Friday, December 23, 2016

Handmade Holidays: The Rainbow Quilt


Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Now that most of my gifts have arrived at their destinations, it's safe to start sharing more and more of what I made this year. My rainbow chevron quilt for my niece was absolutely my favorite!


I saw this photo on Pinterest from Cluck Cluck Sew which was the original inspiration for this quilt. My niece is a super vibrant, funny person so a bright, happy quilt only seemed appropriate. Cluck Cluck Sew happens to be the same source of inspiration as my last quilt which is totally random since I just found them both on Pinterest! Her quilts are really beautiful and I keep randomly finding ones I love!

So I started with the chevron inspiration and decided to do a rainbow and then it sort of morphed into something all it's own! Over the last few months I've been using the last of bits yardage to cut into half square triangles to be sort of ready to go. I ended up using pieces from all sorts of leftover projects.


The magical shrinkage of piecing it all together! I had originally intended to make this a twin size quilt for her bed, but it ended up being more a throw blanket size. Sizing appropriately for mattresses is definitely something I'm still working on, but who can say no to extra blankets?



I finished the quilt top just after Thanksgiving and didn't have to buy any fabric for it! I happened to have a purple twin size sheet from when I bought a cheap sheet set at Goodwill to make a toga a while back. I used that as the backing. The only things I needed to buy were the batting, binding fabric, and quilting thread.


I found this rainbow machine quilting thread and love the way it looked with the quilt! It looked especially neat on the solid purple backing although I didn't take a picture of the back. I thought about quilting along with the chevron pattern, but with Christmas getting closer I went with simple straight lines as I was worried about time.


The finished piece! It was a little hard to give this one away. I'm so so so happy with how it came out and kinda tempted to make another one just like it. I just have a bunch of projects and stuff to finish before I could get around to it again. Story of my life.


 More handmade gifts to share coming soon! Happy holidays!




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