Friday, January 22, 2021

Two Rainbow Quilts, Done and Done! / Beauties Pageant 113

With the pandemic keeping life at a near stand-still, I suspect I’ll be as productive in 2021 as I was in 2020. (Heck, what else do I have to do?!) To prove my point, I have two finishes to share today. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that has never happened before!

The first quilt, shown in the photo above, is perhaps the most obnoxious palette I have ever worked with: pink, rainbow, and more pink. It assaults my adult sensibilities, but the intended recipient—a little girl on her ninth birthday—will, I think, adore it.

This pattern is my Ridiculously Easy Jelly Roll Quilt in the child size. The rainbow fabrics come from stash; I tried to strike a balance by using mostly geometrics and two-color prints and adding an occasional multicolor print here and there, something I accomplished without venturing to my local quilt shop. : )

The background is mostly Kona Pink. Because I didn’t have enough yardage for the entire background, I supplemented with a darker solid pink and a pink Moonscape print from Dear Stella. To make the multiple background fabrics more cohesive, I used the Moonscape for the binding as well. I think it works!

The back (see photo below) is composed of a few selections from the front. Like almost all of my projects, I quilted this one myself. The quilting design is my current go-to for this pattern: a simple chevron across the foreground fabrics.

The second finish of the week is almost identical to one I made a year ago. It’s a simple strip-and-flip baby quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew (read the free tutorial here). 
The fabric pull was time consuming to assemble, so as I collected the fabrics (in November 2018!), I cut enough pieces for two complete quilts, tops and backs. I quilted this version of the strip-and-flip with an allover stipple, as I did the original. The result is not perfection, but the experience bolstered my confidence to free-motion-quilt something bigger. I hope to share that with you next week!

How is your 2021 going so far? Are you like me, sewing to stay sane and forecasting a productive year at your machine?

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  1. Great job finishing without a trip to the LQS! Very pretty rainbow quilts! Never obnoxious from my viewpoint. Love the back on the second one--are those 10" squares?

  2. Beautiful quilt finishes and yes, looking forward to lots and lots of sewing this year!

  3. So nice! Good for to to have TWO finishes! (Applause here.) It makes me happy to see the colors you've been playing with. Those recipients will love them! It's slow-going here because too many projects are going at the same time... and I'm intentionally trying to slow down "production" this year. Seems like I have lots of days ahead to fill up, so what's the rush.

  4. Congratulations on two finishes! I hear you on the palette for the first quilt, but my guess it is going to be a very well loved quilt and an amazing gift for its intended recipient. :)

  5. Michelle, both of those quilts are so lovely! I’m amazed at how well the light pink background fabric shows off the rainbow. I bet the little girl will totally love it. I really love the design of the second rainbow quilt. I’ll be pinning this post for future reference!


  6. I like the pink quilt. Very girly but as such I am sure it will be adored by the 9 year old! Enjoy your finishes xo

    PS: It feels like my sewing is getting more steady over the last years and also increasing in amount, but I can not yet say that the pandemic made a huge difference.

  7. Both are great, and that pink background sings, “Spring is coming!”

  8. I think I agree with your adult sensibilities but a nine year old will go gaga over the pink quilt. And, a lot of pink walks out of your stash. I'm always happy when I can make a mostly stash quilt. Smart of you to cut enough strips for two strip and flip quilts. Yea for 2 finishes. And, yep, I've kept busy piecing and quilting this month and probably will for the rest of the year. I waiting to hear when I can be scheduled for my vaccine. I'm hoping before the end of January. My age may be a blessing for this one thing.

  9. Hi Michelle, congrats on your two finishes! I'm sure that the first one will be loved by a little girl :-) Take care.

  10. Love the backs too! I make my backs from large squares and it really saves shopping time and whittles down the stash!!Great finishes already!!!


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