Rainbow I Spy Quilt done and dusted

Week two of October and I have another quilt finished despite some walking foot hiccups and a Briar Rose obsession.  This week’s Project Linus finish is a little bit of a cheat – I pulled an old unfinished top out of the cupboard and quilted it up.  But it is still a finish and still counts… right?

Rainbow I spy quilt

I made the top for this quilt about 3 years ago and finishing it up was an interesting exercise which showed me how much my piecing has improved.  All over this quilt there are seams that just do not align…

wonky alighnment

A simple square quilt and my edges are squiffy.  I am a little embarrassed but pleased to say that I have got better over the years.  Plus the small mistakes here and there do not detract from the fun of this quilt.

quilt detail

The colours are bright and the fabric is varied.  There is so much to see in this quilt, it is going to make for a wicked game or two of “I Spy”.  And it is was so easy to put together, lots of 4 1/2 inch blocks in a graduating colour scale.

block detail The quilting is simple… more straight lines.  The backing is also simple, another IKEA fabric (part of a 100% cotton duvet cover).

quilt back

All finished off with  some purple binding.

quilt binding

I know this binding is a little crazy but I was out of solid navy fabric, which is my usual go to binding for a rainbow quilt. But now I have excuse to go shopping.  YIPPEE!

54 thoughts on “Rainbow I Spy Quilt done and dusted

  1. Gorgeous quilt! I love the fade of colors, and their rich hues. I think the binding looks fine! I love that print..I’ve used it in several quilts and still have a bunch in my purple scrap bag.

  2. I LOVE this!! Love the front, love the back, all of it! And I must admit, those seams still happen to me. Not frequently, but enough to humble a girl :)

  3. This is gorgeous!
    I’d love to know how to get edges to match up more perfectly–I’m struggling with that, and am about ready to give up trying to learn altogether.

  4. WHAAAT that backing is a duvet cover?! It’s so perfect as a backing. Looks like you carefully pieced Kona FQs. The family that receives this quilt will love it. What fun it will be to sit under it and spy scraps!

  5. Love the colours on this one, very clever the way that you’ve got them graded even within one group, and I really like the way the ‘random’ ones add a spark of vitality so it’s not too uniform. What’s wrong with crazy binding? One of my chief joys is using up ever last scrap with a pieced binding.

  6. I think this looks fantastic! I have about 100 rainbow charm squares sitting in a ziplock that I should dig out and do something with. I love how yours turned out! Did you do a charm swap to get all of the blocks? That’s how I ended up with mine.

  7. The gradiation of the colors is nicely done. It is the first thing I see when I look at the quilt, then I see the little blocks with all the pattern! I think the child receiving this quilt from project Linus will love it and not be concerned about squares lining up. The learning curve of quilting is part of the process. I look back at my first efforts; and second efforts and realize how far I have come as well.

  8. I love the way you put together the rainbow. I don’t think we should get caught up in perfection, quilts evolved as a way to use scraps and keep warm, and add some beauty to the world at the same time, and a few mis-matched corners don’t detract from this at all.

  9. I’m in love with your bright, cheerful I Spy rainbow quilt! I, too, have used that same Ikea linen as quilt backing. I love the way it looks with bright colors!

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