Sometimes I feel guilty that I’m not working on a super complex, thousand piece quilt, with the latest and greatest fabrics. Or maybe it’s not all guilt, but envy too. The truth is, that I can’t run out and buy fabric whenever I want to; I kind of have to work with what I have and use what I have, which tends to be leftovers from previous projects. This means that I plan my quilts around what I have and what’s possible with the materials available to me without buying yardage because I need it or just because I like it. As a result, my “want to make” list is a lot longer than is currently feasible (seriously – lately I’ve been obsessed (obsessed!) with making a lonestar quilt!) with what I have and that means that I end up making something simple because fabric limits are well, pretty limiting.
I’m almost embarrassed at how easy this quilt was to make – I just used scraps and fat quarters. The larger squares are 8″ and the smaller triangles started out as 4″ squares. Green is my least favorite color but oddly, I had a bunch of green fat quarters that I’m not sure I would have ever found the desire to cut into them, had I not had the blue scraps to match with. I kind of love how it turned out.
The binding is mega-scrappy. Seriously, there must be close to 30 separate pieces in that binding! They all match the fabric on the front of the quilt. I did the double-fold method of binding and I’m much happier with how it came out this time. It’s such a neat and tidy finish.
I had nearly a solid piece of yardage for the back that I’ve had for a long time, but it wasn’t quite enough. So I cut it up and added the veggies in the corner.
The black has a really cute button pattern on it! And the veggies are left over for some napkins I made as a gift for Christmas.
I tried a little “free hand straight line quilting” on this one. Yikes. Not my best work. I need to think more about planning out how I’m going to do the quilting before I feed it through my machine. I took an intro to longarm quilting class recently and it totally blew my mind! I’d never even seen a longarm machine before the class and only had a rudimentary understanding of what longarm quilting meant. I’m hoping to transfer some of those skills to what I can do on my trusty Janome.
This quilt is for Project Linus. I’ve only made four quilts for Project Linus since last summer. I can’t believe last year around this time I was finishing up my 10th!