Callie's Rainbow Quilt

Another of my sisters-in-law graduated from high school this weekend and I decided to make her a quilt as a graduation present. It was originally going to be made of all purples (purple is her favorite color), but while shopping for the fabric I saw this little jelly roll and I knew it had to be Callie's:

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I bought two jelly rolls, with the vague idea that I would sew the strips into giant squares and then cut them into triangles, similar to the first couple of quilts in this post. Then I decided that since I had all those colors, I had to play with it a bit. So, I sewed four strips at a time together, in different combos, and then cut those into 9 X 9 squares.

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Then I cut the squares in half so I could switch the colors around even more.

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I ended up semi-matching bands of each color, with the alternating bands being different colors.

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I paired it with some white fabric from my stash (always nice to be able to use up something you already had). I've actually been stash busting my white fabric a little too much lately, as I've been really into using it for sashing for some reason. It turned out to be an explosion of color (in a good way).

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I love the tiny pinwheels it made - completely on accident, I assure you. It's such a good feeling when you start a pattern and realize that a certain part just WORKS without any planning!

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For the back I just used a simple polka dot pattern that had colors echoing the front. Admittedly, it wasn't too hard to find something in my fabric library that matched since the front has ALL the colors :P.

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I used green and pink bias tape for the binding (I had both colors but not enough of each to go all the way around, so I just decided two tone would work), and I hand sewed it. Machine quilting the binding is MUCH easier, but I just prefer the way that hand binding looks and I actually find it to be soothing - assuming I remember my thimble.

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This was my first time free motion quilting an entire quilt - it's only lap size, but I'm still pretty proud of it! I've been practicing free motioning for a few weeks now on little pieces of quilt, watching TONS of tutorials, and getting frustrated with the giant loops I was creating on the back. For some reason, one day it just clicked; I got the tension, stitch length and speed of quilting down just right and it started coming out exactly the way I wanted. I was so excited I made my husband come watch :). I kept it simple and just traced loops every which way, but it's pretty heavily quilted so when it washed up it made really fabulous quilty crinkles!

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Look how even and pretty my stiches are!

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I'm really, really pleased with how this one turned out, and more importantly, the new graduate loved it :).

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