Monday, March 21, 2011

Bottled Rainbows Quilt!

Check it out...my finished Bottled Rainbows Quilt!

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

I super love this quilt! It's so warm and cuddly and bright and it makes me so, so happy!

First thing to note: there's no binding! I had this plan in mind from the start. I sewed wrong sides together (with batting too) and then turned it all right side out. I tried this method with the first quilt I ever made and it worked perfectly. This time...not so much.

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

I couldn't get the layers to work together. First the top would be too big...then I'd flip it and smooth and then the back would be too big. How is that even possible? I did that about four times before I gave up and had Ian help me shake the whole thing parachute-style to get the layers in place. It mostly worked.

Then I tried to quilt it by machine. I wanted to quilt around each block in matching thread. But the tension on my machine was crazy, I couldn't sew a straight line and turning the quilt to get all sides of the block was too hard.

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

So I hand quilted it. Just around the boxes at first and now I'm going back to quilt each scrap. It's taking a long time but I think it's totally worth it. I love how crinkly those scraps are!

For the back I used some Folksy Flannel from my stash...a warm print backing the red/pink side and a cool print backing the green/blue.

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

I love these boxes on the back.

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

I wish they stood out more so I'll have to remember to use a calmer print next time.

I'm calling this quilt finished, even though it technically isn't. I still have 10 blocks worth of scraps to quilt. I plan to work on it when I'm watching movies on the couch...something I don't do often but will enjoy more with a hand quilting project to work on.

Bottled Rainbows Quilt

So anyway, that's it! A huge thanks to Rachel for coming up with this idea and for putting together this quilt-along. I'm really enjoying seeing new blocks pop up in the flickr group and I can't wait to see all your finished Bottled Rainbows quilts!