Scrap Republic - Freckles

Hello, happy Tuesday!!!

I've been oh, so in love with all the quilts featured in the book Scrap Republic by Emily Cier for a while. I kept looking through the book and planning and plotting which quilt to make first.

I finally started off by organizing my scraps, not the most fun activity, but it had to be done. And, after about 3 very long and tedious hours, I was happy to see all my smaller scraps nicely organized  in plastic bags.

Then came the hard decision, which quilt to make. I really like them all. And, since I'm actually toying with an idea of making ALL the projects in this book, I decided to start at the beginning.

The name of the quilt is Freckles (how cute is that, right?). The quilt in the book measures 30 x 30 inches, I had no idea what to do with a quilt that size. It seemed too small for a baby quilt (plus, no more babies in this household and I really wanted to keep it for myself), so I cut all the measurements by 1/3 and made a 20 x 20 inch pillow cover.

I started off by making the background, using mostly light-colored solids and quilted it in a grid pattern. I then followed the book's direction and made circles using lots of small scraps, my circles measure 2" in diameter. I fused them to the pillow background

and used a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine to stitch them in place.

After that, all I needed to do was to make a pillow back, insert a zipper, and finish the pillow cover off by attaching the binding. And, yay!!!! my first project from my very favorite book was finished. I LOVE it sooo very much, it makes me smile every time I look at it.

And, to show you how obsessive I sometimes get with sewing, I'll show you a quilt top I managed to make yesterday while my children were happily entertained playing with their Christmas presents. My inspiration, of course, came from Scrap Republic. What can I say? I really do love that book. How about you? Do you have a book you keep turning to for inspiration?

Have a wonderful and creative day, Svetlana.