Finish: Crayon Box 30

A while ago I posted that I had a quilt that I assumed was a shoo-in for QuiltCon that didn’t get accepted. This is that quilt. I finished this over a year ago, but it was slated to be the cover model for the book-that-didn’t-happen, so it didn’t get shared back then.


Because it was going to be the cover model for my book, I decided to have the incredibly gifted Karlee Porter do the quilting.



I think I like the quilting more than the quilt itself! I made the back a medium grey just so it would show off the quilting better. 


It may be hard to believe, but this quilt is based on this QDAD design. Instead of doing 3 colors, I went full rainbow, took out the center area, but kept the transparency.


Because I finished this so long ago, I don’t really remember what I had to say about it. Other than it took 3 hours and at least 60 bolts of Kona being pulled at my local quilt shop before I was happy with the color selection. And I still ended up subbing one color out for another before it was done.


I also spent a lot of time on the binding, and I actually really dislike it. I know some people will probably enjoy it, but it feels a little heavy handed and I wish I’d just gone with white and maybe a pop of color somewhere along the way. If I cared enough I’d pull it and replace it, but I’m pretty sure I don’t care enough. Too many new projects going on that I’m far more excited about!


The good news is that this quilt was selected (along with Transcendence) to be shown at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI. It was accepted into the long-arm quilting category, so really it’s Karlee who got into the show. But I’m glad I’m along for the ride!



Name: Crayon Box
Dimensions: 68″ x 88″
Fabrics: Konas – Citrus, Wasabi, Peapod, Parrot, Kiwi, Fern, Blue Grass, Glacier, Oasis, Deep Blue, Purple, Berry, Sangria, Coral, Persimmon, School Bus
Background fabric: Kona Snow
Quilting: Karlee Porter
Thing I learned: Don’t photograph your quilts outside right after the lawn mowers have been by when it has also recently rained. Especially when your quilt is longer than your quilt hangin’ tree is tall.
Other thing I learned: Alcohol does a fairly good job of removing small grass stains. Thank you, Cathy!


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30 thoughts on “Finish: Crayon Box

  • Vera

    I love transparency effect. This is perfect! 🙂 Love it and totally understand the hours spent by choosing the right colors.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! This was probably inspired in some ways by all the gorgeous rainbow work you do! 😀 Finding the perfect shade of a color brings home that 303 colors may FEEL like a lot, but it really isn’t that many. ^_^

  • Barbara Hanaburgh

    I find it hard to believe that any big Modern show would not want this quilt included. Thanks so much for showing us this, as people have a hard time with rejection, myself included.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you for the kind comments! My guess is that a juror or two were “over that rainbow thing.” Which is totally fine. 🙂 I have had plenty of things rejected at this point, which makes it easier to get over although it still always stings a little bit when the decision first comes down!

  • Jayne Willis

    You are right the quilting is amazing! But it wouldn’t be if it didn’t have your beautiful ‘canvas’ to paint on. Your design is beautiful, rainbow or not. I think the QDAD design is fascinating and would love to see it in a three color quilt! I appreciate all the time you took picking the exact right colors…you maniac!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Jayne! 😀 My aesthetic has shifted pretty strongly since my “QDAD phase” (hahaha omg I’ve been quilting long enough to have phases!) so I don’t know if I’ll ever revisit it at this point. But who knows, this stuff seems to trickle into my work one way or another!
      And of course the colors have got to be JUST SO! 😉

  • Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    Other than loving rainbow (which I definitely do), I really love the shape of the negative space in the center of the rainbow piecing. I’m glad this quilt gets to go to Grand Rapids. I saw you say that it feels odd that these quilts are out representing you now that your style has changed, and I can related to that a bit but am also excited to watch your style continue evolve. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      You always have the most thoughtful comments, Yvonne! <3 The nice thing about my "QDAD phase" is that most of the quilts were really quick to put together. My current phase seems to be a LOT slower. So I still don't have any finished quilts. And really only have 2 in progress. So many more experiments I want to try!! I think I need way more time in my day!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much for all the kind comments! As much as I’m drawn to rainbow designs in quilting, I think this is one of the first truly rainbow quilts I’ve made somehow! And Karlee’s quilting is SO amazing! I still find interesting things in there that I hadn’t seen before. 😀

  • Cathy Sanford

    Because the center of the quilt is so vibrant I think the edge would have faded off to oblivion if it had also been white. the choice of repeating the rainbow on the edge is wonderful. all in all a stunning piece.

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Cathy! And you might be right about the white being too bland around the edges. I hadn’t really considered that!

  • Linda N.

    I always appreciate your design aesthetic and viewpoint on your projects, Anne. This is one that you should certainly be proud of, binding and all! Though there is actually something about the center area of the quilt and the sharpness of the color corners there that truly draw me in! Thanks for sharing its story!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Linda! I think my problem with the binding is really just when it’s folded up (which is how I generally see it). When it’s hanging it seems to work better (go figure!) Obviously this is a sign that I need to stop keeping it folded up and hang it somewhere! 😀

    • anne Post author

      Thanks so much, Ruth! I would be fine with Karlee quilting on all my quilts if I could remotely afford that. ^_^ I think she makes every quilt a happy quilt! (The Bob Ross of quilting, perhaps?)

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Michelle! And no, my quilts didn’t come back with any comments. I think I remember reading somewhere that they no longer send judge’s comments. (Although I also vaguely remember them saying they do for winning quilts? I might be making all of this up!)