Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Over the Rainbow

Well, I've finished the top for my Over the Rainbow quilt that I started in 8th grade. This was long overdue and I'm really happy with it!

I'll measure it once it's all quilted and bound up, but I'm guessing it's somewhere around 65"x72". I've decided I'm not going to put a colored border around it, but I think I'm going to frame it out in a little bit of black. Then I'll put a scrappy binding on it with the left over fabric from the colored blocks.

Here are all of my blocks ready to be sewn together. I love using my windowsill for this. It's the perfect size and away from the mischievous paws of my cats.

Speaking of my cats... This quit was cat tested...

And cat approved...

All before it was even sewn together. :) Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to quilt it. I was thinking of an all over stipple in variegated thread (which I don't have yet), but I'm not so sure. I think I want it more subtle than that. Maybe just stitch a quarter inch away from the seam lines on either side of them so I get a grid pattern with a walking foot? That would certainly be a really fast way to quilt it up. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I just don't want to detract from the bright colors too much. Anyway... Happy crafting everyone!


  1. definitely worth it to get the variegated thread and stiple quilt it. Think that would be really nice for it personally.


  2. Your quilt is just gorgeous! I also think variegated thread and stippling would look good.

  3. Such a stunning quilt! I love your cat inspectors too.

  4. Love it! It's beautiful. I like the simplicity of the pattern, letting the colours and shapes do all the work. In keeping with the theme, I think a nice outline quilting would look great. But I'm sure it'll be beautiful whatever you choose

  5. Wow that is a great quilt. You started that in 8th grade?? I'm super impressed :)

  6. Such a beautiful quilt! The black border will be a great frame. I agree with some of the other comments to use a variegated thread and stippling.

  7. I would stipple it because I can't sew a straight line when quilting. I haven't found a variegated thread that my quilting machine likes but I used a silver/grey thread in a black and bright quilt that I just made and I liked how it turned out. Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

  8. Beautiful work!

    I would stitch-in-the ditch with black thread for the top and varigated thread in the bobbin (depending on what you use for the backing). For some reason I'm picturing a straight black backing to let the quilting shine. I think the top is so beautiful that doing something colorful would detract too much from the design.


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