Once upon a time there was this girl, let's call her Jane, who had been quilting for many years. She'd reached a lull, been lured away by other crafts, and was a little bit over the juvenile fabrics of her children's requisite baby quilts and the drab country prints and calicos that were all over the market.
So quilting took a backseat to babies and scrapbooks and life in general, but the need to cut up fabric and then sew it back together again never really goes away. So a couple of years ago, she began to search for quilting blogs to look at. One of the very first blogs she discovered belonged to Amanda Jean, a quilter with endless talent, particularly for putting together fabrics. And that was all it took to get Jane back in the game. She looked at quilting in a whole new, modern, light and the love affair was rekindled.
So it's no surprise that when Amanda Jean and Cheryl's book, Sunday Morning Quilts, was released, it was an autobuy. Modern scrap quilts? Totally my thing.
While I haven't made a quilt directly from this book yet, their concept of sewing my scraps into slabs to make new fabric totally resonated with me. I promptly sorted my scraps by colour and then, whilst in the shower one morning (because the best ideas always happen where there's no pen and paper), I came up with the perfect design based on their slab concept to use a heap of coloured scraps and also a whole bunch of predominantly white scraps and yardage - featuring a lot of prints that looked great at the time but were really hard to use.
And thus, Rainbow in the Clouds was born.
Slabby strips in whites and the colours of the rainbow. I am working on this quilt only at quilt group, and I'm about half way there, just got the top end of the 'bow to go. And I'm loving it.It is so liberating to just sew without worrying about perfect cuts and 1/4 inch seams, and the result is so effective.