How to: Achieve a gradient effect in your quilt


I have come to love having a gradient effect in my quilts. I have done it on at least 4 and every time it just makes me so happy. I know some of you have expressed interest in seeing how I do it. There are probably 100 different ways to achieve this same effect. There is no right or wrong way. This is just how I like to do it.

First I start by separating my blocks by color.

I like to start with the lightest blocks, so in this case the ones with a white background. Place these in the upper left corner of your quilt, making sure to add in any spacer blocks that your pattern may require. I’m making Flirty by April Rosenthal here and there are spacers along the top and sides.


Grab your next color (in my case yellow) and fill in the spaces on the diagonal.

Continue adding blocks in color by color.

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Here is my end result of this experiment.


This color gradation just didn’t work for me. I moved some things around and was soooooo much happier with the result.

Once you make a quilt or two, it’s so easy to get the hang of it and you’ll be on your way to rainbow-tizing the world before you know it. 🙂

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