Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Scrappy Than You Know . . . .

Yesterday I showed you what I'd done with the leftover scraps from the Quilt Doodle snowman row but I didn't tell you about the other scrappy projects I worked on over the weekend.  I was very anxious to finish up the Pie in the Sky quilt top--all I had left to do was to add a couple rows of 2" squares to the sides of the quilt, so I took time away from the snowmen to do that.


And when I stripped the bed to wash the bedding on Sunday, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try the quilt top on for size!

I don't prewash my fabrics, so I know this will shrink about 3" or so when I've quilted it and thrown it into the washer and dryer, but I think it should still be big enough.  I really, REALLY don't want to cut more squares and add additional rows.  And I didn't think a solid border was really right for this quilt although it would have been so much easier and quicker to add one, right?  But then there was the question:  what color?  Yikes!  The mind boggles.  But I actually AM considering adding just a final 2" row of black fabric all around--or white, I suppose.  Just to be on the safe side in case of shrinkage and to set off and put a visual "stop" to the rest of the blocks and colors.

By the way, speaking of color, I think I'm going to call this quilt "Another Hundred" or something like that.  The idea for the name comes from quilter Freddy Moran who, when talking about her color ideas, said "10 colors won't work, but 100 do."  I think that's really true of this quilt--there are so many colors in these blocks and not all of the colors play well together on their own, but all together, they look great, don't they?!


Hmmm.  Now what?  I guess I'll have to start thinking about the next Scrap Basket Sunday project soon.  I ordered some wide quilt backing from an online shop the other day, so if it's here by next Sunday, I'll use my "scrappy sewing time" to sandwich this quilt.  I'm thinking about all-over meandering type quilting for this one but I'm open to suggestions.  If you quilt your own quilts, what would you do with this one?

9 comments:

Suzan Oxenreider said...

This is the first scrap quilt that I stopped to look at over and over. I LOVE this! I need to do something with my scraps other than just collect them in bin after bin. I am going to try making a block. If the little pieces don't make me twitch, I will make more! Really love this quilt. (I believe I mentioned that before!!)

Anonymous said...

WOW, Kim, it is stunning. I like to call my scrap quilts everything but the kitchen sink. Someday I will find kitchen sink fabric to throw into my quilts too!
I would do a meander, the quilting will just be texture, the pattern won't show up.
Have you thought about doing a wider binding? It won't work if you want a bit of extra length/width, but I've used it when I did not want to border a quilt, but needed to 'stop' it.
Helen

Sharon Eshlaman said...

Kim, It's beautiful. I made a scrap quilt from the same pattern and that quilt remains one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

Rosa said...

It`s a yummiest colorful rainbow.Love,love.Congratulations!!

pcflamingo said...

I love this quilt so much! I have marked this pattern as one for my Bucket List and I will have to live to be at least 125 years old to make everything on my list. Immortality is MINE!

leigh7911 said...

Looks amazing! I haven't done a big quilt yet - and am planning on quilting by check if I ever do - so can't give experience based opinion on that. But as for the solid border - which you didn't explicitly ask for opinions on ;) - I personally wouldn't!

Anonymous said...

Your quilt is so beautiful -- and huge! I can't imagine how hard it will be to quilt on your Jukie because of the weight! I'll groan for you while you are quilting it -- even while you are laying it out and pinning -- but know I am truly amazed always at all of your creations! Florence

Melanie said...

Your quilt is lovely! If you decide to add another border I'm wondering if a black and white polkadot might work. Good luck with the quilting, good thing you've been working out!

Valerie Reynolds said...

L O V E it!!!