The backing fabric I've chosen is by Lewis and Irene and is called Without the Rain we wouldn't have Rainbows. This is a gorgeous fabric in its own right, but I think it's perfect for this quilt on two levels; firstly, it has rainbows on it which is the theme of this quilt. Secondly, the writing is in French and I love foreign languages, and as this quilt is staying with me, that feels rather apt.
I used lots of different coloured threads for the quilting, though they were all Aurifil. I decided to make the most of the rainbow aspect and quilted in colour zones with matching threads. I did not overly think the quilting. I just decided to use the walking foot to follow the lines and sometimes just made a 90° turn as the squares met. As a result lots of the quilting does resemble stairs, which I like because the backing has images of the Eiffel Tower. I've been up the tower twice and on both occasions I remember there being a lot of stairs to climb.
After umming and ahhing about whether the pink squares belong in rainbow I decided to use a bright pink fabric for the binding. I've decided that my rainbows definitely include pink and I think this particular pink goes beautifully next to all the different fabric colours. The fabric is Dimples by Makower which they have in lots of different colours and which I think makes a beautiful binding choice.
Finished dimensions: 41.5" x 62.5"
Number of 2½" squares: 520
Approximately 100 different fabrics included
I'm really pleased with the reception that this quilt has had both with friends and people online. My next post will include a grid of where to place your own fabrics if you wish to make a similar quilt.