Monday, March 02, 2009

Another Scrap Quilt: Someone Stop Me!


It must be the time of year--so closely associated in my mind with my grandmother, who died a year ago. She was the absolute reigning queen of quilting for decades. Anyway, I'm on to my second top, this one completely different in feel. Still made from scraps, still pieced randomly with the caveat that each scrap piece is followed by two neutral pieces.

The neutral fabric I'm using is all leftover linen from thrifted dresses bought to supply apron fabric. So satisfying to use up the extra bits! It doesn't all match, but it's close enough. For my scrap squares, I'm sticking to tones of brown and deep red, a color scheme that sorted itself into existence as I pulled fabric out to work with. And those "squares" aren't squares at all. They're 3 x 6 rectangles, and they orient vertically in the quilt top.

22 comments:

The Hobbit said...

You have scissors in hand Right? No I don't think getting you to stop is a good idea.Maybe we should send you scraps? I think you're on a roll.

fawndear said...

I agree with Hobbit. I love seeing your creations. Gives me hope that I can attack the mountain of material in my sewing room and make something of it.

mrs boo radley said...

Lovely. A friend has a new baby boy arriving in late spring and I will check you out on Etsy!

Paula said...

Lovely! You will have to restock your scraps soon, or Daisy will have no flowers. :) I don't ever find good fabric at my thrift stores, nor are they cheap. I will keep looking thou.

Connie said...

Okay, maybe I could learn. My pile of fabric is less than 3 inches think. I think I am suppose to have boxes of fabric!

Trinity Mommy said...

I love it!!!

Tracy said...

I recognize the brown polka dot from the dress I bought from you. It's my hubby's favorite!

Toby & Kelly said...

Good heavens, why would you want to stop? I feel warmer just looking at those beautiful quilts!

Lisateresa said...

I like it! I've noticed your quilts seem to all have white areas in them. It gives them a nice fresh look.

Kelly said...

oooh - i like this one!

Ways of Zion said...

wow, you are amazing! btw how do you get time to do all this with kids running around??? I am trying to figure out a way to get stuff done and it is not happening in this household!

New Mom said...

I'd love to see what one of your scrap quilts looks like on a bed? I've been thinking about doing something similar for my baby's crib blanket...

Janet said...

Would love to see both scrap quilts in their full glory!!

Anonymous said...

did I miss something? I never got to see the last quilt finished I did'nt think.

Love your enthusiasm. Love your quilts. Love your blog.

Kimmie said...

Anna...What always has baffled me...is once you have your quilt top, your batting (did I spell that right?), your backing...then what do you do?

You really are very talented...do you sleep ever? ;-)

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

KinaBolina said...

I'm with New Mom, I want to see one of your finished scrap quilts on a bed. This one is darling. The little bursts of leapord print are so unexpected!

xoxo KB

Anna said...

I'll get a photo up soon of the finished spring-color quilt. I put the binding on yesterday. Of course I put that job off for days then it took a short time.

Kimmie, the next step is to actually quilt, either by hand or by machine. Or you could tie it. Google some how-to-quilt sites--I know you'll find some good stuff.

I like the leopard-print myself--it's corduroy. There's also velvet, flannel, silk, and wool squares. Lots of good textures. It's going to be a good one for Felix, I think. He gets the top of his bed grubby, and the neutral tones will be practical!

AmysZoo said...

I have a bit of a silly question, but how do you get all of your rectangles or squares to have straight sides? Do you use scissors, or a roller? Is there a trick to it, or is it by eye? Does it matter if they are perfectly straight?

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us and the way you make your home beautiful for your family.

Kristy said...

I am loving these scrap quilts...now I want to clean out my stash and make some! How wonderful they are!

Margo said...

oh lovely!
I'm going to use rectangles in my next quilt, but running horizontally, as a brick wall (complete with "mortar"). Well, that's the plan anyway.

Kristen said...

Your quilts are beautiful! I really am going to have to try one. Thanks for inspiring!

Melissa said...

I've been reading through your quilting archives the last two days. Your scrappy patchwork quilts have inspired me so much. I'm thinking of borrowing your idea from this quilt and making one for my son using 3x6 rectangles cut from old jeans and then for the scrap pieces using shirting scraps. I'm worried the denim might be too heavy though for the shirting-not sure how those fabrics will work together but I think the shirting would be stronger than quilting cotton.

Thank you so much for the inspiration. I've been planning quilts for my three sons for a while and always start obsessing over my seams not perfectly matching and then I decide I'm a failure and quit sewing. Your post on how to make a scrap quilt is so liberating. I think I can let go of everything not lining up perfectly because like you wrote, "who cares". Thanks again for all the inspiration!

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