Tag Archives: Scrap

2014-16 Blue Crumb Strips


This queen-sized bed quilt started with a huge pile of blue scraps!  I joined them into strips and then used the stitch and flip method to attach them to a fabric backing.  It was mindless sewing that went quite quickly.  Once I had twenty blocks made, I set them together with a wide sashing made of tone-on-tone blue fabric.  This choice brings cohesiveness to the blocks and gives the eye a place to rest.  The binding is primarily orange with multi-coloured polka dots.

The quilting is a digital design called Wild Mouse by Anne Bright.

Project 2011-28: Double Pinwheels

This blue double pinwheel quilt was my oldest UFO.  The quilt started with my making a large set of double pinwheel blocks in 1997.  These were my second set of blocks ever.  I made them when I was blissfully unaware of the need for accuracy in seams.  When I got them done, I could not decide how to set them together, so I set them aside.  During my summer vacation in 2006, I dug them out of the cupboard to finish the quilt.  By then, I had learned a great deal about accuracy in quilting, so the inaccuracies and mismatched points were quite glaring to me.  To get the blocks to play well together and look somewhat similar, I floated the blocks on point and then used a squaring ruler to trim them to an identical size.

The sashing is a blue and white striped shirting cotton and the sashing blocks are a lovely batik that I purchased in Barrie Ontario.  The finished top was a very accurate 84′ by 84″ square.  I pondered adding a border.  Pondering takes time!  So finally in Nov 2011, I decided to simply quilt it as is and add the binding.    The five years of thinking time must have been worth it.  It turned out great!  I quilted it with the CircleLord Swirlz template and hand stitched the binding.

The finished quilt goes into my wedding stash.  Someday, a bride will be very happy to have this monochromatic, restful quilt.