Today's Bottled Rainbows block is 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:
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.
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.