Now that my best friend has received it, I can finally post pictures of my completed Bottled Rainbows quilt! When I started this quilt it was for me and for fun (many thanks to Rachel for the QAL!). I already had another quilt in mind to make my friend as her wedding gift, but as time went on, I didn't feel my original idea was special enough. Then it hit me! Duh! I should make the Bottled Rainbows for her! This is such a special quilt with so many special fabrics (not that she understands, but, whatever, I know they're special). One block has special meaning for her (the pink one). When my friend was getting back into the dating world after her divorce, she would journal about her dates and compare them to shoes. I just KNEW I had to include some of the Heather Ross Munki Munki shoes in this quilt!
I opted to used a modified zig zag to quilt this one--mostly because I stink at straight line! Since the blocks were quilt as you go, it didn't take long to do some minimal quilting over the seam lines.
I also machine stitched the binding down with invisible thread in the bobbin and light grey for the top--I sewed it to the back first then brought it around to the front. I just started using this method for binding and I love how quick it is and how neat the binding still looks. It's not as perfect as handsewing, but when I have a million projects on my plate, something has to give.
For the backing I chose an Alexander Henry butterfly print since the theme of her wedding was butterflies. Really, that one was a no brainer! The only downside I found was that because my backing had a light background, you can see the pressed open seams of the colored blocks. I chalk this up to just one of the down sides to quilt-as-you-go. It's still pretty from the front and I doubt anyone other than another quilter would be bothered by that. :)