I am not a quilter who worries overmuch about rules, or about precision (except where REQUIRED and UNAVOIDABLE), nor am I afraid of color, or colors matching, or….well, I think you get the idea….
Earlier this month, I had a revelation about my studio, and so enlisted DH to take a trip to IKEA….sigh…
We came back with the perfect solution to the chaos that WAS the studio….
We bought the insides of kitchen cabinets, white, wall mount sized, that would fit those wonderful scrapbooking containers. Mounted one set on legs, to make it the proper height to iron on, tossed the ironing board in the Goodwill corner, and mounted an 18x 48 piece of wood, with batting and Teflon covering. The other set is without legs so it would slide a bit under the cutting table.
So, now that I have such an organized space, I need to make some quilts, right? Prove to myself that what was stopping me was disorganization?
Enter the scrap quilt. (Wow, did I find a LOT of scraps.) During the Olympics I dumped all those totes into a pile and sorted, very loosely, into color groups. (i.e., all the teal/blue/aqua/greenish into one pile) I didn’t agonize. I just went with my gut. Then, I took a container to my quilt meeting, ironed all of the scraps, and loosely sorted by size.
Next, I grabbed a handful and started sewing together in strips. As you see below, there is NO organization. They aren’t the same size. The widths are different. The colors are all of a feeling of belonging, however. I didn’t square up anything, so if it was 2 inches at one end and three at the other, well then it starts to get wonky is all.
I took a square ruler, and began to cut out 9 inch squares. (The scraps from the cutting will be sewn together and made into another quilt.)
Next, cut into diagonals. And choose another fabric to make an equal number of 9 inch squares. *(six, this time)
Pin those stretchy bias edges like a mad fool and chain piece!
Press, with lots of starch, and lay out on a design wall.
All that is left is to settle on a layout, and what color sashing I will use. (Probably black.) Add a nice wide border with some other large-ish piece of fabric that I haven’t chosen yet, and Viola!!! A quilt!
And, a completely different, yet scrappy project, is another baby quilt!
Spoiler alert: This is my signature baby gift.
My theory being if the quilt is too ‘precious’ the parents won’t let the child barf on it, so I choose 42 (the meaning and purpose of life) colorful 5 inch blocks, sewn together 6×7 rows. Then half of a length of fleece, a package of satin blanket binding, some fancy stitches to hold it altogether, and a test run through the washing machine later, we have a baby quilt! (Complete with baby’s name embroidered on the edge)