Chasing Rainbows Quilt

Summer has me seeing rainbows! Four months ago, after a meeting at work where we looked through all the quilts for the August issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, I was struck by rainbow inspiration!

After seeing Annette Plog’sScrappy Blues quilt, I knew I needed to make one of my own! I absolutely adore Annette and love her use of different blue and cream prints to create a cozy and rich throw quilt. You can see Annette’s quilt below and find the pattern in the August 2018 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, on sale June 5.

I volunteered to make the color option for this quilt! If you didn’t know, every quilt published in American Patchwork & Quilting has a color option to show you how to use the pattern in a totally different color palette! I really wanted to show how this simple block can create a MUCH different look if you carefully place colors.

My version is called Chasing Rainbows and is a free pattern online! I used the Foundation collection by Shayla Wolf for Windham Fabrics. The fabric collection actually has 30 SKUs — I narrowed it down and chose 18 prints for my quilt (13 colors, 3 white prints, a black print, and a gray print).

So pretty, right?? I arranged them in rainbow order and had them rotate around the quilt in a color wheel effect. I randomly placed the white and gray prints for a scrappy and low-volume background.

The black really helps the colors pop! And I love that the white prints have little hints of color — it really provides interest as you look at the quilt.

This quilt is very geometric! The prints have geometric designs and all the pieces in the blocks are squares and rectangles. The machine quilting really accentuates that and makes it more modern.

Handi Quilter studio educator Vicki Hoth machine-quilted the blocks with straight lines in an echo pattern, which makes these graphic square and chevron patterns.

I used my leftover fabrics to piece the quilt back and used black for the binding to frame the quilt!

And as always, I add a label! I think it’s so important to mark your quilts, even if you’re not giving them as a gift! Who knows where your quilts will end up, and it’s special to leave your mark!

I love this quilt, and hope you do, too! My new sewing room still needs to be painted, so nothing is hanging yet, but I have a feeling this one will be a happy fixture on the wall!

Don’t forget to pick up the August issue of American Patchwork & Quilting! I’m so proud to be a part of it! And grab my free quilt pattern for this quilt on the website here.

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


Would anyone be interested in a quilt along with this quilt? It was so fun to make, and I’d love to share tips and see everyone’s versions!

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