Friday, December 18, 2015

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #18 Finish

Normally my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts are quick and easy but this time I wanted to show that scraps can be used to create a very organized and planned quilt.  Like when pulling fabric off a shelf, scraps can be carefully selected too.




When I started this quilt, I knew two things: 1) my blue, green and purple scrap bins were over-flowing and needed some attention and 2) I wanted the quilt to be a sampler of 12" blocks.  And to add a bit of challenge, I wanted each block to form an X of some kind and everything for the quilt top had to come from a scrap bin.
Easy Peasy!



I started with the center block of the quilt and framed it with four very defined X blocks.




The next post showed the progress I had made on the quilt top.  I made blocks from my teal scraps and was back to more chain blocks in blues and purples.  My goal is to have every block different.  And as you can see, I am having a good ole time playing with color.




Some purple blocks were made next.  Like the teal blocks earlier, I wanted these blocks to have some "beefiness" to them to balance with the thinner chain blocks.




And finally, I finished the top with four green blocks that pulled the color from the center block.  Every bit of this came from a scrap bin - even the background is low volume bits.




This week, I found some time to quilt it up.  I quilted it with a maze design in a white thread.



And in the very bottom drawer, I found an ancient batik fabric to use for the backing.  
Woo Hoo, happy it is gone!



 I really enjoyed putting this sampler quilt together.  It just shows you another way to sew up those great scraps hiding in your sewing room!

If you want to see more of my Scrap-A-Palooza Quilts, you can view them all on the gallery page.   If you have scraps, it is a great place to start for some inspiration!

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22 comments:

scraphappy said...

What a great scrap quilt. Even from scraps, the controlled colors really unify the design. Love how it all came together.

quiltytherapy said...

Great way to use scraps, very creative. Even better using a backing that you didn't know you had.

Libby in TN said...

Thanks for the recap; I had missed some stages. You have described the way I like to work with scraps. My brain requires organization and I find at least staying within a color family satisfies that need. Using the X chain blocks to hold the design together and balancing the "weight" of the blocks are both good suggestions.

em's scrapbag said...

You did a wonderful job in this controlled scrap quilt. Love the colors you used.

Chantal L. said...

That's what I call finishing the year beautifully. Love this quilt colours and layout. Congrats!

gayle said...

Love it!
I've really enjoyed watching this quilt grow. I loved getting to see you make your design decisions - I love watching other people work! 8)
Thanks for sharing the whole process with us!

Iris said...

Thanks for sharing on TGIFF. It is great to see the quilt come to life. Almost unbelievable it was made from scraps, because it looks so coordinated. Great finish.

Bernie Kringel said...

Wow! This is such a cool finish. Thank you for posting your progress on and the way you came to decide what to do next. That is so helpful to me- I love the mix of blocks and the use of color!

cityquilter grace said...

so pretty...and you are such an inspiration to the rest of us...i like the way you have your scraps organized too...easy to get at and see..

Heidi said...

Very pretty Cynthia! I love a sampler that has some balance. You have managed to keep the character, yet bring unity to all the blocks.

Jasmine said...

I loved seeing this project grow. Congrats on another beautiful finish.

The Joyful Quilter said...

That backing is PERFECT for this quilt!! LOVE that everything came from your scrap bins. Even better that you managed to get a controlled color scheme out of scraps (and leftovers for the back!)

Lois said...

Finished and beautiful - that must feel good:)))

Paige said...

Mission accomplished! It looks perfectly planned. And I love the quilting!

Mary Marcotte said...

If you hadn't explained your process, I'd think that it was all pre-planned with colors from larger pieces of fabrics. It's really organized and beautifully pieced. I nominate you the official scrap queen! :-)
Have a great holiday!

Clare Moore said...

It's come up so lovely Cynthia. I am so looking forward to having more time next year to make some of your scrap quilts :-).

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on your finish - GREAT use of those scraps :)

Izzy said...

Wow - this is so cool! Creating a sampler with your scraps such a good idea. Great finish!

Sandra Walker said...

Awesome Cynthia. At first I was like, I don't know, my friend, but I trust you implicitly in this scrap game....and what a finish. Love that maze quilting motif too! Did you FMQ it?

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

This is fabulous. I think the skinny sashing is the perfect way to join these cool-color blocks. Well done!

dq said...

Love it! It looks fabulous in the thumbnail and even better in full shot.

SewPsyched! said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

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