Last fall my blogging friend Janet gifted our quilt ministry with a big box of scraps from a friend of hers who was destashing. Included in the box were many small pieces, some fat quarters, and a few larger pieces ranging up to a yard in size. Many, many small country and reproduction prints, some nearly vintage, in a variety of darker colors with a few lights/brights thrown in. Perfect for a couple large scrappy quilt tops I thought.
One of our ministry projects is the donation of several quilts to a nearby church camp supported by several local churches. The auction is held Labor Day weekend, a busy time, right in the midst of canning season, so starting this year's big quilt now seemed like a good idea. And that box of fabrics has been beckoning me to come and play for a couple months now! Next came finding a suitable scrappy pattern to do those fabrics justice. Searching through several magazines I spotted this photo. I love the scrappiness of the larger quilt shown here!
photo from Quilt Sampler, Fall-Winter 2011
So interesting to compare the two, how varying the scale of the blocks, controlling the scrappiness, and a use of a constant background block in the antique version produced two very different looks.
So, I'm going to make the same quilt as last year for the auction, and drafted a smaller size block to better fit the size of the donated fabric scraps. This is such a fun and easy quilt to make, and since I'm up to my ears in HST's for two other ongoing projects at the moment, simple squares and rectangles look mighty enticing at the moment! After several days of cutting up those scraps, I have enough pieces for two queen size tops all bagged up and ready to stitch. I had to raid my stash for a few pieces to round out the light fabrics needed, but all of the mid and dark tones and some of the lights are from that lovely donated box. And guess what? After all that cutting, that box is STILL nearly full! The gift that keeps on giving - gotta love that!
And, this morning I finally had a chance to sit down and stitch a few of the puss in the corner blocks, and threw them up on the design wall to get an idea of how this is going to look.
I've also had some evenings in the last couple weeks to dig out this project and make a few more of the little baskets. They really are fun to hand stitch, well maybe except for that bit of reverse applique on the ones with the cut-out. Hopefully I can keep a bit of momentum going on this project that had sat untouched since last January.
And that's it from my little corner of the world.