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

 

So what do you think?

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