Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New year, new project...

Things are on the go-slow here still as No2 is now off on study leave as he has a couple of exams this week and I can never get back to normal until the school year is under way good and proper.

Fed up with nagging him to revise, I have found myself joining in with an informal quilt-a-long over on Instagram that Katy blogged about here and I am blaming that Peppermint Patcher for giving me the final push! I've been long collecting ideas on Pinterest for making a scrappy quilt and this one fits the bill perfectly.





My worktable had accumulated a sprawling pile of fabrics that were the leftovers from the last few projects I've been working on so I made a start by cutting a 2½" strip from each of them before I put them away.





I have to confess, it's addictive. My only rule is that I try not to duplicate a fabric for each strip, so that's 216 different fabrics required. Blushing, I am going to confess that my fabric stash will allow me to achieve this! A lot of it is scrap though ; )





I'd forgotten how satisfying the image above is to me. A pile of potential fabric goodness.





Six blocks done, a sixth of the way through, and a snapshot of my fabric collection. It feels oddly liberating to be making something with no agenda and just being able to trust my instinct.



15 comments:

  1. Good grief. It's truly a thing of beauty.

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  2. A thing of beauty indeed, and just the thing for dull old January.

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  3. I saw the quilt on Katy's blog too, it really is lovely. You obviuosly have a big stash to make your quilt so scrappy, a challenge for us all.

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  4. I am planning to make just a block or two for cushion covers. I can't commit to a whole quilt right now, but block or two? Oh yes!

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  5. How beautiful... but 216 fabrics!!! I'm actually in awe of your wonderful accurate piecing. I've just finished a quilt top that is shameful... hardly a single corner matches anywhere and I swear I was really careful with my measuring, cutting and sewing up!

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  6. It's wonderful Tracy - I especially love the row of little birds hopping through the middle. As always your bold and fearless colour use is inspirational!

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  7. scrappy quilts are the future in my house. there is a bit of a scrap explosion that needs to be contained. the result is unlikely to be as organized or as beautiful as yours.........

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  8. Ah, you've succumbed -- how fun! I'm soooo tempted, but resisting so far. Your version is fabulous!

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  9. It sounds like the best kind of making ... and it looks pretty good too!

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  10. wow.

    that's a lot of fabric lady!!

    (but totally worth it. All of them)

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  11. It's going to be amazing, I love it already. There's a quilters guild over here that I've been asked to join, there's just one slight hitch .. I not quilt. Mind you it's been on the list for long enough ..
    Any snow?

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  12. Oh it looks amazing already! And 216 different fabrics--zowie! K x

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  13. Love that quilt. (I'm assuming those strips are then cut across to make the little squares. But I can't work out how you then put them together to achieve the pattern sequence.)

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  14. Oh I really want to join the fun here! I could definitely make a quilt out of all my fabrics and I love the idea of having everything on display in one quilt! My sewing room is too cold to venture out there for a while and I have other quilts to finish first but the urge to start this new one is strong!! Lucy xx

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