My sister-in-law recently graduated from college. To congratulate her I made her this lap-sized quilt that I'm calling the Double Rainbow quilt after this rather hilarious viral video. We saw a double rainbow out our back window once when Sister-in-law visited us a couple years ago. None of us and seen a double rainbow before and were all awed. Sister-in-law was especially excited about the rainbow without knowledge of the video. This quilt is my tribute to that hilarious moment.
I made this quilt using string scraps. My scrap bin runneth over so it was nice to thin it out. I organize my scraps by color so working on each row was pretty easy.
I started with a square of muslin for the foundation. I added the black stripe to the middle of each block then began to add stripes to each side. This tutorial explains the process. I used the black in the middle to create a chevron effect.
My black stripes didn't meet up perfectly so I appliqued a gray triangle over each point. It helps emphasize the zig-zag while also hiding my sloppiness. I left the edges of the triangles raw so they would fray. I think it adds to the scrappiness of the quilt.
With each block having a muslin foundation the whole quilt was pretty heavy before basting. I decided to forgo the batting and used sweatshirt fleece as the backing. The fleece is the perfect weight to act as thin batting and the backing. I managed to find fleece that had no stretch. I"m not sure of the purpose of fleece without stretch, but it was great for quilting. I didn't have to worry about distortion while quilting.
The quilting is pretty simple. I didn't want to quilt too densely because there is so much going on and I thought it would be a pain to sew through. I quilted in the middle of each black zig-zag line and then between each line. I matched threads for each color. I hoped it would show up more on the back, but it faded into the gray pretty well.
The binding is a black-and-white print I had in my stash. I had a rainbow striped print cut and ready to use, but when I started sewing it on I changed my mind. It was waaaaay too busy. I ripped it off and picked a different fabric. The black looks much nicer.
I have a lot of blue scraps. In order to use more blue I created two rows of blue. The bottom one is supposed to be closer to indigo (ROY G BIV). I tried to keep lighter blues at the top and darken as I went down. I think I was moderately successful.
This quilt was pretty fun to make and rather quick and easy. I enjoyed looking through my scraps and thinning out the pile.
I've decided to submit this to the state fair. I have no delusions that this will win any ribbons. It is not the most technically challenging and the quilting is nothing special. But I think the colors are nice, the corners are square and the sides the same length, all the points match, and I did a great job on the binding. I'm proud of it even though it most likely won't be a winner.