Friday, August 8, 2014

trust the Scrappiness

pondering blocks

Yesterday I caught up on my Purge quilt project, making a total of 9 blocks in one sitting.  It actually went pretty fast and was fun, which made me wonder if breaking up the quilt into smaller bite-sized chunks of 2-3 blocks at a time is really doing me any favors.  I so enjoy seeing progress, which is hard to glimpse in such small bites.

my Purge progress

Anyhoo, today I got all my blocks out to admire.  Oh, this is such an important motivational ritual!  I could take or leave any one block (ok, mostly leave), so I've got to keep seeing the whole to remember that I'm going to like this quilt.

scrappy patchwork

Actually, I think I'm really, really going to like this quilt.  It's just plain wild.  Here's to learning to trust real scrappiness!

my Purge progress

some Questions:

1.  Will this "purge" put a dent in my unloved yardage or will I have much to destash?  Lots of my blocks so far are made from scraps, not so much from my unloved fabrics yardage.

2.  How big will this quilt be?  Right now it's a measly 32" x 40".  I'll need to pick up my pace to go throw sized by our final Purge link up on September 12th.  I think it wants to be throw sized (or a picnic quilt, if I really went to town).

3.  Will this quilt end up so loud and so chaotic that it effectively scares off bugs, birds, squirrels and other small mammals?

oh so much more fabric!

Only time will tell...


22 comments:

  1. I am working on my purge scrap quilt and I have learned a few things so far- 1. This is only making a small dent on my scraps. 2. Each block is hard to love 3. All of the blocks together is crazy busy- my son has lovingly called it the "Ugly quilt"- and the name has stuck (not sure how I feel about that one). 4. I am loving using old fabrics from old projects. I even have some of my mom's hand-me-downs so it evokes memories of projects/outfits from the past. 5. I need to come up with a new name for this quilt, it really isn't that ugly, just colorful and busy! 6. Do I want to add sashing to separate the blocks and give it some breathing room?
    I really am having fun doing this project! Thank you for the inspiration to get it started (and deadline for finishing it!)

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    1. Sherron, I loved your list of things you've learned. Totally hear you on the "ugly" quilt name. It's this funny tension between. Yes, it is ugly/crazy, but that's what I like about it! Maybe we can steal the crazy quilt title. Crazy fits for sure (at least with mine).

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  2. The older I get the more I love bright crazy color combinations--so I'm loving this quilt of yours!

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  3. I'm not sure why, but scrap quilting (or any other scrappy project, for that matter) never seems to make a dent in my scraps. And I make liberal use of scraps in nearly everything I make! Of course, I'd probably be sad and lost if they were all suddenly used up, so I suppose it's a good thing that there are still so many left.

    Your quilt is going to be so bright and cheerful. I also often find myself not ensmoured with a particular block on some of my scrap quilts, but those blocks tend to disappear into the quilt when it's finished. And I usually end up finding myself surprised by how much I love them after all is said and done. xoxo

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    1. The one scrap quilt that made a radical dent in my scraps was this blue/green/neutral string quilt: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2014/04/a-scrappy-finish.html. I think it was the narrow color scheme and the fact that I could use any width strips that made it work so well as a scrap buster!

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  4. HaHa! Your third comment made me laugh out loud :)

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  5. I'm all about bugs, birds, and squirrels staying in their respective habitats - a quilt that keeps them out of mine sounds delightful! That quilt is one of my new favorites - I definitely vote for as big a throw as possible. I think it's going to be awesome. (I can't stop myself from scrolling back up to look at it more!)

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  6. Hé ! I bought the same carpet in Ikea last month ! I really LOVE it !
    And your quilt looks great !

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  7. I would suggest you need to cut some strips out of your unloved fabrics now to throw in the pile or else you'll just use up your lovely scraps..and I think you need to aim for about 70" square so you're one-quarter done...

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    1. I think you're right, Lisa. My next bunch of blocks needs to come from those unloveds! I am trying to use "unloved" scraps, but there aren't many of them.

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  8. Gorgeous and fabulous! I love scrappy quilts! X

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  9. it looks fantastic so far - so bright and crazy-happy!

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  10. Love using up those scraps! Your quilt reminds me of one that my grandmother made! Wonderful colors!

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  11. Some time ago I fixed up 2 pizza boxes so that I could start making 16 patch blocks, or at least 4 patch blocks, with this popcorn tin of 2 1/4 inch squares that I have.
    It's been a couple months ago at least and I have yet to get started on them!

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  12. Well, I've been taking a different approach. Yes, I did cut up some FQs that I didn't love and combined with some already cut scrap strips. I was liking it better than I thought I would but I didn't want to continue so I turned it into a pillow. And I used another FQ for the back and another really ugly FQ for the sandwich so I could quilt the top. Still have lots of FQs that I don't love so now I've made 4 - yes 4 - drawstring bags. Each of those takes 3 FQs but not entire FQs so I've burned through 12 more FQs but created a lot more scraps in the process. Did I mention the hated Honey Bun purchased in error? It is being turned into a quilt. It also seems to be generating scraps. Does this never end?

    I do like your patchwork purge quilt. I think it will be very pretty. I will say that the first photo caught me by surprise as at first glance it looked like you were incorporating a big black and white block into it. Then the second photo showed your beautiful Ikat rug and I thought, oh thank goodness. :D

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    1. Haha, yes, thank goodness! Sounds like you've done so well at burning through FQ, but I hear you on the scrap generation. Using the unloved fabrics generated unloved scraps. Oops! I guess the fabric destashing has some merits in comparison =)

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  13. I have noticed that I *have* made a dent in my scrap bins; in fact I've emptied out THREE of them!!!! I'm sorta cheating though I'm not making squares I'm sorta making my own crazy fabric as I go. I really like it though. Thanks for the inspiration & QAL to keep us motivated!

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  14. I always feel something this scrappy needs plain blocks or lattice in between to calm it down and all my "why did I buy this " fabrics go on the back. I have made 3 queen sized quilts from scaps and more to go as I'm trying to use what I have for the next?? years :) .

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  15. I had to laugh at your 3rd comment and at Pat's comments about the black and white block - I thought the same thing. :) I haven't yet started my purge project - I need to get busy!

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  16. I love it! It's right up alley with all the scrappy chaos. I have got to get back to blogging and get linked up with my progress!

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  17. I love it. Keep building - the beautiful continent will happen!

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  18. Ha ha, loved that last question. It is turning out beautifully. I have some unloved yardage, but not really as much as I would expect (I am organizing my stash this week so I am aware of what is going on with it). Quite a bit of my unloved yardage gets used for FMQ practice or practice blocks, but I definitely need to just use more of my stash, loved or unloved.

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