Third Finish – Rainbow Baby
It’s a gloomy day here in Sydney, so what better way to brighten the place up than with a rainbow finish!? This makes quilt number three, and by this stage even I thought I’d grow tired of this great American past time. (baseball, wha?) Yeah, that’s not happening anytime soon, so much so, that Mr. Sparkles is even convinced I need a better sewing machine. Works for me! This beauty was a delicious way to get a quick finish, (at 38″x42″) and that instant gratification was mightily needed after spending so long on the first two quilts.
This rainbow goody is for Mitchell, cutest baby that I’ve met in the past nine months. Parents try to throw their babies at me all the time to receive some of my sparkle grace, but this is one of the few that was worthy enough to get it. I’ve never spat out my own babies, but glitter rain down, I know enough not to throw them through the air! Molli can catch, but only two at a time–heavens!
I created this quilt in two days, completing everything but the binding and label on day one. Felt like I was in a sweat shop with Richard Simmons. Work! It came together pretty easily though, as I was finally able to use my American Jane Pezzy Print jelly roll, a chunk of my Denyse Schmidt fabric from the huge Spotlight sale, and that mysterious Kona (maybe peacock?) from my LQS, The Remnant Warehouse. I quilted it by ditch stitching between the Pezzy Prints, and hand stitched the binding.
Also, I have to bring to your attention the label. There was some mighty discussion in the Quilt Club Australia about the best writing tools for labels, with all sorts of items being suggested. I used Stained by Sharpie Fabric Markers and even after a wash there was minimal fading and running. So, I’m sticking to that from now on, as I love a hand written label and then some. After my experience with hand embroidery, I’m not entirely excited to go back there anytime soon!
(…where’s that soap box…)
I’ve glitter penned Mitchell the Rainbow Baby because he is blessed to have so many unique and individual people in his life. He is surrounded by love from every colour of the rainbow, and I hope this quilt will represent that love. We should all be putting more love in the world–for all people–so if you’re not down with rainbows, you ain’t got the Sparkle. And if you ain’t got the Sparkle, you’d best move along, ’cause there ain’t no room for dullness, hatred, or single-minded colours ’round here. Enough said.
I think I need to make a full sized version for me. I never get tired of rainbows.