Our challenge this month is the Bottled Rainbows block from Rachel Hauser’s Stitched in Color blog, but the size has been modified to make it a little smaller. Her how-to is here, complete with photos. You can also find many examples of this block in her Flickr group.
Please make your block (or blocks) in the colour of your choice. We will see the colours together and group them accordingly into guild quilts. It will be interesting to see what the dominant colours in our members’ stashes are. We will be accepting blocks in July and August. If you are interested in volunteering to piece and quilt one of the group quilts let us know.
Here are the specifics for our blocks with the large size requirements followed by the small size in brackets. Both of these are different from the dimensions in the how-to above.
1. Base Block in Kona White – 10 x 14 inches (5 x 5)
2. Frame in any solid – 2 strips of 3 x 14 (1.5 x 5) and 2 strips of 3 x 15 (1.5 x 7)
3. Assorted scraps in the same tone/colour family as the solid frame.
4. Cotton Batting – 16 x 20 (7.5 x 7.5)
Your finished large block with be 14.5 x 18.5, and your finished small block will be 6.5 x 6.5.
When sewing your scraps onto the base block please use a zigzag stitch that is slightly wider than normal, and of a medium length, overlapping slightly at the corners. Also keep approximately 1/4 inch of white showing between your fabric scraps. These little details will help the blocks look more uniform when pieced together.
Have fun with these blocks!