Friday, July 24, 2020

A Scrappy Finish

I have a lot of scraps....A LOT!  I finish a lot of quilts each year and I have been quilting for decades.  And when you don't throw away much, you end up with lots of little leftovers.

But I don't love all of my scraps.  There are some unloved colors, or fabrics I am really tired of seeing.  So when I see a design that will help me to focus on some of these unloved bits and make something that I think someone will like, I am super happy.

Such was the case when I spied a rug I thought could be translated into a fun quilt.




Here is the quilt all finished up!




I was drawn to this design because I knew my brown scraps would be a great way to get started.  As I went through my scraps, I saw a number of them had blue or teal in them.  This helped me to decided to purge out my blue bin next.  Those led me right into those dark golds.




The hourglass blocks were easy enough to pull some black and white scraps for.  I liked the look of them going in different direction.

I thought about adding some of the thin sashing details like I saw in the rug but that meant I would need to cut from some stash fabrics - I really wanted to just focus on my scraps bins for this project.




Many of these squares were cut using my AccuQuilt 4.5" die.  When I am pulling the scraps I want to use, I can press them and lay them right onto the die.  This makes the cutting process go really quickly.




I was really worried about not having a backing for this quilt but I did find this teal blue fabric I had bought from Connecting Threads.  It was perfect!

You can see how I simply quilted in some serpentine quilting along the squares.



The quilt is a really nice size. 52 x 60"

This one will be listed in my Etsy shop.  It was a great way to make use of a bunch of unloved scraps and I think it will be exactly what someone is looking for!

I feel like it has been a long time since I shared a big quilt finish.  Now I have four other projects nearing completion so there should be many to share soon!

Have a wonderful weekend Everyone!




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26 comments:

Georgia said...

What a great quilt for using your scraps! I especially like your color combinations. I don't see a lot of quilts using brown,but you've demonstrated that a great quilt can include brown.

sue s said...

Brown and teal have been popular togther in recent years. I think it looks very pretty.

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your blog. I've been a quilter for 45+ years & always find something new on your blog posts. Never thought of using the brown/gold/teal with black & white blocks, but its very striking! I'll be using your idea to use up a small portion of scraps I have soon. Thanks for all your ideas! Deb E

Chantal said...

Gorgeous! Congrats! ;^)

Libby in TN said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I've been trying to find a simple design for my grand-daughter that would work well in rainbow colors.

Chrysanthemum said...

During QuarantQuilt, I’ve been rustling through my scraps and made several quilts from “ugly fabrics” too. It’s amazing how “ugly” can be transformed by adding pleasing colours. Love the quilt...

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I really like how you used the prints to inform the rest of the color palette. This is a really soothing quilt and I hope it helped reduce your brown scrap bin!

Quilting Babcia said...

Your "ugly duckling" fabrics made one wonderful quilt! Beautiful fall colors, perfect for cuddling on a porch swing or a late summer picnic.

Sara said...

Beautiful quilt. The black and white hourglass blocks really pull everything together perfectly. I like the mix of colors.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

This is beautiful, Cyndy! I really love the gold strip in the middle. You are a master with color! :)

Char said...

I love this quilt Cynthia and the fact that it's all scraps is just perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Really like how you took colors that might be dull like the browns and really made them look rich like all kinds of chocolates. The yellow gold in the center is genius.

Cathy said...

Fantastic! I love the way it turned out! And I'm inspired!

Wendy F said...

What a great design for your less-loved scraps! The hourglass blocks really pull it all together.

JanineMarie said...

I love how those unloved fabrics become beautiful with the right pattern and company!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I've watched your progress on this and really love this quilt. I don't know if it is the colors or the design or both. I think the gold really makes it sparkle. Also think you should put together a pattern for this. I can imagine some of us would purchase it!

Mystic Quilter said...

For unloved fabrics this quilt is reminiscent of the pumpkin turning in to the glass coach in Cinderella - a lovely finish!

The Joyful Quilter said...

I know you're not a fan of brown, but this quilt turned out beautifully!!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A great way to use up those scraps, the brown & teal blue combo is very effective!

Jayne said...

For simple squares, this is turned out wonderful. The color combination brought the design up a notch. So well done!

Louise said...

How funny that these are unloved fabrics, because they morphed into a fabulous quilt! I've been cutting scraps into 4.5" strips and squares and this design is such a fun way to use them. Thanks once again for great inspiration :)

Kat Scribner said...

What a wonderful quilt design !!! Love it. It's a keeper.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

This turned out SO amazing!!!I love how you started with a concept and they way you carried it through!!!

Preeti said...

Cynthia, this is absolutely gorgeous quilt. It is not a popular color combination but it works so well - it is amazing. I cannot stop looking at it. Like, how did she know that it will turn out this way??? Perfect!!! This is why you are the high-priestess of all quilty and scrappy things :-)

~Diana said...

I really love this!

Zenia Rene said...

What a great finish. And congrats on some scrap bustin'!

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