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« on: May 25, 2009 06:49:22 PM »

I've been suffering from severe quilter's block lately. I've been unhappy with every quilt top I've made, and with three friends all popping babies out in the next few months, I needed some drastic action.

Last week, after painstakingly piecing together another 4-patch variation and deciding at the 11th hour that it just wasn't good enough, I grabbed all my leftover 4" strips and a great big handful of other scraps from my fabric drawer and just started randomly stitching them together. The result is a true scrap quilt that I am very happy with, and finally a block that I can repeat over and over again using different colour combinations. This one is for a little boy.

The wonderful thing about this block is that I didn't have to muck around trying to cut strips to exactly the right size - I could just use whatever I had in my stash - even the useless little pieces that I would otherwise throw away. Also, the block doesn't have to be meticulously measured - you just build it up and out until it's roughly big enough, then trim it down to size. There are 12 blocks in this quilt each measuring 12" square; but the next one I make I think I'll increase them to 13".

The finished quilt is about 90cm x 120cm, I think it could just be a tad bigger. I quilted it just using a criss-cross of intersecting lines that I copied from an amazing blog I found online. Gave my poor old Janome an absolute caning but it handled it beautifully!!

I need to add that I did an absolutely shocking job on the quilting - I blame the very stretchy/flimsy cotton batting that I used for the very first time. Normally I use a cheap calico-backed quilted cotton batting which, although not as soft and flexible as the good stuff, is very sturdy and allows for easy basting (spray adhesive and pins). This batting was awful to work with and my patchwork is severely bunched up in places. However, the bloody back of the quilt is perfect!! Hopefully after it's been washed a few times it won't be so noticeable.

I'm currently making a girls' quilt in the same configuration but in lovely pink, green, white and shabby floral prints, all scraps! Hopefully I can finish it soon!
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2009 07:57:34 PM »

That is a really nice quilt.  I like it a lot - well done! Smiley Smiley
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009 08:47:11 PM »

This is great! I love how it looks well put together and yet it was done without any "planning". Awesome job.

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2009 09:11:40 PM »

I love happy scrap quilts, and this is wonderful!

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2009 07:41:50 PM »

I love it! Looks "randomly deliberate"... Smiley
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2009 01:54:56 PM »

Loved the look of this quilt.  Have just completed one myself, but not yet posted, and am just about to start one for my granddaughter.  Well done you.  I wish I had a stash of fabric to choose from, but I am going to visit the markets to see what I can find that doesn't break the bank.  May well use this technique as I have not decided on what type yet. 
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2009 04:11:43 PM »

Its cute! I really like it.
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2009 10:44:29 AM »

Looks great! Terrific job using up some of the stash. I've been working on that lately too.

I don't think anyone will notice the bunching on the front of the quilt. Plus, with a cute little baby on it...whose going to be looking that closely at the quilt  Wink

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