Wow, it seems like a long time since I've written one of these posts! I find that I now miss all the scrappiness - definitely a good thing, since I have so many scraps to use up. And today I'm starting a quilt that caught my imagination long ago, but I didn't accept that it was "do-able" until I finished my Long Time Gone quilt recently!
So this is my next project! Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell. As usual, I'm a day late and a dollar short - there's a quilt-along on Instagram for this quilt that started last week. I'm just going to work my way through the book a block or two a week.
And do you remember these beautiful fabrics? Kate Spain sent me a bunch of scraps from her new batik line, Latitude!
As I was pressing and sorting them out, they just naturally divided up into warm and cool colors, and that's what I want to do with this quilt. My plan is to use the cool colors for the long vertical stripes in this quilt, and use the warm colors for the blocks (with some of the cool colors thrown in as backgrounds or accents) so that the blocks appear to float on top of the background strips.
Here's hoping what I see in my head works in real life!! And here's my first block - it's called Color Wheel...
I learned some valuable things with this block. First of all, Jen Kingwell uses a VERY scant 1/4" seam when making her blocks. Secondly, if you are using a fabric without a clear right and wrong side (like a batik!) be very careful in putting together the blended HST blocks at the NESW points of the 9-patch. It's easy to get those pieces reversed if you're not careful! And this block calls for pieces cut 3 7/8" square for the HSTS - I rounded up to 4" so that I could trim them down to the perfect size. I've found that it works better to go large and trim down than to risk it coming up a little small.
Anyone interested in piecing this beautiful quilt along with me? I'm really looking forward to this, and I think it will be the perfect design to showcase those beautiful batiks. I've been hoarding them for months now looking for the best way to use them - I sure hope my concept works out as well in fabric as it does in my head!
And just in case Gypsy Wife isn't your cup of tea, I found a couple of really cool pins today...
First of all, I saw this pin for Fifteen Minutes of Play, a great technique for making fabric from your scraps and using them in quilts.
And then I saw this quilt! What a great way to use those "made" fabrics!!! So if you've only got a few minutes, give the Fifteen Minutes of Play technique a try and see what happens. It could be amazing!
You can find the direct links for both of these pins and many more on my Pinterest board, Oh Scrap!
Have you been playing with your scraps this week? I'd love to hear about what you've been working on!