New Orleans House Project

Friday, April 22, 2022

Two Rainbow Scrap Finishes

The month of April has just about blown by, but I figure I can still get in a few blog posts before May pops up!
It's been a busy month.  Dear Hubby and I drove to Kansas City for his 50th high school reunion.  The reunion events were actually fun, and in between we managed to do some hiking and attended a KC Royals baseball game.  Shortly after returning to New Orleans, we walked in our first 10K race.  Dear Son David also came home to run in the same race (Crescent City Classic), so we got to spend time with him and our granddog, Jozy.  In the midst of all that, I entered two quilts in the Gulf States Quilting Association Biennial Quilt Show, won a third place ribbon, and celebrated another trip around the sun!

Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend the quilt show.  Long story short, the show conflicted with Dear Hubby's reunion, and he neglected to tell me about the rescheduled dates until after I had registered my quilts in the show.  Fortunately, local quilting friends took care of my quilts and made sure I got pictures of them hanging in the show.  The ribbon was awarded to Windblown Wishes, which I consider a team win, since Diane Knott wrote the quilt pattern and did the quilting!
And speaking of Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts - the inspiration for Windblown Wishes - I finished two more RSC quilts this month.  They are both destined to be gifted, but I did a quick photo shoot yesterday to document them. 

 I didn't give this quilt a formal name, but it started with Bonnie Hunter's Easy Breezy blocks.  I started piecing the blocks in July, 2020.

 The Easy Breezy blocks are only six inch blocks, so after working through all the rainbow colors I went back and made rainbow framed squares to bump up the number of blocks available for a quilt.  The finished quilt size is 66" x 78".
Circular design quilting by Diane Knott of Butterfly Threads Quilting.

The backing fabric has been marinating in the stash since 2017 or 2018.  It's a Fabric Finders print commemorating the 300th anniversary of New Orleans.   Yay for using up the stash!


I started making these pinwheel blocks in 2017 for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  The setting idea came from a vintage quilt I saw in a decorating magazine.  Again, I didn't give this quilt a formal name, but I've seen quilts with this design called "Flutter Wheel".  This one finished at 64" x 75".

 Same quilting design as the Easy Breezy quilt; also quilted by Diane Knott.

More Fabric Finders 300th anniversary fabric for the backing.  This print is just slightly different as the colorway is red and it has soft pink magnolia blossoms in the mix. 
Both quilts have been given their respective labels and had storage pillowcases made.  They'll be traveling to new homes next month, where I hope they will be used and enjoyed!


  1. Beautiful RSC finishes and congrats on the ribbon on your beautiful quilt in the quilt show! Happy belated birthday - boy you have had a busy but productive month.

  2. Great rainbow quilt finishes! I love to see regional quilt backings. This month has certainly flown by hasn't it. We're still waiting for the first daffodil blossoms here but it was nice to enjoy a 60 degree day today.

  3. I really enjoyed looking at your rainbow quilts. this is the first year for me doing the RSC. You inspire me. Thank you.

  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful reunion trip and then a 10k, wow! I enjoy seeing your Rainbow challenge things and all of these finishes are so bright and cheerful!

  5. First of all, congrats on your ribbon for Windblown Wishes! And your rainbow finishes are just stunning! Beautiful fabrics, impeccable piecing and wonderful quilting (we just love our Diane, don’t we?) How fun to attend DH’s 50th reunion. My 50th is in October in California, but after vacillating for weeks, I just realized today that I can’t attend. 😟

  6. Congratulations on two rainbow finishes and a quilt show ribbon. All the fun seems to happen at the same time. Glad you were able to enjoy some time with your family though.

  7. First of all, Happy Birthday. Great new photo! Your RSC quilt continue to make me smile. The colors, the fabrics and the designs you choose make each one so unique and cheerful. Congratulations on your ribbon and for participating in the 10K. I don't think you've let April slip by.

  8. Beautiful quilt that won a 3rd place! Your colors are so easy on the eyes. I love the other two quilts also. It always feel so good to get UFOs completed!!! Hugs

  9. wow what a lot of fun! 3 fabulous quilts finished a Ribbon and a Birthday? Congrats and Best Wishes on all. Your quilts are so pretty and sparkly and the quilting is great. Love those commemorative backing fabrics - makes them even more special

  10. Happy belated birthday! And congratulations on your ribbon. All of your quilts are just stunning and I really like the backings on the two you are gifting.