Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Last Finish....

This was my final finish for last year!  It was a response to a really bad idea that looked really good in my head.  Ever had that happen?  I was sure I could make it work and cut a lot of floral fabrics...and then, as I assembled test blocks--it became clear I did not have the range of fabrics I need.  Too many mediums and darks.
So what does one do when she has blithely cut 3.0" squares and a lot of them?  Well, you can't just forget about them.  That's insult to injury in my book.  So I cut them some more and decided this would work for another one of Tonya Ricucci's lego quilts.  She talks about the process in this post.
And then I started pulling scraps and trimming them down.  There are a few batiks, a few vintage fabrics, some modern florals that came via my-niece-the-quilter, and lots of mid-range florals from my stash.
This quilt was assembled in the same way as It Takes a Village and I discussed that in this post.  I am happy to say I was able to use up most of those squares that I so optimistically cut.  A very good thing!
It has gone to live with my sister, tuthfairy, since she is our resident master gardener and all the fabrics are things that are grown - flowers, vegetables, and trees.I quilted leaves and flowers in it -- staying with the gardening theme.  I should have just done a meander....it's so wonderfully busy that the quilting isn't important and doesn't really show up.
There is lots of sewing in a lego quilt -- but it's easy and fast and a great use of scraps!  I highly recommend giving it a try and clearing out a tote or shopping bag or drawer of scraps!
I hope you are having a great week and have found time to do some fun piecing!  I am beginning a week of self-imposed "handwork" only in an effort to get me up from my machine and appliquéing.  We'll see if this works.

And very importantly, the Australian Open begins tomorrow.  Lots of afternoon and evening tennis.  I so love it!  Jan

43 comments:

Judy Dietrich said...

What a great "save" you did with those quilt squares--very creative. I bet your sister could look at this quilt many times and always find a new design on a scrap piece!!! Good finish for 2012!!

Michelle said...

That looks great! I'm making slooow progress on my own Lego quilt.

Robin @ Fluster Buster said...

Very creative! I am a new follower! I found your link on Flamingo Toes. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s @ http://www.FlusterBuster.com.

Merry said...

This is really lovely and a great way to use up spare fabric.

artclubblog.com said...

Wow, this looks amazing...and such patience to make it!

Jill said...

Another gorgeous quilt! Have fun watching the tennis! I'll be watching it too!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love this one!!!

delilah thomas said...

This is insane! By that I mean beautiful. Great work.

Rebecca @ Herons Crafts said...

This is beautiful! So effective and a great way to use up all that fabric! Thanks for sharing such an amazing quilt :)

diannajessie said...

It looks fab, well done for persevering it worked out perfect:)

Kate said...

Love all the colors, fun and beautiful quilt. Great outcome to something that started off not working so well.

Melinda said...

You have given me an idea for what to use the leftovers from my scrappy trips. I think they would work in a lego quilt. I love yours - actually both of them.

Rhonda said...

I love everything about this quilt, from the "oh no" moment to re-cutting into another idea to the finished quilt. All those scraps put together are just wonderful. Two thumbs up in my book!!

Chris said...

Looks great. What a good way to save your cut squares :)

Missy Shay said...

I love your quilt! I'll have to pin it for future reference!

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Whenever I see "I Quilt for Fun" @ a blog party I always check you out, because I always enJOY seeing your projects. Keep up the good work. Your blog is so inspiring.

Nann said...

You took lemons and made lemonade! The quilt couldn't have been better if you'd planned it that way.

Darlene Contadino said...

Very creative. I can't wait to show this to my granddaughter who has a container of strips just waiting for a project. Her motto is just having fun, looks as if we can have lots of fun, just being spontaneous. It looks great.

CityHouseStudio said...

It's fabulous! I love all of the dense colors with so many scraps.

Christie describeHappy said...

I really quite like the color and variety. A very happy quilt!

Connie said...

I think your quilt turned out great and for a Master Gardener.....perfect! Thanks for sharing.
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Janelle @ Emmaline Bags said...

Wow! this looks great, and like a lot of work!

Janice said...

I adore scrappy quilts. What a great save! I have to say I really LOVE the quilting, it was one of the first things I noticed.
Thanks for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday:)

Sandy said...

Reminds me of some drapes my mom
made years ago. A cleaners had fabric swatches that they were tossing and
mom asked for them.. thousands! she looked at them for months until she
finally thought to put them together
as you did, but she made them into
very interesting drapes...
You both have such patience!
Love it
Sandy

Bunny said...

Oh my you sure have a lot of patience to do a quilt like this I just put tons of scraps and yardage of my stash in three large bags for someone to use.
Your quilt is gorgeous. Bravo to you.

Rebecca Lynne said...

I really love this! It gives me hope that I can save my own recent "ugh, what was I thinking?" Thank you!

ChristaQuilts said...

What a fun quilt! I'm thinking that would make an awesome pieced quilt back to use up lots of scraps. Thanks for the great ideas!

Needle little Balance said...

Such a great quilt! Like a close up look of a huge placard/poster.

Nima said...

wow..that is awesome.

Celtic Thistle said...

Love your quilt you really did get value out of those scraps!

Thanks for linking up to TGIFF.

http://celticthistlestitches.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tgiff-thank-goodness-its-finished-friday.html

Sheila said...

I love this scrappy lego quilt. Such a good use of small scraps.

Janine said...

This has turned out great :)

Pattilou said...

I love Leggos! Yours is a great finish. Way to go!

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

It looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Leigh the sewing diva said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I'm currently attacking my scrap bin using 2.5 inch squares as leaders and lenders and paper piecing hexagons. I can finally get the bin back on its shelf!
Leigh
http://thesewingdivaandherreluctantmodels.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Wow, this is so impressive! Great job and it looks amazing. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

Becolorful said...

You have such an eye for this. I love everything you do but it is comforting to know that when it comes to design I am not the only one that has those things that looked so much better in my head and need to be reinvented before they feel right. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.
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Sarah Craig said...

That's a very neat quilt - such a great use of scraps! Whoop whoop!!

Amanda said...

It looks great! And I do love it when the quilting matches the fabrics. As your sister is snuggling under it she'll probably notice.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Beautiful creations. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!



Cheers,
Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

Christine said...

Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

M.J. Powell said...

Hi,
We found you from the Six Sisters Blog Hop. You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

Thanks!
The Busy Bee's,
Myrna and Joye.

http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

KM Logan said...

This is so pretty, I always get intimidated about combining colors. Does it really matter what you choose with this type of quilt?