Modern Rainbow – 14 Imaginative Quilts That Play With Color by Rebecca Bryan (published by C&T Publishing Stash Books, 120 pages, $24.95) will be that book that modern quilters turn to for years to come to learn how to hone an understanding of color and how to use color in their quilts. Rebecca starts with The Basics, with an explanation of the Color Spectrum and a guide to help us understand how to sort our fabrics from solids to tone-on-tone and multi-colored prints that is a guide for use in our quilts and how to sort them in our sewing rooms. She writes of contrast, using colors out of order, omitting colors and including other palates in our quilts for an effective use in our quilts.
Rebecca offers a few sources of inspiration from watching color trends to the colors on the selvages of yardage and paint store sample chips (this is fun!) to our favorite blogs/bloggers.
The quilts in the book range from Modern and Modern Traditional to Improvisational and Liberated embracing her love of all quilts and quilting styles. Rebecca says, “I love many types of quilting styles, so the patterns are divided into these categories: modern traditional, modern, and improvisational and liberated. Each of these categories has its own approach to quiltmaking. Be sure to read each section’s introduction for special tips.” She offers the opportunity to look at the box of our own quilting style and see how other styles are informed by that. Because the patterns in the book have such a wide range she has included a wide range of information in the chapter, “Techniques and Sewing Basics” including how to use the 45 degree marks on the ruler and how to piece curved seams.
The quilts range in skill level offering something for every quilter, from the simple log cabin style of Bubbles to the more complicated looking hexagons in Huckleberry.