This pattern was pretty sane with the amount of cutting. It started with strips of each color. It was at this point that I finalized the rainbow layout. The purple doesn't photograph very well - but it is a VERY intense purple and so I decided to just have one stripe of it.
For some reason, I got so caught up in sewing this quilt that I failed to take pictures of it at each stage like I'd planned. Here it is part way through being pieced It's the best I have....
All pieced. I was in love.
So then I sat with the top in my "in progress" basket for months. I had the back (flannel I got from a destash), I had the batting (an old very thin duvet from my MIL) but I could not figure out how I wanted to quilt it or bind it. For awhile I thought I wanted to free motion quilt. So I ordered a foot for that and waited. Then I decided that would kill the wonderful lines I'd worked so hard to make line up. I considered buying thread in each color to quilt the color zigzags.... I waited for awhile until there was a sale on nice quilting thread. But then that seemed ridiculous. I finally settled on quilting the white sections in straight lines 1/4" in from the seams. The result was a wonderful slightly puffy top. The color stripes really pop!
The binding was the next issue. How to bind a rainbow quilt! Should I make a stripped binding? Should I alternate colors? Should I try to have colors line up somehow? I thought about pink along the top and purple along the sides... Would that work? Would it look silly? Should I order more of the green and blue (I'd accidentally ordered the wrong amount the first time - so I didn't have leftovers... :( ) I really wanted a wide binding and I didn't have enough fabric to make that happen. So, I went for the best I had. I settled on using the purple flowers in a thin binding.
And the rainbow quilt came to life. It is a truly cozy soft quilt and it is well loved.