Thursday, December 15, 2016

Scrap Harmony

Thank you all for celebrating baby Elora with me!  Reading your comments on her baby pictures feels like being in a room full of women friends rejoicing over our healthy baby girl.  A room full of friends who understand why she is so especially a gift.  Oftentimes you thank me for being vulnerable in this space when I share my family life, but I see less that vulnerability and more a community who has carried me.  It's a true privilege to share your company.

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The day before my induction I felt compelled to start a new quilt, a scrap quilt.  I wanted something mostly mindless and very colorful, something I could just putter along with between things.  I started by making 3" finished hourglass blocks, using lots of multicolor scraps paired with solids or low volumes. 

Scrap Happy

I thought at first I might make big blocks of hourglasses arranged in a grid with tiny, 1/2" gray sashing.  Sometimes it's nice to have a project that's open ended.  Who knows what might happen?

A scrap quilt can easily become chaotic when colors and patterns overwhelm.  That's OK at times, but I realized with this quilt I wanted something more like my Sour Pickle quilt from December last.

Low Volumes from Westwood Acres

Here, as with Sour Pickle, my approach to harmonizing diverse scraps is to include lots of low volume.  I tend to buy rather plain low volumes:  just gray, white, black with no extra colors.  I've been wanting to get past that simplicity, so I requested a Inside Voices Bundle from Westwood Acres.  Here are the pretty fat quarters that arrived!  Clouds, flowers, foxes and dots - it's a great mix of shapes and a nice assortment of soft colors.  This bundle is more than enough low volume to anchor an entire scrap quilt (or two).

Scrap Happy

Once in my new sewing room, I arranged my hourglasses on the new design wall.  Now I feel like the quilt may go together in rows, with sets of same-style blocks arranged like patterns in a fairisle sweater.

Still sashed in gray?  Maybe.

Scrap Happy

My next batch of scrap blocks is an elongated 9-patch inspired by bathroom tile.  I'm enjoying pairing the Westwood Acres low volume fabrics with something that coordinates from my scrap drawers!

Scrap Happy

Here's where I've landed at the moment.  I haven't quite decided what style of block to put in between the upper and lower hourglass sets.  Perhaps snowflakes or large plus blocks?  I think I'll let this one marinate for awhile and redirect my attention to starting our bedroom quilt.

Sometimes it's nice to have a few balls in the air!

19 comments:

  1. I love those hourglass blocks. I agree with having a few projects going at a time. I tried really hard for a while to do one whole quilt start to finish before beginning anything else, but it drove me a little crazy after awhile. It is nice to change it up, especially when I'm stuck in a rut, or sick to death of chain piecing, etc, and need a change of pace. I say definitely keep the grey sashing, just my opinion.

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  2. I so love seeing what you are doing. I prayed along with everyone on the birth of your baby girl and rejoice at her being healthy..God is good.

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  3. I sense a bit of all that improv coming into play! Lovely xx

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  4. I'm looking forward to seeing more of this quilt.

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    1. Thanks! So am I, haha! I'm curious to see the next stage emerge.

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  5. Once again, I feel like I learn a bit more about color and value each time I read a post of yours. This scrappy quilt will be lovely. Looking forward to watching it grow.

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  6. I think that we, women, are scraps in harmony at every time we can feel the same other woman feels.I must to thank you for all I learned with you and inspire me! And when you show Elora and company, you show love and strength...Are there in the world something better than this?
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    Yes! We women are together, with you, even with the distance!
    So lets celebrate the life, the love, the angels, and Elora!
    God bless you all!!!!
    And I m srarting my hourglass blocks!!!! Thank you!!!!

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  7. Scrap quilts are the best!! They let us go wild and have fun!

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  8. love scrappy quilts. love your scrappy hour glass blocks

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  9. This type of quilt always has a vintage feel to me which I just love.
    And isn't it amazing how low volume calms things down! I look forward to seeing which block you decide to add :)

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  10. My favorite quilt stages: the fabric "auditions", the completion of a long project, and peaking over your shoulder as your quilts unfold. I love that you show us the process and let us hear some of your thoughts along the way. And then you enrich all of us with your glimpses of love in the family. Blessings.

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  11. You have such a talent for putting different fabrics together and having it all work out.

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  12. Really nice. I like where you're going with this.

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  13. So happy and cheerful! I love the pairings.

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  14. Love your hourglass and 9-patches scrap blocks! You have a talent for putting fabrics and patterns together that is unique and you I totally love it:-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Hildy. That's a great compliment! Like most people, I don't see myself as having a very particular style, so it's nice to hear that others can see something there =)

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  15. Oh, I really love this quilt already! For some reason, I immediately imagined it with navy sashing. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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