Well, I got around to picking the backing for the scrappy rainbow quilt and ended up using a colorful flower sheet from my childhood. My Mom had saved it for me and we talked about how it would make a nice quilt back. And I think she was totally right. The white in the sheet also helps balance out the intense amount of color on the front. As a bonus it's so very soft from all the washing and use!
I decided to finish this quilt a little different than normal. A little easier even. I put the right sides of the quilt and the backing together and then stitched around the edge leaving a portion unsewn.
The unsewn part is then used as a hole to turn the quilt right sides out. I sttiched a 1/4 seam all the way around and closed up that hole. For the life of me I can't think of the name for this! But, it means that the quilt edge is finished now and I will not be adding binding which is perfect because my lack of ability to settle on a binding color/fabric was keeping me from finishing this one.
Then, I was off to add a bit of quilting. Since the front is so busy I was also experiencing paralysis in deciding how to quilt this one. Then it struck me. Turn the quilt over and trace the flowers in the quilting. The organic shape of the flowers and wide spacing should help soften the harsh square lines of the front. Sometimes I really surprise myself!
I settled on an off white thread for the front and put that in the bobbin since the quilt is upside down and I am using a bright turquoise on the back.
I'm a little more than half way now and head over heels for the result. Here is a closer look at the blue outlining I am doing on the daisies; cool, right? And yes, I have snuck a few looks at the front and it's pretty cool too. My last touch may be to add a quote or happy saying around the edge of the quilt, but I'm still deciding on that one. Any ideas on a quote you would capture on a bright quilt like this?
...and I still can't wait to throw this one in the wash and see how the edges of the scraps on the front soften up.
Don't you just love it when a quilt can excite you this much? Sew on!