Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Springtime Obsession

You know I hold on to little scraps. One week at sewing I didn't have a handwork project with me. But I did have a bag of scraps, needle and thread. I picked up the scraps and started piecing them together by hand.

I found I really enjoyed working that way. I pulled out scraps that seemed to go with the springtime colors outside and just kept adding them on. When I got to a  point where I had to add a long strip, sometimes I would just stitch that on the machine. I blogged about it when I just started in March.

Imagine what someone in the future might say if they examine this quilt. You know how we examine stitches to see if an old quilt has been hand or machine pieced. With this one, they could check one spot and confidently say "hand". But if they examined another seam they could just as confidently say "machine."

I'd better make a good label for this one!

A little more about it. At this point it measures ~24" x 46". I'm thinking of leaving the edges rather freeform instead of squaring them up. I'm still deciding.

This detail shot shows how small the pieces are. This small piece measures ~5" x 7".


  1. Deb,

    I remember the post. I love how it turned out. I would be leaning towards leaving it free form too! A great way to document all the fabrics used in other quilts.

  2. What a great idea! A bag of scraps, needle, thread, thimble, and go. The best ideas are right under our noses. Maybe result more thoughtful than my frenzied machine piecing of scraps.

  3. LOVE IT!!! my favorite kind of quilt!!! gorgeous!

  4. Hello Deb, I made my scrap quilt after I saw Miss Victorias "kitchen sink" quilt. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and used FMQ for the first time. I reckoned no-one would notice all the wobbles amongst all the colours LOL
    I like how your quilt is developing, I even made scrappy binding for mine. Best wishes from England

  5. wonderful! I love how you can look at the quilt and not instantly see block shapes, so you have to keep looking at it to figure out how it comes together.

  6. Fabulous! This is also my favorite kind of quilt. I think you stumbled onto something important. The hand piecing gives it a look that somehow isn't quite achievable with the machine. I like the free form borders too.

  7. Some future quilt or fabric historian/collector is going to LOVE to get her hands on this one some day, Deb! Wonderful scrap quilt! I am analyzing a quilt on my blog Quilt History Reports right now. It's not as wonderfully scrappy as this one, but covers several decades of the 19th century. There is another quilt inside so that will be the next challenge....taking the outside top off and photographing all that is underneath. Soooo much fun!!