Limey Scraps and Stripes by Jennifleur

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2012-09-29T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

September 29, 2012: This is a quilt I've been meaning to start for a long time.  A few years ago I went to a quilt exhibit and saw something similar to this where a solid red color was used surrounded by two narrow strips of black and then nothing but scraps. It was over one hundred years old! Actually I think they might have had a diamond of solid color in the center of the scrap strips. Anyway it seemed very modern and very homey and traditional all at the same time.  How is that possible?  Maybe timeless is the word I'm looking for. So I have this giant bin of strips of fabric that I've been collecting for half of forever and this seemed the perfect pattern to use them on.  About a week ago I finally got around to buying the solids and getting them washed up.  Last night I thought I'd cut into the fabric and make one or two blocks before going to bed. It turns out, this is like quilt crack.  I couldn't make just one!  Potato chips! I stayed up till 2 am sewing (yes I'm throughly exhausted today) but I loved pulling the scrap strips out of my bin and just using whatever came up.  It is a very freeing way to quilt and I can't say it looks bad.  I find the randomness delightful. It was also a nice trip down memory lane, looking at all the fabrics and reminding myself what each one was used for originally.  Plus, I'm happy for my scraps.  Is that funny?  I'd be sad if I was a scrap in a bin.  But then if someone pulled me out and put me in a quilt after years - OH HAPPY DAY!  (Yeah I've seen way to many animated Disney movies where inanimate objects come to life - lol)

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Comments

AllPatchedUp

I L.O.V.E. this! Great colors and pattern! :)

Jennifleur

Thanks Allpatchedup ! There's really no pattern. Cut a square of muslin to any size or shape you like and start sewing strips to it so it overlaps your muslin. When you're done, trim down and then sew those squares together. These happen to be 9 1/2" square because I have a ruler that size.

True

I love this and love the story behind it! LOL about not feeling sad for your scraps..I so get that feeling as I feel horrible when I have not used all my fabric:-). Do you have to use muslin or can you use paper and tear it away after?

AllPatchedUp

I love string quilts...someday I'll have enough strings to make my own. :) I just really adore that lime green/black strip that matches up in all of them Jennifleur . Looks like a 'pattern' to me. :) Oooooo. Inanimate strings and scraps brought to life...hmmm, now that's definitely a disney movie I'd watch heart_eyes (BTW I put in the many many required "Disney Hours" when my kids were younger, never fear!)

Jennifleur

True , You could use paper no problem!

Jennifleur

Allpatchedup , it's what makes it cohesive. I like it too. Thanks so much for your kind words! blush

Sewnsew

lol @ quilter's crack. Perfect description. I have a tub of scraps just for string quilts. It is my favourite block for when I want to just sew and not think.

Jennifleur

Sewnsew , confession time. blush Sometimes I cut a strip extra just to throw it in the strip bin so I'll get to use it later, in a string quilt. Crackity, crack, crack.

Sewnsew

LMFAO......You are not alone. I do the same thing.

Jennifleur

Exceeeelent! Mwahahaha. wink2
Sewnsew

Sewnsew

lol My name is Sewnsew and I am addicted to strings!!!!!

Calliope67

My Guild circle featured this type of block. The teacher supplied us each with a paper grocery bag full of scraps. The top was stapled and we were only allowed to open one staple. Whatever scrap we pulled out, we had to use and she showed us a quilt her daughter tried to matchy matchy and it just wasn't as nice. What fun!. I invited 3 Church ladies over and we made comfort quilts. It seems like I didn't make a dent in my scrap bin! It warmed my heart about a year later to see a lady in a wheelchair with my scrap quilt on her lap at the back of the church. :) Yes, like potato chips!

Calliope67

After visiting a nursing home I realized that many of the residents sit, just staring at their lap. So sad. That is why the scrappy quilts are perfect for lap robes - so they have lots of different things to look at.

Jennifleur

Calliope67 that's a lovely gift for people in nursing homes. It would give them a lot to look at!

Mouseinmypocket

This is really fun! Seems like a great next project for me.

Sewzalot

Do you start by putting the green and the black down the center, then just start covering up the rest of the muslin? I need to get a bin for strips and start collecting. I love your blocks! To me, it almost looks like they are held up to mirrors. (That probably sounds like I'm on crack). Hope you got a nap today!!

AllPatchedUp

Oh my. Would you stop it Jennifleur !!! You post more pics, I fall even more in love with this and the urge to go all 'copycat' on you is getting really really tough!!! My willpower is too fragile for this rofl. If something like this ends up on any of my lists for our UFO group....it's all your fault! wink2

Tanyia

this is amazing, I made a quilt like this recently and am definitely doing it again, you are so right it is incredibly addicting and they come together so easily and quickly. I did mine on muslin so I did not have to rip away paper even lol ;)

True

Jennifleur The awesomeness of this is beyond words I just love it!

True

Calliope67 I love idea of paper bag and what you pull out is what you use maybe this is a way to get myself to do a real scrappy quilt!!

Mrsquilt

Wow, the colors!!!! Thank you for sharing and for the story about happy fabric. :)

Jennifleur

True It works! I've been having the best time making this quilt.

Jennifleur

Allpatchedup I don't have a problem if you want to make every quilt I've ever made, you know why? Cause even if you use the same pattern your fabric choices will be your own and your quilting will be your own and if I inspire someone to make a quilt well hot damn isn't that what we're all here for? I support you in all your crafty endeavors! Besides no one has the market corned on specific quilt patterns or designs and there was a good chance I was inspired by someone else to make the quilts I've made. Only a few few of them have come straight from my own brain. heart_decoration

Jennifleur

Sewzalot Yup that's exactly how they start. I've seen them done too where half the blocks are like I've made but then they run the other half of the block perpendicular to the other stripes. It makes for some really neat patterns. I know I didn't explain that very well so here's a visual....
http://bcquilter.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/string-quilt-blue-centre.jpg

AllPatchedUp

Good to hear you feel this way Jennifleur ...cuz, uh yeah, smirk I started cutting strips a few days ago to start my own after I finish my bee stuff in a few days. lol I've been wanting to get started since before Christmas but yeah, that all got crazy so I'm finally able to get to it! Yay!! :)

Rebeccajeffsmith

Jennifleur and Allpatchedup you two crack me up. I do the same thing making the scraps, pulling strips out of a bag randomly. With all the different scraps, trying to plan out a project like that is never as pretty as the randomness. I've made several quilts like that for charity purposes. And yes, it never seems to make a dent in all my scraps. I have use paper and muslin foundations. I think I like the muslin better cause you don't have to mess with the paper. This is always a favorite project for hours of mindless sewing and for breathing new life into otherwise unusable strips of beautiful (and not so beautiful) fabric.

Jennifleur

Allpatchedup LOL... that's awesome!

Jennifleur

Rebeccajeffsmith It's true! For all the blocks I've made, I still have a giant bucket of strip scraps. blush I like the muslin backed blocks too. Paper is a PITA. wink

Juline

I really, really love this. Very striking. It gives me an idea for my bee block :).

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