My favorite part of mini quilt swaps is getting my partner assignment, and I never start the project before I get it.
My least favorite part is sending off my creation. Even mini quilts take a fair amount of time, and I don’t want to waste it making something I don’t love. So there is the challenge- merging my partner’s preferences with my own to come up with a quilt that appeals to us both.
In this round, my partner gave me a some color preferences and then mentioned that she especially loves rainbows. Now rainbows don’t do much for me, but after reading this chick’s blog I knew I had to come up with something rainbow because she really likes them. As much as I like batiks. There was just no way to justify sending anything else. Fortunately, she is partial to geometric shapes, and that I can do.
After a bit of pondering I came up with the idea to make a Union Jack flag (my partner is from the UK) in rainbow colors. I could use all batiks from my stash! So here it is- rainbows for her, batiks for me and geometric shapes for us both.
The back is a pretty blue pheasant batik. To keep a sleek modern look, I did not use binding. I cut the backing 1/4″ smaller that the front so that it wouldn’t show from the front of the quilt when I turned the whole thing right side out. I quilted the colors to the batting and quilted the white stripes after adding the backing. The final measurements are 13″ x 22″.
The best part of making this quilt was rummaging through my batiks to select colors. I also love working with complementary colors, so for each narrow diagonal stripe, I chose a color that is complementary (or close) to the color of one of the two adjacent triangles.
This Rainbow Union Jack is heading eastward and I will be holding my breath to see the recipient’s reaction.