rainbow valley quilt
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Rainbow Quilt Pattern from Sulky

Rainbow Valley Quilt

finished rainbow quilt

Create a quick-and-easy strip-pieced Rainbow Quilt and accent it with beautiful 50 wt. Cotton Thread in assorted rainbow shades. This quilt utilizes half of a rainbow-shade jelly roll, with additional strips of black fabric. Change it up by using any jelly roll collection, with a neutral solid to break up the other colors.

SUPPLIES

Finished quilt measures approximately 42” x 54”.

Quilting Thread - Rainbows - Sulky

CUTTING FABRICS FOR QUILT

The good news is that no cutting is needed when working with jelly rolls! However, if using solid fabric yardage, you’ll need to cut the same amount of strips from the solid as the prints in the jelly roll.

This Rainbow Valley quilt features 12 rainbow shades and 12 neutral shades (shown in black) to create a 42″ x 54″ quilt. Easily make a larger quilt by adding a few more strips.

jelly rolls for rainbow quilt

To change it up, choose a fun rainbow-themed print fabric to alternate with the rainbow solids.

rainbow fabrics for quilt

PIECING

Decide on the color arrangement for your chosen fabrics. Go with a rainbow pattern, separated by black, as shown, or choose your own adventure.

Thread the needle and bobbin with a neutral color of Sulky 50 wt. Cotton Thread. This lightweight, strong thread is perfect for piecing, as it creates a virtually invisible seam from the right side.

Stitch the strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. If your machine has a laser light, utilize it to ensure a perfect seam allowance width every time.

piecing strips for quilt

Press the seams toward the darkest fabric.

press the rainbow quilt top

QUILT SANDWICH

When piecing is complete, place the backing fabric wrong side up on a flat work surface. Spray it evenly with KK 2000.

Center the batting rectangle over the backing, smoothing with your hands.

Spray the quilt top wrong side with more KK 2000. Center it right side up over the batting, and then smooth with your hands without stretching the fabric.

Add a few Clover Wonder Pins to further secure the quilt layers.

QUILTING

Quilt the Rainbow Quilt as desired. Swap thread colors for different rainbow fabric shades to really accent the color gradations.

threads for quilting

The Rainbows & Unicorns 50 wt. Cotton Thread Palette for Quilting gives you a bunch of colors to choose from at a great bundle price.

The featured Rainbow Valley quilt was long-arm quilted with a computerized design. At each quilting row, a different thread color was used in a rainbow pattern. The back of the quilt looks just as pretty (dare I say even prettier!) than the front.

rainbow quilt back

Once quilting is complete, trim the edges so they’re even.

trimmed quilt

BINDING

Bind the quilt using your preferred method. For a nice, clean back, hand sew the binding fold to the quilt back only, using a slipstitch. Clover Wonder Clips are your best friend during the binding process!

binding the quilt

Display your Rainbow Quilt or gift it to a friend for Pride Month!

quilt detail

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!

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