Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Gold at the End of This Rainbow

Friends, this finish has been a long time coming. It wasn’t the design that was difficult—just squares and half-square triangles—it was amassing the fabric. I started back in November 2014 and cut what I could from my scraps. A few months later (with a few months’ worth of new scraps in my collection), I went through the scrap bin again. In the end I did have to buy some teal and yellow fabric, but I finally cut and sewed all I needed to make this happen:

Yay! : )

Check out the coolio quilting.

I got to use so many low-volumes in this project.

The whole (huge!) thing was trimmed in this mustardy net print from Dear Stella.


I’m super excited to have this done. If you’re looking for a good way to blow through your scraps, I recommend this quilt pattern. Here are the important details:

Design: Obsession, from Quilt-opedia, by Laura Jane Taylor

Size: 80” by 80”

Quilting: by the talented Garden Gate Quilting

Scrap usage: 400  4½” and 5” squares—woo hoo!

See Kinda Quilty for another example of this quilt. That’s the one that turned me on to this design in the first place. : )

So I have another scrap quilt in the works for March, but you and I both know that one quilt will not clean out that bin. Do you have a suggestion for another scrappy design? I have a copy of Alexandra Ledgerwood’s Improvising Tradition and am thinking of using her piecing method to do something scrappy. What do you think? Can you imagine a scrappier version of Paper and Plums in cool purples, blues, and greens?

Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday, Finish It Up Friday, TGIFF, and Scraptastic Tuesday ...

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45 comments:

  1. It is lovely! Scrap projects can take a while to put together in a cohesive manner, and this is stunning.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I have a hard time getting my scrap quilts to be cohesive as well -- I think going the rainbow route is sometimes the best option. :)

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  3. Really lovely quilt! Fabulous scrappiness.

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  4. I would love to make a Trifecta quilt someday (http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/trifecta-quilt-project). That might work with scraps.

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  5. This is AMAZING!! Beautiful job. I love how all of your scraps have come together!

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  6. Awesome finish! I love the pattern and all the great colours.

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  7. Beautifully done! Love the mix of colors.

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  8. Thanks for the shout out, Michelle! I love how the finished quilt looks! Just may have to try one for myself!

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  9. Your quilt is beautiful! Great transition from one color to the next!

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  10. Hurray!!! That triangle quilt would look stunning in almost any color combination, so I say go for it! :) I was gifted Every Last Piece by Lyn Harris recently and there's some gorgeous scrap quilts in there too. If you need more ideas. Not that I do anything with my scraps.... :)

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  11. Gorgeous! Isn't it funny that sometimes it's harder to progress with really scrappy projects because the right scraps just aren't to hand? This was totally worth the wait though - I love ombre/colour-shift designs. :)

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  12. This is beautiful. It's a wonderful use of scraps. I can see that scraps are worth curating.

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  13. This is really nice Michelle, great job with the scraps! I love the color order and the geometry of this, the color really pops on the low volume background.

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  14. I love your colors, this turned out lovely!

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  15. Oh I love scrappy projects! The purple one would be cool with a mix of colors!

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  16. I'm loving this quilt, simply beautiful. I have been scrap quilting like crazy to use up older fabrics. Everything from bar quilts, string quilts, jelly roll quilts and now scrappy trip block quilts.

    My scraps keep birthing new scraps. LOL

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  17. What a gorgeous way to bust scraps!!!

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  18. It's beautiful! All those beautiful scraps would be lovely to look at and see bits of different quilts you've made.

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  19. It is gorgeous! I just love this and I'm really tempted to check out that pattern - my scrap bins are totally out of control!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. This is gorgeous! And what an awesome job on the binding!

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  21. Yay how completely gorgeous! I'm having a bit of a year of the scraps as it amazes me how much I build up, particularly dressmaking for my girls too. I'm doing the Sugarblock block of the month and so far it's proving a very satisfying romp through my stash!

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  22. Great job! It's a really pretty quilt. Scrap quilts are such a lot of fun.

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  23. Oh I LOVE it! This is just gorgeous. When I saw the first picture I had no idea of the scale - it's huge. What a wonderful finish - well done!

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  24. It you only had to buy a little extra fabric in two colours, you did really well. I don't think it would be easy to get a colourwash effect like that from scrap! It looks lovely.
    It makes me think I am cutting my scrap squares too small! Charm square size like this seems far more sensible.

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  25. This really appeals to me--especially that the scraps are relatively big. I was surprised at the dimensions of the quilt because I'm so used to scrappy quilts being little snippets of fabric.

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  26. That's beautiful! I have that book but hadn't really noticed this quilt... maybe this is what i need to clear out my scrap bins a bit!

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  27. I love this quilt, it has a fantastic array of rainbow colors, it was worth it to take the time to collect the right colors.

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  28. Wow, this is just beautiful. I have a hard time making scrappy quilts because I'm so OCD, but I need to take a second look at this. I just might be able to wrap my head around this and do it. Lord knows, I need to start using up my scraps.

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  29. Hooray for rainbows! Very nice.

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  30. Well, it was certainly worth several trips to your scrap pile to amass the right colors for this beauty!

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  31. Your use of color is great! Lovely quilt!

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  32. Oh I do hope Laura Jane has seen it! What a beauty. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday I suggest you look at the other quilts on Scraptastic Tuesday for inspiration

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  33. Great scrap project, perfect finishing, congratulations on this lovely quilt!!

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  34. Purples blues and greens--yum! Sounds like a plan. Oh wow, wow, how I love this quilt. Yours is just stunning, love the colour choices and your layout.

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  35. So beautiful! Congratulations on the finish!
    Carol

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  36. IT'S WONDERFUL!!! All that fussing over placement was worth it, I think I'm actually out of words for how much I love this.

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  37. This is so beautiful! And I love the quilting!

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  38. Beautiful! I'm glad you finally got it finished!!

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  39. Beautiful! Way to hold in there and get it done.

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  40. This looks amazing. You must be thrilled! It's fabulous!

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