Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #4 Part Two

Spring is finally here in Oregon so I am happy this month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt is quick and easy so I can spend some time outside (okay, for the most part, all of my scrap quilts are quick and easy!). 
If you read last week's post, you saw I was inspired by a previous quilt I had made and was hoping to get the same woven effect using some simple squares.

I already had a stack of orange and gray squares cut at 4.5" so I am planning on using these for this project.  Because a woven effect is being created with these blocks, it is important to have a really good contrast in the two colors you choose and in the background fabric.

This quilt does need to be laid out on a design wall.  The layout pattern is fairly simple.  One color will run vertically and the other horizontally. 

There are essentially two layout combinations for the rows and the columns.  Once you get the hang of the pattern, it goes up on the design wall pretty quickly.

I think the ribbon effect you achieve is so darn playful. 

Get prepared for those summer days, I think this would be a perfect picnic quilt!

Once I laid out the colored blocks, I filled in all the background spaces with white 4.5" squares.

I then simply sewed together the rows, pressing the seams on the odd numbered rows to the right and the even numbered rows to the left.

Then it was just a matter of matching up those seams and sewing up the rows.  You can certainly pin at the seams or go rogue and just match the seams as you sew. 

Let's just say I did pin the first two rows together!

 And here is the top all finished up!

My quilt is 52" square but you can make yours any size you desire. 

You can read Part One for more information on how to determine the size of your quilt and the amount of squares needed.

I have used simple squares to create other pattern of scrap quilts.  You can make barn raising and diagonal patterns...really, the sky is the limit. 

Here's an overview of the important stuff to do before the next step!

  • Determine a desired size quilt
  • Layout all your squares on your design wall
  • Decide on a background or sashing material
  • Sew into rows and join together.
  • And most importantly, get creative and have fun!

And let's not forget to mention some quilting ideas.
This quilt would be great to practice a simple quilting like these loops.  The pieced rows will help you keep your quilting fairly straight.

And if you haven't found Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures, you might want to check it out.  Every Monday she is sharing a FMQ pattern you can try and then link up. The scroll flower she is currently sharing might be fun to try on this quilt too.
(It is a scrap quilt - so get adventurous!)
So that's all there is to this simple little quilt.  I will be back before the end of the month to share my finished quilt.  Hope I have inspired you to pull some scraps of your own and join in the fun.
And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Now let's attack those scraps!


I will be sharing this with the following linky parties. Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.   Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced.  Be sure and check out these blogs for even more quilty inspiration.


LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

This one is so pretty! I love the gray and orange together. I finally completed my Rainbow Scrappy Bars top! (Your project number 1!). What's the best way for me to post a picture of it?

Izzy said...

Love this! So simple but so cool. :-)

P. said...

That is awesome! I love how it looks latticed.

teachpany said...

I love the woven look. I do have some squares. I'll have to play. Thanks.

LA Paylor said...

I just love this! The bright orange and black and white are spectacular
Leeanna Paylor

Kelly @ Sew With Kelly said...

Woven look totally caught my eye up on Linky Tuesday! I have an accuquilt 6.5 in die that will work perfect for something like this! Gonna pin to make sure I remember! I follow Amy's site too!

Anonymous said...

The woven pattern is so neat.....looks far more complex than reality! It would be cute as a picnic quilt utilizing some denim with red handkerchief print fabric. Great post!!!!! Love the loopy quilting!!!!

Becca said...

Love the woven look of this quilt. Thank you for sharing!

Melissa Miller said...

Lookin' good!

Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) said...

Love the colors and what a great layout! Thanks for sharing!

ChristaQuilts said...

This is looking great - so graphic and modern!

Amy Johnson said...

Why, hello! What a lovely group of quilters to come a-visiting! Love the project! Thanks for the link and....yes, quilting IS more fun than housework!

Jasmine said...

So inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I really love the woven look.

Twisted Sticks said...

I love those oranges!!!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love the oranges too!! And that quilting pattern looks great.

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Whoa! I love this one. And orange. It really makes my month that orange is showing up so much all over the place. Such a great color!

SewPsyched! said...

Yummy yummy yummy!!

A Quilter's Mission said...

What a fantastic quilt. Here from Bee Social.

Kels said...

The interplay between the colors is really fun. It looks like a great quilt to snuggle under :)

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

The woven look is lovely!

Kathi Riemer said...

I love the black and orange on white.... and squares. Thank you for sharing!

Lorna McMahon said...

Great colour combination for that sweet pattern, Cynthia! Love the loopy quilting idea, too! Thanks sew much for sharing!

Pinspot said...

Oooh, I do like that basketweave look!

Connie said...

What a neat quilt and the colors are perfect for the basket weave look! Thanks for sharing.
Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

Ren said...

This is fabulous! Thanks for linking up to Inspire Us Thursday!

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