Rainy Day Spiral Quilt Finished OMG

There was no plan back when we picked up a cute jelly roll comprised of the Rainy Day fabric line by Me and My Sister.  That was in May of 2017, and it has been awaiting its day in the sun.  Also included in that order was two yards of Puddles from the same line that was going to be the backing.  The 16-Patch Framed 4-Patch Tutorial pattern was used for the second time.  We made this quilt once before, using a Cosmic Fusion jelly roll, and you can read about all the details if you are interested.  The first time, we followed the pattern exactly as Mary shared it.  You can see in this picture how it was quilted using a spiral design.


A Rainy Day Beginning

Back in April, we sorted all of the Rainy Day strips choosing which would represent the middle squares.  Also needed were 16 strips that had something in common for the frames around those center four-patch blocks.  Sue cut, I sewed and in no time at all, we had a quilt top.  Should we add borders?

Spiral centers

We had two yards of one of the fabrics to use as a border if we wanted??!  We did choose to do so, and we also added a multi-colored border in between from the leftover strip scraps.  I like using up all of the scraps, don’t you?  A very sophisticated method of choosing the strips randomly was utilized.  Meet my randomizing Ziplock bag!

A Rainy Quilting Pause

My mind’s eye could see how this quilt should be quilted!  No dilemmas for this quilt top and I even shared my spiral quilting idea a while ago.  An oval spiral stencil worked well, and the Pounce pad marking was done.  Pause!  We put this whole project on a far back burner because we needed to complete George the Giraffe.  So this quilt top that was all layered and all marked and this close || to going under the quilting needle was set aside. And forgotten about.  Except when I walked into the sewing room.  There it was, folded on the side chair, smirking at me.

Time to Press a Rainy Resume 

Fortunately, George was easy to quilt in crosshatch pattern.  Some additional accents were added after the initial quilting was complete, and we called it a day.  Was Rainy Day to become a focus?  Nope!  Not until mid-April was Rainy Day was unfolded – how did the Pounce markings hold up??  They did not hold up.  Sue and I couldn’t even see the original markings.  Who knew and lesson learned.  I took a boatload of pictures to show how this ended up being quilted but you only need to look at the spiral picture above for the answer.  I took the easy way out with one big huge spiral.  Here’s the pretty backing we used – a whole bunch of rainbow-colored spirals.

Rainy backing name

This is the first time I used up one of the Aurifil thread cones!  Never fear though – I have plenty to replace this nearly empty one.

Aurifil spool end

Rainy Day OMG Finish

We chose this project as our May OMG project and linked up on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts.  We are happy that this quilt top has moved to the completion column.  It is also a Quarter 2 finish and there is still a month to go!  Woot-woot.  I’m going to share a whole post about the spiral quilting process used.  I wouldn’t want to waste all those photos!    

With rain, high winds and lack of sunlight it is a miracle you can see any of these photos at all.  I hope to get more over the holiday weekend as I think this puppy is being listed in our Etsy shop.  We need some pretty and posed photos for that!


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19 Responses

  1. Denise says:

    Beautiful, I love the fabric. Your website looks different, though I’m not exactly sure what change you made

  2. Patty says:

    So pretty! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  3. dezertsuz says:

    That’s a great line of fabrics, and the backing is spectacularly perfect! It’s a wonderful finish, and it will go fast, I think.

  4. I am so jealous of that lovely spiral quilting that I had to douse myself with water to prevent setting myself on fire spontaneously :-p The beautiful backing with rainbow spirals acts as a soothing balm. So overall you did just fine 🙂

  5. quiltinggail says:

    You two work SEW well together!!! Love the finish! I can’t wait for the post on spiral quilting! You’re likely going to encourage me to try it!
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  6. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Wow Wow WOW! I love everything about this quilt. The fabrics, the pattern, scrappy border, quilting – they were made for each other! Just lovely!

  7. Kathryn says:

    Congrats love your spiral pattern and the fact you finished and mastered the chalk!

  8. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    This is a great quilt. Wonderful spiral quilting!! Do you have good success selling your quilts through Etsy?

  9. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, This is a fantastic quilt! I am glad that you shared it and all of the links with us, it would be a fun quilt to make with all of the scraps I have! LOL. I hope that you and Sue have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!

  10. Yay for getting your OMG finished with plenty of time to spare! It’s just beautiful, and I’m sure brought you much-needed brightness amongst all that bad weather, much of which seems to head southeast to me… That spiral quilting is wonderful but way more time-consuming than one would think right? Beautiful finish. 🙂

  11. Frédérique says:

    Pretty quilt, I love it!

  12. Rochelle Summers says:

    Looks great!!! I love spiral quilting….as done by someone other than me, LOL. Sometimes, that pounce doesn’t even stay on long enough to get to the sewing machine. Read somewhere you can spray with unscented hair spray to get it to stay in place. Congratulations on the finish….you are really moving alone on those UFOs!

  13. I never tire of simple patchwork, and those framed four-patches really mix things up. I look forward to a post on the spiral quilting. It looks fabulous — share the secret to your success with us!

  14. Great finish! The backing fabric is perfect, and I too love that inner border. Wish the rainy days were only themes in quilt fabric . . .

  15. Shanon Fleming says:

    I love love love that inner border! And the scraps got used too. Great job!

  16. As you know, I’ve been keenly watching the progress of this one…and it keeps on unfolding treasure after treasure. Honestly, I think the spiral quilting sent it over the moon.

  17. Another lovely finish, you two sewing queens!

  18. It looks great. What a fun way to approach the border and such a great quilting design on that fun back! Keepsake sells those at a reasonable price and I often feel I should have a stash for my benefit quilts. I love that randomizing tool – you are a hoot! Happy Friday

  19. Vicki in MN says:

    Congrats on your wonderful finish. I love the scrappy inner border you did, and yes it is good to use up all those scraps so they don’t have a chance to mulitply like rabbits, LOL

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