Rainbows Two and Three


One day I decided to make a rainbow quilt.  I cut 3" x width of fabric strips from 16 different fabric and sewed them together to make one big hunk of rainbow.  My original plan was to that.  Just quilt and bind and there you have a rainbow quilt.  But somehow once it was put together, it was just to much.  So I decided to cut it into strips and make something less brilliant.  Somewhere along the way, I decided to make a 'set' of baby quilts.


Here's the first one.  You can read about it here.  I really think this one is my (almost) favorite.  I just love white with the bright colors.  I decided each subsequent quilt should use a different background fabric, and also different technique.  So this coin quilt was pretty basic, I knew when I started exactly how it the layout would be, and I used white for the background.  OK.  Now on to the next one.


This is the baby that sat around waiting to be quilted for a couple months and held up the show.  But it's the second one I pieced.  I decided this one would definitely be a girl quilt.  So I went with chocolate brown, knowing that I'd pull out the pinks as my accent. This one is pretty basic as well.  But the difference from the first one is that I just started without a real plan.  Just a big brown square...then started sewing rainbow strips around it.


I decided those big brown pieces need some help so I hand quilted in rainbow colors. My hand quilting skills are not so great.  Sturdy, but not so perfectly even... but the only way to learn is to practice.


This Little Folks flannel makes a super soft back.  I forgot to mention that I first machine-quilted in the ditch around the strips, then I was able to do the hand quilting without any hoop or frame because it was well secured.


This was my third quilt, and I decided to use Kona Ash as my background.  I also went with a total improv style of piecing.  I started out making the plus  sign in the top right hand corner, then without meaning to, it turned into a math themed quilt!  I'm not sure if any baby would have sweet dreams sleeping under math symbols...Oh well, it was a lot of fun to put together!


I love the combination of the greyish tan background, the rainbow hued binding, and the yellowy-lime polkadot binding.  These quilts were a lot of fun to put together.  I had hoped to get a picture of all three together, but the coin quilt went to a new home before the others were finished.

15 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! I wouldn't have thought to use the brown background, but that's the one I love the most.

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  2. I am completely and utterly in love with all three of these - they're FANTASTIC!!!

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  3. these are so, so lovely.Beautiful color combinations...
    cathy b.

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  4. I love rainbow quilts, and all 3 of these did not disappoint. All so distinct and unique- a fun challenge!

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  5. They are lovely, Jolene. Thanks for sharing your process with us. The brown one is totally my favorite, even before I knew it was hand quilted!

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  6. wow these are all beautiful. You've given me an idea :)

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  7. This is an amazing progression. I love each and every one. I wouldn't have thought of brown either, but it is genius and looks fabulous with all those colors. And the math symbols, well, it really just takes my breath away.

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  8. Your creativity, your use of colors is brilliant! Thanks for sharing. It encourages me to try my own ideas, not always following a pattern, a book.

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  9. I love these! Ohhh...the bright colors are fantastic! And your quilting looks great...thanks for sharing.

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  10. Love your quilt. Your pictures are so clear can I ask what camera you use.

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  11. WONDERFUL!!!! I love the beautiful vibrant colors and the contrast of the white with the colors and the dark brown. lovely, nice work!

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  12. Hi! Just found your blog and I love it. I am linking to this post with a photo of yours because it is so great. Hope it is okay. You can find it here:http://birdieandi.blogspot.com/2011/08/hf-4.html

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  13. Adorable!! Love is not to strong of a word :)

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  14. I love the vibrant colors you use! Beautiful work!

    Jenn
    www.quiltedthimblecottage.com

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