Scrap Quilt Top #19 and Stripping

Scrap Quilt Top #19

Today I had nothing scheduled to do. I went to the movies yesterday with Mama and went to Hancock’s to get fuse. Nothing was on the movies here so I started playing in the studio. I pulled out a plastic baggie full of 2 inch pieces and pieces the were 2 inches tall but not 2 inches wide. I guess those were the leftovers from cutting squares out of strips. In the bag  was an appliqued heart signed by Irma Gail Hatcher. She gave me several “leftovers” years ago. So I decided to just sew the all together in one strip to be used as borders, sashing, or whatever. They are all cute mini prints and probably all cotton-poly blends. I separated the  sizes into piles of perfecct squares and not so perfect pieces. To have a radom looking strip of squares I have to plan my randomness.  Separating the colors so that the brights, lights, & darks are scattered  not evenly, but to have the look of blinking Christmas lights. While I sewed I thought of a several ways they would enhance a scrap quilt.

2 inch squares 2 inch squares

Quilt # 19I  started about noon and got into the 3 boxes of  “leftovers” and decided to pull all the  blocks with black. When I started laying them out I could see real fast that I had to do a row quilt because I didn’t have enough to just scatter the odd blocks around. I also, relized that putting them on point would not help. The blocks came from Mary Garcia, Susan Spray, Carol Ann Wilbourn, Nell Perry& others. I pieced some of Pat Eaton’s small purple and floral blocks into a row and some pink & black Drunkard’s Path blocks into circles. When I started to sew the rows together I removed  them. They just didn’t go. Sometimes taking a break and just staring helps me decide yes or no. The “no” this time made a big difference in the final look.

Scrp Quilt Top #19

2 inch squares in a strip

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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2 Responses to Scrap Quilt Top #19 and Stripping

  1. Danas says:

    Jim, you are truly an inspiration! Will try to sit down with all those non-matchy scraps and see what I can do, or not. : )

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