Alaska Rainbow – Quilt Along
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
Welcome to our Alaska Rainbow Quilt Along.
We’re so excited that you decided to join us!
While this quilt may look challenging with all of the points, I promise you, you can do it, no matter your skill level. I’m so thrilled that you are ready to try something new and exciting, no need to be afraid of the points!
Let’s plant this seed by starting with some guidelines:
Everyone is welcome!
We will be quilting together for 6 weeks starting 10/09 and ending 11/13.
Every week, we will showcase 2 block designs and make 4 blocks of each – I chose the order of the blocks to help you build your quilting skills over the next 6 weeks).
Each Friday, both a video and a blog will be posted to help guide you through this quilt along.
There are 2 color options: Century Solids or Scrappy (more information below).
You will need the Alaska Rainbow Pattern, Alaska Templates (if you are cutting your own quilt), Rotary, Ruler, and Aurifil thread 2310.
The original Alaska Rainbow Quilt is made with the Century Solids’ collection from Andover.
If you decide to go with the Century Solids option, there are two kits available on our website: a Pre-Cut kit (all pieces for the quilt are already laser cut) or
a fabric kit (you will be cutting your own pieces). Both kits contain
all of the required fabric, including the border and binding.
I’ll admit, I’m a little bit partial to the Pre-Cut kit, it’s just so simple. When you open the box, you’ll be blown away– each block is individually packaged so that all you need to do is open it and start sewing!
If the idea of a scrappy quilt is growing on you, then try the second option. I’m very excited about this option and all the possibilities that could bloom.
I will be making my second quilt using our Olive Branch Fat Quarter Bundle and Color Splash Roll as my scrappy fabrics. This option is going to be a little bit of a mystery for us until we finish all of our blocks. I can guarantee by looking at the bundles though, it will be so yummy!
I can’t wait to play with this one.
Additionally, for those of you who have chosen to take the scrappy route, you’re going to need some background and border fabric. For this, you will need a total of 4 yards, and I’ve prepared
a delicious Almond Bundle that will work perfectly.
This bundle contains five of my favorite tone-on-tone fabrics from some of my collections.
Time to dive in and have some fun!
If you are using a Pre-Cut kit, you’re ready, set, go for Friday (10/09) when we will start the first blocks. If you have chosen the Scrappy option, there are two ways to proceed:
You can wait each week to see what colors I’ve arranged in each block from the Olive Branch and Color Splash bundles for inspiration.
Or you can assign your own fabrics for each color using pages 1-2 in Alaska Rainbow Pattern. We will be using multiple pieces from the bundles to fulfill each print requirement.
Note: Please watch our Alaska Rainbow video on Friday for more details. There is a wider fabric color selection in smaller cuts in the scrappy bundles. This offers more freedom of choice and even more of a variety for you as the quilter to further personalize.
Here’s a little sneak peek of all the scrappy pieces I’ve already cut. I can’t wait to share with you how all these pieces are going to work together in the quilt. You will be cutting one block at a time as we quilt along, so don’t worry. I will help you figure out where to position each fabric every step of the way.
Keep your eyes on the prize and let’s do this together!
Please make sure you tag us on your progress and all the pictures along the way at #alaskarainbowquiltalong