Bella’s Rainbow Quilt

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Bella is a rainbow so she needed a rainbow blankie:D It all began when I joined a fabric swap hosted by a friend Robyn. These are the fabrics I sent in:D I couldnt contain myself:D haha

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These are the fabrics I sent in:D I couldnt contain myself:D haha

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I got back two sets of 20 blocks of each of 10 colors so I had 400 squares of beautiful colors of the rainbow haha:D

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ORANGE:D

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RED:D

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GREEN:D I LOVE THESE GREENS!!!

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This fabric belonged to my Grandmother. Making my Grandma a part of my babys blanket just brings me a bit of nostalgia and comfort:D I love you Grandma Sally:D HI!!

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I decided after much debate that Half Square Triangles ROCKED and I needed them in my life:D So I chose a white hawaiian print to go with the beautiful colors…of the wind:D

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And I started drawing my lines:D

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Found my Disguised helper..

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and made these piles of future HSTs:D

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And then..sewing began in Ernest.

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Chain Sewing became my own personal…joy:D I should do a tutorial…

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Sewing sewing all the day:D I actually have a whole pinterest bored dedicated to HSTs

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More minions for cutting:D Thanks boys:D

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and bam beautiful piles ready for…

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Ironing:D Soooo satisfying:D

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More Piles ready to lay out…

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but how? I asked everyone on instagram and they all liked pinwheeles and but then I asked my Bella and she chose …

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This:D

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I loved laying it out and thought I would try it all kinds of ways

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But laying out 800 squares is a lot harder than I thought lol

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So i just rolled with it:D

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and kept rolling
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and rolling…

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and almost there
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And Tadaaaaaaaaa:D

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I chose to make all of the triangles go straight up and down instead of diagonal. I thought it looked better.

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That means I am sewing diagonal strips.

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We (my minions My lovely Mother and I) pinned them because…

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800 squares just stacked with three well meaning children a dog and nieces and nephews galore made the effort well worth it.

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LOOK!! They are strips! Who would have thought we would ever get to this point?

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Sewing the strips together!! Notice the extra triangle on the end of the strip so I could keep all of the color. Some people would cut them but I wanted to keep them so I did and just added a triangle. No biggie:D

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Matching points and sewing strips together!!! Im soooo HAPPY!

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Im shaking im so excited! its FABULOUS!! just need little

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Ironing… and by a little I mean ALOT!!! Holy Ironing Hell haha:D

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But we did it. And if Im in Ironing Hell at least its a beautiful one haha:D

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And drum roll please!!! We have the laying out and basting portion of our broadcast:D I used the spray adhesive for basting. Its tricky here and there but we figured it out.

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Look its my Grandmas fabric:D there are a few of hers in there but this one makes me smile:D

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And were quilting. As you will see I did a very very very simple straight yet diagonal line every other ditch. So I tried to sew in the ditch but the ditch didnt want to be sewn in so i moved it a little to the side haha.

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Look its binding!! I made that! its just amazing everything Learned from doing this project. Making my own binding for the first time blew my mind:D SO FUN! and COOL! it felt professional 😀

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I watched a few tutorials and had to start over a couple of times haha!! For example
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Look what I tried to do. haha… Dont do this. thats not how it works…if you did this..go back and watch another tutorial and try again. Small kine frustrating lol. but live and learn right:D and break into our favorite song let it goooo LET IT GOOOOOOO! cry a little and move on haha.
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There we go:D Thats more like it. I did it on the machine all the way around on both sides. Its just how I roll. Most people hand stitch the back of the binding once they sew it on the front but I thought a little decorative stitching was super cute.
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Awe yeah. So Bella loves blue and turquoise. I bought a purple sheet for the backing but she asked if it could be a mermaid color… so we searched and found this beautifuness…

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that makes all of the colors stand out. Hooray:D

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BAM!!! And that my friends is the story of Bellas Rainbow quilt:D I absolutely LOVE this blanket and im super proud of myself for taking it on and finishing it:D Hooray for learning new things:D

These next photos are just gorgeous and I love them and just hope you enjoy them a little:D Love my baby haha:D

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Beautiful wonderful fun and enthusiastic I love my baby girl. So proud to be her mama:D SO happy I can give her something She can enjoy for a while:D She lights up our lives:D Thanks Jake for taking some pics with her:D Hes got SKILLLZ:D