Here it is, Friday again, and you know what that means! It's time to get our whoop whoop on!! Are you ready? I know I am.... I've worked hard to have a pair of finishes to share with you!
A few weeks ago, I was poking around in my studio, and found a shoebox full of leftover 2.5" wide binding. I prefer to use 2.25" wide binding, so I decided to clear out that tub and make a scrappy quilt. After pressing the strips flat, I sewed all of the strips end to end, then assembled them as a jelly-roll race quilt. After finishing the top, I cut it cross-wise in varying widths. Determined to use fabrics from my stash, I pulled out a pretty piece of green Kona cotton that I had on hand. Wonder of wonders, there was enough to fill in between the strips! Here's the quilt I ended up with...
I also found in my stash a piece of IKEA fabric that I bought on my last shopping excursion there, and with a piece of Grunge fabric, made a back for it!
I quilted leaves on the green strips, and straight lines about an inch apart on the colored strips.
OK - one scrappy quilt complete! But I still had a stack of scrap strips that I didn't have room for in the first quilt. I checked the stash and found a slightly different shade of green Kona - and lo and behold, there was enough to put together a second quilt!
I decided to make this one a bit more modern, with the shorter strips staggered horizontally instead of vertically.
The back is all from stash, too - almost the end of my favorite IKEA fabric, and a little bit more of that green Grunge fabric that's in the first quilt.
And oh, did I have fun quilting this one! I played with feathers again, wandering them around the quilt and surrounding them with pebbling, echoing, clamshells, some matchstick quilting - whatever struck my fancy at the time!
Here's a picture of it after washing - you can see all the wonderful texture on this quilt!
And here are the two quilts together! I like to think of these as "sibling" quilts, or "his and her" quilts. Similar, yet not identical. Both are completely scrappy and made from stash - even the binding is scrappy! The first one measures 56" x 60", the second one is just slightly smaller at 53" x 58". I'll be entering these in Shannon's Scrap Quilt Challenge 5 - are you participating too? If you haven't heard about it, click on this link and read about it! Because everyone has scraps!!
I think I'll be listing these two quilts in my shop - because it's time to start earning some Christmas spending money....
So - - - can I get a whoop whoop??
And as you may already know (because I've been talking about it for weeks!) I'll be at the beach for the next week. My husband forwarded an email to me (that one of his employees sent him) talking about shark warnings on the beach we are going to. He then brought home this little video to share with me - and I was rolling on the floor laughing! I hope you'll take a few minutes and laugh along with me....
Wish us luck on our own personal "Shark Week"!!
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping it up this week?
What's making you break out in a happy dance?
Share - we want to dance along with you!
The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.
Hope to see you there!