Sunday, July 8, 2018

Made Mine Scrappy

Guess what? All those scrappy blocks that I have been sharing in previous posts have become a quilt top!

I had the most fun using my scrap stash to sew the free block designs in the Community Sampler sew along (hosted by the talented and lovely Art Gallery Fabrics designers;  Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell). 

 Working from my scrap stash, I selected a mix of low volume fabrics to frame each block. It just so happened that I still had a few special low volume fabrics from a swap that were the perfect size!

Low volume scraps were pieced to make the inner borders and then for the outer borders, I altered the design so that I could have little pops of colour (and a larger quilt top).

The trickiest part is photographing a finished quilt top! Lucky for me, I stumbled upon the idea of hanging the freshly completed top over the window, which happens to show off all the extra piecing that went into my version.

It's easier to see the areas that I pieced from tiny scraps to make my blocks unique. Check out how tiny some of the scraps are!

The above block, Square dance,  has lots of extra piecing that went into it - the original design has a single fabric for the center (which is an 8.5" square).  Held up against the light, you can see that I made four log cabin style blocks in low volume scraps and then added a quarter of a circle (also pieced from scraps) to one corner of each of these.  I love the secondary pattern that I created by doing this extra design and piecing.

Pieced entirely from scraps and full of happy colours, this quilt will be a wonderful reminder of a time of transition in my life - the unexpected move and then the amazing summer rental on the mountain.


  1. I’m trying to figure out if these are the same quilt blocks I was totally in love with while you were making and sharing them. Your quilt has taken on a stained glass window look. Maybe because the seams can be seen with the window display. It looks gorgeous and I like the borders you’ve done.

  2. What a beautiful quilt you’ve created Katherine! The stained glass effect is gorgeous! I really do admire your tenacity in piecing all those tiny, scrappy pieces!

  3. Yes, I agree with Annie ... your quilt looks very like a stained glass window. Extraordinary and quite stunning!

    Brenda xox

  4. Katherine, this quilt is so beautiful. I know you put a lot of thought and yes, your heart into this project. I adore this result.
    Wouldn't it be something if we could sew all day and no other parts of life, just living, and the presence of our loved ones did not happen? That is what sewing and living is so incredibly lovely. Each project has memories of just about every moment during the process.

  5. I LOVE it -- looks like stained glass!

  6. Adding to every one elses' observation, it looks very much like stained galss. Truly lovely!!

  7. Your extra tiny piecing has made this quilt truly yours and very special. An immense amount of work went into each block, I can tell.

  8. A beautiful quilt! Adding in all those extra-scrappy extra-small units has really made it unique!

  9. This is stunning. I love pictures of quilt tops in front of a window

  10. I just commented on your Meet and Greet post and had to take a closer look at this quilt. THAT is why it looks like stained glass - it isn't quilted and you can see the seam lines! But it is such a beautiful effect on this quilt. I would love to make something like this someday.


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