Thursday, April 28, 2011

Quilt Finish: Bottled Rainbows

Can I first just tell you guys how amazing you all are?   I have learned (and continue to learn!) so much from this amazing quilting community, and I appreciate every single comment you leave on my blog.  I love hearing what you guys think!  And I try my best to respond to every comment you leave here, because they mean that much to me.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate being a part of this amazing online community of quilters.  If you haven't read Lee's post yet, hop on over there and do it.  After you look at these pretty pictures of quilty goodness, of course...

I have officially finished off my Bottled Rainbows quilt!  Just looking at this quilt makes me happy - between all the new things I tried on this quilt and the sheer, rainbow-y goodness of it, it's just a happy kind of quilt.

Finished Bottled Rainbows!

This was my first attempt at ticker-tape and quilt-as-you-go, and I must say, I enjoyed both, although I wish I had quilted more when I added the backing to the quilt.  I worried a little bit about how much the ticker tape pieces would fray when washed, but because I zig-zagged them, they really didn't fray very much at all, which was a pleasant surprise.

Bottled Rainbows - a nicer intersection

I stuck with simple straight-line quilting, when quilting the backing to my already-quilted top and batting.  I quilted straight lines mirroring the seams of the blocks.  In some places, it worked really well, and in others, it got a little bit wonky and bulky, but I can live with it.

Bottled Rainbows - wonky intersections

I love how the different scraps remind me of different things - of quilts I've finished, or fabric I've swapped...  This is definitely a memory quilt.  Like that red Echino car?  That came from Brooke, when I helped her finish her Paramore quilt.  And the red Castle Peeps scrap?  That's a leftover from the Castle Peeps quilt I made for my niece, my first twin-sized quilt.  Lots of the other red scraps come from my Single Girl quilt top (which I am considering finishing on my own machine at the moment, after seeing Angela's awesome Single Girl quilting in progress).  I could see myself making another one of these in a few years, when I've accumulated some more fabric memories.

Bottled Rainbows - one of my favorite blocks

I went for super simple with the back, using one of the colors from the front, Kona Pomegranate, and adding a lovely stripe to match the binding, Ann Kelle's Remix Stripe.  I'm really happy to have participated in Rachel's Bottled Rainbows quilt-along, and I'm really pleased with how this quilt turned out.  It's my 8th quilt finish of the year (or 13th if you count mini-quilts, too), which was a bit of a surprise when I did the math this morning.  Now, I'm down to just one quilt in progress (my spiderwebs), but I've got plenty of other quilts-to-be in my head, don't worry!!

Bottled Rainbows - the back

Quilt Stats
Name: Bottled Rainbows 2011
Size: 60" x 84"
Quilting: Quilt-as-you go ticker-tape plus some straight-line quilting
Fabrics: Kona Pomegranate backing, a bunch of scraps on the front side and a rainbow of Kona solids

48 comments:

  1. Yikes! You're so productive can't believe you have another finish!! It turned out so lovely, I think one of the nicest things is the sentimental value of some of the scraps in these blocks. And it's so bright and cheery too!

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  2. i loooove it! and i'm so happy to see my echino car! ;) you're so productive, its amazing. i'm quilting vicariously through you right now!! :D

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  3. This is really fun. A fresh way to use scraps. I'm going to have to make one next year :D

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  4. YAY!!! I love your quilt so much! This is one of the best quilt designs, and it's so fun! I'm glad to hear that yours didn't fray so much in the wash, and I like how you quilted it, I think I might do the same with mine (whenever my last 10 solids arrive, lol). Wow, I can't believe you've made so many quilts this year!! What are you going to do with this one?

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  5. Wow Elizabeth! That is so neat! Love it....you did a great job!

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  6. That is one pretty quilt! You should be very proud of it and yourself! And I agree with how wonderful it has so many memories in it for you!

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  7. Absolutely stunning! Well done girl! I can't wait til life settles down a little and I can make one of these for me cause I think it might be my fav design ever.... In my qayg that I did I quilted a little free motion heart in the centre of each block to hold the centre because I also found it a bit strange having big blank squares on the back. So maybe if you are wanting more quitting you could do something silmilar. Maybe a little square or something?

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  8. A beautiful finish!
    I love it! And that striped binding is just perfect.
    This makes me want to finish mine, too!

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  9. I love this. I hope to do one of these someday. You did a fantastic job.

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  10. Congratulations on the beautiful finish. I missed out on the start of this online effort, but I may make one of these myself one day. I love the idea of a memory quilt, and the rainbow-y effect of this is just so pretty. Love it!

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  11. You've been a busy quilter, Elizabeth! I'm so glad you were part of this quilt-along and I'm thrilled to see your finished work!

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  12. Awesome finish! It's a wonderful, happy quilt.

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  13. These recent rainbow finishes are so cheerful! Love them, and the memories in yours. :)

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  14. Oh my this is stunning!! I just love all the colors, and like you said, the best part of a scrappy quilt is looking at all the little pieces and thinking of where they came from! And I love the back. Reminds me of summer :) Great finish!!

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  15. Ahh, it's dreamy, Elizabeth! You did such a great job, and I love the pomegranate back!

    You're right about it being a memory quilt. Seeing yours REALLY makes me want to get mine finished up!

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  16. this is so pretty! i do love all of those colored panels.

    you are the most productive quilter i know of! can't believe how much you get done!

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  17. Wow, looks great! I absolutely love seeing all these bottled rainbow quilts. I wish I had the time to participate. And thanks for showing some of your oops (the wonky quilting). I appreciate when people own up to them. And honestly, it just gives the quilt more personality. :-) The binding was a great choice!

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  18. It is beautiful! I love this quilt for the same reasons you do. It's so fun to have sort of a "scrapbook of scraps". Well done!

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  19. I absolutely love this quilt - it's gorgeous! You did amazing.

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  20. Yay!!! That turned out wonderful!! I love the backing and the binding! I can't wait to see mine all done! Yours had made me so excited!!

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  21. It's simply stunning... and big congrats on completing so many quilts!! Oh I wish I could finish that many!

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  22. Looks great! I like the way you did the back & I really like how the striped rainbow binding looks. Beautiful!

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  23. such a fun quilt... ♥

    I've been wanting to make one of these... just had no energy! :)

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  24. I am a little behind on my bottled rainbows as I am just starting mine this week! But yours is just lovely!! Thank you for the info on the binding too, I think I will try it on my next quilt! Thanks again! :)

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  25. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I can't wait to get mine finished up now.

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  26. This is a really beautiful quilt. Congrats on the wonderful finish.

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  27. Fabulous quilt, its one of those quilts you have to inspect closely to see all those lovely little bits of fabric. Thanks also, for showing us your wonky bits and keeping it real. Its nice to know im not the only one who gets a bit wonkey sometimes :-)

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  28. What a lovely modern quilt! I really love your colours and design :O)

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  29. I really like how it came out. Someday I'll have to try the QAYG method. You are having a very productive year! I just looked at your 2011 finished quilts. Wow!

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  30. Yeah. It looks wonderful. I love love love your binding!!!

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  31. Hello Elisabeth! This is amazing quilt! It's a huge painting with lots of small paintings! An art quilt!
    Sunny wishes from Teje

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  32. I can't believe you are finished! I'm just putting the colored sashing strips on my "snow" center. But I HAVE started collecting my scraps. Progress, right?

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  33. It's a really beautiful and striking quilt! I'm definately going to give it a try when I have enough scraps. Well Done! :o)

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  34. What a fab finish! Congratulations!!!

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  35. Oh, it looks gorgeous! What a lovely quilt, I love the idea of all of the memories.
    And thanks for linking to my Single Girl quilt, that was sweet of you. :)

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  36. Great quilt E! I guess I have another to add to my list. Didn't you just post your supernova finish? You are a superwoman!

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  37. Love, Love, Love!!!
    You get through an amazing Amount of work and it's all Beautiful.
    I love reading your Blog, you inspire me. ;)

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  38. What a great sense of accomplishment! congrats on your quilty finish, and thanks for the tips on finishing!

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  39. Holy crap! You've seriously finished 8 quilts so far this year?! I can't believe it...and I'm totally jealous of your productivity! I finished my 2nd quilt of the year this week so you're totally spanking me.

    Love your bottled rainbows quilt! It really does look bright and happy and fresh!

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  40. I love the way it came out! This is totally my inspiration for the first quilt I plan to make. :-)

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  41. Somehow I missed this when you posted it. It's fantastic! I love what you did with the back, very creative and fun! The whole thing is beautiful.

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  42. What a lovely bright quilt - you certainly have bottled a rainbow!

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  43. WOW, that quilt is AMAZING! I love it!

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