Melanie from melintheattic created this beautiful “Technicolor” Quilt. Her design was inspired by ombre patchwork quilts by Amy Smart and “Pink Greater Than” by Alissa Haight Carlton. If you love this quilt you’re in luck!– Melanie has a tutorial at melintheattic!
Melanie is the newly-appointed president of the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild and she also teaches Beginning Quilting and Free Motion Quilting at Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, New Jersey. She used a junior jelly roll of Simply Color Ombre by V and Co. in this quilt, plus Kona Bone and Kona Light Gray for the binding.
Being relatively new to quilting, the idea of ombre fabric was so inspiring to me. I was amazed by Amy Smart’s quilts for the Simply Color booth at quilt market when it was introduced, and then I kept thinking about all the shapes that could be enhanced by the ombre effect. I was talking with my friend Beth Rowan, who owns Rock Paper Scissors, and she asked if I could make a quilt with the jelly roll to show all of the things that the ombre could do. So I made blocks in ombre patchwork with log cabin-type angles that faded toward one corner. I was watching The Wizard of Oz while cutting and piecing, and the bright pixel effect reminded me of older movies with exaggerated color and fuzzy resolution. Once it was framed with the gray, The Wizard of Oz connection was cemented in my mind and I decided to call it “Technicolor.” For the back, I took the remaining strips to improvise an angle inspired by Alissa Haight Carlton’s work. I loved how the ombre made it look like there was glare on the quilt. For now, it lives in the store as a sample, but when Beth is done with it I hope to hang it in my sewing space to bring color and encourage creativity.