Monday, June 23, 2014

Rainbow Quilt Finished!

I am very happy with this quilt! I finished it on Saturday and gave it to the pastor on Sunday. In the card I let her know that I am still working on the label and will sew it on for her when it is ready. I've decided to name the quilt "You're the Rainbow To My Cloud", from a quote by Maya Angelou.

The back of the quilt was a mix of fabric blocks using fabrics from the quilt front, plus a tie-dye fabric that brought all the colors together. I thought the swirl in the pattern complimented the "motion" of the pinwheels on the front.

Color range red, orange, yellow, green

Color range blues, purple


The binding was the same fabric as the darker fabric on the pinwheels.

I quilted free-style horizontal waves with the walking foot. With the exception of a small glitch, I loved the way it turned out.

Quilt front

Thanks to my patient quilt-holding husband, who begged me not to include his legs.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rainbow Quilt

One of the associate pastors of our church has been appointed to another church, and since we moved here less than a year ago, she and I have enjoyed an all-too-brief period of getting to know one another. From the first time we shared Starbucks until now, I experience a lift to my spirit every time I see her. She is one of those people who makes you feel not only accepted but cherished - that is a rare gift.

She will still live close enough to visit from time to time, but I wanted to commemorate her leaving by making her something special. She recently shared vacation photos of rainbows and mentioned that rainbows have a special meaning for her. I haven't heard that story yet, but I decided a rainbow quilt of some sort would be a perfect gift. I looked at several patterns, but when I thumbed through the March/April 2014 McCall's Quilting, I found exactly what I wanted.

This quilt, called "Prism" by designer and quilter Abigail Dolinger of Aby Quilts, was easily adapted to a rainbow theme. I pulled from my stash, rather than purchase new fabric, and I like the way it's coming together so far.

Reds through yellows

Yellows/oranges through greens/blues

Blues through purples