All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt
After a short blogging break, I’m happy to share my All The Pinks: Scrap Quilt with you! Unfortunately I do not have a pattern for this quilt, but I can share the process with you, today.
I love sewing with my fabric scraps. Each fabric should be in at least two quilts, in my house. I wrote an article about my scrap process a short while ago for FaveQuilts. To start, I keep all my fabric scraps in two bins under my sewing table. The pieces are sorted by color into gallon ziploc bags.
To start this quilt, I simply dumped out the bag of “pinks” onto my table and started randomly sewing pieces together. If they were roughly the same size on any side, I’d join those two pieces. ANY two pieces. I joined and joined and pressed and trimmed and joined more until I had weird shapes that were larger than 14″ on each side. This was a leisure/on-the-side project. The pink was all over the table for quite a while, but it was nice to be able to sit down and sew up pieces in small chunks of time. I learned that tip from Victoria Findlay-Wolfe’s book, 15 Minutes of Play.
I trimmed my wild pink blobs into 14″ squares. When I finished with that ziploc, I had a not-quilt-math-friendly number squares. Does that make sense?
Layout & Design
If you create a basic, traditional quilt, you’ll likely use a grid design. Four blocks by five blocks, or something to give you a pleasing rectangle or square shape. I had a total of 21 pink blocks. Hum, a three by seven grid would give me a quilt that measured 42″ x 98″. Now that would be a bit unusual. I could have not used a block giving me a total of 20, sure. That would be a tidy four by five grid. However, I opted to to add in four more blocks to get my total to 25 blocks, making a five by five grid. Remember, my goal is to try to sew up and use everything in the scrap bin.
Once I added four white squares, created in the same manner, I had a brainstorm: STARS!
Using the “mark up” feature on my iphone edit photos dealio, I decided that I was not going to try to make any stars on this quilt. They look cool for a second, but mostly I don’t love them. Thank you, digital auditioning tricks for all the testing ideas!
Skip that idea and get those blocks together.
I joined the blocks in a straight-forward simple way. Join pairs to form rows. Join rows. Press each of the seams.
The top is together. It seemed like it needed a frame or something to keep all the pieces visually together. A thin binding was probably not going to cut it.
I needed a border. Of course, my go-to for giving your eye a place to rest is BLACK. I think it is a designer trick. I’m not sure I pulled it off, though. Using the same “grab a ziploc and sew all the things together” method, I made a 4″ black border.
Turns out, if the border is scrappy and easily as busy as the rest, the eye isn’t really resting but rather getting glow sticks ready to head to the rave. Just sayin. I was on a roll. The black ziploc was used up and the white was pretty well used up, too. High five.
The quilt is so very busy with prints and pattern, I opted to simply meander quilt all over the design.
The binding looks like a fantastic bias-prepared black stripe, but really, it is an old piece of chevron print. Now that was an easy, awesome, lucky binding. It is all cut on the straight-of-grain.
Strangely, I didn’t use up my reds/pinks ziploc scrap stash. Who knows what kinds of quilts will receive the remaining pieces? Rest assured, I’ll show the pictures here, though.