You all know that ordinarily, I use all of my leftovers on the backs of my quilts. Well, when I'm quilting from my scrap jars, sometimes I'm at a loss. Rainbow stripes to the rescue! I love making a rainbow stripe backing for a scrappy quilt. It pulls in all of the colors, so I feel like it matches without competing with the front, and best of all, it is a perfect stash buster. These kinds of backings are great for using up fabrics that are more difficult to blend, like that goldenrod fabric (third from the top). It's been sitting in my stash for awhile because it's too yellow to pair with oranges, and too orange to be considered a yellow. It adds tons of depth to a rainbow though!
I also want to point out the quilting on this, because it is by far the element of the quilt of which I am most proud (read: the part that almost drove me insane). Look at how tight the quilting is on the backing (the yellow shows the density really well), and now check out the close up.
Seriously. Remember when I said once that you would never see me do matchstick quilting? I must have taken leave of my senses, because this is almost as tightly quilted as matchsticks. All. over. the. entire. quilt (54"x64"). I used an ENTIRE spool of Aurifil 50 wt. thread! That's almost twelve hours of free-motion quilting, folks; which I know some of you do regularly, but it's entirely new territory for me.
The quarter is there for scale, but it's difficult to really tell how small this quilting is. The space in the photo is only about 5 inches wide. By the way, the background is Kona Shale, and I like the subtle contrast of the white thread. I love the result, but I don't know that I'll ever quilt something this densely again. Never say never though!
The binding is super scrappy, containing 27 different fabrics in varying lengths. You can't really tell in the rolled quilt photo, but the binding is arranged in a rainbow as well (of course). It's not a close-up, but you can see that on the full backing shot above. I love how this quilt turned out, and though it will be awhile, I can't wait for you to see it!
Last week's party had some major eye candy, so let's check out the highlights! This fun, traveling bee quilt is by Alison at Little Bunny Quilts.
The Lilac Cat shared this lovely Log Cabin Hybrid mini. I love the layout of colorful and low volume fabrics in this one. At only twelve inches square, it packs quite a punch!
and Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook linked up this sweet little Apple Patch baby quilt.
So, how about it? I know that something you're working on is making you do a happy dance right now. Let's link those projects up!
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*If you're new to the party, here's a helpful tip for linking up- select "Auto Crop" when selecting your thumbnail photo. For some reason, trying to crop your own image results in the dreaded "white question mark box," and we definitely want to see your awesome work! :)