The Rainbow Connection – a Finished Quilt!


A long time ago, I worked in Disney World as part of their College Program. I roomed with five other young ladies, and we bonded hard for a summer, then fell out of touch when we went back to real life. Though the magic of Facebook, we’ve all reconnected by clicking “like” on all the pictures of our adorable kids.

Liz, who now has three adorable children, asked me to make a rainbow chevron quilt for her middle child. I enthusiastically made the top, then it sat for a while for various reasons, one of which being that I was afraid to quilt it.

I mean, boring echoing straight lines? I could do it, but…boring. Heavy duty custom stuff? Nope, can’t do that. Plus, I wouldn’t want to, given that it’s a kid’s quilt.

Then, when I “custom” quilted my niece’s quilt with loops within the pattern lines, I realized I now had the confidence and plan I needed for the chevrons. So I dug it out and picked out an awesome backing {embrace the rainbow}, and got to work!

I love the quilting. Like, a lot. After doing all the loops in the neutral {which is Kona Bone. Or Parchment. Or whatever.} I asked my longarm rental ladies if I needed to add more. The consensus was the little loops in the colors, which I think is the perfect touch. And that’s why I’m glad I still rent my longarm time – I love having immediate access to several people with lots more experience┬áthan me!

And of course, I had to make sure there was a touch of Mickey fabric in there.

I appliqued an E on it for her daughter’s name. I wish I had found the binding fabric sooner, because it would have POPPED a lot more than this fabric does.

Oooh, an artful shot ruined by the fact that everything is dead and brown. Not much in the way of winter over here, but too early for spring.

The binding is a fabulous rainbow stripe from my hoarded Dr. Seuss fat quarters….which I finally broke into this month. And yes, I meant to make it a diagonal bias stripe, and even did the prep work, then proceeded to cut from the wrong side. Sigh.


Kona Bone and scraps (5.5″ unfinished)

5 thoughts on “The Rainbow Connection – a Finished Quilt!”


Wow! It’s a gorgeous rainbow! The quilting you did is absolutely perfect.

Debra Jeske

This is terrific and I REALLY like your quilting too! Just perfect for this quilt and a little different take on a zig zag. Nice!

Jasmine Creates

This is super cute! I have plans to make a very similar quilt out of the fabrics left over from my farmer’s wife quilt. I love how you quilted it. The loops are perfect.


So many things come flooding to mind…
1. I almost did that Disney program too! An unexpected situation got in the way though. Just think… we might have crossed paths YEARS ago. ­čśë
2. You know how I feel about Chevrons… so I ADORE this! I’ve been toying with an ombre palette… but I might need to do a rainbow one too. LOVE.
3. I LOVE that backing fabric. LOVE.
4. An ARTSY SHOT!!!! I totally just did a little happy dance for that! I don’t care if everything else is brown … you did it!! ­čÖé

Jennie Pofahl Tracy

Love love love it. It’s true about the rental time – so nice to have other great minds to harvest from. Your custom quilting is awesome.

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