I think anyone who reads my blog knows that I have a thing for rainbows. When I heard that Rebecca Bryan had a book coming out called Modern Rainbow, I flipped out just a wee bit (ok, a LOT bit). I have admired Rebecca’s work for a long time and she contributed a lovely quilt to my book (more on that this week).
Modern Rainbow was published by Stash Books and it is clear, concise and full of wonderful eye-candy. I love that Rebecca organized the quilts into Modern/Traditional, Modern, and Improvisational patterns. Within each section is a variety of skill levels and techniques for every kind of quilter.
Here is a selection of my favorite quilts from each section:
Modern Traditional: Irish +
I love how simple the Irish + pattern is, yet there is complexity in the choice of fabrics. This would be a fun quilt to pull fabric for and would be a fantastic exercise in contrast and value.
Huckleberry is one of those quilts that I am in complete awe of and wish I had designed myself. It would look fantastic hanging in a sewing studio, and the way Rebecca pieced the hexagons is genius (you’ll have to get the book to see how she did it!).
Improvisational: Rainbow Remix
I think Rainbow Remix is my very favorite in the book and someday MUST be pillows in my house. The quilt reminds me of Gee’s Bend in Technicolor and I adore the saturation and freedom of each block.
I decided to make a mini version of Ducks in a Row. Here is the version from the book:
and here is the version I made:
The quilt is cut using templates, so I printed all of them at 50% and then redrew the seam allowances as I traced them onto template plastic (you always need to adjust the seam allowances back to 1/4″ when you change the scale of a template).
I decided to organize my fabrics so that the colors would transition from one hue to the next within each column. I think it took me longer to choose and organize my fabrics than to cut and piece the quilt!
The varying sizes of triangles also provide a great opportunity for fussy-cutting those favorite and precious fabrics from your stash.
Rebecca’s instructions were very easy to follow and she provided alternate sizes, so you can make any size from crib to king. I did 11 rows of 5 ducks each at 50% and my finished quilt measures 25″ x 24″.
Now it’s your turn! Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite quilty color scheme is (and no, it doesn’t have to be rainbow…you can make these patterns from any colors you desire!). I’m going to giveaway one copy of Modern Rainbow to a lucky reader!
If you live in the US you will be mailed a hardcopy and if you live elsewhere, you will receive an electronic copy.
I’ll choose the winner randomly on Friday, April 10th. Good luck!
Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop for inspiration, interviews and sneak peaks of the book!
Have a great week!