Happy Snappy Scrappy Crappy Quilt Top #18

In my quest and journey through this year I am cleaning out and getting rid of the collected blocks: new & old, orphan blocks, unfinished blocks, class samples, and pieced and appliqued blocks that people have given me. One of y (my) workshops I teach is “Happy Snappy Scrappy Crappy Quilt Tops.” This workshop shows people fast and easy ways to make tops that can be used. It’s a way of gettng rid of stuff and junk and ugly fabrics and making them into usuable quilts. I learned fro (from) my good friend , ex-student, and quilter, Tom Russell  from Texas, that any fabric cut into small pieces can be used as color or light or dark and texture and not necessarily as the printed pattern states.  (I’m sure I will be blogging more about Tom later.)

So last night I finished the 18th scrap quilt top for the year. I decided to use two of the biggest blocks as my starter blocks. They were 15 1/4 inches square. So the rest of the blocks had to be that size. I laid out  all diffetrent size blocks that were gifts from Carol Ann Wilbourn, Charlotte Ralston from Springfield/Tonitown , Ardith Winters fro Bella Vista and others. I have found out that it takes more tie (time) to choose the fabric than sew the top. These blocks were such a variety of of shapes and colors I decided that I would use purples and florals to fill in. I love trying to use up partial blocs that have been cut, and use the leftovers to fill in. Since I have been quilting for 30 year I have old fabrics that are alike or match in color or pattern. In my mind it all helps tie the blocks together.  Some people think scrap quilts are ugly. I am totally the opposite. I can’t imagine making 40 of the same blocks with the same fabrics. I haven’t decided on a border yet. I may not put one on. I had started cutting out sashing and was gonna use some min 9 patch blocks Pat Eaton gave but I never found the right sashing fabric. I do not usually buy fabric for these scrap tops from other people’s leftovers. I try getting rid of soe (some)of my stash. So here it is Scrap Top #18:

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About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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10 Responses to Happy Snappy Scrappy Crappy Quilt Top #18

  1. fiberdoodles says:

    It’s beautiful Jim! You are certainly on a roll!!

    • Jim Gatling says:

      Sharon, I’ve challenged myself this summer to work in the studio like a job. I really want to finish up so many of things things I’ve started that are just sitting in the way screaming, “Make me up!”

  2. Danas says:

    Loverly, Jim! I think my scrappy side is working its way to the surface.

  3. That looks fantastic, Jim. It actually looks like it was planned as a sampler quilt all along!

    • Jim Gatling says:

      Eddie, I had to read your statement 3 times. Yes, you are right. For it to be thrown together from different people’s blocks and scraps and not planned from the beginning I , alos, think it sorta all fits.

  4. Cynthia Lyons says:

    Scrappy Quilts were all women made where I grew up. They never bought material to make a quilt.

    • Jim Gatling says:

      Cynthia, That’s why I started collecting old quilts & old tops. They are so different from today with all the big bold prints and loud colors. I love the mini prints of days gone by. And the fact that they used what they had leftover from their clothes sewing. And quilts were the last and they took the longest amount of time to make after they milked the cow and worked in the field.

  5. Kelly Newell says:

    This is a beautiful one.

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