Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Scrap Quilt Inspiration 2019 (1)

It's time for some scrap quilt inspiration! What a great opportunity to sort through your stash and use your imagination to create beautiful blocks from remnants of fabric. Here are some of our favorites.

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Nostalgia by Meghna Connell, Arizona. Quilted by Penny Boese

Meghna notes, "I am a beginner quilter from India. Growing up, my favorite festival was Diwali ( the Hindu festival of lights). I've used my mother's old sarees in this quilt along with many Kaffe Fassett fabrics to give a glimpse of my nostalgia."

Close-up, Nostalgia

Meghna's scrap quilt is a study in vibrant contrasts. She's done a terrific job of combining the complementary shades of blue with orange, and purple with yellow in order to achieve the maximum color impact.

Knot Anymore by Darla Orndorff, Arizona

Darla says, "[This is a] neckties quilt, foundation pieced on muslin. The pattern is inspired by a Navajo blanket. Look, can you find Mickey, crowns, a horseshoe, USAFA, hearts, stars, elephants, reindeer, eagles, and Bugs Bunny? "

Close-up, Knot Anymore

Marla has done excellent work in piecing and in arranging the color ways so that they move from light and dark, to deep shadows, then back to light and color again. This chevron pattern is perfect for displaying all of the variations in the neckties.

China Visions by LaNelle Wilkinson, California

LaNelle was inspired by quilt artist Ann Brooks and her collection of Chinese Coin quilts. LaNelle writes, "Ann Brooks showed so many of her beautiful quilts at Quilting 101 class. It was a challenge to decide how I wanted to use her inspiration in my quilt. Since I like smaller quilts, I chose fewer colors to work with."

Close-up, China Visions

LaNelle continues, "It was fun to keep moving the strips, finally sewing them together and declaring the top finished."  She quilted this eye-catching colorful 27" x 31"piece herself, and the diagonal and wavy lines motif very nicely complements the geometric rectangles of the blocks.

Color Me Wonderful by Marianne Nowacki, Arizona

Marianne remarks, "It was so much fun to play with all these pretty batiks. I collected the wide variety by participating in several swaps."

Close-up, Color Me Wonderful

Look at all these pretty batiks whose lively hues give Marianne's quilt so much energy and personality ! She did a super job of piecing and quilted the top herself with a cheerful spiral pattern.

Colorful Strings by Kris Lovetro, Arizona. Quilted by Kathy Hunt

Kris states, "This quilt was just fun. I used all my Kaffe Fassett scraps to make 'colorful strings'."

In our opinion, one of the great features of Kaffe Fassett fabric is that it all seems to go together very well, regardless of shade or value. Kris had an excellent idea of using a neutral hue for the sashing, which really helps the gorgeously colored blocks "pop" out in the foreground.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association (China Visions), the 2019 Quilt Arizona show (Nostalgia) and the 2018 Quilt Arizona show (Color Me Wonderful, Colorful Strings).

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