Saturday, January 23, 2021

Twenty Patch Scrappy Quilt

 

You guys, I made a quilt!



I used to make many, many quilts when I first started sewing 9 years ago, but lately I haven't been in any kind of quilting mood at all. So, having this quilt all finished feels like a huge accomplishment. Especially since it was over 1 year in the making :).



I started making this quilt in October 2019 as a way of using up some of my ever growing mountain of scraps. I cut my fabric to 2.5'' squares and just started piecing them together into these lovely, scrappy 20-patch blocks. I wasn't too particular about fabric placement but I tried not to put too many fabrics of the same value together. 

Also, before I started cutting my scraps, I decided on a color scheme for a more cohesive final look.



I used 1/4'' seam allowance to piece my scrappy blocks and they each finished at 8.5'' x 10.5''. 

I decided to add Kona Snow and alternate scrappy and white blocks. I love how the addition of solid blocks makes the scrappy ones shine a bit more without the finished quilt feeling too overwhelming.



I used Warm and Natural batting and a flat sheet I had on hand for my backing and since I was in no rush to have this quilt finished, plus I wanted it to have a lovely sort of vintage feel, I decided to hand quilt it.

I won't lie. It was demanding and quite a commitment. I actually put the quilt aside for months at a time because I needed a break for all this stitching :).

But, I'm totally smitten with the finished look and I think it was worth all the effort!




I marked my lines before I started quilting and I used cotton thread I found at my local haberdashery shop (similar to sashiko thread) for my quilting. I think Perle Cotton or Embroidery Thread would work equally well.




At first I thought I'd do a scrappy binding but I'm glad I decided to go with a striped one in the end. I think it frames all the scrappy goodness well without making the quilt too busy.

The quilt finished at 60'' x 80'' and I'm super excited I got to share it with you at last.

Wishing you all a happy and creative week. Svetlana



18 comments:

  1. Love your quilt and the stitching is beautiful!

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  2. Your beautiful hand quilting makes your scrappy quilt shine!

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  3. So clean and modern looking, just lovely!

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  4. This is a wonderful wonderful quilt! I love your work.

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  5. What beautiful work. Love your hand stitching, I havent tried that yet, but it does give it the vintage look so beatifully. Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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  6. Beautiful quilt! You are so talented and such an inspiration.

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  7. I love the vintage feel and the way the scrappy blocks pop! It’s wonderful. The hand stitching is the icing on the cake! Love it!

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  8. I would say it was totally worth the work and time it took to make this quilt, it is just sew beautiful! Your stitches are sew perfect and really does make the quilt look more vintage!

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  9. Gorgeous Svetlana! Your blocks look so perfect:=) Which way do you prefer to press your seams?

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  10. I love everything about your quilt. It feels both modern and vintage and I'm so impressed that you hand-quilted it!

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  11. Amazingly gorgeous! I never would have thought to do my squares in a 4x5 arrangement! Did you use a frame to hand quilt it?

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    1. Thank you :). I just hold it in my lap and quilt like that, no hoop.

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  12. It's the finish that counts, not how long it took;) It's just beautiful!

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  13. Warm and so inviting! A beautiful quilt and I am excited to peek at one of my favorite “scraps”...the seagulls in sweaters! Thank you for sharing ....

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  14. Your quilt is gorgeous. You have a great way with a limited, mostly neutral palette and this quilt is incredibly appealing. The hand-quilting takes it to another level. Congratulations.

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  15. What a gorgeous quilt - the colours blend in beautifully and your hand-quilting is so neat. Thanks you for sharing the quilt with us.

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  16. So beautiful. I could never hand quilt that perfecty. Love it.

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