Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rainbow Sherbet - Finished!

I'm on a roll! Deadlines, you force me to complete things.

This is Rainbow Sherbet, one of my favorite quilt designs EVER. In fact, this is my second one.

It's a Jaybird quilt, originally in a magazine and now in her book. Yes, I bought the book for this pattern. {But the other ones are pretty good too.}

When my mother-in-law came to visit last September, she brought a huge stack of batiks with her. In exchange for an impressive amount of yard work, I agreed to make her a wall hanging. She browsed my books and patterns and was drawn to this one, because she has awesome taste.

I showed her the scrap variations on the pattern, and she decided on a ROYGBIV one, but with grey instead of black. {A grey Moda Marbles, to be exact.}

The quilt came together in the week that she was here, toiling in my dirt. I think there were times she doubted how it was all going to come together, but this is is definitely a Monet.

Clueless? Literally?

Tai: Do you think she's pretty?
Cher: No, she's a full-on Monet.
Tai: What's a Monet?
Cher: It's like the painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess.

The batting/backing were a conundrum. It's a wall hanging....a 76" full size quilt wall hanging. I wanted to go light. But still stiff enough to hold its shape on the wall. I ended up using fusible fleece with no backing. I think it was the right decision - the fusible part will help keep it from sagging, but it's much lighter than a typical quilt. Backing probably wouldn't have added that much more weight, but...

Quilting, well... Quilting is always a conundrum. I wish I could free motion quilt, but I can't. Not for lack of practice - I just don't think in doodles and feathers and "free" things. I can't even draw stippling on paper.

{Sidenote: as a kid, I colored designs on graph paper and played with my math teacher mom's tessellation blocks. Never doodled.}

I considered a couple different straight line designs, but in the end, I stitched in the ditch. Yes, it's a copout, but this thing is going to be in a second story entry way. No one is going to see the lack of quilting.

It probably should have been quilted down the middle of the colors as well - the fleece got loose after washing - but, I was going for lazy lightweight.

In the end? I love it. I will always love this pattern, even if it paralyzes me at the quilting point. {Those negative spaces deserve awesome quilting! In fact, if you're my family reading this, a great birthday present would be forcing me to make this top and have it custom quilted.}

I'm really excited that it'll be greeting everyone who walks into my MIL's house - I can't wait to see it up there! OMG, I just realized my MIL did this on purpose to get me to come visit the quilt her.



  1. oh cool! We need a pic of it hanging in her home!

  2. Love this one, Kate. And, even though you totally avoided it, you are the daughter with the most math sense. You still avoid it to a degree.

  3. Super cool Kate! I love all the colours.

  4. Lovely quilt, it'll make a great wallhanging :o)

  5. I ADORE (!!!) that quilt! Amazing.

  6. Lovely quilt :) sounds like a great deal to me, yard work in exchange for a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Lovely design; great colour choices.

  8. this quilt is so awesome!! I love the use of grey instead of black (or white).

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  9. Beautiful colours and great use of the design!

    Bonus points for quoting Clueless. :-)

  10. It's gorgeous! Love the colors and shapes/design.

  11. Great this layout.

  12. That is stunning. The pattern and the fabrics. I love batiks, and plan on breaking my sewing machine out with some-to make simple skirts. (No, I will never have the patience or time for quilting!)

  13. What a cool quilt. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Beautiful I can see the Monet influence

  15. so pretty, congrats on finishing the quilt