The plan because of the size and shape was to make the quilt an outdoor quilt, designed for the many picnics and play events my eldest daughter engages in all summer long. I chose a colourful and inexpensive thicker weight (and looser weave) fabric from Ikea as the backing and used (mostly) polyester thread to make the quilting stronger. I also did machine binding instead of hand binding (which I hate because it doesn't look as good as hand binding but it would make it much more secure for heavy play).
For the binding I used up bits of leftover binding from other quilts and it worked out perfectly!
Here is Rainbow Radiance:
|I am tempted to take an individual picture of each block so you could revel in the gems in each and every colour block. It is a delight for me to remember each fabric and point out "There's Lotta! There's Lizzy House!"|
|This is the backing. I was worried about the brown that was in this print but I find this picture reassuring because you really don't notice the brown.|
|This shows you the binding a little bit more. It is colourful and perfect.|
|Doesn't it look perfect for a summer picnic?|
|Here is the thicker weave that is the backing fabric.|
I also opted to quilt each block with a different pattern, some free motion and some with the walking foot. The size and weight of this quilt made that a giant pain many times but I powered through. I'm happier with some blocks than others in terms of quilting. It adds an interesting texture to the quilt for sure.
I am also glad that I have another WIP off my list!