Finish: Candy Rainbow Charity Quilt 18

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Guess who’s got two thumbs and has her sewing machine back from the shop? This girl!


I got my machine back and immediately tried it out by putting the binding on my Candy Rainbow quilt. It’s my first time doing full machine binding, and I’m pretty much a convert for quilts that need to withstand a beating. I love hand binding, but this feels way more secure.

This quilt was created for Jacob’s Heart charity, which is a local group that supports children with cancer and their families. When my guildmate first told me about the charity, she mentioned that having color in the room was really important not only for the child but the way the care takers respond to it. Given that, I knew I wanted to make a rainbow quilt.

I’ve had the “strip and flip” by Cluck Cluck Sew quilt tagged for ages, just waiting for an excuse to make one, so I was super excited to finally have a reason to make it! I decided that because I had a pretty strict deadline, I would use a jelly roll to save time with the cutting. I ordered a roll of Happy Tones by Michael Miller because it was the bright rainbow colors I was hoping for, and as an extra bonus, it was 30 strips which is exactly what I needed for my 60″ length target (which was set based on the amount of batting I had). Plus it’s called Happy Tones. Seriously, it could not have been more perfect for what I was doing.


I wanted to make it 50″ wide, and the jelly roll strips were only 42″, so I added thicker sashing around the flipped part, and added borders to each side to fill it out. It’s a great size for snuggling under! The entire top took about 2.5 hours to make, so this is a great quilt idea when you are pressed for time, and the results are really dramatic!


I wanted to keep the back fairly simple, so I used some gifted fabric and some scrap I had that was waiting for a use. The back is flannel, a fun dot print and a swirly pink stripe to mimic the stripe on the front. It makes the back super soft!


I hurt my wrists and my machine broke after finishing the top of this quilt. Because of the time pressure, Karen @ CapitolaQuilter very kindly did the FMQ on this, and it’s gorgeous!


Finally I bound it with some really fun rainbow stripe fabric, and put white on the corners like the clouds on each end of the rainbow. The colors are so bright and sweet, and are really reminiscent of candy, hence the name, Candy Rainbow! I’m really happy with how it came out, and I hope it brightens some child’s day.


Size: 50″ x 60″
Fabrics: Happy Tones Jelly Roll, Kona White (front) Unknown flannels on the back
Design: Strip and Flip by Cluck Cluck Sew, with some modifications
Amount of candy colored confetti lint created by pinked edges of jelly roll: Infinite. I’m still finding it.


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18 thoughts on “Finish: Candy Rainbow Charity Quilt

    • anne Post author

      I wish I knew what the backing fabric is, but I don’t. 🙁 It would make amazing PJ pants though!! Next time I see Karen, I’ll ask her if she knows where she got it from. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much! It was so fast to put together, and now I kind of want one. 🙂 Maybe not in such sugary colors, though. lol

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! I probably won’t get to find out who got it, but I am just going to assume that they will love it. 😀

  • Erin

    ThIs is definitely a happy quilt. I can imagine that it will be VERY well received.
    Did you have a specific binding method? I’m yet to see a machine binding that isn’t a bit messy. That said, I have to finish some quilts to get to binding! Lol.
    Great finish!
    E xx

    • anne Post author

      I used the method where you bind on front as usual, then top stitch from the back. It leaves a stitch line to the side of the binding (or a bit into it if you get loosey goosey like I did in a few places) but overall it worked well. I like the look of hand binding better, but this is more sturdy and took WAY less time.

    • anne Post author

      This quilt is definitely bright! lol It’s almost a sugar rush the colors are so sweet. 🙂 With that said, I admit I kind of wanted to keep it just a little. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! It’s my first time using a jelly roll. 🙂 But now I keep looking at them online and thinking about how it would look in this pattern. lol

  • Michelle

    This is so beautiful! I wish I could find a jelly roll from this collection! Thanks for supporting Jacob’s Heart. I was acquainted with the organization several years ago and love what they do!

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much, Michelle! I believe that fabric line sold out long ago. 🙁 There’s probably other rainbow jelly rolls available, though! I think I just surfed through what had until I found one I liked. 🙂