My son and I got to singing that old camp favorite “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall” (and some of its even sillier variations) while goofing around recently. Later that day, I was trying to come up with some new block design ideas, and inspiration struck — a new kind of bottle quilt! Drafting the bottle pattern was quite easy. Less obvious was how to arrange the bottles to make a reasonably proportioned quilt while still incorporating 99 blocks (3 rows of 33 bottles just isn’t a useful proportion for anything but a looong table runner!). I’m pleased with this layout. The 99th bottle, of course, does not fit on the shelves, and so it sits on the “floor”. I guess that’s the one that got taken down and passed around.
If you want to make your own quilt, click here for the PDF pattern plus the dimensions of the bottles, sashings and borders (but no instructions) to make a quilt about 67 x 76″. The bottle labels are perfect for using large scale and novelty prints — fussy cut them to resemble real beverage bottle labels. You could even add the names of your favorite beverages with fabric markers or embroidery. I chose the same bottle green color for all the bottles, to show up on a black background while not overly competing with the labels, but of course other color schemes could work just as well.
If you make something with this block, be sure to add a photo of it to our Flickr group :-)
EQ7 users can download the EQ7 project file here if you’d like to play around with layout ideas and fabric choices. (I had to zip it so you can download it – hope that’s not a problem for anyone.)