Finished Scrappy Rainbow Quilt

This scrap quilt idea is one of my favorites for using up leftover scraps of fabric. A lot of the scraps are leftovers from cutting the kits for the Soul Blossom quilt last spring. 

Ta-dah! Finally pictures of the scrappy, rainbow quilt that has been in the works since Christmas.  

A full-body shot. I am SO happy with how this quilt turned out.  It’s kind of a step away from my usual primary color palette. You can see the original progress on this quilt here and here.  All the pieced portion of the quilt was made entirely from scraps. So that makes it a mostly free quilt, right??  

Here is a close-up of some of the fabrics. Most of them are so wild.  There are fabrics from Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms, Amanda Murphy’s Veranda, a little Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet, Deena Rutter, Sugar Pop – just a really eclectic mix. The colors are so much brighter than the rest of my house – most of my house is much more muted coloring. But I love how bright and cheerful it is. I may keep it on my bed in the winter just to cheer things up. The quilting was done by the talented Becky Heslop. (Hi Becky!)

With such a loud front, I wanted to choose a print for the back that would be equally loud and cheerful.  This fabric is from Dena Design’s Taza collection for Free Spirit.  

I choose a tangerine-y binding because I’ve been digging orange for a while now. I used Jenean Morrison’s Silent Cinema – also for Free Spirit. I ran out with only a small chunk left, so I used some leftover Deena Rutter Happier Strip to finish. I like it. 

And since I’m sharing the quilt, it must mean that the pattern is finally finished! I am not too inspired at naming quilts, but since we’re on a Muppets kick around her, thanks to the latest movie, I couldn’t resist Rainbow Connection. I still remember loving singing my little heart out to that song in the 1st grade. 🙂

Amy Smart Scrap Happy Rainbow Connection quilt pattern

A new and updated version of this quilt is now available in PDF and Hard Copy formats in my Pattern Shop. You can also see the updated quilt version here.

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    April 6, 2012 at 5:12 am

    What a happy quilt!! Need to add this pattern to my wish list. Lovely work.

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    April 6, 2012 at 5:16 am

    it turned out absolutely beautiful and cheerful…the orange is fantastic 🙂

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    Elizabeth Dackson
    April 6, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Awesome job, Amy, it looks great!

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    April 6, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Such a happy quilt.

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    Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet
    April 6, 2012 at 5:32 am

    That is like the block I am making my scraps into to. It is a great scrappy pattern.

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    Katy Cameron
    April 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Oooh, so pretty! Love all the bright colours on it, it'll really brighten up a winter day :o)

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    notes of sincerity
    April 6, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Oh Amy! What a &quot;happy&quot; and pretty quilt! :o)<br />You did such a beautiful job!!

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    kitty crafter
    April 6, 2012 at 6:49 am

    what a fantastic pattern! Who wouldn&#39;t want to wake up to those bright colors every day? I love it.

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    April 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Lovely quilt! I love the way that the colours blend into each other.

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    April 6, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I really like it Amy! It&#39;s out of my usual color zone too but it just screams summer fun!

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    April 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Wow, that is one pretty quilt! It is definitely on my &#39;to do&#39; list.

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    randi--i have to say
    April 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Very nice quilt, Amy! I do love the backing you chose!<br /><br />Congrats on the pattern too!

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    April 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Oh, it&#39;s so lovely! What a great use of scraps!

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    April 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Wonderful quilt. Truly drool-worthy! Do you mind if I pin it on Pinterest for future reference?

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    Jeanne W.
    April 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    This is just absolutely delightfully beautiful! This is a quilt that will always make you smile! =) LOVE it!

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    April 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

    This is absolutely beautiful.Great job!

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    April 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I love it! Especially the orange in the back and binding.

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    Heidi Staples
    April 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    April 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Oh Amy. It is gorgeous. I am totally in love with it. You did a beautiful job.

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    Cherry Street Quilts
    April 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Gorgeous! and I love the name, and the backing, and the binding.

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    Melissa, SoChick!
    April 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I agree, such a happy beautiful quilt! I love the rainbow of colors without it looking like a rainbow… If that makes any sense. ;-). You do beautiful work!

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    April 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    It looks absolutely fabulous! I love the scrappy-brightness of it! Hooray!

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    April 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    It&#39;s gorgeous! I also love that the rainbow is broken up and quite subtle. It&#39;s not your typical pot-of-gold rainbow. It&#39;s quite grown up, and still a little whimsical. Beautiful job.

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    Little Bluebell (Adrianne)
    April 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Beautiful scrappy with a purpose quilt! : )

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    April 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    It&#39;s gorgeous! I will have to get the pattern! The crazy wild prints are perfect.

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    April 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It&#39;s beautiful! I love all the crazy patterns together!

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    A.J. Dub.
    April 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    What a fabulous scrap quilt! Love your binding and backing too!

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    April 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love love love it.

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    Lynne (Lily's Quilts)
    April 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Gasp Amy I just love this quilt and I LOVE the name too – I&#39;m sitting here singing along just like Kermit and Piggy…

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    April 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    What a beauty!

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    April 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Your Rainbow Quilt turned out perfect! Just crazy about the bright splash of color on that back!

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    Teresa F.
    April 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Wonderful! I love your rainbow quilt. Well done.

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    April 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    love the quilt.

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    Sewing In CT
    April 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    It&#39;s a gorgeous quilt because it is like a classic old family heirloom and yet it is contemporary and bright. Well done!

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    April 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Would this pattern be appropriate for a novice quilter or is it more advanced??

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    April 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    That is a beautiful quilt! And quite fittingly colorful in time for Easter weekend.

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    April 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful! I love the pretty colours and the backing has a gorgeous 70s vibe! Silent Cinema is gorgeous and the binding is lovely 🙂 mmmm tangerineness! Happy Easter Amy!

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    April 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    What a beautiful quilt!

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    April 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    So pretty and happy! Love it!

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    Jennifer Salter
    April 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    GORGEOUS! Definitely pinning this for future inspiration!

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    April 6, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the colors you chose. What a great way to use up scraps! And the backing is perfect!

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    April 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    This is the next on my list and it is because of the name. Rainbow connection is my favorite muppet song!!! My husband looked at your quilt and said this is a must have and when I saw the name, that was instant permission to buy more fabric 🙂 thanks for the motivation!

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    April 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    This is the next on my list and it is because of the name. Rainbow connection is my favorite muppet song!!! My husband looked at your quilt and said this is a must have and when I saw the name, that was instant permission to buy more fabric 🙂 thanks for the motivation!

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    April 7, 2012 at 2:49 am

    This looks great! So light and summery!

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:11 am

    That is a really wonderful quilt. I love it, not only because it is gorgeous but it is my favorite color scheme.

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    April 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    I love the way this came out and it&#39;s going on my to-quilt list for sure! Great job!

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    Dayna at Precut Paradise
    April 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I love the colors..Very pretty quilt!

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    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    April 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Very sweet! It just sings &#39;spring&#39;!!

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    szyju szyju...
    April 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm


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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    April 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    It&#39;s just beautiful Amy!

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    April 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Amy, this is indeed a Brilliant pattern. I love the quilt, and I think the name Rainbow Connection is perfect.

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    April 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    It&#39;s wonderful!!! Love the quilt, and love the name &lt;3

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    Kim Walus
    April 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Love. Love. Love it! Congrats on a finished quilt and pattern!

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    April 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    It is beautiful. I only hope I can make a quilt as good as this.

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    Samantha Jayne
    April 8, 2012 at 2:34 am

    This is such a lovely quilt!

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    April 8, 2012 at 5:17 am

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! such a lovely way to incorporate the rainbow into a quilt.

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    April 8, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I love this quilt!! It&#39;s fabulous, wonderful, wow (I&#39;ll shut up now) I love colourful fabrics and quilts and this certainly counts as one. I&#39;ll have to go and dig out my scraps now and see if I have enough to make one just like this for myself.<br />Claire Bear

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    April 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Amy! Wonderful job, a rainbow of smiles to look at every day :). Enjoy it!

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    April 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous!! A fantastic cheerful quilt that will make any day brighter!!!X

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    April 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    It&#39;s Beautiful Amy — Congratulations!!!

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    April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I love the colors…this is beautiful!

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    Shop Girl
    April 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Fantastic Finish! I am always so inspired with your lovely creations.

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    April 11, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Its a beauty Amy. Congratulations on your latest pattern release. I love your colour choices (front &amp; back).

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    sweet diesel designs
    April 13, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Absolutely love this!

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    Kati from Kati's Quilting
    April 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Wow,it looks beautiful and I specially like the orange binding!

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    Terri Morse
    April 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Amy, I&#39;ve been looking for the perfect quilt for my Soul Blossoms fat quarters and lots of other fabrics. This is it! I already purchased the pattern and I have 8 blocks completed. I LOVE the way they&#39;ve turned out. Thanks for such a great pattern.

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    January 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I&#39;m in love – love the stripieness (is that a word?), love the happiness, love it all.

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