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Rainbow quilt patterns

Rainbow sewing projects have been on my mind lately, so I thought I’d round up some of my favourite modern rainbow quilts and rainbow quilt patterns from across the quilting community to share with you. (All photos below are the property of the linked makers – please visit their sites to learn more about their work!)

Chenille Rainbow Quilt

This amazing new work by Lysa Flower stopped me in my tracks when I first saw it. Check out her Instagram for more details about her process, but as you can see she’s used a technique to create these gorgeous chenille rainbows on a pre-quilted top. (Honestly I did not even realize until now that chenille was something one could make!)

Rainbow Chenille Quilt by Lysa Flower

p.s. There is also a great feature on Lysa and her work in Love Patchwork & Quilting, check out Issue 70!

Rainbow Stripe Quilt

This beautiful Sashed Rainbow Baby Quilt by Allison Jensen of Woodbury Way is on my to-do list. It’s one of three variations on a rainbow stripe quilt that she explains how to make over on her blog. (The others are a Simple Rainbow Baby Quilt and a really cute hand-quilted Rainbow Stripe Pillow.)

Rainbow Stripe Baby Quilt by Allison Jensen

Retro Rainbow Quilt

Megan Collins of Sweet Feet Stitches is the designer of the fantastic Retro Rainbow Quilt. It’s funny, considering we’re talking rainbows, that there aren’t a lot of patterns out there that use curves (in fact I think this is the only one I’ve seen). They’re made for each other! (There’s also a really sweet alternate ‘sun showers’ version in Megan’s shop which one of the stripes consists of patchwork.)

Retro Rainbow Quilt by Megan Collins

Rainbow & Heart Paper Piecing Pattern

For you paper piecing fans I’ve chosen a rainbow quilt pattern with a twist, in this super sweet Rainbow & Heart pattern by Susan of Quilty Pie. I’ve tried Susan’s patterns and in addition to being completely cute, they’re very logically and thoughtfully put together – so important in a paper piecing pattern!

Rainbow Heart Paper Piecing Pattern by Quilty Pie

Rainbow Log Cabin

If you’re looking for something quick, easy, and scrap-friendly, my rainbow log cabin quilt block tutorial is just that, and a great project for a beginner. I love log cabins because once you get going you can sit yourself down with a pile of strips and more or less wing it.

Rainbow Log Cabing Quilt Block Tutorial by Patch and Dot

Mini Rainbow Quilt

Last but not least in our collection of rainbow quilt patterns, a mini rainbow that uses a combination of traditional patchwork and applique. (It’s also free!) I wanted to make a wall hanging that was modern, and good for pattern mixing. After making the bold version below I think next on my agenda is to make one in sweet pastel florals.

rainbow mini quilt pattern

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I heart you quilt along progress

My “I Heart You Quilt” is just about finished! This pattern is a collaboration by Pen and Paper Patterns and Then Came June. Over January they ran a really fun quilt along and I can’t believe how much progress I made. Seriously I don’t think I’ve ever made it to the finish within the actual timelines of a quilt along before. It’s a testament to this pattern that it came together so quickly, and now I have a quilt top, ready in time for Valentine’s Day.

I Heart You Quilt Along

There is lots of opportunity with this quilt to play with different print mixes. I went with a combination of pinks and acid lime greens for my heart blocks.

Heart Quilt Block Pattern

The blue background fabric is from Art Gallery Fabric’s “Signature” collection by Sharon Holland.

I Heart You Quilt Along

Resources

The pattern – available from both Pen and Paper Patterns and Then Came June as part of their Modern Holiday Quilt collaboration

Alternate scrappy patchwork version

Alphabet quilt block pattern

This is kind of hard to believe, but apparently I never wrote a post about my new alphabet quilt block pattern layout for the Ribbon Letters Quilt when I published it last year! So I thought I’d put something together with all the details, including answers to frequently asked questions, which you can find at the bottom of this post.

alphabet quilt block pattern

TLDR: you can get the new pattern here!

The new layout makes a 50″ x 56″ throw quilt. Each letter measures 5″ x 8″ and there individual measurements and cutting instructions for every block, so you can customize this to make a baby name quilt or wall hanging of any size and with any combination of letters.

Here’s a little closeup of the front:

Ribbon letters alphabet quilt detail

And the back. The binding is a Liberty of London quilting cotton.

Quilt back and binding

Alphabet Quilt FAQs

Here are all the answers to questions I’ve received about this quilt. If you have any questions (or need any help once you start sewing) please leave them in the comments.

Does this quilt use templates or paper piecing?

The Ribbon Letters Quilt is made entirely with traditional patchwork piecing. No templates or paper piecing required!

Is this a good quilt pattern for a beginner?

Yes. I would say that this is a great quilt for a confident beginner. The most complicated part of the quilt is sewing half square triangles (HSTs) … so if you’re comfortable with those, this will be no problem for you.

What are the fabrics used in the quilt pictured above?

For the quilt top on the pattern cover, I used all Kona cotton solids. For the background I used Ballet Slipper, and for the letters I used the colours pictured below. From top to bottom their names are:

Buttercup
Duckling
Ice Frappe
Aloe
Peach
Melon
Petunia
Corsage

kona cotton solids

Where can I find the pattern?

The alphabet quilt block pattern is available as a digital download in my Etsy shop.

Resources

Long arm quilting: The beautiful long arm quilting on the version on the pattern cover was done by Spooled Rotten Quilts.

Kona cotton solids: Are available at many local quilt shops, but you can see the full range here.

The pattern: Is available in my shop. If you’d like to try it out first, you can download the letters ABC when you subscribe to my newsletter.