Tuesday, July 2, 2019

More Scrap Quilt Inspiration !

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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Spiderweb by Amy Witherow, California

Amy explains, "The quilt front was started in Jean Impey's class, 'Spider Web'. The quilt back was started in Fern Royce's class, 'Working Small.' Obviously, I wasn't working small here, but part of the class was about using scraps, and I had a bunch of half-square triangle strips. I decided to see what they'd do in a Log Cabin design."

We recognize many of these fabrics, including some Kaffe Fassett favorites! The secret to this quilt's success is to have enough neutral off-white background so that the viewer's eye can easily see all the different fabrics in the foreground. These blocks are nicely spaced so that each individual block stands out clearly, with plenty of contrast.

Wonky Nine Patch no. 2 by LaNelle Wilkinson, California

LaNelle writes, "Since 2012, I have periodically made wonky 9-patch quilt blocks and saved them for a 'someday I'll finish this quilt' project. In 2018, I finished a queen-sized quilt for me bed and had blocks to spare."

LaNelle continues, "Those leftover blocks inspired me to make this smaller quilt  (size 50 x 77). I love the bright colors, and the quilt makes me happy." We too love these pretty colors, which provide a contrast that really makes LaNelle's quilt sparkle.

Adventures in Sewing by Bonnie Bobman, quilted by Cindy Stohn

Bonnie says, "Clean out time ! Starting with no plan, each round was determined based on the existing layout. Piecing it in the studio, an RV, and ironing on a campground table made this quilt a travel memory."

One of the fun things about a scrap quilt like this is looking at all the different fabrics, remembering where they came from, and remembering which projects they were used for. There are lots of intriguing prints and varied colors in Bonnie's quilt.

Scrappy Strings by Celeste Johnson, Arizona. Quilted by Melissa Turner

Honorable Mention winner in the Scrap Quilt category at the 2019 Quilt Arizona Show,  Celeste notes, " I saw a similar quilt on Pinterest and thought this quilt would use up my large collection of strings. Ha Ha, this quilt barely made a dent in the scraps."

Celeste cleverly used her black and white scraps to make very contemporary sashing pieces. The sashing does a great job of making the clear, bright pastel colors of the blocks really "pop'' into the foreground.

Quilt of Many Colors by Carol Kananen, California

Carol states, "At the last quilt show, I bought six fat quarters of single color batiks. Then I went home to "shop" in my batik stash for coordinating prints. I sewed strips together from light to dark, and this is the result."

Carol's quilt is size 29" x 35", which makes an eye-catching wall quilt, as well as a very colorful table-topper. The variety of warm and cool hues makes it perfect for all seasons and home decors.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2019 Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association show (Spiderweb, Wonky Nine Patch, Quilt of Many Colors, Adventures in Sewing) and the 2019 Quilt Arizona show (Scrappy Strings).

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