Friday, October 21, 2011

Bottled Rainbows for April

More catch up my friends... This time it's bee blocks. I was so far behind on my blocks for April in the Sewn Together Bee. Her month was August and truth be told, I didn't send her block out until October. I know! I'm a bad bee mama. April asked each to make one Bottled Rainbow Block made from Rachel's tutorial. She sent out packets in one of two colors, Red or Aqua and I scored an Aqua packet! I love aqua!


I have never tried this block before, nor have I tried the quilt as you go method so I was excited to broaden my horizons on this one. April had sent along a bunch of scraps and I went to my scrap bin to add some of my own. I know that I always love when my fellow bee members add a bit of fabric form their own stash to my blocks when appropriate. I was a little concerned about getting the block to lay flat and puckering a little when I was basting the border. I thought that it might become an issue when I started sewing on the scraps but it wasn't at all.


This block was a little time consuming because I did a lot of fussy cutting to make the scraps "fit" together. But that was my own choice and I was having fun with it. I have always loved puzzles. I used to put them together almost obsessively as a child and I looked at this block as a puzzle where I could manipulate the pieces. Hee hee. I don't have kids, so I don't have a glue stick handy so I ended up using my spray baste instead of the glue stick that Rachel recommended in her tutorial and it worked out just fine.


I really fell in love with this block as I was working on it. It's a lot of fun and a very creative way to use those scraps. I keep even the tiniest of scraps hoping that one day I'll be able to put them to use and this block is a great way to showcase your favorite fabric scraps, no matter how small they may be. And the best part is, my wonderful and amazing husband actually noticed this block and commented how much he liked it so there may be more Bottled Rainbows in my future. Sorry for the delay April, but I hope you like the block as much as I do! Thanks for helping me learn a new block and a new skill.


  1. Oh, that looks cool, must check out that tutorial :o)

  2. This looks great. You know it's good if your husband (or any guy, for that matter) comments! haha.