My rainbow crumb quilt top measures approx 36.5" x 45.5" so it's not huge but when I went looking for an appropriate backing in my stash I couldn't find a single piece of fabric large enough to work nicely.
So, in keeping with the theme of the front I chose eight prints/blenders in a rainbow of colours and stitched a simple stripey backing piece. I think I like it almost as much as the front.
When it came to the quilting I decided to stitch my wavy lines. Do you know, of all the quilts I have quilted with wavy lines I don't actually have one that I've kept in our home? Since the rainbow quilt is likely to stay with us I thought it was about time I had some waves for myself.
The jury is still out over my choice of quilting thread. It is a beautiful variegated thread but it seems to be quite blue on the paler shades of the rainbow and I'm not so sure it was the right choice in the end. But I'm not so bothered by it as to want to rip it all out. I suspect it will grow on me.
The next decision was what colour to bind in. I imagine if I had asked for advice that black or black/white stripe would have been a popular suggestion as that seems to have been a trend with rainbow quilts for a while now. But, black just didn't do it for me. I wanted something brighter and chose a tiny yellow polka dot which certainly keeps things cheery!
So, after all my waffle, here is the finished rainbow quilt -
|I promise it's straight even though this pic makes it look as if the top is wider than the bottom!|
and rainbow stripe backing.
I love this little quilt made from scraps that might otherwise have ended up in the bin. I don't regret anything about it, except perhaps that it isn't bigger but there's always another time, right?