Following the Orlando masacre, I wanted to make a rainbow heart quilt, but couldn’t find a pattern for the one I wanted to do, just pictures of something similar. Due to the simplicity of strips, I decided to make my own pattern based on a grid.
I started by ordering a jelly roll of rainbow fabric. You could use 2-1/2″ strips from your stash as well. You will need 38 different colored fabrics. (jelly roll comes with 41)
I drew up a grid based on each square being 2″ finished. I added 1/2″ to the strips for seam allowance. In the grid you will see numbers in the grid. Those numbers are the size that each strip needs to be cut in inches.
I laid out my fabric by color, keeping like colors together.
Using 1/4 seam allowance, I sewed each strip together. (For example, Blue, Pink, Blue) After ironing seams, I sewed the completed strips to one another with 1/4″ seam allowances, making sure to line them up carefully.
This resulted in a top that was ~38″ x 50″. I wanted a finished size of ~48″ x 60″, so I added black borders. The borders are each 5.5″ wide, 5″ finished.
I finished the quilt by backing in the same black fabric and quilting with rainbow thread in a “Love” pattern throughout. I bound it with leftover strips.