Wednesday, April 16, 2014

a Scrappy Finish

Simple Strings finished

Are there many things as satisfying as using your own two hands to turn something unwanted or leftover into an object with function and form?  Scraptacularity is exactly that - when scrappy potential reveals itself. 

zigzag quilting

This quilt is composed of blue and green strip scraps, plus a generous helping of neutrals.  It's destined for a nephew's twin bed.  I cut all my scraps into straight strips ranging from 1" to 3.5" wide, in even 1/4" increments.  The 1" and 1.25" strings I sewed together side-by-side to make wider strips.  Then, all the strips were pieced randomly until they were wide enough for this bed quilt.  Lastly I joined the rows together.  Very user-friendly.  Really the cutting part was the most work.

repurposed backing

For the backing I was excited to use a large piece of fabric that's been sitting around since I made Liam's bed quilt.   This soft blue/green stripe fabric was his duvet cover.  There was nothing wrong with it and it was such a huge piece of fabric, that I hoped it'd come in handy eventually.  So perfect with this quilt!

zigzag scrappy binding

Did you notice the quilting?  Zigzags!   To keep things easy I followed the row seams.  So simple and so durable this way.  Do you know how forgiving zigzags are?  Zigzag quilting should get more love, me thinks.  And for the binding... more scraps!  Detecting a theme?  But really, I do like low volume geometrics for binding.  Those pezzy prints are especially great.

A scrappy twin quilt

I'm quite happy with this finish and with the timing.   Tomorrow I plan to start Aria's Easter dress... and hopefully to finish it too.  Wish me luck!

43 comments:

  1. You are so good with scraps! I mean, you can turn even the tiniest scraps into something gorgeous! I never know what do to so sometimes, I throw some away. I know, it's terrible.

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  2. Love how this turned out. Makes me want to make one from so many of my scrap strips.

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  3. Such a great quilt! I need to do this with my scraps!

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  4. Looks great! Good luck with the Easter dress tomorrow!

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  5. Love the colors. Reminds me of the beach (maybe because that's where I am presently). But am definitely going to try this with my strings when I get home. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. love it-all of it. Even the zigzag!

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  7. You are amazing! Making something so lovely out of strip scraps and so fast! Wow!

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  8. I love this one! What a pretty quilt!

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  9. I love everything about this quilt!

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  10. Ohhh, I like this one...zigzags & all!

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  11. It's a wonderful finish Rachel and I like the idea of the zigzag quilting.

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  12. I really, really love the zig-zag quilting. I think it lends a nice masculine finish to the quilt. And, of course, I love anything scrappy so this is an awesome quilt!

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  14. (now that I am not on the PMQG account, I can leave a proper note, oops!) This is a great quilt Rachel! All elements fell into line with this one ;) your nephew will enjoy it!

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  15. Wonderful as usual - such a great use of scrap fabric.

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  16. Love this quilt!! Beautiful flow of colors!

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  17. I love scrappy string strip quilts. This one is awesome. Looks like fun. Kinda reminds me of the beach. You go girl!

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  18. This is so beautiful! It reminds me of sea glass, or a really cool glass mosaic. Love the zig zag quilting too. Fabulous work!

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  19. The blues and greens are very relaxing :)

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  20. It looks great. I've been eyeing my scraps of late and thinking about pulling just one or two colors. Your idea of adding the neutral really makes it work. Back to the scrap basket! :D (I have lots of grays.) I love my June Taylor Shape Cut when doing lots of cutting like this. Hope you have one!

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  21. I love the almost monochromtic string quilts. Love how you used different widths of the strips rather than just one width like the felly rolls. Beautiful quilt.

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  22. The pairing of the backing with the strings on the front is divine. I do love the zigzag quilting and the varying widths of strings. I hope your nephew loves it.

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  23. Amazing as usual!! I love how all your quilts come together. Great inspiration for the rest of us too ~ this one is on my list to make. Good luck with Aria's Easter dress, I am sure it will be lovely! :)

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  24. Love it and the zig zag quilting is great!!

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  25. You are great with scraps. You always make the most beautiful quilts. I never have enough scarps in the same color range to make something this cute.

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  26. I love scrap quilts. This one is great!

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  27. Beautiful! I'm using the pink pez in my Triangle QAL quilt right now - love that print, and it looks great in your binding!

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  28. Beautiful quilt! Love it.
    Good luck with the Easter Dress.

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  29. very nice! I'm always hesitant to use floral prints in things for males... but in a scrappy arrangement like this you can't really tell :) I love the little pops of red and brown thrown in there too :)

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  30. Ooh, it is beautiful. Somehow, my scrap quilt does not turn out like yours.

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  31. What a wonderful posting today! You dared to go where many of us are afraid to go......letting go.....use what you have....let it be.....The result is quick, rewarding, freeing and wonderful!! Thank you for leading the way. I'm gonna do what you did! Whoopee!!!...........Oh yes, then the zig-zagging. Must get out the Bernina 180 from under my sewing table (not my favorite machine) and use some of them there fancy stitches.

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  32. Maureen,

    This quilt is fantastic! I love everything about it! It is great that you used all scraps too! Thank you for sharing all of this glorious inspiration.

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  33. I always like the look of scrap quilts, but have not really wanted to make one. I would like to make one like this. I have been acquiring a lot of scraps lately, so maybe I will be turning them into a quilt. Thank you for the great idea.

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  34. Beautiful quilt! I love everything about it.

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  35. This turned out beautifully! The colors are really sparkly and that duvet cover was perfect for the backing!

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  36. Thanks for the zig zag quilting tip. I love how you take something that's easy and accessible but not at the forefront of our minds and make us say "Wow!" I'll tuck that tip away for future use!

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  37. I love it! Simple, modern, and works for a boy :)
    Pinning it!

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  38. OH man, those zigzags ARE fantastic. Storing this away for the very next quilt it will work on :)

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  39. It reminds me of the scrappy jelly roll type quilts that I have made.
    Yes, I did notice the zigzags and love that idea!

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