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.
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!
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!
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