Wednesday, April 16, 2014
a Scrappy Finish
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!