Thursday, August 4, 2016

The rainbow quilt

I finished this quilt in SEPTEMBER but somehow it only made it to Instagram and not the blog. So here it is, better late than never ... the rainbow quilt!


It was the very first quilt I ever hand-quilted, so it's JUST A LITTLE special to me.



It's all HSTs (half-square triangles) so it's nothing complicated -- excellent for a beginner quilt. Here's a quick rundown on how it all came together ... 

I cut LARGE triangles so I had less piecing. #lazy

I made a stack of each colour -- substituting turquoise/aqua for indigo since I have so many pretty turquoise fabrics. This ENTIRE quilt was made with leftover scraps, except for a couple of purchased fat quarters (in purple) to round out the collection.

I sandwiched squares together, drew a diagonal line, and cut them into little triangle bundles.

So many triangle bundles, all pinned together!

Then I sewed all of the triangles together in one long row, not even bothering to cut the thread between each group. Also: LOOK AT MY OLD SEWING MACHINE! Lookit! It's like looking at a Play-Doh barbershop! 

Then I pressed, pressed, pressed those seams. Now I had squares! 

When all of the squares were done, I arranged them on the carpet in order. (Hi, Barbie car in the background.)

Then I sewed the squares into rows, and attached the rows into the finished quilt top. (Notice the old couch -- now sold in order to make room for our DIY daybed -- the old coffee table -- now painted with matching benches -- and a random balloon?)

Quilt sandwich time! Backing (two long lengths of white fabric sewn together for width, since this was before I knew you could just BUY backing that was already wide enough) and then batting ...

... and then the quilt top. 

Now for the pins, and then MONTHS of hand-quilting night after night. Seriously. A long time.
Here she is, all finished -- months later! 

I've made a couple of new quilts since this rainbow monstrosity, so I'll share those at some point (possibly 11 months after they were completed, like this post?). I just love the bright colours in this one! It lives in a basket in our living room and it gets lots of use.

Other rainbow projects you may enjoy ... 

DIY rainbow canopy bed

DIY rainbow organization for craft and sewing supplies

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