Contained Chaos

I have a finish! It’s another mini but it’s still a finish!
The inspiration for this mini came from the Aurifil September Designer’s Block by Pat Wys. This photo is the one Pat made:

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The block is a combination of Friendship Star and Rail Fence blocks. I thought I could expand it and do it in rainbow colors. I’d been contemplating a rainbow mini for a few months but didn’t know what I wanted to do. So, I pulled up Electric Quilt and put the design that was in my head in the computer. And I loved it! I changed the background and main fabric placements and added a few more design elements. I think that they make this quilt a bit unique. Then I started sorting my scraps.

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Such gorgeous buckets of rainbow goodness! I made scrappy slabs using those sorted scraps. The technique is based off of a tutorial by Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation. I was able to see her scrappy rainbow version in person and was inspired to use her technique.
Scrappy yellow slab:

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The Rail Fence sections are 1 1/2 inch wide strips and the scrappy slabs gave such a cool look to these strips. For the texty background, I used random lengths to create the 1 1/2 inch strips. I wanted to continue that scrappy look and I love the movement it gave to the whole design.

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In my stash, I found these fun choices for the backing – Schoolies, Kids Fit to Print Balloons, and It’s a Party Dots in yellow #shopyourownstash:

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I had to go with those Schoolies dots. It had all the colors that were on the front and matched everything perfectly.

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I decided to quilt around each Friendship Star square and then did some wavy quilting parallel to the diagonal placement of the stars.

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The wavy quilting looks awesome on the back!
Time for the photo bombs of the mini itself:

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It is now hanging up in my sewing room next to my Kitty Mini Quilt. I love how they look together. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m entering this one in the Mini category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. So, pop on over and place your vote starting November 1st.

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16 thoughts on “Contained Chaos

  1. Beautiful quilt, and very different from the original block. Love the result! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That’s an interesting remix of the original pattern! I like it.

  3. What a sweet ROYGBP quilt! Such gorgeous colours and fabrics! Good luck in the Blogger Quilt festival!
    Esther

  4. Jennifer @ Glinda Quilts says:

    Gosh, what explosions of colour! Bright and beautiful work ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What a cute finish – creative layout!

  6. Kaja Ziesler says:

    What a lot of fun, and I love the title (contained chaos pretty much sums up my entire life!)

  7. I love that block too – love how you ran with it and made it your own! Great job!

  8. Cheri says:

    Lot of work, but looks fantastic

  9. knettycraft says:

    It looks great, like the colors.

  10. this is so awesome, Lori! I hope I get to see it in person on Saturday!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  11. love the eclecticness of your quilt, and the mixing with color and the low volume.

  12. felicity says:

    How beautiful! A unique take on the block and it turned out perfectly.

  13. I love those fun black and white prints!

  14. Ellee says:

    Your quilt is candy to my eye.

  15. rozsamaria says:

    I love this! I love the rainbow look and how you played with scraps and different blocks.

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