Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Scrappy Squares Quilt: Progress!

By-Jenny2

Hi Angel! So much to talk about today! First off, how lovely and wonderful to hear from our readers on the giveaway post yesterday. I love how the internet breaks down all geographical boundaries, we got visits and comments from all over the world. What a wonderful international crafty community!

(Note to our readers: If you haven't left a comment to enter yet, it's not too late: the giveaway is open until Friday morning PST when we will pick a winner at random! Check it out, spread the word, and drop us a line for a chance to win some lovely goodies! Also, for those of you who asked, I fixed the code for the button -- at least I think I did!)

Let's move on to some project talk... I have made a little progress on my scrappy squares quilt! I wish this could be a post about the finished top. Unfortunately, I'm not quite there yet. Between our 3-day heat wave last week which left this pregnant mama pretty useless without AC, and a busy weekend of outings, World Cup final and early Bastille Day celebrations... I didn't get much done. BUT there is some progress which I will show you here!

Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress

I have written about this quilt-making experience (my first ever!) a few times over the last couple of months. A few weeks ago, I posted this photo (above) of my fabric choice on our Facebook page: a crip Kona White. While I pondered some more unique choices like natural linen, gray or even turquoise, I think white is indeed the best option for showcasing all the bright colors of the diverse blocks.

Once the fabric was chosen and purchased, I washed and ironed it. I then proceeded to draw my plans in my little notebook. Writing and drawing stuff out helps me so much in the creative process, I'm really noticing the difference in my productivity and efficiency when I can refer to my notes instead of winging it (which I have been known to do...).

Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress
Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress

On these notes, you can see I figured out and jotted down all the measurements and steps in the top assembly. The quilt's final size will be about 55" x 67.5", which should make for a decent lap quilt, perfect for snuggling and watching TV on the couch.

In my notebook, I also planned out a couple of options for color arrangements. I chose the more organized option over the haphazard one (shocker!). I used two sets of colors per row, alternating cold and warm in descending order: blue > turquoise > teal > green > purple (I know, purple doesn't exactly fit there...), and yellow > orange > red > pink > brown. I could have switched out the purple and brown, but liked it better this way. I especially love the middle color combination of red and teal/dark turquoise. These are the colors I'd like to use for the backing and binding. I need to hunt down the perfect fabrics...

Then began the prep work and assembly:

Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress
Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress
Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress

(That's not beer, sadly. Just apple juice.)

I thought I had measured everything scrupulously. But, I think my square blocks were not all exactly the same size. Probably because I made them all over the course of many months. Note to self: do not trust self to have had adhered to same guidelines throughout a project that lasts this long. Re-measure everything before proceeding! Because of the unevenness between the squares' exact width, I had a few issues making my rows consistent in terms of the spacing between white and color. I made a few tweaks, and I think I fixed the issue.

Here are all my rows, completed:

Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress

I then sewed these rows to long strips of white fabric, completing the sashing phase. I ended up with an almost finished top.

Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress
Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress
Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress

The last step to finishing this top will be to add the white border all around. While all the quilt sashing is about 3 inches wide after being sewed, I cut the border strips to be slightly wider: about 4 inches wide before the binding is attached. We shall see how that works out!

Ben loves this quilt already. He told me all about his favorite color blocks and, as evidenced by the photos above, couldn't keep his little hands and feet away from it! One added benefit of using scraps from all kinds of fabrics is that this quilt is becoming a very fun game for my almost-3-year-old: Find the cupcakes! Find the birdies! Find stripes, or polka dots!

Jenny: Scrappy Squares Quilt Progress

Anyway, that's about it for my progress. Adding the border should be easy, but I'm a bit anxious about basting, quilting and binding. Eek! Of course, I will report on my stumbles and progress!

Reminder: Dear readers, please don't be shy. Go say hello on this post and enter the giveaway! :)

Angel-mini-button Jen! That is a lot of progress! I think the white was definitely the right choice, the colors really stand out. So you're looking for a red/blue or aqua fabric? I'll help you look, maybe window shopping for you will help me stick to my "use what I have" New Year's resolution......

Can't wait to see who wins our first giveaway! I've got my box all packed up and ready to mail to the lucky winner.

4 comments:

  1. i LOVE this quilt!!! i can't believe it's your first!!!

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  2. Thank you so much, Daisy. It's a big learning experience, I can tell ya! I'm loving the process though, and I love that it uses up all my scraps and showcases memories from so many old projects.

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  3. This is such a delicious quilt top! I enjoy seeing your planning process and totally agree about the bright white to offset the gorgeous gem tones.

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