Friday, 28 October 2016

A scrappy finish

So here's a quilt that I've been making but not blogging, apart from a couple of peeps at the quilting.  It was a present for a friend, who really wanted something scrappy and loved the version of this that I have on the spare bed.  

I can't remember where I first saw one of these, but I think it might have been quiltdivajulie's  Dumpster Diving.  (Update: Julie reminds me that her quilt was 'part of the "lego" craze started by Tonya Ricucci (author of Word Play Quilts and former blogger at Lazy Gal Quilts'.)



This one is 70" square.  Strips were mostly cut 1.5" but sometimes I left them at 2" rather than waste fabric.  All scrap, including the binding.



It was pieced around other projects: I tried hard to be organised and used it as a leaders and enders project,  which I've never done before.  As long as I remembered I was doing it, I found it quite an efficient way to keep these blocks ticking over.  

I started quilting it at the end of July, finished it on 14th October, handed it over on 26th.



Finally, a reminder that it's not too late to link up any improv/modern utility quilting you've been doing with AHIQ, here or on Ann's blog.

33 comments:

Sally Ziesler said...

Knowing where it is going I'm sure she'll be thrilled.

Sally Ziesler said...

Knowing where it is going I'm sure she'll be thrilled.

Jan A. said...

What a great use of those scraps. I like that you left some 2" strips in there. I'm sure it will be loved for years to come.

patty a. said...

The quilt is gorgeous! Your friend will treasure it!

Julierose said...

WOW--this is an amazing quilt--just love the scrappiness...super job!! hugs, Julierose

Jayne said...

It is beautiful! I love this concept and how you used all scraps! Well done...and inspiring!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Terrific quilt! My Dumpster Diving was part of the "lego" craze started by Tonya Ricucci (author of Word Play Quilts and former blogger at Lazy Gal Quilts). I actually have another one cut and ready to start sewing next year. They are so much fun and use up so many scraps!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Wow, what a beautiful and generous gift for a friend. I bet it will be treasured.

Janie said...

Congratulations on your finish. Bright and beautiful and I love that hand quilting.

Nifty Quilts said...

Gorgeous! I've never tried the leader/ender way. Might have to do that someday.

AmyScrapSpot said...

Wow! This is beautiful!!
Once I have a decent set of scraps I will have to try it!
You must have amazing patience!

Ann said...

And this is how I get in trouble, Kaja. Like you, I've seen similar designs around the web; I even have one pinned to a board. Now you're reminding me of it while so many others are in the queue.
What a fabulous finish. Always impressive that you hand quilt them in such rapid time. Your friend will love it.
Congratulations.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A lovely quilt, so colourful and scrappy! And I love all your hand quilting, it really adds to that handmade feel.

Mystic Quilter said...

A super finish Kaja - wonderful use of your scraps.

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...
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Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

This is the coziest quilt ever!

cspoonquilt said...

Great String Quilt! And the hand quilting is a wonderful touch!

Ariane said...

I love it!! It's a beautifully scrappy quilt!!

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh I love it. This is the prettiest scrappy quilt I think I've ever seen.
I love it! Thanks for sharing This!

audrey said...

What is it about these scrappy bits coming together that speak to us so very well? Love this!

Sheila said...

I love, love, LOVE this quilt! Lots of color and scrappy fun. Thank you so much for sharing.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

How wonderful this one is! I love the scrappiness and the colors. How fun and happy! I've never done a leaders/enders project, but this has me rethinking whether I should.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Beautiful quilt! Such a simple design but just so wonderful! I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Gretchen villacrestsfarm@gmail.com

P. said...

Wow, Kaja, that is beautiful! It just makes my heart sing!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Now that's what I call a scrappy quilt, gorgeous. I keep meaning to start a 'leades and enders' project, I would love to make such a happy quilt.

Monica said...

This is really lovely -- I see some beautiful fabrics in there! Effective design and a great finish. Another idea to store away!

judith lockhart said...

Every time I see one of those quilts it makes me want to get my scraps out and sew them in strips. Nice! Your other red, white and blue is coming along lovely, too!

Rachel said...

Congrats on the finish! Your friend is very lucky!

LA Paylor said...

wow! So much to see. The regular pattern, reminding you of a weaving, gives it real meaning. It looks so complicated. And you hand quilted it? wow again. What did the recipient say when she saw it? LeeAnna

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

This is a fantastic finish. Congrats!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

WOW!! that is so amazing!!!

Preeti Harris said...

Love this one. It is so yummy!!!
Preeti.

JanineMarie said...

Such a fun quilt! I remember contributing a long, long strip of scraps to someone awhile back for a quilt sort of like this. At the time I was all inspired to use up fabrics languishing in my stash for a similar quilt. Haven't done it yet, but if I run out of "won" fabric for my donation quilts, I'm definitely going to have to do this!! Thanks for the nudge. And doing it as a leader/ender is intriguing.