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Eat The Rainbow QAL: Week 2

Welcome to the Eat the Rainbow Quilt-Along! I'm so happy you're joining me in sewing this quilt made from my Country Life fabric! An undeniable benefit of country life and growing your own food, is being able to eat from farm to table! When my children were young, I always told them that we need to “Eat the Rainbow”–meaning a little bit of all the beautiful fruits and vegetables we grew in our garden. This quilt pays homage to this life lesson of enjoying all the colors of food that we eat!





 

Week 2: Rainbow Blocks


Week 2 is for sewing Rainbow blocks! This week, I am sharing tips for using and cutting with templates and for sewing curves. Watch the video, below, as I walk you through making a Rainbow block!




 

Gather Your Fabrics


I made the Eat the Rainbow quilt in my Country Life Fabrics for Riley Blake Designs! See the fabric requirements below. This quilt is fat quarter-friendly, so you can easily use your stash or a fat quarter bundle of your choice. To make the quilt in Country Life Fabrics, shop here.




If you'd prefer to buy a fabric kit to make this quilt, there are some shops who are kitting them! Here's a list of kits (I'll try my best to keep this list updated as kits sell out or more shops choose to kit it! If you're a quilt shop and are interested in kitting this quilt, please message us!)



 

Share on Social Media So We Can Cheer Each Other On!



Share your progress on social media using the hashtag #eattherainbowqal and TAG me with the "@" symbol @sewastory_jenniferlong, so I can cheer you on!


You can also click on the image to download this graphic! Then you can share on social media to let others know you're sewing along with the Eat The Rainbow Quilt-Along.




 

Quilt-Along Details


This QAL is fully supported, with tips and tricks and all the organization you will need to just relax and enjoy all the fun sewing. We'll share weekly blog posts, emails, social media posts, and videos to make sure you have everything you need have success sewing Eat the Rainbow. If you haven't already, sign up for QAL communication at the link below.








January 24 - Week 3: Beet Block


January 31 - Week 4: Carrot Block


February 7 - Week 5: Corn Block


February 14 - Week 6: Apple Block


February 21 - Week 7: Quilt Assembly & Borders





Size: 68 1/2” x 82”


Techniques: Traditionally pieced with some curved seams for the rainbows and HSRs for the carrots.


Difficulty: Intermediate


 

Health Benefits of Eating the Rainbow

As we sew our way through Eat the Rainbow, I thought it would be nice to share some healthy tips along the way! This week, I'm sharing a few ways that eating all the colors of the rainbow can improve your nutrition and health!


Red fruits and vegetables: Improves heart health, decreases prostate and breast cancer risk, contributes to stroke prevention and increases brain function.


Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables: Reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation, strengthen the immune system, build healthy skin and improve vision.


Green fruits and vegetables: Help prevent cancer. Typically, these foods are high in vitamin K, potassium, fiber and antioxidants.


Blue and purple fruits and vegetables: Improve brain health and memory. They also help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.