When I saw there was a ROYGBIV category in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival which is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side, I decided to enter my Hopscotch quilt. Some of you have seen this quilt before, without the binding finished, and for some of you this will be your first look. If you are a new visitor from the festival, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here! I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look around and stay a bit.

Rainbow Quilt

I wanted to make a quilt using bright rainbow prints that look like solids from a distance, and I think it worked!

The most fun part of this quilt was doing the quilting. I quilted a different design in each color column, and used matchstick quilting in the background pieces. I used Superior’s So Fine! threads in colors that matched each column so the threads blended in. Here are close-up shots of the quilting:

Green-Quilting Matchstick Purple-and-Blue-Quilting Yellow-and-Green-Quilting

Total quilting time was about 18 hours on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen, but it was worth every minute. This is one of my most favorite quilts.

The backing is pieced from two fabrics – a Kona Solid and Carolyn Friedlander piece. If you look closely, you can see the big ole bee that flew past as I was snapping this picture!


I love how you can see the quilting detail on the back.


For the binding I used leftovers and made a colorful scrappy binding. It’s the perfect finishing touch!

Scrappy Binding

For the festival, quilts can be entered into one of several categories May 15 – May 21  and you can vote for your favorites. Voting begins May 22 and there are already some great entries.  It’s a fun way to see lots of great quilts, be inspired, and discover new blogs and quilters.


I hope you have some time to visit the festival and see all the lovely quilts. You can see the other entries in the ROYGBIV category by following this link.

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