Archive for the ‘Scrapbuster’ Category

Tutti Frutti Nine Patch

March 6, 2011

I finished another Nine Patch quilt top yesterday and pinned it on the clothesline to take a photo. With this rainstorm, we’ve had a gray weekend, so the colors aren’t showing up very well.

All of the patches are from my working-box of 2-inch patchwork squares. I’ve been using scraps, leftovers, and old calico cottons to keep the box of scrappy squares going.

The sashing is a batik with pink and orange — found in my stash. The batik border was a sale-purchase from 2009 and I like how it ties the pale peach inner sashing and in-between squares and rectangles together.

This one is ready to go on the longarm — just in time for Spring!

Pastel Pinwheels: Ready, Set, Go!

June 29, 2008

Pastel Pinwheels by Lynn Shaw

Last year, I completed this Pastel Pinwheels quilt top which originated from an abandoned project. When I wrote about this quilt top last year, it was a UFO of blocks made many years ago. I stopped working on the project because I really wasn’t sure how to put them together (sashing, straight set, or what?).

Back then, I vascillated because adding a sash meant the quilt top would be somewhat large, larger than I wanted to hand quilt. Back then, I surely didn’t think about making double-sashings around the blocks, much less a scrappy strip pieced sashing like the one I finally chose to do. But I’m very happy that I added the scrappy strips to each of the blocks because I think that it adds to the vintage-era look. In this example, the final result was worth the wait.

Now that I have my longarm and 4 finished quilts under-my-belt, I’m ready to quilt this one. I’ve already decided that the pinwheel blades will probably be feather-quilted. And I think that the triangles in the blocks will be closely stippled. Getting the Pastel Pinwheels quilt top loaded onto the frame and quilting it will be such fun for me because I don’t often work in pastel colors.

Pieced Border

This quilt top seemed to be begging for a final border that would put a frame around the scrappy strip borders already on the quilt.

Adding a final border will give the small Nine Patch blocks more prominence now, too.

For the final border, I decided to use a soft blue 30s print, and since didn’t have enough of anything that would work, I bought some. I found a perfect print from the Everything But The Kitchen Sink line to use (see the bottom of the photo).

And while searching for the border fabric, I spotted a fantastic Kaffe Fassett retro print that was a must-have for the backing. (the fabric is on the left of the below photo.) I bought 5 yards of that print, so the Pastel Pinwheels backing will be a bright and colorful daisy field to admire when it’s quilted. As an added bonus, I should have enough left over to make my 20-month old granddaughter a pair of pants, too: Baby Girl Goes Retro. How cool is that?!

Border and backing fabrics

Confession time: I also bought other fabrics because I’ve been so darn good about using my stash for the past couple of years. I’ve done so well, in fact, that I’m actually getting low in several color groups. I’ve been a good Stashbuster. Honest…. But, admittedly, there’s some darn nice fabric out there!

Like Stacks Of Coins

June 19, 2008

Stacks Of Coins quilt top by Lynn Shaw

I’m calling this strippy-string quilt Stacks Of Coins.

The finished Stacks Of Coins top measures 48″ x 72″ and is made with 5 sections of 6-inch wide pieced strips set with 4 sections of 5-inch wide plain strips. I originally pieced 6 sections of strips for the top, but laying it all out, I saw that this setup would make an almost-square quilt — too wide for a lap quilt. Not wanting to waste the remaining pieced strip, I sliced it in half and added it into the border along the top and bottom.

See our tomato plants in the photo? I pinned the top along our vegetable garden fence this morning to get a picture and didn’t clothespin it very well. After this photograph, I had to hang the top up to dry. Yesterday evening we had a downpour and I got the bottom wet taking the photo.

The plain cotton print used in between the strips and as a border is now gone, except for a few small scraps. Stashbusting!!

The backing will be another pieced backing — don’t know what yet….I will need to go shopping through my stash and rummage for some fabrics that will work with this top.

I plan to quilt this Stacks Of Coins top on my new longarm as soon as I finish the Kyoto Kimono quilt that’s loaded now. I need to learn more free-motion techniques, and working with functional quilt tops like this Stacks of Coins gives me the freedom to explore while learning. (And I also need to practice, practice, practice, too!)

Here’s an antique Amish Coin quilt that looks quite contemporary. Made with solids, the interplay of the strips is very graphic, isn’t it?

Amish Coin Antique Quilt

Another Coins quilt that I found in my books is this crib size quilt. This design would be a quick gift for a little tike!

Amish Crib Quilt -- Coins

This Amish Coins antique quilt is striking — the use of fuschia with orange is bold, and very appealing!

Amish antique Coins quilt

Another antique Amish Coins quilt. The triangle border is rather unusual.

Antique Amish Coins

Each of these Coins quilts uses the same overall pattern design, yet they are all different. Just one of the reasons why so many people are passionate about quilts!

Note: From here on, I have decided to eliminate references to the traditional pattern name “Chinese Coins”. I have major issues with China and each time I even think about this traditional pattern name I cringe, so I’ve just decided to reference the design as Coins from here on. (Sorry China….Maybe if you can get your collective-act together and think-green-not-red and work hard to get-the-lead-out, I’ll revisit my position. In America, we have the freedom to do stuff like this. So there!)

Strips By The Half Dozen

June 18, 2008

Strips of Chinese Coin Sections

Yesterday I managed to stitch all six of the Chinese Coin strips for a quick strippy-string quilt. Each strip measures 54-inches long and 6-inches wide. This is a simple foundation piecing process (using a cotton foundation fabric with flip-and-sew stitching). Sewing a half dozen strips was fast and easy.

The string-strips I was using varied in size — I worked with the strip widths as they were originally cut, only trimming to the width of the foundation fabric of 6-inches. Random piecing the strip widths as-is made piecing these sections a fast process. When I’ve finished this top, I will write up the instructions with some photographs to illustrate how quickly this quilt can be stitched together.

In my stash, I found a perfect length of fabric for the long sections that are sewn between the Chinese Coin strips. The fabric is in the upper right portion of the photo. It’s a Cranston cotton print that I bought many years ago and have only used it in a small wall quilt. I’m happy that I’ll use it up with this quilt. Every piece of fabric I use up helps me use up my stash.

Speaking of my stash….the plastic tub filled with strips doesn’t even look like I have made a dent at all. In fact, it looks like there are more strips now. How’d that happen?!

Fluffed Up Box Of Strips

The I-Spy Box

June 17, 2008

There is a very large plastic tub that is overloaded with scrap strips in my studio. This tub sits on top of two other plastic tubs and gets taller and taller all the time.

Tub of Fabric Strips

Having returned from a long weekend trip yesterday, I was too tired to get involved with my regular sewing and quilting. Instead, I cut some 6-inch foundation strips and began a flip-and-sew strippie quilt top made from the scrap strips in the plastic tub. I’ll make it a lap-size and give it away to someone in the family.

Some flip-and-sew projects are very simple, and the one I’m making, Chinese Coins, certainly is. This sort of piecing is so quick and easy, it’s completely mindless — it’s all about sew, flip, press, repeat….

…Until you begin pulling out strips that jog your memory or remind you of a project you finished a year ago or 5 years past.

That’s when you mind-travel beyond the process and even choose certain fabric strips because of what they mean to you. That’s when you realize that the plastic tub of fabric scrap strips is really an “I-Spy Box” and you are caught up in the game.

Sometimes we quilters act just like little kids, don’t we?

Strips for Chinese Coins quilt


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