This was my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017 project #3 with Angela at so scrappy. My good friend Nancy, who lives in Florida, sent me a photo of this quilt done entirely in scraps, not colour-arranging like mine, on Pinterest, saying it would be a terrific easy scrap quilt. I sure agreed, and I said let's do it as a sewing together quilt! Even though we are a thousand miles apart for the majority of the year, we could plan to sew 'together' as in at the same time, but each on our own quilts. Well, although Nancy retired from her full-time job as a nurse about a year ago, her new life is overflowing with busy-ness, and it just did not happen. However I started. I had the idea to put a little order to the chaos of the blocks by doing two of the four corners in whatever colour of the month Angela said we were to work on. That was about all the plan I had. The black strips are whatever width, purposely not all the same.
So when it came around to several months in, I knew I had to have a wee bit more of a plan. I started leaving the opposing corner empty of coloured strips, so I'd do two corners random, the third corner the colour of the month, and often leave the fourth 'empty'. In this way I started building the quilt and seeing where I needed to fill in.
|Notice a fifth purple block started...now realizing okay, uh, exactly how am I going to do this?|
Choosing to make the sides alternating reds and turquoises just happened while placing the blocks on the design wall, as in a few landed there and I thought, hmm! I like it! A warm and a cool colour, good stuff. When it came to the neutrals month, I made the four corners neutrals. The 'X' strips are all blacks and a couple of dark greys.
|Now I'm starting to get it, well mostly...do you see where the one red/green corners block can go in two different places?! And that the aqua/purple blocks maybe shouldn't have 3 of them... It started to get like a Rubik's cube!|
An outside shot of that lovely texture:
|It's in the wash as I type, so I'll add another crinkly shot later. I like the way the vertical and horizontal seams have a definite line, almost a ridge to them!|
Here is the back:
I started binding it this morning, deciding on a mottled black in my stash, but then we had to go into Windsor to run some errands (one of which was giving MacGyver my iPhone 6 and giving-ha! I wish-me a new iPhone 7, eeep! which is still 'updating iCloud settings...ugh), so the binding didn't get finished until just before supper...and it's winter in the northern hemisphere, and so the light was gone.
|The label (nearly forgot again!) and binding applied by machine to the back, then wrapped around to the front and top-stitched down.|
Here's a daylight shot of all the fabulous variety of fabrics:
Why did I call it Goddess Eyes? Well, do you know what a god's eye is? If not, go here. We made them as kids at summer camp. The rainbow squares on point in my quilt are rather jewel-like to me, just kind of glow, and I thought of the glowing eyes of gods and goddesses. This has been the year of empowerment of women, so goddess it is. The rainbow fish fabric works so well with the front doesn't it? Oh, and to the lower right side of the label you get a glimpse of my trademark, FMQ-signing my name and/or initials somewhere in the quilt. I'll get a daylight pic of it tomorrow.
|My initials are FMQ-ed in the opposite corner, but I was freezing, so you'll have to trust me on that!|
And one last in the snow in a little bit of sun pic! Didn't that orange variegated thread work wonderfully in all the colours?
Pattern: 'X' Marks the Block at Fabric Therapy
Size: approximately 48X64"
Fabric: 100% scraps
Batting: scraps of Hobbs 80/20
Quilted: on Avril
Threads: pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 4657 in variegated oranges, originally bought for and used on Radiance; The Bottom Line in the bobbin
# of stitches: 51 171
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