I am very, very happy to be completely finished with my Scrap Attack quilt. Although I wasn’t awarded a single prize (and I can’t pretend I didn’t wish Mr. Random Number Generator would have chosen my entry), I sure feel like a winner with my 3rd completion this year. Yep, I finished it on March 31. That’s 3 quilts in 3 months. One might say I’m on a kaiser (I’m on a roll, get it? Kaiser?)
Scrap Attack Quilt. Done.
I like the back too – you can see the quilting better. It disappears on the front.
The quilt was made almost entirely from scraps. I purchased only the solid (Kona Azure) for the random aqua blocks and the binding. All the other fabric came from my scrap bins. Each block is 3 1/2″ square and the finished quilt is 60″ x 72″. The backing was an old Ralph Lauren sheet I had purchased years ago and never used. It’s twin was used for the back of M’s Christmas quilt.
Start date: 2/24/12; finish date 3/31/12.
I also completed 4 blocks for the Faith Circle of do. Good Stitches bee. Des asked for 4 butterfly blocks (using this tutorial) in fresh, pretty girl colors. After I took this picture, I measured and they were just a bit shy of 6 1/2″ so I had to take them apart and re-stitch the middle. I admit I’m struggling with a 1/4″ seam on my new machine. I have to move the needle quite far to the right to get the seam allowance more accurate.
March do. Good Stitches blocks
I worked on another block for the MMQG bee where I had seam allowance issues. That block is “Missing your kiss” from the Modern Blocks book. I had to completely disassemble it and that’s as far as I got. One block of the 9 patch is just a bit smaller than 4″ square so I hope I can get more fabric to remake it. Grrr.
Finally, I took a leap and free motion quilted my first quilt. This is also one of the earliest quilt tops I made and it’s my own creation. Nothing fancy about it. It’s going to Quilts for Kids as soon as I bind it. The fabric is primarily Santorini by Lila Tueller.
First FMQ quilt
MMQG March bee block
MMQG April bee block
Faith Circle – do. Good Stitches April block
Baby blanket for Quilts for Kids
Linking up with WIP Wednesday!
I had a moment of panic when I read this post that indicated that my Scrap Attack quilt had to be completed by March 28 in order to be considered for all the goodies. I truly thought I had until the end of March, literally March 31, to finish it. Of course, had I read this post, I would have known the deadline so much sooner. True to form, I skimmed and made assumptions, all of which were wrong.
No matter, it turns out that the quilt can be mostly finished (the top must be finished, ready to quilt and bind).
Mine definitely qualifies – I have yet to hand sew the binding. Other than that, I’m pretty much as far along as I had hoped to be by now. True, it’s not “done” but according to the rules, it’s done enough.
Scrap Attack quilt with legs
Gratuitous shot of J, the Ginger, my quilt holder who tries to not complain while his mom fiddles with the camera.
Scrap Attack quilt in 5 strips, enjoying the breeze
It’s amazing, when making a quilt, how quickly things wrap up after hours of measuring, cutting, piecing, stitching, measuring, stitching, and measuring some more.
This is one of those times.
I have so enjoyed making this scrap quilt. I had some doubts at the beginning (that it might be boring, that I might not like the aqua solid, that some of the scraps didn’t “go”, etc.) but really, really, I like it. I’m getting together with the MMQG gals this weekend for a sewing day and I hope to begin quilting it. If I want to be “in” for the Scrap Attack contest, I have to finish by 3/31. It’s looking pretty good (hope I didn’t just jinx myself).
Linking up to Lee and WIP Wednesday.
I’m not sure I should keep numbering these posts. If I was up to #375 maybe, but #4? Meh.
My only progress this week was adding 6 more blocks to my Scrap Attack quilt. That’s 19 down, 11 to go. I didn’t take a picture of them though – cuz they’re all pretty much the same. I also thought about making a knitting roll and haphazardly organized (that’s got to be an oxymoron) my stash. Those last 2 can’t really count toward progress though.
This doesn’t include everything I have. I have some more to fold. I have some precuts. I have bigger pieces (more than 1 yard cuts) folded and stored separately. I also have 5 bins of scraps (which I consider to be pieces smaller than a fat quarter). I’ve learned a couple of things while folding: I thought I had more reds. And oranges. I have way too many pinks – this is an all blue household, if you know what I mean. What am I going to do with all that pink? It also got weird trying to figure out what to do with colors outside of the basic spectrum (mostly white, gray, black, brown), as well as novelty fabrics (WTF? Where did those come from?) and solids and a surprising amount of stripes. I separated those too. At one time I thought I’d make a Red Pepper-like quilt of stripes but nope. There they sit. Every year at the beginning of the year I read about people who put themselves on a fabric “diet” but I don’t feel compelled to do that. I certainly am not fabric fat. That said, I haven’t seen anything lately that I really have to have, so not buying anything right now is pretty easy.
Wanna know the best thing about today? It wasn’t the 70 degree day in March, though that was pretty awesome. What was so nice was that I got to go maple sugaring with my 4th grader. Now THAT is a good day.
Tree hugger - this one's big enough to tap for maple sugaring. The tree, that is, not the boy.
Linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee.
I didn’t make a lot of progress on my 2011 WIPs. BUT that doesn’t mean I have to finish those before starting a new WIP list, right? What’s a new year if not a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over? Especially now that we’re almost a full 2 months into the new year.
So, here’s what I have going right now, in February 2012:
- J’s Christmas quilt (remember – we’re wiping the slate clean, OK?)
- Scrap Attack quilt (13 blocks down, 17 to go)
Well gee, that’s a small list…but if I really get going and write down EVERYTHING I’m working on (in my head or on my cutting mat) it’s just way too overwhelming. So here is a small bite, it’s manageable, and it WILL get done.
Scrap Attack quilt progress