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Monday, June 8, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Love

My second Shattered Rainbow quilt is finished, and let me tell you- I could not love it more.


Although it is very close to the original, as the creator of both, there are a few differences (that may only be apparent to me).  The biggest difference is the gray section.  On this quilt, the grays make up nine blocks of the quilt.  Only the center block is completely gray (with a trace of black).  The other blocks around are a mix of gray and one other color.


Each section of color is connected to its corresponding gray square, which really helps create the illusion of shattering the colors.  I worried a little bit about how this effect would really look within the quilt, but I think it really works well.  The last thing I wanted was a big gray square.

The second difference is the binding.  On both quilts, I planned the binding to correspond with the color sections of the quilt.  As with most things, the second time you try something, it is often easier, and I was able to execute this much better this time around.  The problem last time is that I planned the binding around the front of the quilt and sewed it together, forgetting that I would need to sew to the back of the quilt first.  It turned out well on the first quilt, but not as precise as I would have liked.


On this quilt, however, when the color spills over into the next section, it is only by an inch or two (like the pink and purple), and some of the transitions are perfect (like the red and orange).  It is hard to fold the quilt in such a way that it shows all of the binding, but I got as many colors as I could in this shot.


The backing is a shockingly bright, wide-striped rainbow, and I love that the orderly lines compliment the improv pieced front.  I also managed to stipple without even the tiniest of puckers on the back of the quilt.  I am always grateful when I finish a quilt of this size without one, even though puckering is a super rare occurrence for me.


This quilt is 72" x 99" (full size) and I am absolutely in love with it.  Plus, I made this one for keeps, which is even better!



41 comments:

  1. This turned out SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gorgeous! Love love love this! I may need to try this with scraps! I also love what you did with the gray as it really does break it up and lead into the next color. Wrapping yourself in a full on rainbow is never a bad thing!

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  2. Wow!! You should be so proud! Great job. You are inspiring me to pull out all my scraps this summer!

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  3. Its gorgeous! I shudder to think of the work that went into the binding. :~)

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  4. So glad I saw a link to your page, I LOVE this quilt. Usually do something like this with my scraps and put it on the back of the project, but I love the whole quilt.

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  5. Beautiful! Do you think you'll ever do a pattern?

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  6. Lovely! Great job, Kelly, so bright and colorful, it should cheer up anyplace you use it.

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  7. What a beautiful way to use your scraps! This is such a happy quilt! :)

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  8. It's beautiful and the shatter effect is spot on! I just want to crawl through my screen and snuggle under it as I look at it. Such an awesome finish!

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  9. Wow, I certainly see why you couldn't be happier. I LOVE this. I really like the grey intersecting with each of the colors. Brilliant!!

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  10. Absolutely fantastic! Well done - you must have been sewing like mad (making the most of the holidays?!). I love it, looks amazing!

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  11. It is beautiful and an inspiration to what you can achieve if you really try - well done :)

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  12. YES!!! This totally works! You have mad skills! Or should that be skillz? ;)

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  13. It's beautiful- I love it! What you did with the grey really worked well!

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  14. Love it!! I'm going to attempt one that mimics a photo I took at the beach of a sunset.

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  15. Fabulous!! From the back to the binding and of course, the front, it's all wonderful!

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  16. Terrific quilt! Glad to hear you are keeping this one!

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  17. Wow, this is amazing and beautiful! Can't imagine how much time (and scraps) that must have taken. So, so good!

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  18. Wow, just love it! A rainbow quilt is still on my to do list, soon!

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  19. Gorgeous! May I say that the fact that even you usually get puckers makes me feel so much better about myself!

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  20. That is simply beautiful. I have lots of scraps and should make me one. One day when time permits I just may. Love it!!

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  21. I am so in love with this! It is just awesome.

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  22. My eye went straight to that gray section - this quilt is brilliant! Thanks for sharing your process.

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  23. Fabulous quilt, Kelly! Oh I want to make one!

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  24. What a great quilt! Love, love, love it!!!

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  25. Stunning and glorious. Can't stop admiring your clever combination of scraps and a rainbow of colours. Totally smitten with this quilt. Inspiring!

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  26. Love all those colors! I like this one even better than the first, I think. Incorporating the colors into the grey section worked really well!

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  27. Gorgeous Kelly, love your full use of colour and then the rainbow stripe backing - Chris :D

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  28. Bright and fun! I love the back almost as much as I do the front. Beautifully done.

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  29. Beautiful quilt Kelly and love the binding!

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  30. It's beautiful! Love your idea about the grey/coloured squares - very effective.

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  31. Your quilts are SO gorgeous and inspirational. I LOVE what you do with colour. Your photos are beautiful too. Please don't stop what you're doing.

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  32. Absolutely super! Congratulations! Did you make your blocks here by your "improv piecing" method, as described in your tutorial?
    Have a good vacation.

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  33. This is so awesome Kelly!! Lately I'm very drawn to rainbow type quilts. I used to shy away from bold colors and prints. I'm always afraid of putting them together. However, seeing all your quilts since I've been following you has really got me loving new things! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  34. Yay for keeps! Love this one again and love the scrappy binding. Starting to think about my colors to see if this is possible from my scraps!

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