I know that lots of you are making a rainbow scrap Luna Quilt (my favorite kind) and figuring out how many pieces of each color you need can be a little bit daunting. Don't worry! Rainbow scrap quilts are very forgiving and I'm going to give you some ideas to help you figure out how many pieces you want to cut for each color.
Before you get started, make sure to check out this post about creating a successful rainbow scrap quilt.
One note: I like to mix the colors a little bit to help was the transition from color to color. So I might take an orange piece that is more of a pink-ish orange include it in the pink block or I might take a yellow piece that is a little warmer and include it in the orange block. Figuring out how to best do this is totally up to you!
How many pieces of each color you need to cut will depend on your preference and the scraps that you have in your stash. When I made my quilt, I first looked at my scraps and realized that I had a ton of greens, blues, and purples and a lot fewer pinks, oranges, and yellows. Because of this, I decided two things:
- I would make the blocks that needed the most pieces (the ones that are in the center of the quilt) out of the blues and greens.
- I would weigh my rainbow a little heavier toward the cooler colors. That meant that instead of making blocks with pink and then pink-ish orange and then orange and then orange-ish yellows etc. which would use more warm colors, I would make blocks with green and then blue-ish green and then green-ish blue and then blue, etc.
And here are some examples of how you could break down your colors. The second column tells you how many blocks you need for each color. For Color 1 you need 1 block, for Color 2 you need 2 blocks, etc. Use the info in the "Single Block Cutting Instructions" section of the pattern to figure out how many pieces you need to each color.
You don't have to start your rainbow with pink and then go through to purple. If you have more pinks in your scraps, you could have the pinks as the color in the center of the quilt.
Here are some examples of how to you could break down your colors.
You can really take this any direction you would like! Using the color sheet can help you plan the colors in your quilt.