Spectrum Plus Modern Quilt

Rainbow hopscotch quilt

A finished quilt! A new version of my Hopscotch modern quilt pattern in prints.

denyse schmidt quilt

For the past few years, most of the sewing that I do is for a dedicated purpose – a gift, a pattern, a tutorial, etc. I’m trying to make more of an effort to just make things for fun – to do something that I want to rather than have to do, and playing with fabric combinations that speak to me. This is one of those projects and I’m super happy with the way it turned out!


A while back I pulled out my Denyse Schmidt stash from a variety of her collections, and put them all in color spectrum order. I loved the way they worked together – lots of warm, saturated color. Then I started trying them with some Alison Glass Handcrafted batiks and they played off each other so nicely!

spectrum cross quilt

Ever since I made my Hopscotch quilt out of Kona Solids last summer, I’ve wanted to make the pattern again using prints and a color-spectrum layout. It turned out to be the perfect pattern for pulling all of those fun prints together.

denyse schmidt color spectrum pieced quilt back

I finished the pieced top at a retreat in March and thought it would be finished quickly since all I had to do after that was add borders and find a back. But the backing took me a while. (Of course. I have a few tops that just need backs, for crying out loud.)

I try to stock up on backs when I find clearance fabric, but none of my stock felt warm enough for this quilt. Finally I found this orange small plaid, but still didn’t have enough for the full back.

spectrum pieced quilt back

I figured if I was going to have to piece a back, I might as well make it fun to match the front of the quilt, so I put together another color spectrum using more Denyse Schmidt and friends fabrics for the back. A good way to bust through some stash on hand too.

Amy Smart Hopscotch quilting

The quilting was done by Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. I chose the all over “Square Dance” pattern – it’s one of my favorites for all-over texture in a more linear design.

The background fabrics are Riley Blake Gray La Creme dots (one of my favorite basics) paired with Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen in Beige. I love the way the two neutral fabrics give this version of the Hopscotch pattern a warmer, darker tone and at the same time help the saturated colors of the Denyse Schmidt and Alison Glass fabrics really pop.

rainbow spectrum quiltOne more fun shot for the road. The night before we left on our trip to New Hampshire, we had an amazing double rainbow. My husband suggested getting a shot of the quilt with the rainbow in the background. I hesitated because I try to take my quilt pictures on the down-low, in random places where no one knows me, and not in front of all my neighbors who already think I’m a little weird. (Except for my backyard neighbors who see me taking pictures out there all the time and already know I’m weird.) I know, clearly I have issues.

But he kept encouraging me. So we ran to the nearby park, dodging raindrops, where he stood on a bench using his stellar quilt-holding-skills so I could get this shot. I couldn’t capture the full scope of the rainbow, but we got this one. And I’m glad he talked me into it!


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    August 1, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Love your quilt. I am a sucker for a rainbow and you are right – the linen does make the colours pop!! I know what you mean about feeling like a weirdo taking photos of quilts in public. We have no yard but a lovely park nearby and I always do a quick look around to see if anyone is looking at me oddly. 🙂

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    August 1, 2015 at 4:44 am

    i love this quilt, especially the rich colors in rainbow order. Great job!

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    August 1, 2015 at 5:39 am

    How pretty, great fabrics and love how your worked the backing too.

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    Southern Gal
    August 1, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I love the color combinations. And the backing is perfect! That rainbow didn’t look real at first! Great shot.

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    Lisa Marie
    August 1, 2015 at 6:34 am

    You sound pretty normal to me — doesn’t everyone go around taking photos of quilts? Regardless of what looks you may or may not have gotten, the shot with the quilt and the rainbow is totally worth it!

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    August 1, 2015 at 6:38 am

    I love the print fabrics and darker (yet still soft) background for this quilt pattern. You live in such a beautiful place and the rainbow puts it over the top. Glad your fun-lovin’ husband encouraged the shot — it is worthy of the quilt.

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    August 1, 2015 at 7:30 am

    A rainbow! Such a cool picture! And I am over the moon for your beautiful quilt! I do love how all those gorgeous fabrics get to shine. Your pattern and your fabríc choices are just perfect. The fabrics show off the pattern and the pattern shows off the fabrics 🙂

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    Tanya Quilts in CO
    August 1, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Gorgeous! I love the picture with the rainbow it is amazing!!!

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    August 1, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I love the colors; great set of fabrics, and a wonderful quilt!

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    August 1, 2015 at 8:35 am

    This is a fanastic pattern and makes a lovely quilt. Who doesn’t love a rainow!

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    Sandra B
    August 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Love this quilt!! The background fabrics really make the colors pop….and I really like the back too. And, the picture with the rainbow is perfect!!

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    August 1, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Gorgeous! Glad your fabric playtime added up to such an engaging quilt. Love it and the park setting with the rainbow. Your hubby had a great idea 🙂

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    August 1, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Yeah, pictures are usually taken out of the neighbourhood’s reach, we quilters are a weird folk ;-). I’m completely in love with the fabric choices you made for this quilt. The warm background colour is so lovely with the saturated yet calming rainbow palette.

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    August 1, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Love it so much Amy! 🙂 And such a great idea about sewing things just because, great reminder.

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    Tomomi McElwee
    August 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    total beauty. love lucky rainbow too!

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    August 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I super duper love this.

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    August 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I love it. It’s a lovely pattern and I really like the secondary patterns too ; )

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    Karen Seitz
    August 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Wow, this looks like a different pattern from your solid version. I love them both!

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    August 2, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Looks fantastic. Love the background, quilting well just everything. I am going to have to look for these fabrics. Your husband is a great quilt holder and rainbow pic is wonderful.

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    August 2, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Oh my goodness — a gorgeous quilt and a rainbow, too? ,

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    Cindy Pilkington
    August 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Just lovely! What a wonderful combination, fron and back. The final picture was really cute too! Thanks for sharing.

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    August 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Your quilts are so wonderful- love the ‘modern’ look, and the very creative backing!! Am committed to finding sew shabby for a visit!! Have a wonderful weekend- and more pictures outside!! You are AWESOME!!

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    jenny S.
    August 2, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Yet another beautiful rainbow quilt to celebrate marriage equality! With real rainbows gracing the photo, too! So much love!

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    August 2, 2015 at 10:45 am

    And there’s your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!!

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    August 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I LOVE this quilt!

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    August 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Amy, he does indeed have stellar quilt-holding-skills! I can barely see the teeny tiny tips of his fingers! This an absolutely gorgeous quilt! White is my default background color (I’m a big chicken!) but your colors are gorgeous. Maybe I can take the plunge!

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    August 3, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Your quilt is beautiful Amy, you always take great photos.

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    August 4, 2015 at 4:00 am

    What a stunning quit! I can’t stop staring at it!

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    Lorinda Davis
    August 5, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I’m so glad you took his advice…. that rainbow picture is so great! I love your quilt- awesome job!

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    Diana W
    August 5, 2015 at 4:18 pm

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