Cutting and color placement is the key to the success of the Rainbow Weave quilt. There is definitely a lot of cutting involved, but just take it step-by-step and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the process!
Although the Abstract Garden Strip-pie (jelly roll) includes 20 different fabrics (2 of each), you will only need 17 of them (34 strips total) to get the glowing rainbow effect. Set aside the gray strips and the pastel “tracks” prints for another project, or save them to use on the back of the quilt.
In the pattern, the strips are listed and cut in rainbow order, making it easier to keep track. Cut the strips into the subunits listed in the pattern cutting chart. Keep all of the same piles together and remember to measure twice, cut once!
The grays will be quicker to cut since it’s only two additional fabrics. Because the background grays were cut from yardage, I starched them before cutting, so they curled up a little in the corners. But they have a little more body to them now which will make lining up the pieces for sewing much easier.
Starching tip: I prefer to only starch yardage (not precuts or finished blocks). I use inexpensive starch from the grocery store (my favorite is Faultess Premium). The trick to avoid flaking is to starch on one side of the fabric and let it rest for about 30 seconds, then flip the fabric over and iron from the other side. If you want crisper, stiffer fabric, repeat the process for both sides of the fabric.
Bonus tip: if you are comfortable cutting through multiple layers accurately, you can cut through two folded strips (4 layers of fabric) at a time. Just keep track of how many units you need to cut per fabric and the number of units you need to cut from each strip. There’s not much room for error, so remember to measure twice, cut once!
Trouble-shooting tip: if you do make a boo-boo when cutting, you can get additional Abstract Garden fabric at shop.ChristaQuilts.com. Or substitute a similar color in your stash for a scrappier, custom look!
Coming up: in the next installment, we’ll start sewing the pieces into blocks, but remember – you can work at your own pace so feel free to jump ahead if you are an eager beaver, or slow down and enjoy the process.
Sharing is caring: Be sure to share your progress in my Christa Quilts Facebook group or on instagram with the hashtag #rainbowweavequilt. I’m excited to see your work!