I am really pleased to share with you my finished Rainbow Rose QAL quilt today! I made the small / baby quilt size during the quilt along, which finishes at approximately 40-inches square. It was a joy to put together, and I loved getting to do the final photo shoot and see all the bright colors outside.
One of the many reasons I liked taking this quilt outside was to see the contrast in color against our very dry and golden landscape. The area of California I live in is known for green springs and dry, golden summers, but the landscape has become especially harsh over the last 5 years or so as a very bad drought has set in. So a bit of brilliant rainbow color definitely brightened up the landscape.
I decided to go with simple straight line quilting using 50wt Aurifil in 3817 (Marrakesh, which is a variegated rainbow thread). I decided the design was definitely the star of the show, and even though the thread has a high contrast against the white background, it is subtle and does not seem to distract from the brilliant block and rainbow piecing.
I used up every last inch of this striped rainbow fabric for the back of the quilt. In fact, it really wasn’t quite big enough, so I used a 3″ double folded binding strip and sewed it down with a 1/2″ seam allowance on the back to secure all the raw edges.
This was a really enjoyable Quilt Along experience, and I am very pleased with my final quilt. I am definitely thinking more rainbow color schemes will be in my future!