Rainbow Ripples & Reverse Ripples Pattern

We started this Rainbow Ripples quilt top last week.  It is a nice sunny and bright Drunkard’s Path quilt.  These Icon Elements are so pretty and have little icons on them just as the name suggests.  The quilt top put itself together in a quick hurry.

Rainbow Ripples quilt top

Then it sat because it was the beginning of the school year and there just wasn’t time for quilting.  I did, however, manage to throw some pattern details and templates in a .pdf document to share with everyone.

Download Pattern Here!

Rainbow Ripples and Reverse Ripples

Here’s what both patterns looks like in EQ8, and this is the details of Rainbow Ripples that I hope you can use.  Let’s talk a bit about how both patterns came to be on our radar.  I saw a version of Rainbow Ripples on Patty’s Elm Street Quilts website.  We were already making these Drunkard’s Path blocks in a larger size for our beehive queen of the month.  I popped over to EQ8 and whipped up a block, placed them in a quilt top and colored them with our fabrics.  Then we had to wait for the fabric to arrive.

Rainbow Ripples trial block

It took very little time once the fabric was here to make a quick test block.  But another quilt was floating around in the back of my mind after cutting all of the template A pieces out.  There were 48 castoff pieces in the shape of template B, only in a smaller size.  Hmm.  Back to EQ8 for the same pattern with a smaller block to use up those castoffs.  We don’t want to waste them, do we?!

Rainbow Ripples Details

Let’s get back to the topic at hand or Rainbow Ripples.  Our little shining star that makes both of us happy.  We usually trace the templates on the wrong size of the fabrics, but this time I gave rotary cutting a shot.  I carefully and SLOWLY followed the template with only a few skims of the paper.

Then, I make a crease in both pieces to find the center point by matching the sides together.

I placed only three pins before sewing – one at the creased center point, one at the beginning edge and the last at the end.  For me, it was easiest to have the template A piece on top which is the white fabric for this example.  Try it both ways to see which is easiest for you!

Charm Pack fit

Template B does fit on a charm pack, if you would like to go that route.  We didn’t because we didn’t have a rainbow pack.  Also, I’ve found charm packs to vary in size so definitely test the size (5″) before you start.  Sue cut me 5.25″ squares for template B.  I am more comfortable trimming down the fabric than taking a chance of it being too small.

Rainbow Ripples Quilt Top

Ripples design wall

Here is the first row on the design wall.  Once all the cutting was complete, the blocks went together lickety split.

Ripples layered

Now the quilt top is all layered and has been since Sunday late afternoon, awaiting my attention for quilting.  It’s not possible to be complete as a DrEAMi project for Sandra’s mmm Quilts linkup on Saturday, but check out our other friends inspirations and posts.  You never know when you, too, may have to Drop Everything And Make it.  If you make either Rainbow Ripples or Reverse Ripples we would love to see it!!

The Linky Parties we join can be found by clicking the link above or along the sidebar on our website for more quilting fun – check out what our friends are up to.  Like/follow us on our Facebook page and you can share your photos of what you’re working on.  We would love to see them!


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16 Responses

  1. Love the PDF you created that we all can download. And what a great way to use the cast offs! I appreciate you sharing all the info about this fantastic project! Take care, Mary.

  2. dezertsuz says:

    It’s fun, either way. So the smaller pieces are set like the one on the right, correct?

  3. Love both Rainbow Ripples and Reverse Ripples. The fabric and colour placement gives both quilts such life and movement. Love them both 😄 Carol

  4. The linky party is open until Tuesday September 3 my friend so I hope this little beauty gets done despite you being back to work! So you printed out the templates from EQ? I haven’t tried any of that yet, nor the paper-piecing ones either…

  5. Sew much fun!! I have always liked how a curved block looks really tricky, especially right before sewing, but that curve really is a breeze to sew:). I have never experimented with reverse coloring though. It looks completely different!

  6. Shirley Clark says:

    This is so cool! I love all the ways you can arrange the blocks.

  7. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, This is an amazing quilt and like everyone else, I look forward to seeing it quilted. It is a very fascinating pattern that results in the moving around of the pieces in the manner that you did. I honestly can not decide which pattern I like better. Are you and Sue going to make the other pattern also? I am working on a flying geese quilt project, yet I have not totally decided on my layout yet. There are so many options for FG alone and then if you add them to other pieces that adds a million other options. LOL. So who knows. Thank you for sharing and you and Sue have a marvelous and safe Labor Day Weekend! Loads of smiles and waves being sent your way……

  8. Rochelle Summers says:

    Just love those bright colors. Looking forward to seeing this one quilted. Also want to see the reverse quilt. You are so good about staying on target…even planning your Dreami project!! Have a great weekend.

  9. I really love your cheery colors. Your workmanship looks amazing!

  10. Thunder Quilts (BarefootThunder) says:

    They are both beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a happy quilt! I’m into both the version you sewed and the reverse approach. Well done!

    It’s been a while since I’ve sewn curves … Many thanks for the templates and tips. I appreciate it!

  12. I loved the EQ8 picture when you posted it a few days ago. I love the real thing even more. Great fabric choice and placement. It is such a happy quilt.

  13. I love the bright colors and the movement in this quilt. Can’t wait to see how you quilt it. Way to go, you two!

  14. I love it….I may have to make one myself!

  15. Brenda @ Songbird Designs says:

    Your blocks are so pretty! Great job!

  16. Vicki in MN says:

    Your blocks are so pretty and fun and they all look so flat, good job ladies! I agree cutting these oversize and trimming is the way to go with this block:)

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