Monday, December 2, 2013


I have been wanting to make a scrap quilt forever.  I've been buying fabric and quilting since the 1990s, so you can imagine the amount of leftovers I have.  I've been looking at scrappy quilts to find a pattern I liked, and I came across this one that I found at A Little Bit Biased.  As you can see, it is finished and ready to be listed for sale at my new Etsy shop.

The reason I put off making a scrappy quilt was that the directions usually start out with "Cut out 578 2 inch squares."  Oh, my!  I could not imagine doing it!  But I liked this quilt so much that I dragged out my bins of fabric "stash" and started cutting out 2" squares for the nine and sixteen patches, and larger squares for the star points and background.  It took a few days, and I was very methodical (obsessive) about the colors I chose.

The picture to the right is the stacks of all the colored squares I cut out.  Each small stack is 4 squares of that color, and I did nine stacks of blue, nine stacks of yellow, etc., so altogether, there are 312 of the 2" squares, and 80 of the larger squares.  And this does not count the white squares that I cut out for the background.  So, all together, I cut out 624 of the smaller squares and 160 of the larger squares, plus sashing, so the grand total was around 900 pieces.  Whew! 

So many steps went in to piecing the blocks, including making all the half-square triangle blocks for the start points.  The picture above shows the 160 blocks I made for the star points, which then had to be pressed and trimmed to the right size, as show by the pink ones on the right.  I really wish I had kept track of the hours I spent making this quilt.  It has to be over one hundred!

This little pile is just the 16th of an inch that I trimmed off of each edge to make the blocks come out perfect!

After all that cutting and sorting colors into order, it was such a rush to finally make the first block!  I won't even go into any detail about how I arranged the colors, but suffice to say that the colors are in a certain order, and there is no block where a color is repeated, or near a like color in a block next to it in the quilt.  I have heard other quilters say that, when they make a scrappy quilt, they put all the pieces in a bag and choose them at random, but I am too obsessive for that!

It was fun doing the sashing, too, and I put it together as I went so that I could be sure there were no like colors touching in the sashing, either!

Many hours and many days later, the quilt was ready to go on my Ansel 26 long arm quilting machine.  I chose a quilting pattern called Feathers All Around and I love the way it came out!  I did the pattern a little bit smaller than I usually do for my quilts, because I wanted it to have a more old time-y look.  I quilted it with white thread.  The backing for the quilt is white, too.  I love the way you can see the quilting on the back.

All that was left to do was bind the quilt, and after considering a white binding, I decided to piece the binding using a lot of the fabrics I used in the quilt top.  Every 12 inches, the binding changes to another color.

This quilt is done and ready for a loving home!  The dimensions are 57" x 70" and it would be a great quilt for a child or an adult that likes a little whimsy in their life!  Click here to see the quilt and buy it!

I have the next quilt in my mind already and have purchased fabric for it, so please favorite me on Etsy so you can see my creations as they get listed!

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