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New Scrap Quilt on the Floor

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Yesterday I went to my scrap fabric basket. I rarely go there to take stuff OUT; usually it is to stuff more scraps and then quickly jam the top on and shove it back under the shelf so it will stay (somewhat) closed.

Not today. Today is a day I decided to do a withdrawal and see what I can come up with.

My idea of original design can be rather far fetched. Most people I know, when they decide to make an original quilt, get out the drafting paper, pencils, rulers and colored pencils. Not me.

I get out the scraps. No pencils, paper or colored pencils for me! That isn't because I dont think all that work is a waste of time; it is because I have never learned HOW to draft on paper.

So I use my floor. And Winsten helps, too, as you will see further on down.

I don't put up my big design wall because the cats always pull fabrics off it and then try to climb it. The floor is much easier!

I begin with a general idea in my head as to what colors I feel like using. Then I grab all those colors out of the scrap basket and put them aside.

If I find blocks or stips that were sewn but never used, I put them off to the side too. It doesn't really matter what colors these are, because I have no idea where I am going at this point.

Then I start pulling the OPPOSITE of my "feature" color out and make a pile of those. Example, starting with red, I now haul out greens.

Now it is time to get SERIOUS! I grab a piece of my feature fabric, head for the cutting table, and cut one square. This is the beginning of a new quilt.

I frame that square, then the fun begins. I start placing other fabrics around the square, making little piles all around it.

This is where my "what if" brain starts checking in.

"What if I put this one THERE, then put these OVER HERE?"

Slice, stitch, place, rearrange, and grab the next one.

I piece together small sections, then decide where they should go, or where they will fit, and stitch them together.

I like what I am seeing, and continue to add "rows" to each other, enjoying the process very much.

And so it goes.

With this last photo, I will leave you curious as to the outcome of the quilt. this is because this is how far I have gotten so far.

This is to be a very special quilt for a very special lady. When I finish the quilt, I will tell you all about this lady, and how she has impacted so very many lives. It will be a story you will never forget, I guarantee it!

So that's what is going on in my world these days.

I sneak in my walks when my back and knees begin to protest about too much time crouching and crawling all over the floor. My DH reminds me to eat. Winsten lets me know when we have been working long enough, and now it is time to play a little.

The catty girls? They fall asleep among the scraps.

Time to get off the computer and back on the floor. emoticon

Just remember, Dear Friends, that all quilts are made one block or strip at a time, and if we take it slow and steady, a true work of love will emerge!
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  • KIMIKO75
    I love your blog and the mystery you put into it. I also like how that fits in with life and how some of us manage our days.
    I have always wanted to learn to quilt, but have just kind of muddled through. It has me eager to dig into my pile of un-used fabric and start an easy quilt when I get off work today!
    Blessings to you and hope to meet you on one of the walks Karen keeps putting together.
    2964 days ago
    After reading your blog I feel like I have been to one of your classes........You know I have always wanted to take a class from you. emoticon We just live to far away...that process is amazing....I kind of do mine on the paper with colored pencils....then I need to find the fabrics. You already have your fabric and go from there. emoticon Hope you teach some more "online" classes and I too can't wait to see the finished Rose quilt. emoticon blog.
    2966 days ago
    Your quilt is beautiful. I wish I could make a quilt like that. I use graph paper and rulers because I have to.
    2969 days ago
    Very Cool. I can't wait to see the finished product and hear about who it is for. emoticon
    2969 days ago
    I love the story - You are more courageous than I in designing this way. What you do on your floor I do on my computer. I love the design aspect.

    This quilt is fantastic. I can't wait to see the finished product. I love the colors you've chosen and all I can say is your stash is amazing!!!

    Great job.
    2969 days ago
    I love it, that will be a fantastic quilt. That is basically the way my mind works too. I just hate to waste anything.
    2969 days ago
    Great quilting lesson. I am almost inspired to take up quilting.
    2969 days ago
    Great job. I'm a quilter also. Today I quilted a large log cabin with three stars within a star. I used one jely roll and some fat quarters for the center.
    2969 days ago
    You are amazing. I wish I had a tenth of your talent.
    Seems you are always thinking of and doing for others. Another trait I wish for.
    Your last comment about the quilt being made one block or strip at a time is very much like our lives, is it not? It is a good way to think of our life changes and progressions. If only mine didn't need so much mending..............
    Thanks for the insight.
    2969 days ago
    emoticon Roses, just in time for Valentine Day... I bet you will be the "Special Lady" so you can keep this one. emoticon
    2969 days ago
    Can't wait to see the finished quilt. You have lots of help with Winsten and the kitties. Winsten looks like he is in deep thought...now where did I put that bone emoticon ...mmm
    2969 days ago
    Looking forward to seeing it when it is finished & to the story about the special lady. It's going to be very special indeed. Made with love.
    2969 days ago
  • TINYC887
    that is so kewl, i never learned how to quilt. My dog woulda been laying ON the pieces,lol
    2969 days ago
    Pictures of a true artist at work.
    2969 days ago
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