A Colorful Finish

When I told you about this quilt on Monday and said that I wanted to make something easy and fast, I was working on this quilt. It definitely met my requirements. I had the flimsy done on Sunday, quilted it on Monday, and did the binding on Tuesday. And today I have a finish to share with you! How cool is that?

Rainbow Love QuiltThe quilting is a really easy meandering loopy design. It keeps the quilt soft and a bit fluffy.  I had some other designs in mind, but didn’t want to do anything dense that would add weight to the quilt. After all, it will be living in Florida so I figured the lighter the better.

Rainbow Love Quilt Design

I used Kona Cardinal for the back, and a pieced batting from scraps I’ve been waiting to use. This entire quilt came from my stash and I’m very happy about that!

Kona Cardinal BackingRectangle Quilt PatternThese pictures were taken right before sunset – look at the golden light hitting the quilt. Kinda makes it glow, right?

The binding uses all of the colors in the quilt piecing and I love the way the colors frame the quilt.

Remember when I talked about the machine binding I did on Michelle’s whole cloth quilt? I said if I did it again I would sew the binding to the back first and then sew the front of the binding by machine. This would keep the line of stitching that runs alongside the binding on the back. That’s what I did on this one. And I’m super pleased with how it looks.

Machine Binding

Front and Back of Machine Binding


The red thread blends perfectly with the backing fabric and is barely noticeable. Because the binding is multiple colors, I used Superior’s Mono Poly on the top of the binding and it really is just about invisible. I also stitched the binding down using my Sweet Sixteen. This is the first time I’ve done that and I will do it again. I felt like I had much more control of the stitching and the stitches look much better than they did on the whole cloth quilt.

Each quilt teaches me something and this one is no different. I’ve learned that fast and easy can be as satisfying as a more difficult project. I’ve learned that I’m very happy to use what I have on hand. I’ve also learned that skills get better with practice and it’s good to try new things. But most of all, with this quilt, I’ve learned what a great community quilters are and I’m proud to be part of this great group.

This quilt will be shipped off on Thursday and I hope whoever receives it finds comfort and warmth when wrapped up in it.

Linking up with Let’s Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Sew Your Stash.




About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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13 Responses to A Colorful Finish

  1. The quilt will definitely bring comfort and warmth. It’s a lovely finish, Beth!


  2. What a lovely finish. That’s the way I do machine binding too, my wrists hurt too much when I hand-bind a large quilt, although I will do it for small quilts.

  3. Love the bright colors in this fun quilt. Great finish.

  4. Quick finishes can be so much fun! I love how bright and cheerful this one is.

  5. Dave S. says:

    Love the 4th picture and the binding is a wonderful idea.

  6. Linda Dutch says:

    A colourful fast finish! It does look great, I love how your quilting really adds something special to this.

  7. Lisa says:

    this quilt is awesome Beth. I love it. It’s rainbow without being too much in your face.

  8. Tish says:

    I’m quite impressed how quickly this quilt has came together from start to finish. I’m sure that it will bring lots of love to the recipient. Here’s to hoping the one I’m getting ready to start comes together as quickly.

  9. Kate says:

    Beautiful finish! That did go really fast. I’m sure it will be well loved.

  10. Lea Anne says:

    My goodness that was quick, and it’s definitely bright and happy. Love the evening photos!

  11. katyquilts says:

    Wow! That was fast! I love it!

  12. Alycia says:

    That is a great and colorful quilt, And wow – that was quick!!!

  13. This turned out so beautifully, Beth! How awesome that it came together so quickly and showed you how much your skills have progressed over time. 🙂 I am sure this quilt is going to to just where it is needed and will be loved and gratefully received.

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