Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #7 Finish (Part Four)

Oh how I love playing with scraps and color!  This month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt was really fun to work on so I finished it up very quickly this month!  I still have another week in the month and my lovely quilt is already quilted and bound!

 It all started the first week with a sketch and a pile of jeweled colored strings.  

For someone who says she doesn't buy much blue fabric, I sure do have a ton of blue scraps!

The second week was spent making the color blocks.  I had a great time playing with different string widths and fabric prints to come up with all my blocks.

To speed up the process, I rough cut my strings, sewed them together then cut the blocks to size.

Last week, my time was spent sewing in the sashing.  I made my quilt in three columns so the piecing was really simple.

In no time at all, I had the quilt top finished.

Well, here is the finished quilt!  I can't wait for the temperatures to cool so I can try it out. The colors in this quilt really do is hard to believe these beautiful colors were hidden away in the scrap bin!.

As I am really trying to purge some older fabrics this year, I used a wonderful purple batik on the back.  Because I didn't have quite enough, I added a lime green inset that runs vertically on the back.  And for the binding, I used the striped fabric that I trimmed off the back of the floral quilt I finished last week.  I thought it worked perfectly!

I always promote using these scrap quilts to step out of your comfort zone on the quilting, so I used variegated threads on this quilt.  I have never been a fan but many of my customers love them so I have a large supply of them on hand.  I really tried to keep an open mind but I gotta admit, still not sold on them.  How about you, are they something you like to use?

Why Scrap-A-Palooza?  Because Quilting is more fun than Housework!

And now for a few statistics:

Large Lap Quilt
Size: 56 x 66"
Fabric: Tone on Tone greens, blues and purple strings.(at least 8" long)
Total Color Blocks: 18 at 7.5 x 17.5" unfinished
  Background Fabric Used: approx 1.5 yard

Before I share what others are making, I want to remind everyone that links to this quilt and all the scrap quilts from previous months can be found on the Scrap-A-Palooza quilt gallery tab above.  If you have scraps, I am sure you will find lots of inspiration on how to use them!

Diann over at Little Penguin Quilts has been playing with her green scraps.  You can read about her quilt here.  I am really looking forward to seeing this quilt come together.

So are you curious what Quilt #8 will be?
I think it is time for one of my go-to string quilts.  And because I am growing tired of cool colors, I think I will pull out some hot colored scraps. I will have to see what inspires me!


Sue C said...

Your quilt is quite stunning. The beautiful jewel colours really do sing. Gorgeous :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I've gotten distracted by a couple other projects! Now you've inspired me to get back to my greens! I'd better get to work..

Run 'n Stitch said...

I love your colors! Pinned!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Beautiful - the binding is wonderful and really pulls the whole top together, too!

Astrid said...

Gorgeous quilt! Love the colors. I need to pull out my scraps too, but first of all the plan is to finish some WIP's.

Michele said...

I do like it and the bright colors will help keep you happy during the cold of winter.

Shauna said...

I love the purples with the grey, so beautiful!!!

Emily Breclaw said...

Gorgeous quilt! Makes me want to pull out scraps. . . Must finish something before starting something new :-)

Liz said...

Beautiful top. I love how the backing and binding really play well with it. Nice finish, and great use of your scraps!

Lisa J. said...

beautiful simple quilt

Sandra Walker said...

How I love this quilt! Especially because it's in my favourite colours. As for variegated threads, yep, I have to admit I love 'em. Especially on a floral quilt, not always a fan on solids, although in my grandson's quilt, I used a primary colours variegated thread (King Tut) on the solid red areas and it really turned out awesome. Then again the prints sections were very busy: an I Spy theme, so it all coordinated I guess with busy-ness!
I'm doing some work on your May scrap-a-palooza quilt this afternoon, and, sigh, I confess, procrastinating yet again on the appliqué round of my round robin! Gulp.

Brenda said...

I do like variegated thread because it has a life of it's own. I don't want it to stand out to much, but I do like a little to be noticed every now and then, or disappear, and this thread does that. I like your quilt. Easy to put together, but does not look like it's 'rushed' - and a backing that has a life of it's own is always my favorite type of back for a quilt! Enjoy!!

Unknown said...

A gorgeous use of scraps!

Carol said...

Your purple quilt looks great. And I enjoyed the Scrapapalooza Quilt Gallery too. There were some fun ideas I hope to come back to so when I make a scrap quilt.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That turned out great!!!

Kris said...

Love how your quilt turned out. I wish I had those kind of scraps!!!

Jennie said...

Your quilt is gorgeous - it really does seem to glow!

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