The Bee Hive: Jagged Little Pill
“I want you to know, that I’m happy for you, I wish nothing but the best for you both.” Oh Alanis, you give me chills every time! If you are a child of the nineties, there was no escaping this 1995 track [rumoured to be] about the breakdown of her relationship with Full House star, Dave Coulier. You Oughta Know was the lead single from her third album, Jagged Little Pill, which is where I took part of the inspiration for this quilt block and subsequent quilt.
It’s about the physical difficulty of swallowing those plastic little capsules, but also swallowing the truth of a difficult situation. That’s why they encapsulate the edge of the block, while also having an angled edge to make sure you feel it. Basically, the truth can hurt, but if you accept it and move on, it can become a thing of beauty. Truth tea, anyone?
You’ll find my super simple Jagged Little Pill block tutorial as this month’s selection in the Blossom Heart Quilts, The Bee Hive series. Each block will only take about fifteen minutes start to finish, and can make great use of jelly rolls, and scraps! As you can see in my blue and green version I raided my scrap bins to get a lot of varying depth in my chosen colour way. There’s also a fair amount of negative space for you FMQ aficionados, or buck the trend and use a print instead of a neutral for extra visual interest.
I hope a few of you do decide to choose the Jagged Little Pill block (no offence if not, but you won’t be getting a holiday card from moi!) so I can see how you put your own spin on it. I’m thinking a dark background with rainbow pills, or low volume backgrounds with yellow and red pills, or all solids in sea glass colours, or … Or well, maybe I just need to make another one myself! Now that is a jagged little pill, indeed!
(P.s. If you’re looking for a variation to make this block a little more challenging with some extra pieces … I’ve got that one figured out for you, too.)