Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Scraps on Parade quilt

It's finished!

Scraps on Parade

And how lucky that photographs fell on the first (and likely only) snow day of our season!  A pretty dusting of snow to prove it's winter at last.

Scraps on Parade

I made Scraps on Parade purely for the joy of scraps.   No plans and no pressure - perfect for those first weeks with baby.  It was a bit of slow going with some head-scratching along the way, but here we are at a finish I can celebrate!

Scraps on Parade

The hourglass blocks were best for eating up scraps.  I would have loved a whole quilt just of them, but it does get tedious sewing the same small block again and again.  The stretched 9-patch block is one I will likely make as a dedicated quilt someday.  It was quick and still scrap-friendly.  And the stars...  I'll never tire of sawtooth stars.

After adding that solid Kona Ash border, it all fell into place for me.  A simple, straight-line quilted texture brings things together, and a nearly-black floral provides a final frame for the wandering eye.


Scraps on Parade

On the back I used some fun prints that would be a shame to cut up for patchwork, as well as a large piece of a neutral gingham as a quiet bit of contrast.

Scraps on Parade

Scraps on Parade is so named for the way my block types are lined up "like soldiers," my mom said.  I see them more as rows in a quilty parade, with one silly sawtooth star causing mayhem in the hourglass ranks!

Scraps on Parade is listed in my Etsy shop today.  My first finish in the new year!

Scraps on Parade

Oops, I'm on my second-to-last label.  I've been using these sew-in ribbon labels from Etsy store GutenTags for years and years.  They hold up well to washing and look quite professional.  She closes her shop to new orders whenever she gets busy, so it can be hard to catch her taking new customers.  But reorders are quick and always available here.  If you're interested in labels, maybe convo her on Etsy to see if she has a wait list for new customers?

Sometimes I wonder if decades later when I'm not at this anymore, someone might stumble on one of my quilts, become curious about quilt-making and search their way to my blog to discover the (old) world of quilt-alongs and free online tutorials.  How cool would that be!

xo,

Rachel

25 comments:

  1. I think this has the be one of my favourite of your quilts!

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  2. What a beautiful way to start the new year ! For us it has to be a quilt, isn't ?

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  3. Aaawwww, I LOVE it. This is a love at first sight quilt.

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  4. This is gorgeous! So pretty with the dusting of snow in the background too!

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  5. Hi Rachel. I very rarely comment on any of the blogs I follow, but have to this time. I love your scrap quilt. I somewhat envy people who can design beautiful quilts like this one. But at least I get to enjoy it thru your blog. S -----thank you.

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  6. Love your quilt, I have been also using gray as a background lately. Orphan blocks and scraps really go together well. Our ancestors would like it too, I 'm sure Rachel.

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  7. I love scraps. I have LOADS of them.
    I have way too many goals this year. I will try to be realistic and attempt to organize some of the disorder around here, my small hoard piles, my accumulation of treasures, no pressure though... right?
    This is a very happy carefree quilt!
    Did I tell you my littlest girl is 6 weeks pregnant? I wasn't supposed to know, but she made an oops in one of our "texting fests"
    She felt bad, because she wanted to surprise me, but it was okay. I was thrilled to know even though so early. It gently brushed away some of my sadness
    Happy New year! I am drowning over here, I need a sewing life guard :-D I hope you had a joyful day with Eloraflower

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    1. Thanks for your note, Rosemary. I am glad to hear about the new pregnancy. As you said, a gentle hug for your grief. You have many goals, but I hope this year will be one of healing and renewal for you.

      Are you drowning in too many projects? I wonder what a sewing lifeguard would do, in imagination. =) Maybe I will be inspired to make a post to help, if possible.

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  8. I agree - the idea of someone just doing a quick search for this "stitched in color" thing that's attached to their blanket and finding a whole world, they never knew existed is a very cool thing. And a good reminder to put labels on quilts, no matter what their intended purpose. Something I pretty much always forget to do.
    Great finish Rachel.
    E xx

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  9. What a perfect finish this is! Totally lovely and scrappy with plenty of places for your eye to rest. Great job.

    On another topic: For my January birthday I'm buying a new computerized sewing machine in the $600-$900 range. Looking at Janome (I only have the Janome AMH M100 available locally) and Janome & Juki online. Can you make any recommendations? I've just re-read all of your previous posts on selecting a sewing machine. Thanks!

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    1. Hey there! I feel like I'd really have to try a machine out to recommend it. My suggestion would be to choose a machine that is not computerized, if possible. I feel that the manual machine's need fewer tune ups and are less frustrating in the end! Since you will likely be buying online, I suggest you go with a store that offers good customer service and consider the extended warranty. That's why stores like Sew Vac Direct are ultimately a better choice than, Amazon, in my opinion.

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  10. Stunning! That's exactly why I label my quilts!

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  11. I am in awe. The quilt is stunning!

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  12. Love your finished quilt it's really really great! What a good way to start the year:-)

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  13. I love the name you went with, so fitting! The textured quilting works so well too.
    Yay, for beautiful finishes!!! :)

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    1. I do enjoy naming quilts. It's frustrating when the right name won't come, but when it does it makes the finish a little sweeter =)

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  14. Pretty quilt, Rachel! The gray you chose is perfect to make all the colors pop.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. I think this may be the first quilt I've done scrappy with gray. I'm not usually a gray person, but I like it here! Maybe it's the winter's influence.

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  15. Perfect, perfect timing!!! I just polled all my peeps at knitting for sources of folded labels. Thank you!! Do you have a message on the reverse of yours?

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    1. No, mine say "StitchedinColor" on both sides of the fold. I didn't think about making it say different things!

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  16. It's so great, Rachel! I love the grey sashing (I think that's what it's called?). It was the right choice to highlight such beautiful pieces. They really shine.

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  17. So pretty, just as expected! I love the mix of blocks. And Sawtoot Stars are an absolute favorite of mine, always!

    As for the tedium of sewing the same block repeatedly, I'm making an entire quilt of 3" HST blocks which requires some 587 HSTs! But I just work on it in batches and that seems to keep the boredom at bay. It's definitely a longterm project! Maybe the fabric variety would keep you going on one block that long. Maybe not! But your mix of blocks looks so wonderful I don't think it's a problem either way. :)

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  18. I absolutely love this. It is gorgeous! And I would love to rummage through your scrap bin :)

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