Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Scrap Attack {Herringbone Block}

If you've been hanging around for a while, you might remember the Herringbone Block tutorial I wrote up when it was my turn to lead a charity quilt with do. Good Stitches.  I was drawing inspiration from Holly of Bijou Lovely's beautiful Herringbone quilt, but made a few modifications to her tutorial in order to make a longer, more narrow block. 

Well, coincidentally, this block is quite ideal for eating up string scraps.  And good golly, do I have a mess of those!  I don't sew often with strings.  I've never made a simple string quilt, nor do I work much with log cabins.  I think both patterns are stunning worked up, but haven't really felt drawn to dive in to them myself.  To be honest, something about sewing strings feels so repetitive and boring to me.  But, what's with that since sewing a bunch of small squares together can't be much different?  Motivation is unfathomable.

Herringbone Block Tutorial

One thing I appreciate about the herringbone block is that the strings are arranged in an interesting pattern from the get go.  It makes completing each block a bit rewarding.  I should have made a ton more to add to this quilt!  I think that urge got buried under other quilty plans that popped up here and there.  You know how that goes...

Love in Herrinbones with do. Good Stitches

The finished quilt is 44" x 55" - a great size for the little one it's destined for.  This quilt is the collaborative work of the Love circle, who sent me herringbone blocks over the winter holidays.   It will be mailed tomorrow to Wrap Them in Love, who collects quilts for needy children the world over.  Anyone can send quilts to Wrap Them in Love.  If you have some languishing quilt tops, why not finish them off and put them to good use?  Or, to find out more about how to join us at do. Good Stitches, visit the main group on Flickr.  We're always welcoming new members who are active on Flickr and enjoy working in a modern style.

Herringbone quilt loopies

I love the surprise of each quilt block that arrives in my mailbox.  I asked for blocks that included lots of color and a pop of black, with no brown.  Although the different blocks are distinct, they merge into one collective interpretation that also proves how scrap-friendly this design really is!

the back!

I had lots of fun making a bright, playful backing to match.  I started with a yard cut of "Rabbit Trellis" from Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy.  It's such a happy print, and so vibrant!  And, would you guess it's organic too?  Robert Kaufman produced the entire Modern Whimsy collection on organic cotton.  It has a nice, substantial feel.   Anyhoo, I added to that another Herringbone block from our circle and some random childish fabrics, like that Argyle Remix print and the Mushroom Houses from Woodland.  Plus a nice pop of black on the back too!  

Rainbow stripe binding

Happily, this unknown rainbow stripe was a perfect binding - it has a bit of black in it too!  Since I didn't have quite enough, the Rabbit Trellis trimmings helped out.  Isn't it lucky the way those bunnies ended up dancing across the front of the binding!

with Love at do. Good Stitches

Just in time, I remembered to add a do. Good Stitches tag.  And she's done!  Yay.  I have to say this quilt has such a seriously 80's vibe.  I mean, all those bright colors in such a wild layout with black, black, black.  Totally 80's.  And I love it.

How about you?  Are you making a dent in your scraps?  If you need inspiration, look no farther than the Scrap Attack Flickr group.  There is some amazing work going on in quilts of all styles!  And, I'm keeping a running link list to all of the Scrap Attack posts here.  At the end of February we'll catch each other up with another link party and then early March I'll announce  prizes to be handed about at the Festival of Scrappiness.  Be sure to have your quilts done by late March so you can join the Festival!

17 comments:

  1. Oh I am hooked on that herringbone now. I love this!

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  2. Wow that style looks really cool must bookmark this page so I can try it out sometime =D

    I'm also holding a swap on my blog please feel free to enter http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.com/p/swap-time.html

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  3. It's a great finish, Rachel! I LOVE how it turned out! I agree; there is definitely an 80's vibe. The bunnies are so fun!

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  4. It looks fab, I'm sure the recipient will love it

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  5. Beautiful quilt! Love it!

    Side question: I've always wondered why it's called "Do. Good Stitches"? Like, with the period after "Do" and written the unusual way that it is? Just wondering if that's a reference to something I'm not aware of. Just curious. :-)

    I'm sure the recipient is going to love this one!

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    1. Oh, no, it's just a funny little thing I did. I like the way it looks like that... do. Good Stitches.

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  6. It came out beautifully! Colorful and fun, the way a child's quilt should be :)

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  7. It's wonderful Rachel!! Some lucky little person is just going to love it! As always, your work is just gorgeous.

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  8. This is excellent! Thank you so much for sharing. Herringbone is so fun, but I have NEVER seen it done in such a great way. I LOVE scrappy quilts.

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  9. Oh yes! I love this herringbone, and the back is so perfect. Thanks for sharing this winner!

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  10. I feel the same way about string quilts, they look great when done but cutting and sewing those strings - not my thing. Although I have to add that I was working yesterday on trip around the world kind of thing and enjoy it! So maybe if the strings turn into something else quickly enough I can work with them. Maybe I will give the herringbone a try :)

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    1. Maybe we should just strip piece all of our strings into squares!

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  11. What a great scrappy backing! Love it when the back of the quilt is just as fun as the front.

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  12. How do quilters get that tag? Can we order it off Spoonflower?

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    1. Yes! Thanks for the reminder. I need to talk to the recently added hosts to figure out getting those tags to you all. They are available to order through Spoonflower, but it really makes the most sense for the host to order them so that she can mail them with her blocks to each quilter.

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