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?
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…
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.
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.
The quilting is simple… more straight lines. The backing is also simple, another IKEA fabric (part of a 100% cotton duvet cover).
All finished off with some purple 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!
55 thoughts on “Rainbow I Spy Quilt done and dusted”
What a darling quilt and so cheerful. The back is fabulous too. It is sure to be a well loved quilt.
This is a Great Project Linus quilt – so fun and know any child would love to cuddle under it!!
The saturation of those colors is amazing! I love this. The colors remind me of a kaffe fassett quilt.
Julie, I was big into Kaffe Fassett fabric at the time so your observation is pretty astute. Now I think I would add more variation in tone…more lower volume prints.
Wonderful bright colors. Love it 🙂
Seriously sooooo gorgeous. I am in a big mushy puddle over those colours – they are so pretty!!! I love the backing – too funny, I have that same ikea fabric waiting for the right quilt!
It really Is a great backing fabric. I have enough left over for another quilt which excited me no end.
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.
I love the print too and have used it in a couple of my purple scrap quilts. My husband loved the binding on this quilt which makes me a little nervous. Lol.
You can’t see the missed points from a distance, all you see is beautiful, unrestrained color! It must be so satisfying to see how you’ve improved.
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 🙂
It’s very pretty. My edges are almost always squiffy so I don’t see that as a terrible thing. lol
Love those saturated colors, and even the crazy binding! Isn’t it great when you can see progress in your own work?!
So cute! I love the back!
Great quilt. No child is going to care about corners that are not perfect, and they are likely to love the bright colors.
Ba Blam! Awesome finish!
I spy mad success.
Love a good pun… lol.
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.
Mary…Do not give up. I have learnt to sew more accurately with practice. I also break my quilts up into block chunks instead of sewing great big lines of blocks. It is a trick I learnt from OhFransson’s Sparkle punch quilt
Small sections helps keep seams aligned. Give it a go before you give up…please.
oh. my. goodness. gracious! that is one beautiful quilt. I just love a ROYGBIV quilt!
🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
I am not a purple person…. But I love that purple binding! It is perfect! Glad to see you have conquered a UFO and for such a worthy cause! Great finish, Cath!
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!
OMG. This is seriously GORGEOUS. I love it so much! Fabulous job!
Such a great idea for a back!!! I love it. Completely agree with laura :). This quilt is beautiful and I love all this I spy pieces!!!
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.
I love the color gradation! No one will notice the imperfections…the eye goes to the overall effect, which is amazing!
This looks amazing! And the purple binding sets it off so well. Love it!
I can tell this quilt will be well loved. What a great quilt for a kid.
So so pretty! I would never have enough different prints to do this. Love it.
Jan, that is why i do charm swaps and scrap swaps and raid remanent bins and get 1/4 yard cuts. The crazy ways if a scrap quilter lol.
So colorful and awesome! Such a great quilt for a child. Nice work!
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.
I am embarrassed to say these are all fabrics that were/are in my stash. I have a lot of fat quarters and 1/4 yard cuts which are perfect for scrap quilting. I also have a fabric problem…like most quilters.
Don’t be embarrassed about that! 🙂
Love it! and I like the back just as much:)
Oh heck, only you see the “mistakes”! I love the gradient use of color. Beautiful job! 🙂
It is strange how we only see the mistakes in our work. I am trying to embrace them, learn from them and move on.
Wonderful quilt, love the colors and the design. Why (the hell) did you keep this quilt locked for such a long time in the cupboard?
I did not like it. It is strange but I was a little embarrassed by it.
Hope you have changed your mind now! I have also a few tops in the cupboard – maybe I should get them out and finish them.
Not as embarrassed by it now. The response to this quilt has taken me by surprise. I can highly recommend pulling this ufos out of the cupboard. You never know what you might find, and how people might react.
OK, this will be my challenge for next year!
Let me know if you need some supplemental scraps. I have a few.
Thanks for you offer, I think my scrap baskets are well full. But on the other hand do we ever have enough fabrics and scraps?
You can never ever have too many scraps. Just collected some more at the modern quilt guild meeting.
We don’t have a modern quilt guild in my area, but maybe one day I can change this.
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.
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.
Well put Lisa.
Beautiful! I love the transition between your colors. 🙂
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!
If you’d like to participate in an I spy swap, I’m hosting one that I’m looking to fill a few more spots! ; ) If you’re interested, you can read more at my blog: http://heartathomemama.blogspot.com/2014/01/i-spy-swap-3-rainbowcolor-swap.html
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