This is part of a series in which 1/2", constructed tucks are incorporated into a pieced background. This is also the first quilt in a sub-series exploring various relationships between checks and gradations of rainbow colors. Checking over the Rainbow #1 was an ensemble that I made for the Fairfield Fashion show in 1987. The background strips in this quilt are black and white 1" checks in the upper right corner and rainbow checks in the lower left.
Each tuck is constructed from two different fabrics. The right sides of the tucks are a gradation of pure rainbow colors. The left sides of the tucks are black and white checks. The use of color and value gradations, and the twisting of the tucks from side to side, create the illusion of movement and light across the surface of the quilt.
The three dimensional center is framed by successive borders of black and white checks, rainbow checks, and shades of gray. A binding of black and white checks completes the outside edge. The back of the quilt is made from black, white and red stripes, with a few rainbow check thrown in.