Sunday, January 18, 2015

Scraps of Calm - Finish!

Doing the happy dance here because I have my first finish of 2015. I love love it!  It is also my goal for January for ALYOF over at Sew Bittersweet Designs.

Sorry for some of the inside pics (they are under my Ott-Lite), but by the time I washed it and dried it 10 minutes in the dryer, then laid it flat, there was no daylight left.  Got some pre-wash shots outside in the back yard however.  Interesting to note the difference in colour in different lighting! I will add a few more tomorrow.

This is one of Cynthia's fabulous Scrap-a-Palooza patterns from Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.  I am so happy with how it turned out, and amazed that it took nothing but scraps that I already had, down to the Frankenbatting!  However, the backing and binding are purchased, both from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  As I mentioned in a previous post about this quilt, Cynthia had sent me a picture of the yoga frog fabric, thinking I'd like it, because of my love of yoga.  She was right.  I had no idea where/when the 2 yards I bought would grow into a quilt, but little did I know it was within a couple of weeks of purchasing said fabric!

I did a "jigsaw puzzle" meander with the odd swirl or loop in the blue squares sections.  I went to town with quilting on the zigzag sections, first sectioning them off with my walking foot, and then filling the section with loopy designs ranging from circles to figure eights to weaving back and forth.

I've only ever seen the weaving back and forth design done perpendicular to the straight stitching line.  I have a picture in my iPad, from where I do NOT have a clue, maybe a quilt show(??) where someone did this weaving design on the 45, and I loved the look of it.

In each of the lone deepest green zigs, I did something a little different from the rest of the quilt.
The top corner has a Plume Feather design of Angela Walters.

In the bottom one I wrote "om" leading into a feather design
I usually like a dark binding, but when I saw this chevron print, I thought it might just be the ticket.  And it was.  I cut it on the length of grain, though, to get the chevrons the way I wanted them, so I had to mitre, uh, 12 18" strips in order to get the length I needed! I glued it down again, and used the ladder stitch; man I love Sharon Schamber's method. Thank you Judy!

After washing, a little more crinkly but not overly so, just perfect!
Another close-up of the adorable frogs, and the very wise sayings:

And one last interesting angle! Yummy, run-my-fingers-over-it texture!

Monday morning pics update!
Well it seemed to show the texture much better in person...

This gives a better idea

Maybe this shows's just better in person I guess!

Quilt Stats:
Size: 46 3/4" X 54 3/4"  (6X7 blocks)
Pattern: May Zig Zag Quilt from Scrap-a-Palooza
Fabrics:  scraps from my stash, 416 blue 2.5" squares and various amounts of 3 greens
Backing and Binding: from Jo-Ann Fabrics
Threads: Isacord 40 wt in two shades of green & Sulky Blendables 30 wt variegated blues
Quilted on my Bernina Artista 180

I am linking up with Quilting is More fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!


  1. That is beautiful! I love the greens and blues together. It is one of my favorite color combinations!

  2. Congratulations on the scrappy finish. It is beautiful and calming, and that backing is just too funny. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing this fun finish with Oh Scrap. I love everything about this quilt!

  4. Yoga frog fabric.... LOL! Sandra, that so perfect for the serenity of this quilt! Love how it all came together for you! That weaving quilting design handles right angles perfectly! Or rather, you do!

  5. Oh how exquisitely beautiful!! Even I - NON-quilter - can see the gorgeous texture you ..... quilted? Is that the right word? or sewed into the quilt? Sorry, yes, "quilted" methinks. Textural heaven :D
    Love the sayings, and the little froggies :D

  6. A first finish for 2015, yey look at you! I love the diagonal weave .... it was the first thing I spotted ... looking great!

  7. Thanks for resharing this post, Sandra! Love this quilt--the texture from all the varied quilting is delicious. And the frogs are such a fun surprise on the back!


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