My rainbow patchwork project has been coming along, although things are currently at a stand-still because . . . I changed my mind about backing fabric, which meant I then changed my mind about what fabric to use for binding . . . and I’m now having to wait for a fabric order to arrive lol. Typical me! I wasn’t supposed to be buying in any more stash this year, but this is an absolute emergency/necessity!
This is how things were looking on 25th May.
The original plan was to use a lovely star print fabric somewhere in this design, preferably for the binding. I mean, I’d chosen my fabrics for chevrons specifically to pick out the same colours in stars!
There’s the star fabric, sitting under all my chevrons as I was making. However . . . when rummaging around for a suitable sized piece of fabric for backing, I came upon something very “busy”, which I had totally forgotten about, and which I’ll show you a bit further down. Once rediscovered, I wanted to use it but the star fabric simply would NOT go with. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself since before binding can go on, I needed to sandwich and quilt (after adding 2.5″ strips of white to give a crisp outer border.
Since quilting isn’t my strong point, I kept things very simple and almost invisible. I took things one column at a time and just did some quilting in the ditch, around the coloured chevrons . . . here is a very rough sketch of that (my quilting is actually better than my sketching lol).
Sort of went around the edge of each chevron, in a clockwise direction, going 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then did vertical lines (7&8) to get me to the tip of next chevron. I started by quilting the central column (green chevrons) and then quilted the other columns working outward each time. It works for me. And, as I say, is fairly invisible on the front . . . but a little more visible on the busy backing fabric I chose.
How fun is that, eh? So much going on there, what with rainbows, umbrellas, balloons, animals and so on. I’m thinking it’ll be a great quilt for learning colours (except I have no pink or brown in my rainbow). Anyhoot . . . that’s progress so far. As soon as new fabric arrives, I’ll be able to get on with binding . . . and I’ll come & share my happy dance with you!