Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival


 This is the quilt I am submitting to the Bloggers Quilt Festival  at Amys Creative Side. Be sure to check out all of the  great quilts, either click the link here of the button on the sidebar  It was made entirely from squares cut from scraps in my stash. It is 60 x 72 inches and I quilted it in 5 sections, a center section that was 3 blocks by 4 blocks with pieced sashing and cornerstones between the blocks. I sewed the sections together by stitching the  seams on the top of the quilt, trimming out the batting and hand stitching the seams on the backing.  Almost all of the fabric is  floral. I had a  very large assortment of floral fabric from the time I made colorwash/watercolor  quilts.
Front of quilt

Top Front Section










Center Front Section

Back of Quilt.

When I got the center section of the top sewed together I decided that it was a  little too busy for the whole quilt. Because the sashing and cornerstones were pieced, the block itself got lost. For the rest of the quilt I used one of my favorite pink and yellow floral fabrics for the sashing.The non pieced sashing around the outside  blocks formed a built in border. The block itself was a secondary pattern that showed up in another quilt (my big UFO) and I added connector corner triangles to the  block.  I can't claim that I designed the block but I used what I  saw and tweaked what was there
A few years  ago I made my first attempt at organizing my scraps. I had them all stuffed into large popcorn cans and whenever I wanted to use something from  them  it was  almost impossible to find what I wanted.  I spent about 2 weeks cutting everything in those cans as well as some smallish pieces  in my stash, into strips and squares. When  I could cut strips at least 12 inches long, I cut 1 1/2 or 2 inch strips and the rest I cut into squares from 2 inches to 6 inches in increments of 1/2 inch. I cut whatever I could get from any piece of fabric in the assortment and organized them in boxes by size.  I worked with those scraps for a while and determined all the different things I could do with the different sizes and what sizes were the most useful to cut. Eventually I taught a class on using scrappy squares of fabric and  I used the block from this quilt for a table runner class.




11 comments:

Jane said...

Ruth, what an accomplishment! Beautiful quilt!

Jan said...

Wow, Super Woman, this is great!

Lonci said...

This is one amazing quilt.

JoQuilter said...

I really like this quilt. Good work!

Eileen said...

Lovely and how marvelous it's from your scraps. Think I've got enough to do that too, thanks for all the info about it. Have a great day. Would like to read about your bannercquilt. Is there a post about it?

stitchinpenny said...

You have created something special from your stash. Congratulations.

Karen said...

It looks wonderful. What a great way to use so many fabrics.

LynCC said...

This is a wonderful scrap quilt. I love the built in border effect - perfect design. Also, the prairie points are spot on for this quilt.

Cathi said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I love scrappy quilts and this one is fabulous!

baukje said...

For me you are the winner this year, so beautiful.... And all those scraps, you must have a lot of scraps.

stitchinpenny said...

Great quilt, so pretty.