Rainbow Order

I made this super simple and bright and fun Rainbow quilt for a swap with some special sewing ladies i get to retreat with a couple times a year.  I cut up 36 different solid fabrics in my stash and put them in rainbow order.  It is such a bright and happy quilt and I want to make 1,000 of them.  I basically followed along with what Elise did when she made this quilt awhile back and I have to say she is a genius. You can check out her post on it here. So I am posting about it here to share the colors I used so you could make your own, because I have had a few requests on Instagram for the colors.

Here was my preliminary pull from my stash and I had to run to Joann Fabrics (my closest open fabric store that day) and pick up a couple purples.  These solid fabrics are a random assortment of fabric brands. Some Joann Fabrics, some so old I don’t know where they are from, a decent amount of KONA Cotton, some RJR Cotton Supreme, and what I think is possibly Michael Miller Cotton Couture…. at this point in the figuring out colors for you guys process I was really wishing that solids had a selvedge with info on it or I had labeled things better.

I ended up Quilting this quilt with giant horizontal loops, two all per 10″ square. I used this delightful cloud minky fabric from Joann Fabrics for the back and was so sad to find out it was discontinued when I went to have it cut so I just bought the rest on the bolt.  The minky and the simple yet relatively dense quilting gives this quilt such a soft hand and I almost kept it for myself. ;) But I gave it away in the swap and the recipient was very happy with it. Luckily I had cut out a second stack of squares when I cut this out so hopefully I will have enough cloud minky to back mine.

Black and White stripe was the perfect choice for binding this quilt and finished off the rainbow with the final two colors in the spectrum.

Okay without further ado, here is an image with all the colors noted in KONA.

I color matched on my KONA color card as close as possible to the actual colors I used. A lot of which was KONA. I also will list below the actual colors I used, and which KONA colors I substituted for those. The Only one I couldn’t get a perfect match for is the neon pink, third from the bottom on the left hand side label azalea. The neon pink is much more visible as neon in the first picture of the quilt in the woods and the most asked for color. That is one of the fabrics I have had in my stash for a looooong time and have no clue where it is from unfortunately. So the KONA Substitute is the best option for color value  in my best opinion.

Actual colors used that weren’t KONA that I now definitively what they are.


Cotton Supreme Meadowland – Sub KONA Pond

Cotton Supreme Iceberg – Sub KONA Mint


Cotton Supreme Gingko – Sub KONA Zucchini


Cotton Supreme Oriole – Sub KONA Flame


Cotton Supreme Flamingo – KONA Melon

I cut 10.5″ squares from the 36 colors and with 1/4″ seam allowance the finished size is 60″ square. If you where to make this quilt in the same size you would need 1/3 yard of each of the fabrics.  But hopefully you have a significant solid fabric stash so you don’t have to buy all those colors. ;)

I would love to see if you make a quilt with my colors so please tag me if you do. Oh and if anybody knows of a great neon pink solid fabric PLEASE let me know, I have mere scraps left of my neon pink stash and I can’t handle it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



6 thoughts on “Rainbow Order

  1. Robin Stowell says:

    This is AWESOME Kristin! Thank you thank you!! I need to make another SOON, the one you gave me is the house favorite!

  2. Tricia Little says:

    I like yours more than the inspiration. Hers seems weighted pretty heavily towards the pastel end of the spectrum, but you’ve weighted yours towards bold and vivid. Delicious.

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