machine and my body that trying to quilt a whole king size quilt as one piece)
  4. attach those blocks together using the quilt as you go method and a 0.25" seam allowance so they finish out to 12" each
  5. finish with a binding around the edge.

I think this approach will also mean less set up and clean up time each time I want to work on the project so that I can do smaller bits at a time as my one year old's temperament allows.