Friday, June 20, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the 1930's

Last November, I decided to purged my stash of all the 1930's reproduction fabrics and get them sewn into some quilts.  Most of the fabrics I had for years, others I had inherited along the way.  Some of the pieces were fat quarter size but many were smaller so I figured a couple of quick scrappy quilts and they would all be gone.  I could then move on to something new!



First there was this large log cabin lap quilt.  I figured making a very scrappy quilt would hopefully make a big dent in the fabrics.  Boy, was I wrong!




So I sorted up the remaining fabrics into some coordinating fabric piles.  The blue and red pieces were made into this large churn dash lap quilt.




 Still having some blues left and needing a class sample for a class I was teaching, I made this baby quilt using my Tangerine Dreams pattern.



The green, oranges and pinks went into one of my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts.
This one is a nice size lap quilt.







...and because I still had quite a few pieces in this colorway, I made a second variation for a baby quilt.













 That left the purples.  I was teaching my pattern again so I made another baby quilt for a class sample.




I still found myself with quite a few scraps in blue so this week I sewed up some string blocks and quilted up this final lap quilt.  While I still have the odd scrap piece, finally the stash of 1930 reproductions fabrics are all sewn up!  Woo Hoo!


I wish I had taken a photograph of the fabrics I started with.  It is hard to believe that little pile of fabrics made all of these quilts.  It just goes to show how far scraps will go!




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33 comments:

Paula said...

Wow, so many beautiful quilts. You really did make the most of the fabrics. I love them all, the colours work wonderfully in all of them.

Jenny Bonynge said...

I think that scraps must breed behind closed doors...You've done a great job of working through that stash with beautiful results. Inspiring!!!

Shannon said...

What a fun post you had today. I really enjoyed it!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

scraps can make a lot of quilts - I'm working on mine

Peaches1003 said...

Love that log cabin quilt. It looks so striking

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said...

I'm always amazed with what can be done with scraps. So much so, that I like buying scrap bags of fabric (or inheriting them... that's my favorite). I think my favorite quilt of these is the log cabin, but that's just because it's so very scrappy. And scrappy is my favorite. They are all beautiful.

Liz said...

Great use of the scraps! I especially like the first log cabin you showed. It is true that scrappier patterns never seem to make a real dent. Just a strip here, a square there, and you've still got basically a FQ!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Wow, that's a great achievement, Cynthia! They all look different -- just goes to show you what you can do with scraps. Way to go! I especially love that top one -- gorgeous!

QuarterMileQuilts said...

Very cool! It's fun to see how far those scraps can go! Love how you divided up the scraps to make some amazing looking quilts. Best, Kate

Valerie Reynolds said...

I find myself thinking about my summer sewing goals once summer school is over and ya have me motivated to perhaps empty my thirties bin too!!! I'm amazed at how many quilts you produced! I like your Tangerine Dreams pattern too!!! Inspiring post!

Pattilou said...

I find it amazing when I go to purge a fabric how much I get out of the stash I have. You have some fun quilts here. Like the idea of the strip between the string blocks.

Mokki said...

That must have been a great big bag of scraps! What a nice achievement! All of the quilts you've made with your scraps are fantastic, and now you have space for more fabric. Woo hoo!

Carla said...

Amazing just how far those little bits go : ) I find making a second quilt is easier than finding room for the scraps!!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Wow, amazing how much fabric you had to create so many wonderful quilts. Congratulations on finally using them all up!

Izzy said...

Beautiful collection of scrappy quilts. I really, really love the first log cabin quilt.

Shauna said...

Wow, what an awesome collection of quilts. I love them all but that purple one is my favorite, I'm sure some baby is going to be very blessed by it.

Jacky said...

Crumbs - you must have been sewing like the clappers! Love the log cabin :)
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Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Your Log Cabin and Scrap-a-Palooza quilts are gorgeous - love all the bright color : ) And wow did your scraps go far, Cynthia!

Tracy Hansen said...

That is AMAZING!! I love that churn dash quilt - just beautiful.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Such pretty quilts! A string quilt is definitely on my list to do. Do you have a preferred method for those blocks? Do you use a foundation for them?

dq said...

I love 30s fabrics but only have a few in my stash. I honestly cannot believe all the quilts you got our of your journey to use them up. Great job and beautiful quilts!

Joanna @ Riddle and {Whimsy} said...

I love the log cabin and churn dashes with the variety of sizes!! How fun!

treadlemusic said...

Love them all! I'm in the same situation and will have to focus on a similar outcome!!!!! LOL!!!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What great quilts to use up all your 30s fabrics!! That has to be a wonderful feeling to have them "almost" all used up and I really love the string quilt!

Sandra said...

Great job on using up all your scraps and creating so many lovely quilts! I really like the different sizes of blocks in the Churn Dash quilt:)

Jasmine said...

Congratulations on using them up. Your quilts are all beautiful here, but my favorite is the first one. I have also been learning that fabric seems to stretch farther when you are trying to use it up.

Alycia said...

Wow! Impressive... I like all of the quilts!!

Allison said...

love the churn dash quilt! congrats on working your way through your stash :)

Kymberly said...

Very impressive. I love how all of the fabrics are 30s reproductions and still created such a huge variety of quilts.

carolegoldquilts said...

Now I want to drop everything and dive into my scraps again! Beautiful quilts.

Nana said...

Your success of soooo many beautiful quilts give inspiration that one day I too will get to the bottom of the stash in the closet. Great work!

Sara Gasch said...

Those are beautiful quilts! I love scrap quilts and it is amazing how many you were able to do......

Angie said...

They are ALL GORgeous!!! :)