Monday, July 7, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #7 Part Two

I realized this morning as I walked into my sewing room, I should probably start by apologizing to all those sewing along for the mess this project can create.  Every surface in my sewing room, including the floor is littered with piles of fabric strings.  Or maybe I am the only messy sewer!

Last week, the planning took place for this month's quilt.  I shared some previous projects I had made for some inspiration.    At this point, scraps colors have been selected and a rough design has been chosen.

This week, the fun starts and  we can begin sewing up our color blocks.

I have decided to graduate my blocks along the color wheel from green to blue to purple.  I have ALOT of strings in these colors so it will be great to use some of them up.

According to my sketch, I want each of my color blocks to measure 7.5" x 15.5" unfinished.  Because some of my strings are pretty wide and I am too lazy I like the bold look, I wanted a large scale block so I had lots of area to travel across colors.  If your strings are narrower or you want to make a smaller quilt, you might want to adjust the size.

You can build your color blocks two ways.  I like to rough cut my strips (to about 9") and trim the block to width later.  Or you can press and cut your strings to length.

I found that laying out strips across 19" usually yielded me a long enough color bar after seam allowances.

Having made a number of these gradation projects, I have found that working on one block at a time is easiest.  I try not to compare it to ones I have already made and try to use different fabric choices and even different hues for each block.  As I make my blocks, I have tried to make each a little different.

Once I get them laid out in a combination I like, I simply just sew the strips together and trim them up to 7.5" by 15.5" rectangle.

To make a large lap quilt, I need at least 21 color blocks.  For a small baby quilt, you could probably get by with about 8.

I still have a few more blocks to sew up but I am anxious to start seeing this on the wall.

But before I start laying them out, I need to add a background spacer (2.5" x 7.5") to one end of each color block.  This will give me the staggered look I want shown in my rough design.  I decided to sew them to the green side in every block.

Choosing a background color-  I struggled with what color to use for the background.  I did not want to have to order any fabric and my two best choices from my stash were Kona Ash and Kona Stone.  I decided to go with the Stone as it has a warmer feel.  We shall see if I made the right choice!

Here is what the quilt is looking like right now.  I am really enjoying playing with all these bits of color!

Now off we go to finish cutting up our scraps and sewing up our color blocks.
The next time we meet we will be cutting our sashing and sewing up the top.

Here's an overview of the important stuff to do before the next step!

  • Sew up your color blocks
  • Layout all your squares on your design wall
  • Decide on a background material
  • And most importantly, get creative and have fun!

I should mention I finally drank the kool-aid and am now on Instagram.  You can find me at cynthiabrunzdesigns. You can see my scrap quilt progress at #scrapapalooza.  Feel free to join in and follow along!
And if you have any questions about this month's quilt, don't hesitate to contact me.

Now let's attack those scraps!

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I will be sharing this with the following linky parties. Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced.  Be sure and check out these blogs for even more quilty inspiration.


Sarah Goer Quilts said...

These are my favorite parts of the color spectrum. I'm really enjoying your scrap-a-palooza posts! Another winner!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Looking great. Green-blue-purple is a lovely portion of the spectrum. I tend to get stuck in ruts with strip sizes, so seeing your large blocks is reminding me to upsize on occasion! :) Love how this is looking and I am excited to see how it turns out!

Susan at said...

oooh nice! You're rocking this scrap work! One day, you'll get me moving on my BIG GIANT bag of stuff too. :)

SewPsyched! said...

I just love these tutorials!! busily at work using three of them!
Ps, I also 'love bold colors' ;)

Marsha Cooper said...

I actually like making strips with strips. There are so many options on how to make the blocks.
I also like the name of your blog as quilting sure is a lot more fun than housework (which I just finished cleaning in the kitchen for over an hour)

LA Paylor said...

great idea! I just love looking at string quilts. So much variety. My studio gets messy and unfortunately stays messy most of the time because I'm always making something. It takes an act of Congress to make me stop making and clean up! LeeAnna Paylor
not afraid of color

ValerieH said...

Love the colors! Can't wait to see the rest.

Vicki in MN said...

Love how this quilt is coming together-I have a 'string' quilt in progress to try to tame my string bins too. But as you know it takes more than one quilt to even make a dent, LOL.
I am thinking I would love to make one with your suggestion of gradations.

Sandra Walker said...

Finally allowed myself to read and study the July scrap quilt! Oooooh. Is all I have to say. Ooooh. Want. To. Make. It reminds me of your beautiful jewel-toned basket weave star blocks.

Lorna McMahon said...

Such a stunning WIP, Cynthia. Lovely string blocks and beautiful scraps. Great pattern for using them up!

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