I have wanted to make a Storm-at-Sea quilt for years now (one of the quilts in my partners inspiration photos), but that pattern wasn't quite working for me as a mini. I stumbled upon some quilts on Instagram that used the 54-40 or Fight block (similar to the Storm at Sea pattern), but had different Shoo Fly blocks for the alternating block. I took the idea of one of those, and tweaked it enough to work into a rainbow mini. But because of the size and placement of the blocks in my design, I ended up piecing the quilt in rows instead of traditional blocks. I wanted complete white "circles," which meant half-sized squares around the edges. The hardest part was laying everything out so that the same fabrics weren't too close to each other in the different positions throughout the quilt. I rearranged things many, many, many times. Still not perfect, but I was running out of batiks!
I decided to use a variegated rainbow thread I've had for ages (actually bought it to quilt the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt I finished up in February), and to quilt it in a crosshatch pattern. I'm not sure if that was the right choice for the quilt, to be honest, but I couldn't come up with anything better. The backing fabric I picked out when I was shopping for all the batiks. I liked how there were circles of color, echoing the white circles on the front of the quilt. It turns out my partner chose the same fabric to back the quilt she made for her partner!
Next was designing a quilt label. I hate writing on labels, because I get all OCD about the way my handwriting looks, and will do it over and over and never quite be happy. My new favorite method is to create a label in Microsoft Publisher (somewhere this Visual Communications Minor is happy), print it onto white Kona fabric (that has been ironed onto freezer paper), sew it into a double-layered square, and then hand-stitch it down to the quilt (because I also hate to do any kind of needle-turn applique). In Publisher I got to play around with the font coloring, and used a rainbow gradient for the title of the quilt, and also added some rainbow heart clipart.
And now the artistic "throw it over the wooden fence in the backyard" shot...