I think most of my life as a quilt maker has been spent making scrap quilts. I’m fine with this. In fact, I think I excel at scrap quilts, if I do say so myself. I love making them and the satisfaction I get from seeing my scrap bags whittled down is high.
My latest quilt is, you guessed it, a scrap quilt. This one is quickly rising to the top of my favorite quilts.
It is made with all Denyse Schmidt fabric, which I think really stands out with the black background – like little jewel boxes.
These blocks were possible because I save ALL the small pieces of scrap fabric – pieces that most people would probably throw away. Those little corners are only 1”x1” finished squares.
I know some quilters don’t like saving small scraps, or some trim all their scraps to 5” squares, but not I. Maybe it’s the frugal person in me or just that feeling knowing there is something I will be able to use a little scrap of fabric for, that I can’t toss them. And saving small scraps pays off big time when you can make something like this out of them.
When I started this quilt I hadn’t planned for it to become this big, but I realized I already had a quilt back I could use – a vintage bedsheet that pairs perfectly – so like the crazy person I am I made 21 more blocks. I wanted to use most of the sheet so there wouldn’t be much waste (hello frugal me again) so I made more blocks and will only have to trim the back once I’m done quilting it. Plus, I had more than enough scraps to make more blocks so it all worked out.
I have already started quilting this one and I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt with the very cool vintage bedsheet as the back.
This quilt has been a journey. Not in a bad way, just that it took more time and effort than I had planned on. In the end, though, it’s been worth it.
This fabric is the Ludlow collection from Denyse Schmidt. I only bought a fat eighth bundle when I got it, and I had to cut into it for something else, so I didn’t have a lot of fabric to work with from the beginning. Then at the start, I misjudged how many blocks I would be able to make but soon realized I would need sashing if I wanted it to be at least a lap sized quilt, which I did.
I don’t mind the sashing because it’s different than what I normally do, and in this case, I think it really makes the blocks pop. But usually, in my opinion, using sashing often makes quilts look a bit more traditional than my personal taste.
In the end it all worked because I had the perfect backing fabric that I have been saving for something special.
This is Little Folks voile fabric from Anna Maria Horner. It feels so silky soft and I absolutely love the pattern. Plus it pairs perfectly with Ludlow. There was only one problem: my quilt was just a few inches too wide. (I had not thought ahead to backing fabric when I made the top.)
So…I took the entire quilt apart and trimmed the sashing. I took off a little bit more than I needed to and could have left the sashing a bit wider – I wish I wouldn’t have done that but oh well.
Then, after I put it all back together and had started quilting it, I realized I had an error in one of my blocks and had a piece turned the wrong way. Ugh! I would have left it but I hadn’t quilted that part yet and could still fix it. The perfectionist in me couldn’t let it go, so once again I took a section of this quilt apart and fixed the block. It would have bugged me forever if I had left it. It was a major pain but I’m glad I did it.
After all my fixes and reworking of this quilt, I love the finished product. It’s a perfect little lap quilt.