Remember the Loulouthi Tiles quilt that I made for Rachel’s 18th birthday? You’ll recall that my idea for the quilt and my friend’s idea were… not quite the same. But she promised me that I could make the happy rainbow quilt I had envisioned for her second daughter, who was a wee lass of 14 back then, and was as happy as sunshine! And good god, I guess I’m getting old because Louise just turned 18!
I used the same pattern as the Whine and Cheese quilt but made it scrappy with as little repetition as possible. I had most of what I needed in my stash, but this is where my colour preferences reared their ugly head: I have practically no orange, blue, or purple scraps. So I begged for some scraps from friends, bought a bit of fabric while I was at the European Quilt Meeting, and eventually managed to cobble together just enough fabric for the top. Once I had all my pieces, putting the quilt top together didn’t take all that much time. Luckily, the one piecing mistake I made was at the outer corner so fixing it was not a problem.
For the back I decided to go with a more reasonably scaled big-square pattern, similar to the one I used for my brother’s quilt, but, to no one’s surprise, in a rainbow range. The one block that stands out is the dedication my friend embroidered. It was just a bit too small so I added two borders to it to get it to fit the scale. I love how the dedication block breaks up the rainbow range.
I quilted this one the same way I had Whine and Cheese, with a straight grid in the sashing.
The binding is made of the trimmings from the quilt back.
We went to England in December so we delivered it then, well ahead of the birthday. Sadly but unsurprisingly, it chucked it down the entire time we were there so my plans to take it on a photo shoot in beautiful Avenham Park in Preston were very much foiled. Instead, here are some shots taken in a rather dark Premier Inn hotel room :(.
And here are some pictures of the quilt in the sunny wilds of England, courtesy of my friend.