Monday, June 20, 2011

Bottled Rainbows {Hip, hip, hurrah!!}

You might imagine my jaunty "hurrah" is in celebration of getting from here:

Bottled Rainbows - Supplies Giveaway!

to there:

color me happy.

But, you'd be wrong. Because it gets better! My heart is at this moment a-pittering and a-pattering with joy because I get to keep it. It's coming home with me, people!

How can this be, you wonder?  Has Rachel magically produced another girl child whose room she will bury in rainbows?  Or, has Rachel decided to turn a blind eye to cultural faux pas and drape this colorful concoction on poor Liam's bed.  (confession: both considered.)  No, no, the answer is even faaaarther beyond your wildest dreams.

Bottled Rainbows - hip, hip, hurrah!

It is going on MY bed.  Seriously! 

An offhanded joke produced a nonsensical reaction from Brandon this weekend - "Yes".  Apparently, Bottled Rainbows, being mostly solid and color-oriented in nature, does not offend his delicate male sensibilities as much as the numerous floral printed color schemes that I have desperately and hopelessly auditioned.
 
And I quote, "It's better than the alternatives."

After I picked up my jaw from the floor of our bedroom, the scheming began.  Just how to convert this twin-size design into a queen?

Sewing in process!!!

*Updated* Bottled Rainbows Color Grid


Meanwhile, I have a color story for you.  Or four.

What I love most about Bottled Rainbows is the way the colors play with each other.  Color relationships are such eye candy!  I treat the Bottled Rainbow Color Grid a bit like the color wheel, tracing lines horizontally, vertically, diagonally and in quadrants to sample color schemes.  Each column in Bottled Rainbows is a color story all to itself.  I wanted to capture these before I pieced the top...

Color Stories {bouquet}

Color Stories {fresh growth}

Color Stories {harvest}

Color Stories {deep water}

This last one reminds me of sunshine on deep water, with lovely murky tones glinting in the pale, filtered rays.  Think a secluded lake or lagoon - a cool retreat on this blistering summer day!  I'm thinking that my next do. Good Stitches quilt will explore this color scheme. 

I wonder, do any of these stories speak to you?  What is your favorite source for color inspiration or the color scheme that's most inspiring you today?

36 comments:

  1. How cool that you'll get to see it everyday!

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  2. Congratulations on being able to keep this one on your bed! It's lovely!

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  3. So if your current plan falters, I have a perfectly good home that would appreciate your rainbow quilt :)
    Seriously though - beautiful work!

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  4. Your room will be beautiful with the addition of your Bottled Rainbow quilt!

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  5. No way! How exciting that you will get to wake up to this sight every day. Awesome!
    It's hard to pinpoint inspiration, and different colors or combinations of colors seem to grab my attention depending on the day or season. The great thing about having a fabric (or yarn/other medium) stash is the luxury to play with different combinations and come up with something that fits your mood. Selecting fabrics is probably the best part of a new project!

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  6. Congrats! It's going to be so beautiful! Woo hoo for convincing your husband! :)

    Personally I am constantly drawn to colors like the harvest color story, deep plums and fuschias, they're just so pretty!

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  7. Thanks for sharing in my excitement, friends!

    Jacey - Good point about playing with our stash. That is the way I discover some of my favorite "new" color ideas.

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  8. Success! Even if it is a bit unexpected it must be so much sweeter. It's going to make a fantastic queen size quilt.

    I really like the deep water colour story, although they aren't colours I'm usually drawn towards.

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  9. I've never commented here before but I have to tell you I love, love, love your color grid and these blocks. They will make one brilliant quilt. Next time I start a new project I definitely want to base it on your grid. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  10. How exciting for you, Rachel.... this is one beautiful quilt and now you can enjoy it every day!

    I'm turning mine into a wall hanging... and even tho it does not go with my living room, it might just go in there anyway!

    *grin*

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  11. To expand your quilt to queen size maybe you should expand your bottled rainbows/color wheel....and add a few more blocks of different colors.....Just a thought .....

    LOVE IT !

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  12. I love the second row, petal through turquoise. Great blend of girly pink with the funner (yes, funner) and boyish turquoise. Congrats on your "this is going on our bed" coup!

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  13. I love how excited you are that this is going on your bed. I'll have to tell my husband...maybe he'll agree too. ;) I can't wait to see what you do to it to turn it into a queen sized quilt! Sashing? More blocks? Hmmm....

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  14. You completely crack me up! But, seriously, it's pretty darn gorgeous. ;)

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  15. It's probably wrong of me to laugh at Brandon's reaction, but... :D

    It's a gorgeous quilt to put on your bed! So bright and happy.

    I've admired it for as long as you've been doing it and have always regretted not having more scraps and more solids in my stash so I could quilt along with you.

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  16. that is beautiful!
    the quote from your husband is hilarious!

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  17. "It's better than the alternatives." HAHAHAHAHAHA. Awesome!

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  18. my husband says if I have to do flowers find blue ones and it is cool!!! Men........

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  19. I love it -- "it's better than the alternatives." This sounds so familiar! I agree, take advantage and turn it into a queen size!!

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  20. what a smart man. happy wife = happy life! why don't more guys understand this concept?! the quilt looks lovely, and i can't wait till i've been quilting long enough to have collected a scrap stash big enough to make one :D

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  21. Such a pretty quilt! My favorite color story is "new growth". I'm glad that you get to keep it and sleep under all that loveliness!!

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  22. oooh I love 'new growth', anything with blues and greens I lean towards. But then I love the richness of colour in the 'harvest' story....
    I particularly love that someone is perched up in a tree to showcase these beaties. :)

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  23. Yea!!!! I am SO happy you get to put it on your bed!! YEA!!! It does look so amazing! And I love the tree showcase of each row. It is captured perfectly! Thank you so much for hosting this quilt a long!!

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  24. I have to try really hard to not make everything green and blue.

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  25. How amazing tht you happened on a design that he likes! It will look amazing on a large bed!

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  26. Yay! I love your rainbow and can only imagine how such a bright and vivid quilt will make your bedroom such a welcome place to be! I didn't make my own rainbow (yet), but following along with reading has introduced me to so many techniques and ideas that I can't wait to try them out! Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations on your success in keeping the quilt! :)

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  27. YAY! You get to have a quilt that YOU MADE on YOUR BED!!! How exciting. Wonderful post - I love all the color schemes and the names you chose for them!

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  28. Love, love, love the colors! What a great way to greet the day. Enjoy!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  29. Wow. Stunning. I don't really have words to describe the depth and beauty of this quilt. Amazing.

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  30. it's gorgeous, Rachel!!! I love the fresh growth colors for sure, but honestly, they're all very pretty!!

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  31. So great that you will keep it :)
    I love your colour story idea - harvest might just be my favourite, with deep water following close behind.
    I think places (landscapes but also "cityscapes") can be great colour inspirations.

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  32. It's turning out beautifully, Rachel! How great that it will be going on YOUR bed. Yippee!

    Your color selection is spot on! Love the gradient it creates.

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  33. Thank you Thank you Thank you. This is just the inspiration I need to get started on my quilt group rainbow challenge. I wanted to do a wall hanging to fill a space in my beautifully reorganised sewing room and this will definitely fit the bill.If you want to have a look at where it will go (on right of mirror) see http://firstquiltsteps.blogspot.com/

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