Monday, April 18, 2016

Scrap Work

First, thank you all for your generous response to my last post on grieving.  I took time this weekend to read and process your comments.  So many were precious or helpful, for which I am grateful both for myself and for the others who will read and benefit from our words.

scrapping together a quilt back

I did a little sewing this weekend too.  These are my cutting scraps from A Still Point in a Turning World. The bulk of them are little triangles arising from cutting diamonds or triangles from width-of-fabric strips.  Because I am not the least bit tired of seeing these colors and prints together, I decided to make some pieced fabrics to use on the quilt back.

scrapping together a quilt back

First I sewed the triangles into a bajillian half square triangle blocks.  These tiny things are about 2" square, but I refused to trim them.  Miniature sewing has never been my thing.  Instead, I joined them together preserving points as much as possible and creating...

scrapping together a quilt back

This zigzag strip about 38" long!  Wowee!  Behold the power of little things.

scrapping together a quilt back

With the rest of my scraps, I created two other improv-ish works.  This one was created from some of the extra diamonds and bigger triangles.

scrapping together a quilt back

Together with my Still Point test block and some misc. stash fabrics, we have a quilt back.   I do typically make my quilt backs from random stash fabrics.  By using up fabrics that have been hanging out in my stash for awhile or are especially suited to quilt backs (because of large scale prints, for example), I keep my collection of on hand fabrics fresh.  And if I remember to incorporate quilt top scraps into the quilt back.... well, that's all the better!

scrapping together a quilt back

Last night I basted the layers together with Warm & Natural batting and 505 basting spray.  The setting sun cast a brilliant pool of light on the basted quilt top that I couldn't resist sharing here.  Such a dramatic beauty is light against dark.



15 comments:

  1. It's so true Rachel about others benefitting from the comments as well as the things you wrote in your post about grieving.
    What fun bits of design you created with the scraps from A Still Point. The symbolism in that speaks to me too.

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  2. I love this quilt backing. It all goes together really well!
    I do not mind tiny blocks.
    I hope you enjoy some time outside today.
    After hubbs watches his silly detective show (he is retired, yes indeed) I am sending him to the hardware store for some dirt!

    I am so thankful that I found you, your bloggie, and all of your friends. We are blessed.

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  3. The zig zag is lovely! I smiled at your comment on not liking miniature sewing because the smaller blocks from the Penny Sampler convinced me to really enjoy sewing what I thought was "mini" piecing, especially those penny squares and crosses.

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  4. The brighter the sunlight, the deeper the shadows...

    Those harsh contrasts in our lives bring a beauty all their own. Hugs...

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  5. I love working with small scraps and I love that you share your Eleni journey with us! Keep working through your fabric and your feelings. We're here for you!

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  6. Beautiful!!! I so admire how much time and thought you put into your quilt backs.

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  7. IMO, the back of that quilt holds up to the front in every way. They are both interesting and dramatic pieces, a twofer as they say.

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  8. What a timely post. I have been shopping on line, looking for a backing fabric for a quilt I am soon to finish up. I have a feeling I can piece something from my stash. I am almost certain of it. So much better to use what I already have!

    I love that last photo with the sunlight. Really pretty Rachel!!

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  9. Thanks for the inspiration. It never occurred to me to incorporate bits of scrap patchwork into a quilt back!

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  10. Yes! Beauty in the tiny bits, the light, the dark, in making use of what is near :)

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  11. Love, love, love your backing! I'm currently making a quilt and have some leftover blocks and you inspired me to include them and make a scrappy backing. Thank you!

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  12. Interesting how quickly the "improve" works itself into ones quilts once we start, or I guess I should speak for myself, but it looks like it's happening to you too!!

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  13. We all benefit in sharing our lives together, no matter the circumstances, when our hearts are in it for good. You know I have to share with you that your post some months back about catching a song and the collection of the Blue Birds fabrics were in my psyche very much in early February. It was a case of having that in my head that motivated me, a NOVICE quilt maker at best, to move forward in asking people via social media to join in making quilts for the families of fallen officers (in our area) and two others who were injured in a very bad incident. The up part is, more than 40+ volunteers coast to coast sent in blocks. We're now in the process of piecing 4 large quilts. This because you shared about the Blue Birds and I was able to use photos of the line to motivate others and from there I hope our efforts bring some comfort to those in need of healing and also grieving. And YES in the very beginning of it ALL, one Greater than all of us ... was in charge. Rachel, I do not pretend to understand His ways, but I know he wants us all to depend on one another. And you are one of His communicators in my mind. I hope that my words meet you and bring some sense of joy knowing the rippling effect of your post/s. Love you and blessings!!! - Janelle

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  14. What a beautiful quilt? what a beautiful quilt. You and your family continue in my prayers as you move along your grief journey.

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