This is always my favorite part of any quilt - getting to see the quilt start to come to life!
Last week's assignment for the third quilt in the Scrap-A-Palooza series was to sew up your strips. square up your blocks and attach the sashing.
Now it is time to get them onto the design wall and come up with a final layout.
I decided to use 4 colors and sew up 5 blocks of each color.
The first possible layout is to simply align each color in columns and you can see by alternating the direction of the blocks, the solid on the sides of your block create a fun sashing!
Another possible layout is to lay the colors out diagonally.
If you have created blocks made with lots of colors, you can just place them randomly. I think this one is very playful and works well with my color choices.
And a "happy surprise" I discovered is creating a woven ribbon look. This layout would take some planning on how many blocks to make and some color choices with more contrast than mine.
This is definitely something I will be revisiting in the future! Maybe hot colors one way and cool colors another?
This woven look reminded me of my picnic quilt I made a couple years back. It is still one of my favorites.
...but back to this project.
Once you have your layout finalized, this quilt is super simple to piece. There are very little seams to match up and if they aren't perfect, they don't show at all. Love these easy scrappy quilts!
When you have your top sewn and your backing chosen (hopefully you can find something that already exists in your stash), it is time to quilt it up. Here are a couple of ideas to get you thinking!
Simple squiggly lines could be really fun on this one. Use the strips on the blocks to help you to keep your quilting in line.
Another option is to quilt just big loops. Rather than making tight circles, I vary my loops from about 3/4" in diameter up to about 2". I also find they look better when I keep them round versus teardrop shaped.
(Sorry - I wish I had a better picture)
I hope you try something slightly outside your comfort zone when you quilt up your scrap quilts. They are perfect to practice on!
Here's an overview of the important stuff to do before the next step!
- Decide on a layout
- Sew up the top
- Dig in that stash for a backing (it is in there - just keep looking!)
And remember, you can check out all of the previous quilts by checking out the gallery tab. Not only are the steps to each part linked up but I have also shared quilts made by others so you can find lots of inspiration to sew up those scraps.
See you next week with my finished quilt!