Ombre Hand Dyes FREE PROJECT Rainbow Square Quilt Fabric by Marcus Fabrics

Ombre Hand Dyes
Fabric by Marcus Fabrics
Quilt by Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs
Rainbow Square Quilt
40” x 60”
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for working with
Ombre Hand Dyes Strip-It™ Bundles
by Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs
Because the Ombre Hand Dyes Strip‐It Bundles are also hand cut, it is likely that you will find variations in either the color, the width of the strips, or both. But don’t let that deter you from using them, because the three quilts in this pattern were made with this in mind. Here are some tips for working with the strips: A. If the strips are of uneven widths, simply go ahead and sew them together anyway. To adjust the strips for the various projects: ◄ For Rainbow Square, the blocks are sewn a bit oversized and are trimmed to 10 ½” prior to sewing them together. ◄ For Prism, the triangles have two bias edges, so you should be able to ease seams together. Spray starch and a little steam are your best allies when it comes to easing sides together. If you are uncomfortable doing this, then select one triangle that is on the smaller side and trim the larger triangles to match. ◄ For Weave, the strip pairs should measure 4 ½” wide, from raw edge to raw edge. Trim them if they are too wide. Since no seams match up, you don’t have to worry. If the strip pairs are a bit narrow, sew a slightly narrower seam. B. If some of your strips are “V’ed” at the fold, here is how to adjust— For Rainbow Square, no adjustment is necessary; the strips will be cut apart at the fold. For Prism and Weave, there are a couple of ways to straighten the strips: 1. Make a registration line on your ironing board with a wash‐away pen or with painter’s tape. Spritz the strip with water until damp. Align one long strip edge with the registration line. Pin in place if desired. Using a hot iron, press the strip and let dry. If fullness remains, repeat this process, targeting the area where the fullness is. Or, stitch a little pleat to take in the fullness. Once you sew everything together the pleat is barely noticeable. 2. Cut the strip in half on the fold. Align both halves, and square up the cut ends. Stitch the halves back together, pressing the seam open. If you like, you can also sew together the selvedge ends, just make sure to trim off the selvedge. This results in a reverse ombre’ and is a nice way to create a little more variation in your quilt. Download these free projects at MARCUS FABRICS 980 Ave of the Americas, New York, NY 10018 y
Ombre Hand Dyes
Fabric by Marcus Fabrics
Fabric Requirements
One Ombre Hand Dyes Strip Roll # ST01
½ yard Centennial Solid Rare Wine # 5901-1174 for binding
2 2/3 yards backing fabric
Quilt by Nancy Rink
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Finished Quilt Size: 40” x 60” y Finished Block Size: 10” x 10”
In your jellyroll are two strips each of twenty different fabrics. Each strip should measure 2½” wide by approximately 44” long.
Each strip has an ombre effect where the color graduates from a deeper shade at the selvedge to light in the middle back to the
deeper shade at the opposite selvedge.
In the quilt shown, like analagous colors (those next to each other on the color wheel) are grouped together to create the blocks:
reds are grouped with reds and pinks, oranges are grouped with golds and yellows, greens are grouped with olives and greenishbrowns, and purples are grouped with reddish-browns. The jellyroll should already reflect this sense of organization. If you unroll
it carefully and keep the strips in order, the guess-work of how to organize the strips is
already done for you.
1. To begin, unroll the jellyroll and remove the first two strips. These strips should
be identical. Cut them in half along the fold. This yields four strips approximately
22” long on which the color graduates from light to dark. Lay the strip out as shown
in Diagram I, stacking one on top of the other.
Diagram I
Remove the next two strips and cut in half along the fold. Lay out this set of matching strips so that the light and dark ends are in the reverse position of those of the
first strip. Sew these two strips together. Press all seams in the same direction.
(Diagram I)
Diagram II
2. Now, remove the next two strips from the jellyroll, cut them in half, and lay them
out, once again reversing the position of the light and dark ends of the strip. Sew
strip to the first two. Press all seams in the same direction. Continue adding strips
in this manner until you have four strip-sets with five strips. (Diagram II)
3. Cross-cut THREE of the matching strip-sets into six 9 ¾”-wide segments.
(Diagram III)
9 ¾”
Diagram III
4. Cross-cut the remaining strip-set into six 2”-wide segments. Note: if you cut
three strips from one end and three from the other, your blocks will have more
dramatic color shifts. (Diagram IV)
5. The next step involves sewing the 2” wide strip into the 9 ¾” segment. However, before you cut a 9 ¾”-wide strip-set, audition various 2”-wide strips by laying
one at a time on top of a 9 ¾” segment. Make sure to reverse the direction of the
2” wide strip. You will notice that the look of the blocks changes depending on
where you place the strip.
Diagram IV
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Notice what happens with the
middle strip. There is not much
difference in color here.
Shifting the strip toward the right
side of the block may
be a solution.
Or, audition another strip. This one, which is cut
from the other end of the strip set, provides a
stronger contrast.
6. Measure 3” from one end of the 9 ¾” segment. Cut vertically. Sew 2” strip in between
the two parts, matching seams. Press. Trim block to 10 ½” square. (Diagram V)
7. Repeat steps 1-6 using the remaining jellyroll strips. Make a total of 24 blocks.
Quilt Assembly
1. Layout quilt blocks in 6 rows of 4 blocks each. Refer to picture of quilt or to any of the
layout options shown below. Sew blocks together in rows; then, sew together the rows.
Diagram V
1. Layer top, batting, and backing
(two 41 x 47” panels). Quilt in an
all-over design.
2. Bind with Centennial Solid
Rare Wine fabric, cut into
2 ¼”-wide strips.
Quilt Layout Options
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