Friday, April 22, 2011

Bottled Rainbows {Materials for Finishing}

This post is part of a series Bottled Rainbows {ticker tape quilt along}. You can join in anytime. We're going at a leisurely pace and using up our scraps! Please see this page for links to all posts, and join us on Flickr to share your questions and work-in-progress!

Welcome to my weekly edition of Bottled Rainbows!  I'm finding that one block a week is such a nice pace.  Delicious, leisurely stitching - continuity without cramming.  Lovin it!

Eggplant Bottled Rainbows

This week I stitched up the Eggplant block.  It's a dark, slightly warm purple that bridges over to dark Indigo blue on the Bottled Rainbow Color Grid.  I used Kona berry for sashing. 

Although eggplant is a favorite color of mine, making this block was the first time I felt the fabric "pinch".  Not a lot of scraps to choose from and no stashed yardage to fill in holes.  Thank goodness Ruth of Sew Love Fabrics sent me these lovely scraps a few weeks back:

Aviary 2 for Eggplant Block from Sew Love Fabrics!

Aren't they pretty?!?!  If you haven't already seen it, these are from Joel Dewberry's new release, Aviary 2.  Sparrows on Lilac wants to be a sundress, I say.  And that Bloom print would be perfect for contrast.  Did I already make Aria's Easter dress?  Darn.  Well, the entire green/eggplant colorway is on my wish list.  The tone is perfect for a Bottled Rainbow Eggplant block, so if you need an excuse to by a fat quarter or two...

Plum & Eggplant Bottled Rainbow Blocks

OK all you purple-dislikers, can you resist?

Alright, didn't mean to get all confrontational.  You can dislike purple if you want.  The truth is, I can't seem to find a color that I squarely dislike.  At first I thought I might dislike peach, but Dottie Angel convinced me otherwise.  And then I said, well, not black then.  After all, black is NOT a color (or so I tell my husband).  But lately I'm starting to see how black can be just as vital as white in the mix of color, color.  So call me a color-ambassador.  I'm just trying to spread the craze...

bottled preview
finished quilt-top by AquaKnits

Can you believe that it's been 2 months since I first shared Bottled Rainbows with you?!?  It has!  I never guessed that so many people would jump on board.  Since some of you are lightyears ahead of me on this quilt-along, I figured I'd better put out some info on materials needed for finishing.

A border is completely optional of course!  I'm planning to add one to contain all this color and bring the Bottled Rainbows quilt to a twin bed size.  A neutral border in natural linen, gray or white would be lovely.  Mine will be 5" wide with mitered corners.  For a 5" border, buy 1 1/2 yards of 44" wide fabric.

Ok, a backing is not optional (wink).  A border-less Bottled Rainbow Quilt-Top should measure 64" x 80".  Buy 4 1/2 yards of a 44" wide backing fabric and plan to piece your backing together with the seam running parallel to the shorter side of your quilt. 

A bordered Bottled Rainbow Quilt-Top should measure 74" x 90".  Buy 5 1/2 yards of a 44" wide backing fabric and plan to piece your backing together with the seam running parallel to the longer side of your quilt.  You may also consider sourcing a 108" wide fabric, such as solid colored broadcloth or natural flannel, if you are certain this quilt is going to be used on a bed.  After all, the back of a bed quilt is almost never seen and you would only need to buy 2 1/2 yards of 108" wide fabric!

Most binding is cut 2.25" or 2.5" wide.  On either method and whether for a bordered or border-less version of Bottled Rainbows, buy 3/4 yards of any 44" wide fabric for your binding.  Or, you could simply use leftovers of your Kona solids to make a rainbow binding!  After all, this quilt is all about scraps (and color). 

For each of these finishing processes, I'll give detailed instructions here at Stitched in Color when I reach that point in the quilt-along!  Let me know if you have any questions on the finishing supplies. Happy weekend, friends!


  1. Oooh! I love these rainbow blocks!

  2. You are SOO talented! I love your blocks! I can't wait till I have enough scraps for this!!

  3. Rachel, those eggplant blocks are really pretty and I'm not usually a purple girl.
    Can't wait to see everybody's rainbows!

  4. Inspiring! Each block is a miniature tile quilt. The combination of all the colors will be magnificent! Thank you!

  5. I still only have my first 2 blocks done! I am mad at myself for not tackling this more whole-heartedly; I know I'll finish, just not sure when. Although, I am still waiting on 10 of my solids to arrive, lol.

  6. What? Purple-dislikers? I am so drawn to purple, and I don't know why. I don't think people who see this could dislike purple anymore - it can be so rich and quiet.

    I don't think there are any colors I dislike, either. There are colors that I would never use alone in big swaths, or that I would never use with certain other colors. But combining colors makes almost any color accessible and likable. I'm loving all these blocks - so fun to see groupings of a color like this, since they ARE usually combined.

  7. I LOVE these blocks, but have absolutely no idea how to go about putting one together. These are gorgeous!

  8. I think that I now officially need to work on some blocks again. No longer ahead!

    Once again I love your little bit of triangles in each block. Subtle but quite effective.

  9. Your blocks look so great! I keep thinking if I make one that I'd turn under the edges to prevent fraying (I'm a terrible zig-zagger), but that would add so much time. Maybe I'll wait to see how your zig zags hold up (=

  10. I love the idea of this sort of quilt, but I will not get to make one any time soon. But I follow the instructions and inspiration willingly! And I just ADORE the plum/eggplant/purple colourway - I find it so rich and soothing to look at.
    Thank you for a very good blog!!

  11. Purple is my favorite. Very nice!

  12. I love the purple! That block would look great on my purple couch. Your quilt is beautiful!

  13. I've just found your blog. It is lovely. I've added it to my blogroll so I can keep exploring what you have already posted and will post in the future. I think black is fabulous because it brings out colours. I use it more than white or neutrals, as I find these wash out colours.


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