Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Scrappy little quilt










I'm so happy with my little quilt. I finished it last week and started using it right away. This quilt is made in an "around-the-world" pattern. I made it because I wanted to participate in a quilting challenge started this winter through various crafty blogs. This challenge is called the Scrappy Trip Along, and people have made so many gorgeous quilts. If you want to have a look at hundreds of amazing creations, search for "scrappy trip along" on Flickr. There is a group photo pool for the challenge with truly incredible contributions.

Back in January, I started seeing these quilts pop up on blogs and I thought maybe I'd like to make one too. I had envisioned something very spring-y and light. I wanted it to be a table decoration for my dining room and I was already thinking about the silk flowers and candles I would use with it. I think it all turned out pretty close to what I was imagining and that makes me happy.

I really enjoyed making my quilt. Sewing is one of my favorite pastimes. I loved being able to make it look truly "scrappy," too; sometimes I worry about how a finished piece will look but with this one, I just wanted to be able to incorporate the colors I chose and didn't worry about the design too much. I used fabrics in shades of pink, white, cream, yellow, green and aqua. Those were my only criteria and I kept it simple. It was fun to raid my fabric stash for these colors; I also got to use scraps from special past projects I had made, such as both small Bears' baby quilts.

I had toyed with the idea of putting this quilt on my bed instead of the dining room table; when it was nearly done, it seemed kind of big for the table (it's four feet square) and I wasn't sure of the look. It seemed a little too folksy for the dining room. I tried it on the bed and didn't like it at all. I put it in the dining room and the look grew on me within a day. I was right the first time. It's a dining room piece. Folksy is fine. I like folks, and I particularly enjoying feeding them.

This is biggest piece I have ever had the pleasure of hand-quilting. It was so relaxing and I enjoyed it very much. I just did concentric squares, stitching along the outer edge of each round starting from the center of the piece. The back got a little wrinkled as I worked; my backing is an old, worn bedsheet and it was a bit difficult to keep it flat as I worked. It adds to the charm and character; this is a homespun little quilt, made from bits and pieces of life in our home.

Happy, happy! This quilt brings spring-y cheer to my home and I'm glad I made it. All of my Bears like it too. The GB said, "Mommy, your quilt is flowery and I love it." Me too, sweet girl. It's my pleasure to make a pretty home for you.

21 comments:

  1. Jennifer that is beautiful! That is totally not what I expected. I thought it was going to be like a table runner size! You did a great job. It looks great on your table. :)

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  2. Awwww, I love this! You are so talented, Jennifer. I think it looks just fine on your dining room table, I would have never even thought to use it there instead of on a bed. Well done! And sweet little GB has very good taste! :) x

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  3. This turned out beautifully Jennifer and I think it looks great on the table. You really do crank out the projects. Impressive!

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  4. Jennifer -- You are are echoing each other just now. You with fabric me with yarn. Yours is perfect ... Amazing.... And just right on the table xxx

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  5. How lovely - the materials are beautiful on their own but put together they are stunning! Wish I could quilt - it's on my 'one day' list x Jane

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  6. I think it's gorgeous!! Your table looks so welcoming an pastel and pretty! BRAVO!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  7. Jennifer,

    Beautiful. Gorgeous. I love your scrappy quilt.

    Leanne xx

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  8. How lovely is that :) I particularly like the random patterning or scrappiness. Random is more difficult to do than you think.

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  9. That is great. Clever, inspiring you!

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  10. Awesome job, Jennifer...
    I love the fabrics and colours...very soft...very scrappy...very nice!!!
    I took quilting a looong time ago..did a few projects...never pursued it further..
    SO....I can appreciate all the work you put into that!!
    The sun came out around 4 pm...WHOOPI!!!
    Hopefully things will improve...SOON!!!!

    Enjoy your evening...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  11. A beautiful quilt Jennifer!
    Sewing can be such a relaxing craft to do, unless you sew it up wrong like I have done many times lol.

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  12. I love the light spring colors and the diamond patterning!

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  13. What a beautiful quilt, I love it, it's so very pretty.
    M x

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  14. What a fantastic job, I love the colours and the vintage feel that goes with it. You must have so much patience:)

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  15. That quilt makes me smile! It perfectly captured the spring colours, and looks lovely draped over your dining room table. I hope you won't be leaving it on when you eat there though. :-)

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  16. OH my word this is gorgeous. I long to learn how to quilt. Adding you to my blog:)

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  17. Lovely! The colours work so well together and it looks great in your dining room. What a wonderful project. I am feeling the need to do some quilting soon, I just need to pluck up the courage to get my sewing machine out again. x

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  18. That is so so lovely. I recently took a sewing class but I'm a long way from making something like this... I'll keep trying though. Very nicely done. It is a rather happy quilt :)

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  19. Gorgeous! You did a great job! I'm envious. Stopping by from the blog hop; come see me at www.pushingonarope.com

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