Friday, May 15, 2020

Rainbow Rail Fence is finished

It is a good thing I put the quilt up on the design wall last night, snapped the pictures, and then took the quilt down.  This morning when I went downstairs to start the laundry I discovered puddles on the floor.  There was some water at the baseboard of the design wall. (On the other side of the design wall are the basement stairs and on the other side of the stairs is the laundry room.)   I traced the source of the water to the window well on the east side of the laundry room and I've called the contractor to come have a look. (It's the second time this season that there's been a leak.)
UPDATE:  the problem turned out to be that the end of the outflow hose was wrapped incorrectly. That led to a backup.  The backup filled the window well -- we had 2" of rain yesterday -- and that leaked into the laundry room.  The plumber redug the drain trench and the end of the pipe is OPEN.   Relief. 


. . . . BUT, ta-da!  Rainbow Rails is finished. It's narrower than I intended (blocks were lost when I trimmed it up). It's really long because I felt the sashes needed to be 3" to balance the 6" rail fence rows.


I auditioned many fabrics for the back. Nothing clicked until I looked in the box of vintage fabric. The long piece on the left looks contemporary but it was just 36" wide. The others are new (within the last year!) but worked well. The green print is one I just loved but found really hard to work into anything because the motifs are big and definitely directional.

Meanwhile, I'm back in the mask business. My neighbor received her backorder of elastic and gave me a 100-yard spool. That's enough for 257 masks. I gave 15 yards of elastic and some fabric to another friend. (She came over to get it and we had chatted for 20 minutes. It was so nice to have an in-person conversation!)  I got a request from the library business manager saying they hope to open June 1 and need masks.  I leaped into it and said I'd make 100.  When I finished Rainbow Rails I started cutting.

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday
Whoop Whoop Friday
  Scrap Happy Saturday

17 comments:

cityquilter grace said...

oooh nann i like this one too...i like all of them! this is so very crayola! and i am a crayon junkie...

Snowcatcher said...

Your rainbow rails is outstanding, and thank you for all the mask work. I've been making them, too, and it's monotonous. To make 100 makes you a saint!

Lady Locust said...

It turned out beautifully! And I loooove pieced backs:-) I think it adds a little surprise to a planned quilt.

Cathy said...

Rainbow Rails is an awesome finish! That one’s a keeper. So glad your leak was an easy fix. Water can do so much damage. Good for you, making 100 masks for the library. I’ve got to find some 1/8” elastic so I can make more.

Ellie said...

Rainbow rails is really rousing, Beautiful finish! You area saint to make 100 more masks!

Michele McLaughlin said...

I love your rainbow rails! What a great layout!! It's a gorgeous quilt! So glad you got your leak taken care of, nobody needs those kinds of problems these days! Have a great day Nann!

Deb A said...

Beautiful finish. Sorry about the leak but it sounds like they have it all figured out now.

Sherrie said...

Hi,
Awesome finish on your quilt...so pretty and colorful. Have a great day!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Rainbow Rails turned out beautifully! Water leaks are no fun, though - glad you got it figured out!

Bonnie said...

Can I copy your rainbow rails???? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 😉. Sorry to hear about the mini flood but very glad it was a easy fix. Or at least it sounds to me it’s an easy fix. So 6” blocks— each rail cut 2.5” x 6.5”. I think this might be a way to make a dent in some of my scraps. You are far better than I making 100 more masks! Keep up the great work.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats on a fabulous RSC finish!!!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

I really really Like Rainbow Rails!!! Great quilt - and so glad it was up off the floor when your window decided to be naughty!!!

grammajudyb said...

100 masks?! You rock! Making them depresses me! And I’m not sure why! I believe in wearing them, I want my family and friends to be safe, so I wish everyone would wear them. So bravo to you!

I like your rainbow rails also! It’s a great idea!
Glad your water leak was mostly minor and is fixed! I hate water in the basement. That’s where my sewing space is also!

Susie H said...

Rainbow Rails is a beautiful finish. Kids today are so much taller than my generation so the extra length is a good thing. Have a great week!

Angela said...

Congratulations on your Rails finish. It looks fabulous. Just in time to use up all the elastic too.

Cathy said...

What a nice rainbow of color. Rainbow Rails is a winner!

Masks...seems like everyone needs one now that more things are opening up.

Barb said...

rainbow rails turned out great! what a lot of pieces.
great backing too!