Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bottled Rainbows {moving forward}


Would you like a page that tracks all posts relating to the Bottled Rainbows Quilt-Along?  I thought so.  Please bookmark this original post.  You'll find a list of links to all quilt-along posts at the bottom.  I'll be updating this page regularly.  You can also find a link to the quilt-along at my Tutorials page.


If you are joining in, please consider adding the Bottled Rainbows button to your blog.  It's a nice way of sharing a good thing and of giving some link love to Stitched in Color.  You can find that button in an easy-to-grab, copy/paste html box at the quilt-along page.  You'll need to paste the code into the "edit html" portion of your blog post to make the button appear correctly, or add it to your sidebar as an html gadget.


I made a sample!  I've heard from more than one person who was like, "Rachel, I love your rainbow, but what are you talking about?"  Oops.

Bottled Rainbow Quilt-Along in Pumpkin

So, here it is, friends.  I used my scraps in burnt orange, pumpkin and coral to make my first block for Bottled Rainbows.  Now, this is not the "how to" post, so I'm not going to go crazy with details.  But, basically, I start by making a plain block in bone with the solid border.  Next I lay out scraps for color/print balance, cut to size to make them fit together like a mosaic, glue them down with stick glue and then zig-zag stitch around each scrap to permanently attach.

for scale

There are many ways you can mix this up - larger scraps, smaller scraps, larger spacing between scraps.  You could opt for all squares or rectangles for a more linear design.  You could attach your scraps with a straight stitch, leaving raw edges exposed to fray.  We'll talk more about options later, but all of those I've mentioned would totally work with this quilt-along.

So, is that as clear as mud?  Do you like it?


You can buy your solids now at Marmalade in a Bottled Rainbow fat quarter bundle.  Thanks so much, Tammy! 


I <3 Ticker Tape

With that in mind, and seeing as how we still need to organize a scrap swap/marketplace, it seems like a schedule tuneup is in order.  This week I hope you are getting together your solids and taking inventory of your scraps.  Next week we'll start swapping scraps and I'll give you the detailed "how to" post, as well as address some of your questions for finishing.  The following week (2nd week of March) will be our first make-a-block week.  That will give you an extra week to receive solids and scraps.  Sound good?


I'd like to apologize that I have not been my most organized version of myself lately.  I feel like I've been juggling too many projects lately, but more in a "learning to balance this" kind of way than in a "something's gotta give" kind of way.  I have less than a week left to finish and mail my magazine quilt and my husband is leaving tomorrow for a week long trip so I'll be flying solo as a mom.  Please cross your fingers for me, K?

Thanks so much for being here!  I just love sewing along with you and your comments are each a blessing.




  1. Well I'm glad someone else asked because I just didn't get it either! LOL! I liked the boxes of color you had drawn out but I didn't get the pile of scraps and so on. NOW I get a glimpse of what it is all about.

  2. I'm one who didn't get it either! I was just visiting, but after seeing your burnt orange block, I'm wondering if I need to join in the fun. It's gorgeous!

  3. That is super-duper awesome, Rach! What a fun project!

  4. Oh, I want to join in so badly, but I am just so nervous that I won't be able to keep up or get it, since this will technically become my first completed quilt. I think I am just going to go for it! Eeeek! :)

  5. This looks like such fun! And I sure have a TON of scraps for this kind of project.

    Hang in there, Rachel. We quilters are a pretty patient lot--we'll be here when you get a chance to post.

  6. I am checking my scraps- I doubt I have enough and in so many colors. but, I do have a question. How many of each colored squares are we making? I have a jelly roll of different colors and was wondering if I could use that for the rainbow colors?

  7. Sounds great, and I am so glad that you are giving us an extra week to gather supplies before we start! I love your example piece, so pretty!

  8. I think this is a neat project! I just found it through Flickr a few mins ago but I'm totally in, in fact, I've already purchased the solids from Sew Fresh. The bundle package is very helpful! Thanks for such a great idea! I look forward to sewing along with you!

  9. Your block looks great. I have just about got all of my solids together, so now on to the scraps. Can't wait to get started :)

  10. Gee Rachel, I just love how creative this is! Nice to see something a bit out of the box (but in the bottle - haha).

    You can do it! Sometimes when hubby is gone lots, I get more alone time to sew. Not sure how that works with a few little ones. But you know: quick meals, early bed, rearrange old toys so they are new again... give them some huge crafty project that will keep them really busy. Have them make the next design with a bazillion little pieces! ; )

    I wish you all the best with completing this! : )
    ~Monika in Saskatoon

  11. I love the sample block! It's beautiful. I'm still not sure I can commit, but I'm really wanting to!

    Hang in there on your deadline and solo time. You can do it!

  12. Wow, thanks for the sample block, it's stunning, I love it!! I definitely plan to participate, off to go add your button to my blog. Good luck on your upcoming deadline, I'm certain you can do it, no problem. Fingers are crossed for you :)

  13. Will the fabric still fray with a zig zag stitch and heavy washing? I've never done less than a satin stitch, a turned edge, or fusible?

  14. Now I am really excited to start

  15. Bless you for contacting Whipstitch! I've already set up my custom order including your Kona bundle using my Groupon! Hooray!

  16. Well, if you've been disorganized, I haven't noticed! I'm really excited for this project. Ordered my bundle from Whipstitch, and I'll start sorting through my scraps soon.

    To anyone who might be on the fence: I participated in Rachel's Colorbrick quilt-along, and it was very well-done and thorough. She explained everything with clear instructions and photos. You can do it!

  17. What a fun idea! I love that block!

  18. it is so beautiful! i am sooo in on this one!

  19. got to get thinking about a pillow.

  20. This seems like a ton of fun! I just recently found your blog and already you amaze me! You seem to have a ton of things going on, and somehow you keep up with them! I'm so not you...I'm lucky to keep up with one thing while my head spins around a dozen.

    Good luck this week. Have fun!

  21. Oh, getting so excited about this! I ordered my fabrics today. I found a store at etsy that has lots of Kona solids & has a listing for custom FQ bundles. Simply Solid Fabric. It'll be my 1st time using them, so hopefully they're good!

  22. Okay...NOW I get it, and it's just like you and the title described. :) This is simply GORGEOUS! I can tell that each block will take quite a bit of time. Thanks for finishing one for the blog. I am looking forward to seeing this quilt progress now.

  23. I'm definitely in! I may not go the whole hog (or may adapt to be a bit smaller) but I think I have enough scraps to make this a really beautiful little number ...

    Thank you for such a great quiltalong ... (maybe a tad slow until I finish up all my swap items !! )

    Sarah x

  24. how about cutting the scraps with pinking shears and then straight stitch applique them down, I think that would be fabulous!

  25. This looks like a lot of fun. My favorite thing is your jars of scraps. My scraps are in shoe boxes, so we can't see them. It's a fun surprise when I open the boxes up, but it would be better to know what's there.


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