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Tropical Rainbow b

To begin my project I had to decide what form it would take. I started looking thru my quilting books and came upon Georgia Bonesteel's bargello method. As soon as I saw it, I knew that's what I wanted to do....a bargello wall hanging.


Then I had to pick some fabrics. I started digging thru my stash and found some fabrics that I had handpainted about 3 years ago. The colors are so pretty and summery looking. I knew these were what I would use.


At first I thought about using black to make those colors pop, but then I decided that white would look so much better and really bring out the tropical feel in the colors.


I wanted to try to use all 50 rectangles (cut from my handpainted fabrics)and both 1/2 yard cuts that we were allowed to use. Boy! Has that been a challenge!


I decided to use a white on white print for the 1/2 yard cuts. I liked the back side of this better, so I turned it over and used the back of it for the right side.


I ended up with both the front and back being pieced and they are both pretty enough to be used for the front. The strip in the middle is the 3x5s, (full size, unfinished measurement). The smallest finished size strip is 7/8".


I used 25 3x5s and about 16" of one 1/2 yard cut on the front. The other 25 3x5s and all but a few small scraps of the rest of the white fabric was used for the back and the binding.

The quilting is stitch in the ditch. The binding was sewn to the front, turned under and around to the back and stitched in the ditch from the front, so the stitches are hidden.


This wall hanging measures 28"x201/2"


I only used materials I had in my stash, so no money was spent for this project.

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Taken on May 16, 2010