Thursday, January 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday--Tropical Rainbow

No quilting going on here right now, and that's just fine with me. I'm spending my days cuddling my new grandson, playing with my granddaughter, and helping out my daughter and son-in-law. So I'm going to share another old quilt for Throwback Thursday. 

I made this one for my daughter sometime around 1990. Her room at the time had curtains with hand-drawn fabric crayon rainbows on them. Those curtains set the color theme for the quilt. The tropical fabric for the back had similar colors and was a fun complement to the front of the quilt. The name of the block escapes me, and I can't remember if I used someone else's pattern or my own idea. It was definitely made when my eyesight was much better. I can't believe I hand quilted on black fabric. 

I forgot to measure the quilt. I think the blocks are about 6 inches with 1-inch sashes and maybe 4 to 5 inch borders. It's probably a little over 40 by 48 inches overall. I pieced it on my Singer Featherweight and hand quilted it with black cotton thread, except for the black border. I used various colored threads on that. The batting is polyester. The quilt was a topper on a bedspread for several years and then was put away when we moved to a new house. Because it's had little use, it has held up well over the years. I'm not even sure we ever washed it. 

I'm linking up today with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. 

Next week baby cuddling and games of Candyland will sadly be over, but I'll be back to work on quilting, so I'll try to be back with some initial planning for a new quilt. 


  1. Lovely bright quilt! The hand quilting is amazing!

  2. What a lovely quilt! Black and rainbow colors are always so striking.

  3. Hello Janine,

    Congratulations on the new grandson!

    Fabulous colourful quilt - and no, my eyesight isn't up to hand quilting on black, either. You did a great job!

    Love, Muv

  4. Lovely quilt. Really like the black background - really shows off the colors nicely. I have hand quilted one small wall hanging with black background - never again. A girl could go blind.

  5. Congratulations on your new grandson - enjoy all the cuddling you can!

  6. This quilt is great, and it's hard to believe that it's over 20 years old. It's very "now" looking. :)