Saturday, February 07, 2009

Finished scrap quilt



I finished it! I am still probably going to take some more photos and post them but these are the finished pics so far. I really like how it turned out. There are lots of special or memory fabrics in this quilt--fabric from the dresses my mom made me and my sisters for Jim and Marilyn's wedding. When I was 10. We served and I remember they had hot cider for drinks and they used glass plates and little glass teacups. I think some of the younger girls may have dropped and broken a plate or two that night. We wore cute sheer aprons too.

And there is fabric from the shirt I made for 4-H when I was 12. This was the only 4-H outfit that I really liked out of 4 years of sewing for 4-H. I made an oversized button-up, collared shirt out of a lavender/aqua print, and matched it with lavender stirrup pants. 1986.

There is sky print quilting fabric that I used in one of my oldest son's baby quilts. The first quilt I did meandering quilting on.

Pink valentine print from the valentine pj pants I made myself 2 or 3 years ago. I'm wearing them right now.

Pink and white big plaid that mom bought for me to use when I made Shelly's girl's baby quilt. I think I used the tiny lavender gingham in that quilt too. I don't have a picture of that quilt, Shelly, can you send me one?

The purple fans, the yellow floral print, and the light green and white print are all left over from the queen size quilt I made about 7 years ago. It had big flying geese blocks with 4-patches in the flying geese and a smaller flying geese border. I'll have to post some pictures of that quilt. Unfortunately I don't really love it; I'd say that at least 3 of my really early quilts show that I had a poor understanding of color and value.

There is more pink and a small bit of burgundy fabric from a mystery quilt that I did on sewingmamas.com in 2006. I entered it in the county fair here, won 3rd place in my category, and got a $1 prize. I don't think I ever photographed that quilt either.

Oh yeah, there is also mint green fabric from Savahna's quilt, the first baby quilt I made. She's my oldest niece and just turned 11.

I'm pretty sure the light blue solid is from Shelly's boy's quilt. And the light green solid is from Jacob's baby quilt.

And, I found the leftovers from Clara's quilt after I'd already finished the quilt top but before adding the border, and was able to use part of the purple leftovers in the border of this quilt.



I wanted to do a pieced back but not get too wild and crazy. I'm really happy with how this came out. I haven't measured it yet but it is bigger than the baby quilts I am used to making. I think it is around 45x70 inches or so.

I will probably make another scrap quilt similar to this someday, but I will not do the randomly sized blocks again. It was a lot of thinking and work to get it to all go together. I'm glad I did it once though. Thanks to Jacquie for heading up Project Improv and encouraging improvisational quilting!

9 comments:

Lorilee said...

It looks really good!

Sandra said...

It looks great. Your quilting looks nice too. Love the white sashing with the other colors. Really keeps it nice and bright.

highwaycottage said...

Wow, that's turned out really lovely !!!!

Helen said...

Your scrap quilt looks stunning! Love it and all the memories it holds. :)

Mommyof2girlz said...

Its beautiful, great job!

Jenny said...

love how it turned out. Thinking of giving this a try with all my scraps.

Aimee said...

What a wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing some of your memories. I have been saving some similar scraps and plan to make a quilt out of them someday.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

What an amazing quilt - with an amazing collection of stories to go with the scraps! It looks great!!!

Ashley said...

This looks great! And certainly is a great way to use up those scraps. Thanks for the idea!