Please welcome Rebecca Bryan, author of our #QuiltCon bestseller Modern Rainbow! She's kicking her blog tour off right here, talking about her Invisible Rainbow quilt! Stick around at the end for a fun giveaway...
Hi all! I'm Rebecca, author of Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color. You can find me over at my blog (Bryan House Quilts) or over on yonder Instagram @bryanhousequilts.
It is my complete pleasure to begin the blog tour for my book Modern Rainbow: 14 Imaginative Quilts that Play with Color.
To start off the blog hop, I'll be sharing a quilt, Invisible Rainbow, that was cut from the book. (It's the 3rd quilt down in the picture below.) Of course the quilt is not a loser, but I think you'll see why it was cut.
When I first set out to write a book about rainbow quilts, I wanted to have a few more subtilely colored projects. While I love rich, saturated color, there's something about quiet, understated beauty I find appealing. This demure breed of beauty was what I was seeking in "Invisible Rainbow", so named for the hand quilting.
The quilt is simply pieced with charm squares from many of favorite neutral fabrics. Then using perle cotton thread, I hand quilted the quilt in the Bishop's Fan motif. I just love Bishop's Fans! I mostly quilted using white thread, but a few Bishop's Fans are done as rainbows. It's very subtle. Can you see?
I drew each Bishop's fan directly on the quilt top using this ruler and a fabric marking pencil, this Clover chalk pencil is a new favorite. Now, one doesn't *need* a special ruler, but it was nice not to have to create my own template.
Here's a more detailed shot of the quilting. It's so so so subtle! It rings pretty true to its "Invisible Rainbow" name.
As time went on, the subtle projects were dropped in favor of colorful projects. By the time I turned in all my quilts, "Invisible Rainbow" was the only quiet quilt and no longer so subtle; in fact it was too different from the rest of the colorful quilts.
So we decided "Invisible Rainbow" should be cut. Despite the fact that I had hand quilted it and maybe it took me a year to quilt it. :) LALALA! No big deal! LOL, truly I wasn't upset by the decision at all. After all, I'm now showing you all the quilt aren't I? And I think you would agree with me that this quilt just doesn't fit. Yes?
Thank you so much for tuning in today! I hope you find something you love in Modern Rainbow.
And, please stop by to visit the other stops along the tour.
You are Here! C&T/ Stash Books
March 24th Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt
March 25th Generation Q Magazine
March 26th Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
March 27th Sally Keller of Sally’s Angel Works
March 30th Amy Garro of 13 Spools
March 31st Angela Walters of Quilting is my Therapy
April 1st Rebecca over at Craft Buds
April 2nd Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness
April 3rd Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict
April 6th Janice Zeller Ryan of Better Off Thread
April 7th Beth Vassalo of Plum and June
April 8th Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
April 9th Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce
April 9th Shannon Brinkley of Bottle Tree Quilts
April 10th Rebecca Bryan at Bryan House Quilts