Invisible Rainbow with Rebecca Bryan

Invisible Rainbow with Rebecca Bryan

Posted by Rebecca Bryan on Mar 22nd 2015

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

Thank you!!

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