Today I am sharing another option that you have with the Increase pattern - using more fat quarters than required and making a fun rainbow or scrappy version!
This particular quilt was made using an upcoming line from Vanessa Christenson ( V and Co. for Moda Fabrics) that is a part of her Ombrè lineup. This is an ombrè woven and the ombrè effect is made using varying thicknesses of lines - what a perfect match for the Increase pattern! As soon as I saw her sneek peek I had to figure out a way to make a sample and I am so thankful I was able to! Shops are currently ordering this line now and it will be shipping out this June 2021!
I wasn’t sure exactly how I would layout the fabric when it first arrived - I just knew that I am a big fan of the colors Vanessa uses in her previous lines and that a rainbow would be so fun! I planned the layout using a solid white background (what I tend to turn to for most of my colorful quilts) but later on saw that Moda had sent me enough fabric in the cream/tan color of Ombrè woven to use instead.
I was a bit torn halfway through, wondering if the colors would still pop against the tan and how the lines going all different directions on the background made me a bit crazy. I decided to just give in to the pattern and let it do its thing - and you know what, it worked! I kept it super scrappy with the backing and love the look it gave the overall quilt. My advice when using a fabric with subtle lines like this is to just go with it and let it do its own thing - it all worked out so well and I am so happy with the quilt.
Colors used in Increase Quilt
Background / then colors going from dark purple at top left diagonally to bottom right.
For the quilting on this version I used my Janome 6700p and a cream thread. I kept my spacing at 3/4” for the straight line quilting and the woven fabric paired with a cotton batting made for a nice feel. For the binding I used the same fabric as the background and let the stripe pattern run around the edges - it blended in nicely with the background. A big stitch binding again with Aurifil 12 wt thread in cream.
The one part of the quilt that I kept in an orderly fashion was the direction of the stripes on the plus shapes - I love how you can see the different line sizes compared with the different thicknesses of the plus shapes.
For the backing Moda sent me some of Vanessa’s ombre metallic confetti fabric and it was the perfect match!
We also had some serious snow this past week so the quilts had to come out to play!
Thank you for checking out today’s Increase quilt! I have a couple more to share over the rest of the week. If you would like to make one of your own there is a link to purchase the pattern here.