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6 Tips for Making a Chic Rainbow Quilt

Ruby reds, citrus tones and deep jewel colors unite to make some of the most stunning rainbow quilts you can imagine. Quilters are drawn to rainbow-colored quilts because they incorporate all of our favorite colors and unite a range of our favorite fabrics. But making ROYGBIV quilts look stylish and chic instead of corny and kid-like can be tricky.

Before digging into your stash and cutting out blocks, take a look at these tips for sewing a rainbow quilt.

1. Mix in black and white

Rainbow Bargello Quilt

One way to add an unexpected element to your rainbow quilt is to mix in generous amounts of black and white, or perhaps some gray. The Rainbow Bargello Quilt Kit shows you just how easy it is to balance these bright colors with more stark neutrals for a gorgeous effect. The complex-looking bargello pattern is actually easy to sew.

2. Add gentle pastels

Rainbow Rain Quilt

Photo via Craftsy member Rebecca Bryan

If you are convinced that all rainbow quilts must include a range of classic crayon colors, think again! This clever rainbow quilt mixes in muted rainbow tones for a softer, pastel take on a ROYGBIV quilt. These sweet Rainbow Rain Templates make this appliqué quilt an easy one for beginners.

3. Sew with rich batiks

Prismatic Star Quilt

When every fabric contains a range of light, medium and dark tones, like with brilliant batiks, your rainbow quilt begins to shine. Jewel-like in appearance, the Prismatic Star Rainbow Quilt Kit includes everything you need to make this quilt top, which pops out against a black background.

4. Choose playful paper piecing

Sew the Rainbow Quilt

Photo via Craftsy member Quiet Play

With intricate piecing, rainbow colors look sophisticated once again. In case you needed another reason to try paper piecing, this fun and pretty Sew the Rainbow includes an array of rainbow fabric scraps used in unexpected ways. The geometric sewing machine, thread spools, scissors and flying geese blocks make a gorgeous lap or wall quilt.

5. Echo the color wheel

Photo via Craftsy member The (not so) Dramatic Life

For a refined take on rainbow fabrics, make sure to include all of the tertiary colors like red-orange, yellow-green and the like. A look at the color wheel will show you how to choose fabrics that represent an entire range of colors. You can show movement by following a fun pattern like the Rainbow Rotary Mini Quilt, which simulates the color wheel.

6. Stick with Prints

Rainbow Connection Quilt

Photo via Craftsy member Amy Smart

To avoid making your rainbow quilt looking too “obvious,” choose monochromatic prints and don’t use any solids. The Rainbow Connection quilt pattern is ideal for using up pretties from your scrap bin, and because the colors don’t have to appear in rainbow order, it’s a fun and carefree quilt to sew.

Rainbow Quilt

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2 Comments

Joanne

Thanks for all the great quilts, and advice on how to achieve such beautiful, rainbow like quilts.

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Darlene Crosby

I love these beautiful quilt projects with the rainbow colors! Makes me smile on an overcast, gloomy day. I’m ready to sew a new project! Thanks Craftsy!

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