Drops of Rainbow Quilt and Free Pattern

I love the start of gardening season! I spent some time last weekend at my community garden plot and I finally got some peas and radishes planted. The weather was beautiful and I felt the need for some dirt bathing.

What is dirt bathing you ask? Well, it’s when you take your shoes off, dig your toes in the dirt, plunge your hands into soil at least 4 inches deep, and/or sit on the ground to reconnect with the planet. It’s soul cleansing whenever you’re under stress or when the winter has been extra long or whenever you just need a pick-me-up. If the sun is shining when you’re dirt bathing, it brings double the benefits.

I took along my Drops of Rainbow quilt to create a festive dirt-bathing oasis. I had the garden all to myself. It was heavenly.


Have you tried watermelon radishes? I’m obsessed.

Now it’s time for the big reveal for Drops of Rainbow…how about a few pitter pats of rain for sound effects instead of a drum roll…….


I fully intend to use this quilt all the time, both inside and out. The field of white doesn’t scare me a bit. 

My habit of making pre-cuts from fabric scraps served me well on this project. Each patch is a 2.5″ square from my stash. I have to say that the amount of purple in the pattern demolished my purple scraps, but hey, that’s a good thing, right? Now I get to buy more purple! Hurray!

Drops of Rainbow is a large quilt. It finishes at 67″x106″. It would make a great leaders/enders project. The free pattern is here Drops of Rainbow.


23 thoughts on “Drops of Rainbow Quilt and Free Pattern

  1. cozyquiltslb says:

    Sandy, I love to dirt bathe as well….there is something very therapeutic about it. Thanks for the free pattern, I’ve downloaded it for a future pattern. Linda coy-quilts.ca

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Sandy,
    WOW – this quilt is fabulous. I have never heard of dirt bathing, and I seriously doubt you would ever get me to do so – worms, dirt under my nails, cold ground, sitting on the ground are just a few of my hangups. BUT, I can certainly see the beneficial stress relief from this. Just letting everything go, no worries, etc is so great. Back to your quilt – I adore this. My pile of 2.5″ squares that I have been cutting has mysteriously disappeared. SOMEONE put them someplace safe, and NO ONE knows where that might be. Hmm. So, I am starting over on my nice stack of ‘freebie’ squares. Maybe the first big, huge pile will show up! Happy Mother’s Day. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • sandradny says:

      Roseanne– OMG — I thought I was the only one who lost big piles of things! LOL! I know they’ll turn up someday. The last time I lost important quilting things, I found them weeks later on an ironing board I never use???

  3. Kathleen says:

    You guys are both great scrappy quilters! This quilt is a beautiful welcome to spring. I’m thinking sky blue instead of white …

    • sandradny says:

      Jean — I think this quilt is the perfect garden accessory. I love gardening too! Every year I realize how much there is to learn about it 🙂

  4. dezertsuz says:

    Love this quilt and pattern. Thanks for making it available free. I am going to make it as a leader ender over the next year or two. I don’t garden, but I do have a bed!

    • sandradny says:

      I can’t wait to see your version — and two years is plenty of time to get your garden started 🙂

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