Monday, March 26, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Fabric Prep and Sponsors}

Welcome back to the Blocked Rainbow QAL!

Today's post is a prep post for those of you who have already chosen your background fabric. If you haven't chosen your fabric yet, you can come back to this post when you do!

The 2018 quilt along is now over and the entire pattern is available as a single PDF pattern on Etsy and Craftsy.

If you'd like to cut your large background spacers before you start cutting your fabric for the blocks, here are those measurements. Remember that you only need to cut one set of 5 total spacers! And don't forget to save the "stubs" these strips to use for cutting block parts later!

I'd also like to share about the sponsors and giveaways for this quilt along! This year, we'll have pattern giveaways every week for those who post some sort of progress post by Sunday after a new pattern is released. We'll also have pattern bundles and fabric giveaways in conjunction with the quilt top parade in June!

Giveaway Sponsors:
Weekly PDF Pattern Giveaways:
Inquiring Quilter
KISSed Quilts
Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Lizard Creek Designs
Patterns by Jen

Grand Finale Giveaways:
Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs
Seams Like A Dream (USA only)
Sarah Goer Quilts (pattern)
Quilting JetGirl (pattern bundle)
Benartex's Contempo Studio (fabric bundle)
Island Batik (fabric bundle)

If you haven't decided on your fabrics yet, here are a few suggestions! These are not affiliate links, these are other color schemes I would pick for myself!

First up, if you're a huge Alison Glass fan, her collections always have beautiful rainbow options! Here's some picks from Sun Print 2018 and Diving Board for this quilt:

-Diving Board - Starfish in Coral
-Sun Print 2018 - Compass Marmalade
-Sun Print 2018 - Diatom Canary
-Sun Print 2018 - Compass Shamrock
-Diving Board - Latitude Admiral
-Sun Print 2018 - Depths Aster

In an ombre stage? How about these fabrics from V & Co for Moda? (Or even their metallic counterparts!)

-Ombre Magenta
-Ombre Persimmon
-Ombre Mustard
-Ombre Lime
-Ombre Turquoise
-Ombre Aubergine

Some general suggestions:
-If you don't want to use purple in the quilt, you can use teal for your blue blocks and blue for your purple blocks.
-Using a pink instead of a red is always an option!
-If you use a blue for your background, make sure that it contrasts well with what you plan to use for your blue blocks. I'm excited to see some quilts with sky blue backgrounds!
-If you use a white background, consider using a richer or deeper yellow for contrast.

Please share your fabric pulls on Instagram with the #BlockedRainbowQAL hashtag and in the HBD Quilts Facebook Group!

I am so excited to start sewing with you next week! If you're interested in joining in as a sponsor, please email me at!


  1. Wish I could play along, but it's going to be fun to see all the different versions of this quilt.


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