Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Over the Rainbow Quilt and Pillow Tutorial!!

 I am so thrilled to be sharing my newest finishes today and to also be sharing a new AccuQuilt Tutorial for them as well.    It's called Over the Rainbow, and it has Gnomes!!!  How cute is that ;)   I created a fun geometric cascading rainbow using the Half Hexi unit and then added that pop of cuteness with a Gnome applique. . . .and there is even a pillow to go with the quilt.  So fun!!!   And here they are ;)

The quilt is made with 2 Layer Cakes and a 4 1/2" Half Hexagon die as well as the New Gnome Die for the added applique.   I used 2 treasured Kate Spain Layer Cakes, Early Bird and Daydreamer, and I just love the beautiful rainbow of color they created!!!   I knew they were just perfect for this rainbow, and I am so glad I have been holding on to them for just the right project ;)  

When it came time to quilt I decided on an all over wavy horizontal line.  I really think it added to the whole rainbow idea, and I just love all of the amazing texture it created.   And I quilted my Gnomes in place while quilting the quilt as well, I can't wait to wash this and to see how fun and scruffy they get :)  

The Over the Rainbow quilts is made up of 160 Half Hexi units.  It really pieces together super fast, once you have the layout you like.  Honestly, I spent more time working on the layout of my rainbow, then I did sewing it together ;)    It measures 60" x 62" when it is finished so it is a great size to be used as a lap quilt and snuggle up with.  

And you know, I couldn't waste the scraps from cutting my Half Hexies, they cut out so quick with the  GO! AccuQuilt Cutting System and you have just enough scrap to use the smaller 1 12" Half Hexagon Die  to make this matching pillow  So awesome!!!   Isn't that just the cutest, I can't get over those tiny 1 1/2" half hexies.  So adorable.   

I quilted the pillow on my home machine (Bernina Aurora) with a wavy scallop quilted on a diagonal.  Again, I was trying to add to the whole rainbow concept.  And of course, I had to add the Gnomes on the pillow as well ;)    I did them in Solids so they would stand out on the rainbow background, and I think they are just so adorable!!

Oh, and the pillow uses the exact same layout as the quilt, so it's rainbow came together much quicker ;)   But of course, you can always switch it up from the layout of the quilt and the pillow.  Your rainbow can be Vertical, Spiral, Random . . . anything you like ;)     I trimmed my pillow to 16" x 16" so it fit a pillow form just nicely.

And that is my Over the Rainbow Quilt Pillow and Tutorial!!!  And I hope you love it as much as I do ;)   If you want to make your own Over the Rainbow Set just pop on over for the free step by step tutorial!!!     And when you are done, I would love to see it!!!  You can email me a picture at or post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc and #AccuQuilt ;)  I can't wait to see your Over the Rainbow Quilts and Pillows!!!

Thanks for joining me today and sharing this new tutorial with me ;)  I am so glad to have made this quilt.  I have had the idea kicking around in my head for a long time, and I am just thrilled that it came out just as I imagined ;)    This just makes me so happy for Spring and I hope it does you as well!!!! 

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!  
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  1. That is adorable!!! I would think your girls would be fighting over who gets this set!

  2. Melissa, this is the cutest quilt and pillow ever!!


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