Saturday, December 21, 2013

Scrap Happy!!

Seriously -- I am so scrap happy!

I do love finishing things. And I really love finishing things when I have fallen out of love with them. That's the case with this little top. These blocks were a "leader/ender" project and have a lot of my quilting history in the fabrics. And I got tired of it….and needed to get it out of a tin and functional. I haven't touched it in over a year.  That's a clue that I'm ready to move on!
It's small -- 40" x 52"-- and needs an inner and outer border to be functional - so, technically, it's not finished. Nevertheless, I can put the "remains" back in my scraps and consider the piecing done. I'm thinking this needs a bright border and then I will probably donate it to Quilts Beyond Borders.  I've posted about this great organization before and love them!  I think if I get the borders on, it will be large enough and can keep some sweet child warm and even entertained with the different fabrics.  That makes me scrap happy!

I'm also happy to be using up scraps with the Quiltville Mystery Quilt.  I mentioned last week that I was able to use a green fabric that was 33 years old.  This week I used some yellow fabric that was left over from a dress my mother made for me when I was in my teens or early 20's.  Yep -- I'm guessing that lovely "hip" floral was 40+ years old!  That makes me scrap happy!
If you are interested in getting scrap happy with Bonnie Hunter's mystery, you can link here.  And if you want to see what others are doing, she will have a link-up party on Monday.  I'm hoping we get back to blues soon -- I've about depleted my orange stash and my creams/blues need to be whittled down as well.

I hope you are finding time to create amidst the holiday commitments of gifts, parties, and baking; and if you are a lover of scraps -- I really hope you are scrap happy!

Jan

23 comments:

Kevin the Quilter said...

Great units for Bonnie's mystery, and that scrap quilt is just wonderful! Merry Christmas!

jotokla.com said...

I absolutely ♥ scrap quilts, and yours all look so great!

katyquilts said...

Love your leader ender project!

soscrappy said...

So sorry you fell out of love with your quilt. Some quilts do just need to be finished off and moved on though. I am sure so done will love it.

Kate said...

Very bright and fun 4 patches!

ECKDesign said...

Really LOVE this! Wish I can have the time for some "fun" sewing. This would really put a dent in my scrap pile if I ever get around for some luxury time.... SIGH...the life of a mom. ;o)

ECKDesign said...

Really LOVE this! Wish I can have the time for some "fun" sewing. This would really put a dent in my scrap pile if I ever get around for some luxury time.... SIGH...the life of a mom. ;o)

Prima Donna said...

What an awesome job you did on that leader-ender quilt. I know you are very proud.

Vireya said...

Wow, 40-year-old fabric this week! You are the scrap champion.

Your blocks look great. I'm sure we will be using blues next time - in Bonnie's suggested fabric requirements, there was a lot more blue than we have used so far.

Rebecca Grace said...

It really amazes me how some people (like YOU!) can just sew random scraps together and end up with something as great as this top! Whereas I agonize over every fabric choice, cutting into new fabric (haven't been quilting long enough to have so many scraps) and then I stand and scowl at how it all looks together on my design wall. Because, you know, if I give those fabrics dirty looks, they are BOUND to cooperate and work better together, don't you think? ;-)

Congratulations on your finish!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Fabulous colors for you pinwheels.

Vera said...

I usually say I'm really not into scrappy quilts but yours looks great :-)

Lorna McMahon said...

I adore a scrappy quilt and this top is sew sweet! Good for you for persevering! Thanks for providing the link to the charity. I will add it to my Quilts 4 a Cause page at http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com
Your pinwheels are looking fabulous, too!

Connie said...

I have just finished a quilt similar to that and sometimes all a quilt needs is to be quilted and I fall in love with it again. It is always fun to use old fabrics ! Thanks for sharing.
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pragmaticpatchwork.com said...

Wow! That is fabulous. Well done! JJ

Michal Woodruff said...

Fabulous quilt. It's so pretty. I love scrappy the most. I wish I was doing Bonnie's mystery, but not this time. I feel like I'm missing out. Happy New Year.

Sarah Craig said...

I love your scrappy finish, Jan! Scrappy makes me happy, too - it reminds me of why our predecessors started quilting in the first place!

Whoop whoop for a lovely finish!

Anna said...

Amazing...
Anna

Laura said...

a-freaking-mazing!!! :)

Quilting Dee said...

Love your quilt. I often fall out of love with a quilt near finishing it! But once completed I then love it!
Lol
Dee

LA Paylor said...

look at all that color! Scrap quilts are wonderful. Now you've made it on to the quilting!
LeeAnna Paylor
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kitblu said...

If you are showing the entire quilt top, your pieces must be tiny - teeny tiny. As if they would be too small to sew with a machine.

Palak said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love what you can do with playing with values! I featured this post on Sewistry, my frugal sewing site: http://sewistry.com/2014/01/quilting-inspiration-scrap-happy/. Thanks for sharing such an amazing quilt!