It took a vacation to give me some time to do some scrappy sewing, but hey, I'll take it when I can get it! You may remember a few weeks ago when Lilli and I spent an afternoon together pulling fabrics...
...which I then turned into a kit and tucked away for vacation. It took all my will power not to dig right in - but there were other quilts that took precedence.
Someone was looking out for me, though, because when we got to Perdido Key we had two rainy days that kept us from enjoying the beach (although not the balcony!) And that meant sewing time for me! It all began with one block...
...and that one was so much fun that, rather like potato chips, I couldn't stop at just one! Soon the low volume blocks joined the dark blocks, and shortly after that the bright blocks - although I was so excited about those that I forgot to take a picture!
As soon as I had enough of the bright blocks, I laid out a bit of the quilt so I could see what it would look like. It's always a mystery to me what a truly scrappy quilt will look like, and this one was made of fabrics chosen by my granddaughter, so I really didn't know! But I was happy with this initial peek...
...and once all the blocks were finished, I laid it out and finished it right up! One thing I really liked about this quilt - I didn't fiddle around with the layout at all. I just laid out the blocks as they came off each stack, and the layout pleases me!
I do think the next time I make this quilt (and there will DEFINITELY be a next time!) I will be sure that there is more difference between my dark blocks and some of my "medium" fabrics. I had a few that were on the darker side and I wish there was a little more differentiation. Live and learn! But I really like this quilt, and it was fast and easy. All of the pieces were cut from 5" squares, a size I routinely cut my scraps into. Because it is truly scrappy, I just laid my pieces out in the block layout and chain pieced each block together. I'm guessing that it probably went from kit to pieced top in about ten hours of sewing. Not bad!
The pattern is Plaid-ish, and it's a freebie from Kitchen Table Quilting. You can find the free download by clicking here.
And just to prove I'm really at the beach, meet one of our companions from earlier this week! My husband was his best friend - catching catfish that he would have thrown back but for this guy's insatiable appetite!