It’s the first day of Spring! I know some of you are still dealing with snow storms and others haven’t seen snow at all this year, but I’m at the office in Winterset, IA, looking forward to my favorite part of Spring and Summer – thunderstorms.
It’s really what comes after the storms that is the inspiration for this week’s “quilt block.” Ok, it’s actually not even a quilt block, it’s a type of quilt. It’s the Rainbow quilt. You know, those quilts that have “every color of the rainbow,” literally.
Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet.
Remarkably charming and always stunning, there’s a unique challenge of Rainbow quilts in getting just the right gradation from warm to cool colors. My teacher in elemetary school helped me memorize a mneumonic, and to this day I won’t forget it: he asked me if I knew a guy named ROY G. BIV.
Roy G. Biv made it easy for me to remember what colors make up the rainbow. You can make a Rainbow quilt in any variety you feel. Because rainbow-colored items normally stand out in your home as it is, you can really play with the style of your patchwork as well.
You can go for a modern variety. Modern rainbow quilts would be beloved by a young girl or a young boy. The contemporary style of rainbow against a clean, white background is popular with a younger crowd.
Or you could make Rainbow colors the star of the show (as if they already weren’t) like in this gorgeous quilt below called Bee’s Rainbow. This one is my personal favorite. I like the simplicity of the quilt, and it still makes such a bold statement.
Thomas Knauer actually made this quilt for his daughter based on her favorite color, “purple, but really all of the colors.”
When you are working with a color-packed quilt like a Rainbow quilt, it can be overwhelming. Because of this, you’ve got to be intentional about your color placement, and sometimes that means adding a neutral color to break up the rainbow.
This quilt, After the Storm, is a good example of breaking up your rainbow. Designer Susan Emerson put a dark and light gray between the rows of Rainbow.
Maybe some of these quilts looked a little too challenging and you’re looking for something just as colorful, but a little bit easier. So I bring you to Tekno Rainbow, also designed by Susan Emerson. We’re noticing a pattern here.
Tekno Rainbow comes from Easy Quilts Spring 2013 issue and has hues of rainbow woven into a striking composition. Look closely and you’ll see there are only two easy quilt blocks to piece.
I hope you find a little bit of gold at the end of this Rainbow quilt. Leave a comment about your thoughts on Rainbow quilts.