Colour Happy Quilt Finish

Winter has now descended upon us here in Tasmania, Australia. The days are becoming much shorter and we’ve had our first frost on the ground and snow on the mountains.

My family and I made the move in 2013 from the warm-all-year-round weather in central Queensland, north eastern Australia, to the temperate climate of Tasmania. It was partly a yearning by my husband and myself to try something new and also in part, an escape from the oppressive humidity and heat of the north.

This will be our fourth winter here and I am preparing myself mentally for the cold and often grey days ahead. The cold and snow is still a novelty for us “northeners” but I will admit to craving the brightness and warmth of the sun during winter – something I took for granted while living in Queensland.

However, my latest quilt finish will be sure to lift our spirits (and keep us warm) during the long winter months ahead!Colour Happy Quilt 4

My Colour Happy Quilt was started and finished in February this year.

After doing some scrap sorting, I used the pattern “Pride Flag” from the great quilting book Modern Quilt Perspectives by Thomas Knauer to make a dent in my pile.Colour Happy Quilt 3I ran into a few problems during my first quilting attempt when I used poly wool batting and a shot cotton backing fabric. My little Janome machine with it’s tiny throat space struggled to cope with the bulk and my first quilting attempts were puckered and eventually unpicked.

After a few months of sitting abandoned in the quilting “naughty corner”, I decided to re baste this quilt using a thinner cotton batting. Although the end result is not perfect by my self-imposed high standards, I have learned a lot through this experience.

As we say in the quilting world…

“Finished is better than perfect!”

Colour Happy Quilt 2I quilted my Colour Happy Quilt with straight lines about ½ inch apart, but only in the middle “third” of each colour section.

Colour Happy Quilt 10I used Gutermann thread in the corresponding section colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Colour Happy Quilt 11I was unsure about what fabric to use for the binding but eventually settled on a fun grey polka dot.

Colour Happy Quilt 5Colour Happy Quilt 9This quilt is a finish for OMG (One Monthly Goal) May and my first finish for Quarter 2 (Link up #40) of the 2016 Finish Along.

Colour Happy Quilt 6

Colour Happy Quilt 7

Linking up to OMG @ Red Letter Quilts, Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, TGIFF @ Devoted Quilter and Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt.


23 thoughts on “Colour Happy Quilt Finish

  1. Congrats on your finish! It’s such a bright and happy quilt that it has to make those dark winter days feel brighter! The quilting design is perfect – I can almost feel the texture! Have you seen Christa Quilts post today? It’s perfect for this – ‘finished is better than perfect’. 🙂


  2. What a perfect name for this Quilt – “Happy”, which it certainly is, and an innovative quilting design as well, have mentally stored every aspect of it to tell my Craft Group on Wednesday morning. Clever Girl !! Hugs from Heather XX


  3. Hi Deb: When I heard the words hot and humid, I thought yikes that’s what we are heading into here..well actually we are in it already . we seem to be experiencing August weather in May. I know what those grey winters are like though so I’m glad you have a bright quilt to help you through. I have those self imposed high standards as well but I just remind myself that I can’t get better unless I keep going. Your quilt looks great. Love that grey binding.


  4. What a wonderful rainbow scrap quilt! What batting did use in the this time? Love yor binding choice also. Your quilt would definitely make me happy on cold winter’s day!


  5. This is so gorgeous! I love the rainbow! I have a couple quilts with wool batting, i did not quilt them! The batting is so lofty I knew I would mess up the quilting if I tried! The quilting is perfect on this as well. Love straight line quilting any day!


  6. Great finish, Deb! What an awesome feeling to conquer something from the “naughty corner.” 😀 I have a fondness for scrappy rainbow quilts and yours is indeed a happy one!


  7. Seeing your ‘happy’ and colourful quilt immediately evoked memories of of your beloved 100yr old grandma Deb-she so loved happy and bright colours. Love the straight line quilting and and your grey binding is always Mum XOXO


  8. Beautiful quilt. I admire your patience to undo quilt stitches and rebasting. Your efforts were well rewarded ☺


  9. I love the texture of cotton batting. Cheerful indeed, & cozy too while you look at all those wonderful fabrics!


  10. Quilting is always a learning experience. I’ve not seen poly wool batting. I must pay more attention to what’s available in quit shops. Your quilt looks great. I love how bright it is which should help a lot with your gray days. Here in Virginia we’ve hit the beginning of summer. Lots of rain this year but it’s been in the 70’s and 80’s (F) for the last week or two.


  11. This is so pretty! It will certainly be cheerful in the gray winter! You may have struggled with the quilting, but it turned out great.


  12. I agree that this quilt will help to brighten the winter days and keep you warm! I love the look of the quilting on the back and the grey polka dot binding is a perfect choice. What a great finish! Thanks for linking to TGIFF this week.


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