Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows quilt

About this Quilt

quilt-chasing-rainbows-flat20 brightly colored 2½˝ strips make this beauty. One roll of precut 2½˝ strips is more than enough to make this quilt top. You will need one strip 2½˝ x WOF (width of fabric) each from 20 different fabrics. Look for a roll with rainbow colors to duplicate Bea’s quilt or use a roll you have on hand to make the design your own.

The trickiest part of making this quilt is keeping track of the different colors as you make the blocks. Our instructions assign a number to each color in the materials section, corresponding to the block diagrams on the following page. Sorting your cut patches by color number will help you keep organized during the construction.

Bea used the chisel die (shape 9 from the Go! Qube 8˝ Companion set) from AccuQuilt. We’ve provided a template for you if you prefer.

The A’s are cut from templates. To prepare templates, trace on template plastic, including seam lines, grain lines and match points. Cut out directly on outer lines. Make small holes at match points using an awl or large needle.

Place templates right side down on wrong sides of appropriate fabrics; mark around templates. Cut out fabric patches and transfer match points to wrong sides of each.

Use an accurate ¼˝ seam allowance throughout to ensure all elements of the quilt fit together well.

Handle all bias edges carefully to avoid distortion.

Color Play

Create a very different look to this quilt by choosing a more traditional line of fabric. I used Regency Blues by Christopher Wilson-Tate for Moda Fabrics and created a small quilt. Careful placement of the pre-cut strips allowed for the gradated effect to still be visible. I see a “river” in this quilt and intend to add some woodland appliques around the river at a future date to turn this into a cute baby quilt.
Anissa Arnold, Associate Editor


Pattern Details

Designed & Made by: Bea Lee
Finished Quilt Size: 30˝ x 40˝
Number of Blocks & Finished Size: 100 Blocks 2˝ x 6˝
Fabrics: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from the Paisley Dot collection from Island Batik.


Get the Chasing Rainbows pattern and More from McCall’s Quick Quilts April/May 2018