When I left off showing this rainbow quilt for Safelight, I had the top assembled and ready to go on the longarm. Every one of these blocks was sent in by readers. Thank you for your support of this project.
So, now I need a backing. I had this fabulous shooting star fabric, and I cannot remember where it came from. I know I had it to possibly use with a Quilt of Valor, but the color of the stars was never right for a red, white and blue quilt. The stars are more pink, turquoise and purple, and never looked good. But for this quilt, they were perfect. I needed to sew two lengths together to get it wide enough.
Whooppee, five yards will get used up from the stash for the Stashbuster Challenge! I cut the selvedges off from the seam. Then the seam is pressed open.
All loaded up and the first pass quilted. This time I used a light grey cotton thread on top and a slightly darker grey cotton in the bobbin.
It doesn’t draw too much attention in the white areas.
It virtually disappears in the sections with color.
The pantograph is the same one I used on the other two, Fascination.
On the back, the darker grey blends well with the star print.
Fitting in the quilting when I had time, it was done in a few days.
Using the trimmings from the backing, I made the binding and attached it by machine. It went with the prints on the top beautifully.
All the colors in the top did well, I was amazed.
Even the reds looked fine with the pinky tone of the star print.
A label is sewn onto the back.
All done and ready to give to Safelight.
So, three quilts delivered to the chairperson from our efforts. The purple and white one on the left was made by Linda Lou of our guild, using the same block. More tops are with longarm quilters and we hope to get to our goal.
I have more than enough blocks for one more quilt, and I took the extras to the meeting for someone else to add to theirs. I’ll show you the final quilt in a few days when I get the quilting and finishing done. Are you sewing this week?