Sunday, June 22, 2014

June Scrap Quilt

It doesn't have a name yet.  This is the June Scrap-a-Palooza quilt from Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

Here it is on the design wall.


The quilt is a brick design.  I had about 7" by 21" of the fabric, called Simplicity, left over from the quilt I made for Brady, before his birth.  Once he was born a boy, I decided there wasn't enough blue in it, so I made him a different quilt with lots of blue, and kept this one myself.  I also used some leftovers from Seaside Rose, as both lines are 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics.  Gosh I love Moda!  Have I said that before?  Um, yeeaahhh.

I made the bricks 3 1/2" X 7" as that was the optimum size given the scraps I had.  This gave me 6 bricks per chunk of fabric.  I also had some smaller pieces, so I worked those in, piecing as necessary.

I decided to add in 1 1/2" wide finished white sashing to give the quilt more length.  I would have loved to have all these soft fabrics play together, but the quilt would have been too small.  Here is a quick tip about piecing these long rows:


After trimming your horizontal strip as well as the sashing to the length you want, in my case, 46 1/4", find the centre of each strip and finger press it to make a crease.  You can drop a pin in the crease if you like.  Line up the creases, or pins and pin the sashing to the row.  Match and pin the ends as well.

Now you can ease in and distribute evenly any fullness and have every single row end up being 46 1/4"!  Another tip is to place whatever strip has a little fullness in it on the bottom, tugging gently on the top piece.  The feed dogs will ease in the extra fullness perfectly.

Quilt top all sewn. . . or not?

It measures 46 1/4" X 48", which is a baby quilt size.  I do have 30" left of one of the yellows.  Do I put a 3" finished border around the entire quilt?

Should I first add another white sashing across the top and the bottom?  Or do I add the yellow only to the sides?
Here is what yellow all around looks like.  This will mean the quilt will finish up at 52X54", so a lap quilt.

Any thoughts are welcome!

And I've now started following Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade. I've visited her blog in the past through a link of a link of a link kind of thing, and been intrigued and impressed with all she does.  Cynthia's post today sent me there again, as the name rang a bell, and, well, I want to keep up with what she's up to! And maybe win some fabric. . .
AND, once again, I am linking up with Marelize in South Africa (don't you just love her name?!) of Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Mondays.  Check out her blog, if you haven't; she does beautiful work, and on a Bernina!  Gotta love Bernina!  ;-)


5 comments:

  1. A very sweet little quilt! Great idea to add the sashing to extend the length. I like the yellow border snuggled up to the bricks. Thanks for sewing along again this month.

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    1. Yep, that IS my gut feeling. Trust the gut, Sandra! Will post a pic when it's all done! Think I am selling this in our boutique at our guild show...or if any of my MANY readers (lol) want to buy it, grab it now! Thank you for the comment and suggestion!

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  2. I have been sewing along with Scrap-a-Palooza, too! Your quilt is turning out so pretty! It's fun to see what we can do with our scraps!

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  3. Adding the white sashing to this quilt adds sooo much!! Totally loving this quilt! I initially would have said add a thin white border but I think Cynthia and your gut are right :) Can't wait to see it all quilted up!

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  4. Whatever you decide on will look as if it was meant to be all along! Your gut is almost always right - go with it! What a beautiful, soft looking quilt! <3

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