Friday, April 19, 2019

When Fabric Gets in the Way

I think there are lots of reasons quilters start a quilt.  For me, sometimes it is just a matter of getting tired of moving around a piece of fabric!




Today's finish all started with that cute little cherry fabric.  I had used it as the backing for a long forgotten quilt and the leftover side trimmings have been floating around in various scraps bins.  I finally got tired of moving them and started cutting.  I first cut 6" squares.  And then from those scraps, I cut some 3" squares.




I knew I wanted to use some red scraps to create some 9 patches with the smaller squares.  Then I decided to check my stash for some yellow bits to frame the larger squares (Sorry - These photos make them look closer to cheddar).  I didn't have enough of any one piece so I grabbed the two largest cuts and decided to add a "wonky" slant to add more interest.




It isn't a very large quilt.  It finished at about 40 x 50.  I had enough scraps to add one more row but it looked too long and skinny so I ripped off the last row.




I didn't waste them though.  I actually needed them to make this striped backing fabric large enough for the back.  This striped fabric was also leftovers from a long ago backing.  It is actually pieced in a number of places.  Nothing goes to waste!



What is your usual reason for starting a quilt?  






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22 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I will be bored with the ones I started - sometimes I want something fast just to whip something together with no challenge to it just to do something different

Libby in TN said...

Yep, I know just what you mean! Those are come of my favorite quilts, too.

Debra Campbell said...

I can't help myself 😅. I made 9 quilt tops last year. I promised myself I would finish them first this year before I started any more. Then I saw these darling chicken blocks and I made 10. They needed baby chicks so I learned FPP. Armed with a new technique, I FPPed sunflowers, butterflies, roses, irises and a barn. Now it's April and I have gotten only 5 quilts done.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

There are so many reasons for starting a quilt. Being inspired by a fabric is a great reason. Once I knew what I wanted to use for the backing and went in reverse. :)

Great way to stretch your extra row and fabric for the backing. Lovely finish!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That looks like a fun, quick finish! I like all the colors and fabrics, but what really caught my attention was your wonky squares. So cute!

Chantal said...

I love your color combo especially that the yellow looks more like cheddar. And that's exactly what gets me going; inspiration. Fabrics do talk to me but not as much as inspiration. I see a quilt, then I tweak it and I'm off to the cutting table. Sigh! You know that I have to make one just like yours now, don't you? Thanks for the inspiration. It is gorgeous! ;^)

Vicki in MN said...

Your quilt turned out really cute! Hmmm I guess I start one just to use fabric up lately. And then I do something dumb like buy more anyway!!!

em's scrapbag said...

Fun little scrap quilt! I love the wonky sashing around the cherry scrappys.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Great solution for a piece of fabric that you were tired of moving around! I usually start a new quilt because one of my friends just started a new quilt and "made" me quilt along. :P

Ann D said...

I am always amazed at how you can have scraps and create a quilt pattern out of them. What a cute use of your leftovers.

Rachel C said...

I love the "wonkiness!" So cute!

Louise said...

I do the same thing! I call it "purge quilting," just trying to finally GET RID of some piece of fabric that's been in the way. The cherry fabric is cute and it works really nicely with your red and yellow scraps. I really like how the wonky angles give this piece a little wiggle in its walk :)

mpv61 said...

Usually I start a quilt because one is "due" for a silent auction, raffle, shower, etc. In recent years I joined a quilt guild, so sometimes a quilt is started due to some kind of a prompt from that.

Quilts are DESIGNED, sometimes long before they're made, whenever I see something that makes me think, "That would make a great quilt!"

Jo said...

Love your quilt. I have many reasons for starting a quilt.. To try a new pattern/block.. Join a SAL.. Make a quick gift... Or just to use up some scraps.
I don't need a reason. I just like sewing them.

Jayne said...

I love how the blocks are wonky! I hear you on being tired of moving a piece of fabric around. I get that way with fabric too. I have a couple print bundles that I'd love to use up, but have yet to come up with a plan!

Run 'n Stitch said...

I never get tired of seeing the incredible things you do with your scraps!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

What a nice use of that little cherry fabric. I most often start a quilt from one of two places; I have a design or quilt pattern I want to make or I have a group of fabrics I want to use. Starting last year, I have been making a more concentrated effort to use up my older stash but I'm beginning to get bored. I think it's time to move on to something that really motivates me.

Kathleen Kingsbury said...

Cute cute cute! Love the wonky block idea.
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PaulaB quilts said...

Congratulations and a charming quilt with lovely use of those scraps. Have a happy Easter.

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

That little bit of wonkiness adds such personality to this project!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

perfect solution - when you finish a quilt tho! Shew - it goes all the way!! love it!

Cathy said...

Oh, how cute. I love this idea! Way to go!

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