Thursday, December 29, 2016

too obvious

So, this scrap quilt has been giving me trouble.  I've really enjoyed making the blocks, especially as I'm switching between favorites like hourglass blocks and sawtooth stars.  But up on the design wall the collection has had me stumped.  What does it need to look finished?

Scraps on Parade

My design concept was inspired by fairisle sweaters with their rows of distinct designs.  I was planning to keep everything tidy in its own row, until my mom prodded me to mix things up.  I wondered if a little shuffling of sawtooth stars for hourglass blocks might settle my concerns about the quilt, so I gave it a go.

Nope, that didn't do it.

Scraps on Parade

Last night I started cutting small squares to create a gray and low volume squares border.  I was in for a lot more piecing, apparently, to finish this quilt off.  Then suddenly it occurred to me that all it needed was a plain, gray border.  Yep, just a gray frame.  Something simple, but unifying.

Scraps on Parade

Aha! Finished at last!

Scraps on Parade

Now that I've put a 3" Kona Iron border around my patchwork, I can't believe I didn't realize this was what it needed before.  Funny how the right solution can be so darn obvious once it arrives!

Scraps on Parade

Now I'm working on the backing.  Seemed like a good time to use this lively piece of Mystery Food by Cotton & Steel.

Happy Sewing, all!

26 comments:

  1. i love this! the riot of colors and blocks is so wonderfully cheerful to me. and i love love love mystery food...one of my favorites from C+S and in that beautiful blue. :)

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    1. It really is such an awesome shade of blue. There should be more fabrics in that shade in my stash!

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  2. Sometimes binding can provide the frame, but sometimes you just need more. I also find that with really scrappy or busy projects, more solid fabrics help it breathe! This is so pretty. I love that the one sawtooth star is higher than the others. :) Gives it more intrigue!

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  3. Oh, Rachel, it is so beautiful! It makes me think of snuggling near a crackling fire while snow falls outside. So peaceful.

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  4. Curious to see what you'll choose for binding...

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  5. Hahaa, sometimes the solution is just waiting round the corner. Your quilt looks great. I love scrap quilts.

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  6. Ah, what a difference a grey makes! This is looking wonderful & scrappy!

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  7. I love this! Looks like a great project for a quilt-along...please! I've never done one of those but I would love to make a quilt like this!

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    1. Oh, you're right! A scraps on parade quilt like this would be nice for a quilt along. I'll try to remember that! Right now is not a good time for me with the Penny Sampler starting, but maybe sometime in the new year!

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  8. I think it needs a solid, dark fabric for binding. I don't think the grey edge contains the patterns well enough. I like the way you put the blocks together. It's lively and happy, but the grey edge is a bit blah.

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    1. I was thinking a scrappy/bright binding or a dark continuous print, such as navy. We'll see... I'm sure I'll have to audition a few.

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  9. so agree as soon as I saw the first photo I thought plain border, it looks great

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  10. It is sometimes best to sit and stare for a while before finishing! Simple was the way to go! Gorgeous quilt by the way!

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  11. Wonderful top!!! Too many colors, too many lovely prints... great result! I love it :) I can´t wait to see the quilting and finished quilt :) Have a nice time and Happy New 2017 Year! Jolana

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  12. I really like the rows broken up a bit - and yes, a simple border frames it beautifully!

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  13. I like how you took those traditional blocks and then give the whole quilt a modern and fun twist with the setting you choose.

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  14. Great concept. It came together so beautifully. I may have to copy your idea someday.

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  15. Really charming--the simple frame made all the difference. You've achieved some scrappy greatness with this one!

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  16. So beautiful! I just love scrap quilts, and the border is definitely works wonderfully.

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  17. You are right, such a simple thing and the perfect finish :)
    I love it! Have you decided what to do with the quilting? That part is a bit tricky for me when it comes to this style. The penny sampler has me stumped.

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    1. I've started quilting with allover straight lines on diagonal, 1 inch apart. When all else fails, a good texture always works. For the Penny Sampler, I like the way DutchComfort had hers quilted echoing the design of the blocks. I might do that this time.

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  18. Such a beautiful, lively scrap quilt! I especially love the stars. And you're right about that C+S print on the back. That blue is just so awesome. I cannot wait too see this one completed - I'm curious as to how you're going to quilt it and your binding selection.

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