I spied the new fabric collection by Stuart Hillard on the Craft Cotton Co stand at CHSI Stitches in February – oh it certainly caught my eye and so when it became available for review my hand shot up! Rainbow Etchings is now available and let me tell you, if you are a rainbow lover, you may just need to get yourself some!

I was sent the two fat quarter bundles shown below (don’t you love the rainbow ribbon they are tied together with?!) that had been supplied to UKQU from Cotton Craft Co and being a lover of all things rainbow I knew I just had to have the set so bought myself another FQ bundle from Hobbycraft to complete the rainbow set. The other colours in the range are dark grey, light grey, black and white. I usually find it hard to buy online because I need to feel the fabric but having felt the samples that were sent I ordered with confidence. The colours in this range have a real depth and the ‘etchings’ are weather related sketches.

 

Now the big question – what to make with it? I rarely buy FQs and I usually make with no pattern but of course I needed to know what I was doing due to fabric constraints. I decided to look back through some designs I have done on EQ7 and found these rainbow log cabins. I designed these back in January 2018 so it feels about time they were made and this fabric was perfect.

In the end I didn’t choose the whole range but selected 7 for a rainbow palette.

So how does the fabric stack up? Well it irons nicely, it doesn’t fray excessively and the colours are wonderful.  It works fantastically as a collection but would go with other prints or solids and so would be a great addition to any stash.  Need some rainbow fabrics for a project or your stash?  Then I would definitely recommend these ones!!

Then I had to choose the background – light or dark?

Neither grabbed me and then I remembered my grey solids stash ….

I liked both of these but only had enough of the mid grey at the bottom.  Sorted – let the cutting and sewing commence …

As you can see I haven’t quite finished these blocks but as the sun decided to pop out I thought I would get some photos and write the review.

In all honestly I would love to have sat sewing until these were finished but having a family who need to eat and paperwork that needs attending to, oh and blog post to write, I have had to stop for now. To see how they turn out you’ll just have to pop back.

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