Saturday, August 29, 2015

Scrappy Serendipity

This week I've been sewing my 2" scrap strips together end to end and then using the Jelly Roll Race method to turn them into 12.5" blocks.

This is six blocks.

It occurred to me that I could set these in a nine patch setting with one of my Ohio Stars. Happily, one with an indigo print background looked really good in the middle of all that scrappiness.

36" x 36"

And now I was well on my way to building a new quilt top out of my Parts Department!

It took a while to come up with the next step. Eventually I decided on 6" heart blocks for cornerstones. That left me puzzling over how to connect the hearts. More six inch blocks seemed too big, too much. But! All along I've been making 4.5" Broken Dishes blocks out of the triangles that get cut off my flying geese units They've been piling up to an alarming quantity actually. So I dug them out and strung some between the hearts.


So far, so good. How to fill in that 1.5" gap though? I debated over whether to use more scrap strips or to use a single piece of fabric. In the end I went with a single print. It was a fat quarter, just the right amount of fabric and just the right amount of visual interest. :- )

48" x 48"

Time for another border, something to give the eye a place to rest.

A 3" border all the way around makes it 54" square.

It's sort of a busy print but it's only two colors (white on dark blue) and really works in person. I'm thinking the next round of blocks will be more 12" Ohio Stars. I'm shooting for a big square quilt at this point, something that could fit a double bed. That means working on one side at a time, and a lot of pinning and repinning of the flimsy to my design wall. Quilt building is not for the faint of heart!

If you want to see more scrappy goodness check out the link party over at SoScrappy. :- )

17 comments:

LA Paylor said...

AWEsome! Wowie!

Nell's Quilts said...

So nice to see your process. Growing a quilt is so much fun! It's looking pretty darn good so far!

gayle said...

Oh, what fun!! I can't wait to see the next stage.

The Joyful Quilter said...

LOVE the fact that you are using up so many pieces from your "Parts Department"!!! Best of luck deciding on the next step for this quilt. I'll be watching and waiting to see how it turns out!

talltalesfromchiconia said...

It's turning into a really lovely medallion quilt. The HST border is perfect, and a great way to eat them up before they start to take over. You've been busy to great effect.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

This is amazing...like a beautiful puzzle :)

Angie said...

What fun to watch your quilt evolve! I love the super-scrappiness of it!

scraphappy said...

So many scrappy blocks! Isn't it amazing what all the extras can turn into?

Julierose said...

Lovely quilt! I envy you your parts dept. I only have a "wanna-bes, supposed to bes" department in my drawer. Neat process. hugs, Julierose

sunny said...

What a fantastic way to use up a lot of scraps! Looking good.

desertskyquilts said...

I love all your decisions. I would have sworn that print was a medium blue on dark blue - how interesting color is! This is a great start to another wonderful scrappy love.

Marly said...

What a fun way to use your leaders and enders! I love it!

Barbara C said...

It looks fabulous! It's got a wonderful balance between scrappiness and order.

Sheila said...

This one is going to be so much fun. Lots of colors and prints. Love it.

Kate said...

What a great way to use up your extra "parts". The border really does give the eye some place to rest and the darker color really frames the bright colors in the center. Beautifully done!

knitnkwilt said...

I love the mix of known block and your adaptation of the race quilt. Have you started your Ohio Star border yet? Sally Collins, in her Borders, Edges, Finishes book (title not exact) has a nice Ohio Star border that sort of condenses the blocks. I tried it on a child quilt. https://knitnkwilt.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/ohio-star-border-finished/

Tierney Hogan said...

Fantastic!