This quilt is made up of 121 4½ inch blocks, one 1½" black border and one 5" border.
Each block is made up of (4) 4½ x 1½ strips for a finished block size of 4". This is a total of 484 strips. Strips are put together within the block from dark to light.
You will need the following quantities of blocks:
1- Black or very dark violet block
2- Dark Purple Blue
4- Lighter purple
5- Light purple with blue tones
6- Medium/Dark Blue
8- Light Blue
9- Medium greeny-blues
10- Dark Green with blue tones
11- Dark Green with yellow tones
10- Medium Green with yellow tones
9- Light yellowy greens (army tones)
8- Light yellows (perhaps with a little green)
7- Strong yellows
3- Reds w/ orange tones
2- Deep reds
Sew your strips together dark to light, four strip to one block. I found it necessary to lay all the blocks out so I could arrange and rearrange until I was happy with how they looked.
Cut your black strips: 2 at 44½, 2 at 46½ and attach.
I used two different batiques for my outer borders to mimic the rainbow and I mitred them to continue the diagonal feel of the quilt.
Since this is the first time I've ever mitred a corner, I'm not going to try to tell you how to do that. This is the video I used to learn the technique. After that all that's left is to quilt and bind the quilt as you see fit.
Best Buys: My Aunt chose the backing fabric, a cute purple wavy stripe with a gold tinge. It was on sale at Fabricland for $5/meter! The rest of the fabric was gifted to me. Yay for shoeboxes full of scraps!
Lessons Learned / To Learn: My edges are wavy and I'm not sure why. I'd love to figure out what went wrong so I can avoid this for the future. I haven't decided if I am going to wash this quilt. I'm planning to hang it.