"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."--William Shakespeare.
Versions of this little quilt are popping up everywhere after the Rainbow Rose Quilt Along hosted by the Modern Quilters Ireland has wrapped up. Each and everyone of them are beautiful and unique in their own way, but the sweetest thing about this Rainbow Rose quilt is, she belongs to me. I have enjoyed everything about this quilt. From the fabrics (you can read more about my piecing of this quilt here), to the quilting, to the photographing.
I didn't spend too much time planning out the quilting for this one. Don't get me wrong it was tempting to free motion the dickens out of it, but I loved the simple look of the echoed triangles in the baby quilt I recently finished so much, I decided to carry it over to this wallhanging/baby quilt. Originally, I planned to quilt it with a gold/yellow thread, but after seeing the beautiful rainbow lines in Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl's quilt, I knew I too wanted to put that beautiful variegated thread on this quilt.
How can you not be happy when you look at this spool of Aurifil #3817 Marrakesh? I know it makes me smile. I love it so much, I have two spools. The world needs more rainbows and I'm not quite done quilting with it yet, so stay tuned.
Back to the project. I had lots of help when it came to the quilting.
Princess Caroline of the Fuzzy Butts was nice enough to hold the quilt down while I marked my 1" lines. Oliver was content supervising from the sidelines. But all of their/my hard work paid off,
and what was created was a beautiful texture of lines all pointing to the center. All things point to the rainbow.
My backing fabric was an interesting find, colorful Calveras or sugar skulls.
Are you sitting down? I didn't do a flanged binding this time. Believe me I'm just as shocked as you are. Instead, I pulled from my stash to create a simple machine binding in rainbow colors.
And just like that, she was done and I could not be happier with how she looks.
Warning: Picture Overload Ahead
Now that I'm nice and warmed up, it's time to quilt my Heart Quilt for Pulse. I can't fix the world myself, but I can do everything I can to try to make it a happier, brighter place. One positive vibe can do good. No matter what we do, let's send as many good vibes out as we can. Let's create our own rainbow of prayer, positive vibes and love for life itself.