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!
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:
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...
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...
|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!