An exciting way to explore variety in quilts is through color. Quilts using color to create visual appeal is not a new concept, but unique and enticing color arrangements can be what makes a quilt an original. Think of your favorite quilts and how they use color. Some may focus on a single tone — purple quilts, orange quilts, or perhaps a grey quilt — while others may incorporate all the colors of the rainbow, like the quilts we’re discussing today.
Remarkably charming and always stunning, there’s a unique challenge to rainbow quilts in using the perfect balance of warm and cool colors in symbiotic gradations. Rainbow-colored items usually stand out when introduced into a home’s décor, which is great news for quilters! To create a quilt with massive interest, you can play with the style of your patchwork, in addition to the tones and values used in your quilts.
Quilts, like Spice Market, can be created to reflect the sights and colors of a particular place and time. This quilt, by Carl Hentsch and using fabric from Tula Pink, was inspired by an Indian spice market. Can you picture it? It’s such a treat when a quilt tells a story. This quilt features squares set on-point and appliquéd circles creating dimension and a visual party for the eyes.
It can be overwhelming when working with a quilt that uses so many different colors. This seemingly challenging task is made easier with intentional color placement. In other words, using a design wall (or your kitchen floor!) to plan out color arrangement, is a great way to create a smooth transition in your quilts. That might mean adding a neutral color into your arrangement to break up the rainbow. Think white, beige, brown, navy, gray or black sashing. Thomas Knauer made Bee’s Rainbow for his daughter based on her favorite color, “purple, but really all of the colors.” Purple quilts are always a hit, but “all of the colors” really make it pop!
If it’s a modern flair you’re looking for, you can easily create this look with simple strip piecing. A quilt like Rainbow Stripes would make a perfect addition to a little girl or boy’s room – the contemporary style of the rainbow-colored fabrics against a clean, white background is popular with a younger crowd.
Perhaps you’re looking for something on the easy side — a little less challenging, but just as colorful. Tekno Rainbow has the hues of a rainbow woven into a striking composition made up of just two easy quilt blocks. Above, we spoke of breaking up the bold colors by interspersing neutrals, which Susan Emerson did here. You can also see this technique used with the After the Storm quilt below.
After the Storm takes a cue from black and white quilts and adds bold pops of color. You can see the rainbow of colors shining through the gray blocks in this stunning quilt. Designer Susan Emerson makes this complex quilt simple by cleverly arranging squares and rectangles. We thought we’d offer this quilt as a free quilt pattern – it’s too good not to share! Looking for more free quilt patterns featuring bold colors? Color Bars is one of four amazing quilt patterns offered in our free strip quilts patterns eBook. Just one easy download. Yippee!
You may just find a pot of gold at the end of one of these rainbow quilts. What do you think of these colorful quilts? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!