Monday, March 16, 2009

A Linen Scrap Quilt

This is the second finished quilt, based on linen blocks interspersed with rectangles of browns and reds. I wasn't thrilled with it until I put the binding on, but that somehow brought it up a notch, and Giles and put the stamp of approval on it by asking to taking it back to Savannah with him. Which he will do, since Felix is lobbying for the blue one.


Every scrap quilt should have a special piece, like the golden egg in an Easter egg hunt. Here I've included a block with a little hit of lapis lazuli. It's the prize in the Crackerjack box.


I didn't know how to bind this quilt. Muslin like the back? Too bright and pale. Plain linen? Too boring and not enough anyway. Solid dark color? Too emphatic. In the end I picked up my little pile of leftover brown and red pieces and stitched them together into a long strip. Just right.

20 comments:

Carol said...

The binding is the piece de resistance. The lapis lazuli looks like a Daisey--how appropriate.

from MD

Sarah Jane said...

Beautiful!!!

Heather said...

It is no wonder at all the Giles has claimed this beautiful work of art! Scrappy quilts are the best and truest form of thrift and economy - according to my Nanny Ruth!
I thought of you at our charity shoppe on Saturday - it is run by a local church - all volunteer! It is called Anna's Closet and it was 'bag sale' day. All the 'winter' was clearing out for $5 for a big sturdy paper bag - after 2pm it was 2 bags for $5! I stuffed my bags with 100% wool sweaters for felting and 100%linen blouses and dresses for future projects like your lovely aprons, totes and quilts. I couldn't resist the wonderful hand of both fabrics! I think you would love working with felted woolens if you haven't already had the pleasure!

Kim D said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

And I just wanted to say that I made your Vanilla Cake recipe tonight and it was a hit! I mentioned you in my post about it tonight.

Thanks for posting your recipes and domestic adventures, you are inspirational!

Lisateresa said...

Nice!

sweet bait said...

Love it. Simple and lovely.

Tracy said...

As the TV cereal ad says "the simple things in life are often the best". Giles is a discerning young man to snap up your simple beauty of a quilt.

Anonymous said...

looks like a lovley box of chocolates :)

Kathryn said...

Ohhhh I love them. I also love to piece the back together occasionally and like yours I'm always happy with those results!

Mary said...

That quilt is beautiful! Where do you find the time to sew? You seem to work fast! LOL I just love reds and browns together, especially for the cooler months. For the warmer weather, give me pink and green. (smile)

AnnaVallance said...

That is a beautiful quilt.

julier said...

Looks beautiful. Inspires me to pull out my own scrap bag and start sewing away!

Bethgem said...

Girl, you are on a roll!

Kimmie said...

Perfect!

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

nytesong said...

I adore this color combination!

Hannah said...

Oh man, that is BEAUTIFUL! I think the brown is my favorite of all you've posted.

Margo said...

how lovely!
I agree that every thing needs to have its little prize. On my scrap quilt it's the less than straight stitching, oh yeah.

Rona's Home Page said...

How beautiful.

KinaBolina said...

Ooh, the corderoy lends a fun bit of textural difference. Me likey.

Mrs. B said...

I am quite curious. I have never tried to quilt before. As a matter of fact I am a novice to sewing in general, but I recently picked up some great fabric swatches at a thrift store for a song. There is such beautiful texture and pattern in these books of samples that I want to make into a "scrap quilt" like you have shown recently. I know to start with sewing together the pieces of fabric, but after that what do I do. I know this is a tall request via the comments section. If you could help I would appreciate it. You can visit me over at my blog and find my email there. I'm so looking forward to trying this :o)

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