Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bottled Rainbows: Pumpkin

Today's Bottled Rainbows block is Pumpkin:

Bottled Rainbows: Pumpkin

Ok, so this block is definitely more "hunter orange" than pumpkin...but like Rachel says, Kona doesn't really make a subtle rusty orange. I used Kona Tangerine and man, is it bright!

I had to cut into some of my stash fabrics in order to make this block. I didn't realize it until this weekend but I've never made an orange quilt, despite wanting to for a really long time. This explains why I have very few orange scraps. And since I was already cutting into yardage, I took the opportunity to cut some extra squares for an orange quilt. I have a thing for orange and turquoise so we'll see what happens.

Anyway, the thing I love most about this block is this fishy:

Bottled Rainbows: Pumpkin

I was at the thrift store years ago and found what I can only assume are chaps...homemade and possibly to use while painting or making pottery or something? I don't know why else someone would need fishy chaps (edged entirely with lace for extra awesomeness). Maybe I don't want to know.

But the fabric was great so I bought them. It's cotton canvas and I just love the look on their little fishy faces. I've been waiting to use this somewhere but I haven't had a good reason. And I thought it would be hard to cut into this fabric but it was easy. And cutting into the rest of my orange stash was easy too.

Bottled Rainbows: Pumpkin

I've gotten really excited about actually using my fabric. No more saving it for the perfect project. I'm letting my quilts tell me what they need...and this block needed a very special fishy. And there are other blocks in this quilt that are calling for some of my very specialist fabrics too. I've been thinking about this a lot lately and I've decided that life is too short to save fabric. I bought it so I could use it so I'm going to use it and be happy. And I am happy so I know I made the right decision. I only wish I'd made it sooner.

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