I Love Scrappy Quilts

I love scrappy quilts… any kind of scrappy quilt, and in any kind of color combination.  However, this one is in MY colors…

Here’s a close up… it’s hand quilted, with a cotton batting.

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Ocean Waves, below, is also a scrappy quilt… and hand quilted.OceanWaves1985

I’ve started a scrappy basket quilt, but haven’t touched it in a year or more.  Maybe it’s time?

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I need to think on that…

What scrappy quilts have you made?

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4.5 inches, 33 pieces

Oh my gosh, this little beauty took two nights of free time to complete! It’s only 4.5 inches square, but it has 33 little pieces in it! Since it was paper pieced, I now have to go and pick out the little pieces of paper.
As I was sewing this, I kept wondering, how did Jane, the maker of the original quilt, sew something this tiny ALL BY HAND? I don’t know that I could do it and have it look very precise.
The darker fabric is a Thimbleberries fabric that I used in my Bear’s Paw quilt.

A Quilt is Born

Last fall I started hand piecing a bear’s paw quilt. I wanted something that I could work on block-by-block and take with me in a small ziplock bag. I love scrappy quilts, and found some yummy greens and maroons for the borders and inside the blocks. I gathered green fat quarters, mostly from the 2005 FQ Birthday swap I participated in through the Quilting Arts Forum. I took a weekend to cut all the pieces for the quilt, bagged them up into a multitude of “sets,” and began piecing.

My mom was really ill (still is) and I spent quite a bit of time with her in the hospital and at home. It was wonderful having something to work on while she slept or while we talked.

I love hand quilting… I find it very peaceful and relaxing. I used 100% cotton batting in this quilt – it was my first attempt at quilting this kind of batting. I enjoy how it looks, but it is definately harder on the hands when you quilt with it. The binding was put on in late June, and I’m thrilled with the final results!


Close-up of quilting (green sashing strips are 1.5 inches wide)