Scrappy quilts are the perfect way to use up all the leftover fabric from all my other projects. Let’s face it, fabric is not a cheap investment and I don’t like just throwing my money into the trash. Not to mention adding to landfills. I am trying to be more mindful of being good to the planet and would prefer to have the leftovers re-purposed into something useful and be more eco-conscience. I have made a more controlled version of a scrappy quilt in this lattice quilt
I used a layer cake by Benartex called Ambrosia. I wanted to make a lightweight, summer quilt and this line said “summer” to me. There were so many cheery colors in the line and the quilt came out great and had a very scrappy look. Now I want to try and be brave and make a true scrappy quilt. I am going to make a scrap quilt using Bonnie Hunter’s pattern, Happily Scrappily Irish from her book “Adventures with Leaders & Enders” . Using Bonnie’s leader/ender method, I can be working on getting my units ready for this quilt while working on other projects. Multi-tasking! I was thinking about using scraps in autumn colors but I actually have so much more Christmas fabric scraps (just ask my BFF) that I am going to head in that direction instead. I do like the Irish Chain pattern. I made one about 10 years ago in blues. I actually hand-quilted that one. Please don’t look too closely at the stitching. But it has held up for 10 years so I guess it wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed quilting it by hand but won’t be doing that for the Christmas one. Not if I want to have any chance of using it this year.
In fact, now that I think about it, I have made two other versions of the Irish chain quilt; one in burgundy, forest green and white and the other one in green and white – a true “Irish” chain quilt I suppose. I guess I really do like that pattern.
I will be pulling out the bin with my Christmas scraps sometime over Memorial Day weekend and work on getting the fabric ready for this project. Ok, maybe it might be two bins of Christmas scraps. What do you think the chances are of me getting this quilt ready to be used for this holiday season? I’m going to give it a good try. Of course, before I left for our 2-week trip to California I did pull out the fabric for my guest bedroom quilt too which is going to be a log cabin quilt in shades of black to grey with the center square being red. It sat on my cutting table patiently waiting for me to return so I do need to give that some attention too. Looks like I am going to be pretty busy. Do I really need to sleep?
I should go get some sleep now since I am going to be so busy in the sewing room. Maybe I’ll just be a midnight quilter like Angela Walters. I can always watch her videos while working on my projects at midnight. Quilters love company.
Be well. I’ll be back soon.