It sure feels like I haven't shared much on my Scrap-A-Palooza quilt in quite some time. I have been busy working away on the top but there are so many other things I am trying to finish up, it just hasn't been given the attention I had hoped.
But with some good music and late night sewing, I have a quilt top to share today!
As a reminder, this quilt is made with turquoise and lime green improv blocks or fabric slabs. Here is the post where I shared how I made them.
Once I had some blocks made, I started laying them up on one of my design walls. One of the things I like to do when I am working with color blocks, is to stagger the blocks.
To do this is quite simple - all you need to do is add a spacer strip to the top or the bottom of your block. For my 8.5" blocks, I added a 2.5" strip.
Here I have a row of green and turquoise all sewn together. I also added a 2.5" strip of the background fabric the entire width of the quilt to give a little more separation in the rows.
Now the really observant person might have noticed there is a white and a gray background going on in the blocks. I was greatly inspired by a split sashing on a quilt I saw on the SoScrappy blog and filed it away in my little pea brain to try some day. I knew this quilt would be perfect.
With a bit more sewing up of the rows, I soon had this fun quilt top finished. I used both Kona ash gray and white for the background. And I love the bits of lemon yellow I worked into all of the blocks.
To play around with scale and create a point of interest, I also sewed up some 6.5" blocks and floated them in a white background across the central part of the quilt.
I really had a lot of fun playing with this quilt top. I think this is one of the great things about sewing with scraps...I am far more adventurous and playful than if I was sewing with expensive yardage. And every time I play with my scraps, I feel like I grow as a quilter and a designer!
I was able to find some fabric in my stash that will work for the backing but I think it is going to take a bit of piecing to make it work. And with it being scrappy on the front, a scrappy backing is just the ticket!
Now, hopefully I can get this quilted up and photographed in some good lighting. Hope this inspires you to get out your scraps and play!
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