Monday, October 27, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - ROYGBIV Quilts

Hi all!

All those who have come from Amy's blog and are meeting me for the first time, I'm Shruti and I am a quilter from India!!!

I fell in love with quilting 5 years back and have not looked back ever since!

My Entry to this category is not an actually colored quilt, but a quilt that depicts colors in a tactile manner!!!

The inspiration came from a book I was reading "Sisters" by Danielle Steele.
In that book one of the four sisters, a painter, looses her sight in an accident. The other 3 sisters decide to stay together in a single house to help her get back on her feet.

The part when the girl realizes that she cannot see any more prompted me to think what would an artist do without sight! It would be disastrous!

Even for us quilters, colors play a very important role. What would a quilt be without colors? And I mean ALL of it - the value, shade, etc. Not just one aspect of it.

Then I began thinking of what would colors mean to someone who has never 'seen'? How would a blind-at-birth person see them? How would they feel them?

That is when I decided to make a tactile quilt.

This quilt is what colors 'look' like to those who have never seen them.

The dots you see on the quilt are the names of colors written in Braille. From top to bottom : Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Violet!

Can I tell you a secret? I forgot Indigo and realized it only when I finished quilting it.

I quilted it with almost straight lines using the BSR on Ross - My Bernina 710. I used Aurifil 50 wt White thread for 99% of the quilting, which is super dense (< 1/8th inch apart). I also quilted just 3 lines in each row with the colour I have written so that you can see which one is which!!!

Making this quilt was a wonderful process. It is a quilt that also prompted me to donate my eyes! I filled an online form with the EBAI (Eye Bank Association of India) and am awaiting my acceptance email!

I have put in more thoughts in the design of this quilt than any other that I have made. But in the end I'm very happy with my work!!!

Quilt Stats
Name : The White Rainbow
Size : 36" x 50"
Material used :
Fabric :White Bella Solid, a little bit of the rainbow fabric by Anne Kelly for the binding.
Thread : Aurifil 50 wt - white for most of the quilting. Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue and Violet for some.
Batting : Pellon Fusible Fleece for the dots and Cotton batting overall!
Technique : Trapunto
Experience : Heartwarming!

Do you like my white rainbow?

Go check out the other quilts in this category and nominate your favorite ones to win the Viewers Choice award!!! Just click on the link below to go to Amy's site!!!


  1. This is such a thought provoking quilt. Bravo!

  2. This such a wonderful idea and has resulted in a beautiful quilt.

  3. This is an amazing and meaningful quilt. I LOVE it. Well done!

  4. I love it! Great idea to quilt the three rows in the corresponding colour to the Braille.

  5. What a wonderful concept! That's really thinking outside the box. Your tactile quilt is lovely!

  6. What a wonderful story, and how creative! I like your quilt a lot!

  7. I can't even think of enough words to describe how much I love this quilt. So I'll start with creative, inventive, innovative. I LOVE it!

  8. What a wonderful and creative quilt! I love the idea to use just a few colored threads in the quilt. And I also love the little rainbow detail on the binding! This is just such a great concept, and terrific execution. Thanks for sharing it!

  9. I saw this quilt awhile back when you posted it in a facebook group and have not gotten it out of my head since! Simply an amazing and innovative design. Love how conceptual and yet still beautiful it is!


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