Sunday, July 2, 2017

C-3 Rainbow Moon and Stars

"Rainbows are a religious symbol for hope and promise. Inside the rainbow in handwritten ink script are the maker’s name, date, and age. Quiltmaker Esther Matthews spelled her name "Ester" indicating that someone else, possibly her grandson Addison B. Martz, signed her name on her quilt"  ...Neva  

By process of knew the block for this month <vbg>.
I stitched mine in the winter of 2015 - twice!

I was living outside of Denver Colorado at the time. We were having a snow day so I settled in by the fireplace for a stitching day.

What better block to sew on than a rainbow!

In my enthusiasm, I stitched the sun in yellow.

You can see in the background the street plow had come by and I had done one round of shoveling.

Riipppp...Off came the yellow sun.

I decided I wanted to be true to Esther's quilt.

To stitch my rainbows I opted to start at the top of the rainbow basted the first color down. I then needle turned the top curve. Next, I basted the second color on, removing the basting thread of the first color. Then needle turned the top curve. On the lower edge I turned under little bottom edges. Basically building my rainbow as I went.

Esther's Large Star
Esther's Small Stars

Detail of the inking on the original quilt

Esther's hand quilting detail

We are excited to see so many people still joining the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt Stitch Along.  Keep posting and sending in your BLOCK photos. We will keep sharing.
NOTE: If you are planning to show and or exhibit your SVBAQ please don't post the completed quilt.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen and Dawn
Please consider submitting your finished quilt for the Virginia Quilt Museum "Beyond The Valley"
exhibit. Details to follow.


  1. I like the yellow sun :) but the pink is beautiful too. This has been such a joy to sew along with you, thank you!!

    1. It is wonderful to share and stitch with so many supportive Quilters! Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm.

  2. Super block! I built my rainbow the same way, but alas I was not as true to Esther's plan as you were. Good for you! I am so excited about the exhibition. I will submit mine, but there are so many fantastic versions happening I will no be disappointed if it doesn't get chosen. I can't wait to see them all!!

    1. Looking forward to seeing your block and your quilt! Thank you for your participation - it has been fun!