Color Theme of the Day: Rainbow

Posted by

We're going all out with our color theme of the day today: rainbow! For those of us who love color, a rainbow color scheme is the magical choice that allows us to use all of our favorite colors–all of them–all at once! Using all (or at least most) of the colors on a color wheel brings a vibrancy and spark to quilts and other sewing projects. The secret to avoiding a muddy mess is paying close attention to value and intensity.

This beautiful color wheel, based on the Ives color wheel, uses cyan, magenta, and yellow as its primary colors, and comes from Joen Wolfrom's invaluable resource, the Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool.

Rainbow quilts are amazing for scraps of course, as demonstrated by this beauty from Scrap Republic by Emily Cier.

Wendy Williams used tiny bits of wool appliqué in a rainbow of colors to create a cozy, cheerful village on this needle case from Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures

This astonishingly gorgeous quilt in the second edition of Color Play comes from the master of color herself–Joen Wolfrom–and shows how radically a rainbow color scheme can change up even a very classic pattern. 

Some rainbow piecing on a pincushion provides just the right pop of color to a sewing room–find it in Make Pincushions!

Of course we had to include a quilt from Modern Rainbow by Rebecca Bryan! Here, the neutral background fabric provides a perfect, modern backdrop for rainbow solids.

Rainbows on rainbows! This stunning appliqué art quilt, comes, appropriately, from Simply Stunning Seamless Quilts by Anna Faustino

Bonus! Who wouldn't love a cute stack of rainbow mice made from their collection of castaway colorful socks? Brenna Maloney is the genius behind these buddies, from her book Socks Appeal

Have you ever used a rainbow color scheme in one of your creations?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

  • color theme of the day
  • Joen Wolfrom
  • Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool
  • Socks Appeal
  • Modern Rainbow
  • Scrap Republic
  • Color Play
  • Simply Stunning Seamless Quilts
  • Make Pincushions
  • Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures
  • Brenna Maloney
  • Rebecca Bryan
  • Wendy Williams
  • Emily Cier

View Comments


The Story Behind Sew Illustrated

Hi, it’s Minki Kim and Kristin Esser writing here today, and it’s our absolute pleasure to introduce you to the book that we created called  Sew Illustrated—35 Charming Fabric & Thread Designs: 16 Zakka Projects. The concept for this book goes back almost three years, when at the start of a new school year, Kristin was walking her son to school and [...]

Read More »

How to Bead: Captured Beads

Seed beads secure a larger bead in this decorative stitch, perfect for edging or binding. Use it on quilts, ribbon, trim, napkins, pillows, bed linens, or even curtains! 1. Come up at A on fold, string a 6° seed bead and 7 size 11° seed beads. 2. Lay 1st bead horizontally to left on fold, enter bead [...]

Read More »

Baby Quilt Designs

You’re at a baby shower. The room is full of baby-themed decorations in pink or blue pastels, adorned with cartoonish baby animals, balloons, and delicate flowers. The mom-to-be opens your gift ... “It’s a baby quilt!” she exclaims. What is that special quilt going to look like? Whatever the design, you’re sure to find something in the new Make series [...]

Read More »

How to Sew a Neckline with Angela Lan

Angela Lan is the brilliant fourteen-year-old author of #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) Sew & Style. In the video below she walks you step by step through sewing a neckline. She makes it looks so easy!Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Read More »

Patternless Sewing Mod Style—Sewing for Vacation and Beyond

About three weeks ago, as I was prepping for our family vacation to Punta Cana, I had a long list of items I wanted to sew for myself and my loved ones, but I knew that I’d never get it all done unless I had something to keep me accountable. That's when I came up [...]

Read More »

Improvisational Piecing (the Piece O' Cake Way)

Most quilters know both Linda and me as appliquérs, but we began as piecers and both still love making pieced quilts. For one thing, piecing is a lot faster than hand appliqué! We wrote Piecing the Piece O’ Cake Way especially for beginners, but also for quilters who may not have had a comprehensive class on how to make a [...]

Read More »

A Hexie Quilt Garden

Surely you have noticed that most appliqué blocks are square. Don’t get me wrong, squares are great, and I do love them, but other shapes deserve some love too. One day last year I woke up itching to work on an appliqué background that was not a square or rectangle! I had been working with EPP hexies, and so [...]

Read More »

Table Runners for All Occasions

Whether for a dressy party, a casual outdoor barbecue, or an everyday dinner, accessorize your table with a custom table runner. Find just the one you need in our new Make series booklet Make Table Runners . This collection of ten table runners by top quilt designers will inspire you to make that one-of-a-kind table runner that will elicit oohs and [...]

Read More »

Sewing Four-Patches with Bonnie K. Hunter

Hi everyone! Happy July to all of you! I’m here on the C&T blog for a little refresher on simple unit success. Easy units such as four-patches, nine-patches, and half-square triangles are the building blocks of more complex designs. If you break down many quilt blocks into their individual components, you’ll find these simple units laying [...]

Read More »

×
×