I do love to use up my scraps. And boy do I have a bunch. Big ones, little ones, odd shaped ones. After many years of quilting, I’ve managed to collect a few.
Yesterday, at my quilt group meeting, I was working on my very scrappy “lego” quilt. I saw this quilt on a blog years ago and I started in making it. It is based on an older quilt talked about by Quilting with the Past. And that is another thing I love; antique quilts. Even though I use a lot of bright and crazy fabrics in my quilts, I still get inspired by the old quilts of yesteryear.
To make my quilt I’m using 1 1/2″ wide strips, which is the smallest strip I cut in my studio (unless you consider I save the 1/2″ pieces to do rope baskets!). I also have 2″and 2 1/2″ strips cut….oh, and then there are the 2 1/2″ and the 4″ squares…..too much information?
I started this quilt over a year ago. It does take a bit of time to sew because of all the little pieces. But I’m in no hurry. This is the quilt I work on when I need a mental break from more detailed work. We’ll see how long it takes me to finish. I’m guessing it will be a couple more years in the making. But hey – it will have hundreds and hundreds of fabrics and be oh so wonderful!
And speaking of scrappy….I found this list of scrappy projects. I’m pretty sure I’m going to start with the scrappy bowl. Love that!
It’s raining here today….so it’s a perfect day for sewing! Happy quilting!
With the encouragement of my quilt group, The Pine Needlers, and my mentor Sheila Sinclair Synder, I’ve finally produced my first quilt pattern! I love making new quilts and coming up with new designs. Sometimes simple is best, and this quilt is a good one for the first time quilter, or for a quick baby quilt. The crib-sized quilt top can be cut and pieced together in a weekend. Then depending on how crazy you want to quilt it, that will take a bit longer!! (And yes, I quilted it “CRAZY!”)
I did a crib-sized quilt using some colorful prints out of my stash. And speaking of that, this is a good one to use up some of your stash on because it looks great scrappy.
My quilt group used this as the pattern for their 2012 raffle quilt. They used a more sophisticated color palette and limited the number of fabrics used to achieve a more subdued look. It turned out wonderfuly….and I hope you are enjoying it Virginia! (The winner of this year’s quilt!)
Hop on over to my Shop page and you’ll find the pattern for sale! It’s only $8.00 and that includes the shipping! So get one for yourself, and a gift for a friend. Enjoy! And happy quilting!
What to do with all those old scrubs? Make a quilt of course! And what a great use of old fabric. So colorful and fun and surely full of memories. So if you are a vet or a vet tech, or perhaps even a nurse or a doctor, this might be something for you! Of course, if you’re not a quilter, you’ll have to find a friend that is!
This is a colorful and scrappy quilt, so no fancy quilting was required. I did a sort of paisley loop meander across the entire surface in a fairly large scale. All the better for snuggling with!
My quilt group puts together a raffle quilt for the Blackberry Jam Festival each year. And today was the day! This year our theme was “Patriotic” with red, white and blue fabrics. Everyone made some blocks and brought them to the meeting. We laid them out and decided on the design and then started sewing the blocks together. It’s amazing how many hands make light work. By 3 pm we had put it together, and now all that is left is buying the backing fabric (thanks Chris!), quilting it (yes, I get to do that!), and binding it (thanks Kathy!). We hope to have it ready by January so we can start selling tickets. The quilt show is in late July, so there is plenty of time to purchase some. And of course I will let you know when they are available.
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