Another Rainbow Quilt

December 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Patchwork, Quilting | 7 Comments

I’m just now getting around to write about the quilting project that slowed down my embroidery for a while this summer. My favourite Quiltshop was celebrating its 20th birthday with a competition titled “Feuerwerk der Farben” – hard to translate, but approximately “A fireworks of colours”. The task was to create a quilt 45cm wide and 70 cm high fitting the theme. Anybody who’s been reading here for a while knows that I love making things in all the colours of the rainbow, so of course I had to play.

My early ideas were very ambitious and didn’t quite work out for one reason or another, so my design got simpler and simpler as time was starting to run out. The relatively small size requirement didn’t help, either. That was the point where I started collecting all my not-quite-solids and cut squares out of them. Here’s one of the earlier layouts:

Early design with diagonal squares.

I really liked this one, but couldn’t quite nail down a harmonious layout, and the construction would have been fairly complicated. So in the end, I went for a very simple layout:

Rectangular layout of quilt.

After that decision was made, the actual sewing was fairly easy. I went for a stained window look with black strips separating the tiles. Here it is proudly hanging in the exhibition:

The exhibition has been over for quite a while, but you can see what everybody else came up with on the shop’s website. The colours were much more vivid in real life than in the pictures, though!


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  1. love the stained glass effect!

  2. Lovely! Colour always looks so much brighter against black, so your stained glass window effect was a great idea. I’d love to see this idea developed into a larger quilt 🙂

    • Yeah, I’m not throwing the other design ideas away, they just need more space for a pieced quilt … one of those days.

  3. I love bright cherry colors and this quilt has hit it spot on! I’ve been meaning to sew/gift a rainbow quilt for a friend. Your’s has given me inspiration to get started. 🙂

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