Thursday, October 8, 2015

scraps {a finished quilt}


I started this quilt way back in August, completely on a whim, deciding one evening to just dig into my scrap baskets and making some improv pieced blocks.  I had no real plan for the blocks, I didn't even know if they would ever become something useful, but since they were fun to make I didn't mind :).


I did like the blocks though. I liked them a lot, which meant they totally needed to become a quilt. I used lots of low volume scraps to join them into one continuous patchwork and then I got stuck. My patchwork was not big enough for the lap sized quilt I was going for, and I didn't feel like making more blocks, so I set it aside for a while to have time to think. (I don't do this very often as I usually want to finish my projects right away and I'm glad I forced myself to be patient and took time to think over what the next step should be)


At the end I added scrappy low volume borders and brought the size of the quilt to 51" x 68". I wanted to keep this quilt for our home, so I went with minky backing as that's the only kind of quilts my kids like. I can't really blame them, minky makes for such super soft and snuggly quilts.


I did an overall straight line quilting about 1" apart to bring all the scrappy goodness into one cohesive quilt. And, I didn't even have to mark my lines. I actually flipped the quilt sandwich minky side up and used minky chevron pattern as my quilting guide. Worked like a charm.


 Now, I've always been a huge fan of Mary's beautiful quilts where she combines machine and hand quilting, so I decided it was finally time I gave it a try. I did a few random lines along the width of the quilt and I couldn't be happier with the result. 


Red and white striped binding seemed like an obvious choice, so I didn't fight the obvious and went with it. Such a bright, happy way to frame all the scrappy goodness.

Thanks for reading. Svetlana

20 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt, Svetlana. The red/white striped binding is the perfect foil for all the lovely subtle shades of the fabric you have used in the patchwork.

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  2. this is yummy! I love it. Nice work!

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  3. Do you still use wadding when you use minky as the backing? GORGEOUS quilt :)

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  4. Great quilt, I am calling it throw together quilt, which is a complement! It is put together so wonderfully.

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  5. Im curious about your experience with using minky. Is it slippery? Does it require extra basting? Do you use batting? How does minky launder - does it shrink, lose its color/run. How does it wear? Thanks so much. lindafdoyle@verizon.net

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  6. I love the pops of red. I'm more of a color girl myself, but I really have been enjoying seeing others low volume works, and have slowly been collecting more LV prints. someday....
    I *love* combining machine and hand quilting and have gone that route for most of my quilt the past couple of years. I'm l glad you gave it a try, and I'm not at all surprised you liked it :-)
    (I'm curious about some of the same thing Linda is curious about..)

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  7. Beautifully understated. I love the little rows of hand quilting too.

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  8. very nice way to use up scraps and love the red binding and the little bit of red in the quilt certainly makes it pop

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  9. Love all ! Colours, design, binding and the combination of hand and machine quilting ! ;-) Thank you for sharing this goregeous quilt.

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  10. the front looks good. curious to see the back

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  11. Beuatiful! Makes me want to jump in to my low volume scraps!

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  12. Positively cheerful, inspirational, and I love the addition of some hand qulting.

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  13. I've always been a fan of Mary's beautiful mix of stitches too! You nailed it here - what a lovely quilt!

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  14. What a beautiful quilt. I love the scrappy look, and at the same time so smooth.

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  15. Beautiful scrappiness! This quilt is so you. Your kids have great taste--I can see what all the fuss is about minky. Sure makes a comfy quilt!

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  16. It looks so nice. Are those ikea clips on the hanging quilt? I looked for some but couldn't find any.

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  17. I like it. Makes think of the quote, less is more.

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  18. Love the pops of red in the quilt and binding? Do you know the name of the fabric, I'm having a serious crush right now!

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