Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Blue Scrap Bin Quilt

Recently I have been obsessed with all the beautiful granny square quilts that I've seen popping up on Flickr lately.  I just had to make one.  It took me a long time planning out each block, going through my stash and choosing which fabrics to use!  That was the best fun, but maybe just a bit of a messy process?  I hate that every I get in a creative mood, I seem to make chaos all over my studio.  Oh well, it was truly fun!

I just finished sewing down the binding.  This binding is also the first time I've used a new method as recommended by one of the older ladies at my local sewing group.  She doesn't cut the wadding to the edge, but instead leaves an extra 1/4 inch extra hanging over the edge to help "fill" the binding.  It makes it slightly harder to hand sew as there is more bulk, but the result is a binding that feels more like cording.  I like it and will use this method when finishing quilts in future.

The quilting pattern I used for this quilt is an Anne Bright pattern called "Button Blossoms".  The center of each flower is stitched to look like a button.  Cute, right?  Anyway, I thought it had a bit of a 30's feel to it that would work well with the granny square blocks.

So, are you wondering why I titled this "My Blue Scrap Bin Quilt"?  Well, about 6 months ago (before I got my long arm machine) I posted some pictures of my sewing room and my scrap organizing system.  At the time my blue scraps were filled to the brim.  Since that time they have been spilling over, so I decided to make the backing using only my scraps from the bin.  It was fun, freeing and cleansing all at the same time.  The result was this:
Definitely something that I will do again and again.  Great way to use scraps, although a bit more time consuming than the plain backings.  My husband declares he likes the back better than the front.

I will leave you with a few close up shots of some of my favorite blocks...




















































19 comments:

niveas said...

your Grannies are looking so amazing!

Katy Cameron said...

Love the quilting on this, and fun way to do the back!

simplestitches said...

wow...that is amazing...and you had 2 quilts in one....
ps love the quilt also in the post below.

Molly said...

Love the granny square! This quilt is the ultimate scrap buster and yours is just gorgeous.

Jan-Maree said...

Love the granny squares and the quiling- but I am crazy for that backing - great idea!

Unknown said...

Your granny is really good.

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Annaliese said...

gorgeous granny!

Annie said...

Ah, Jeannette, two quilts for one...reversible! I love both sides. And I always love the stories of how a quilt comes about to be. Great scrap system too!

Deborah said...

This is one of my favorite granny square quilts! The back is simply stunning as is the front, of course! Your scrap saving system is an inspiration!!

Danielle said...

Just gorgeous. Having seen your stash i know how much fun it wouldve been choosing fabrics for each block!! I particularly like the fussy cut Taurus square. :)

chrisee said...

What a bonus...2 quilts!....what a lovely surprise to also discover the back.

chrisee said...

What a bonus...2 quilts!....what a lovely surprise to also discover the back.

Kristy QP said...

Loving the Granny Squares quilt! Looks so great!

Mama Spark said...

Your granny square quilt is so cool. How large did it finish? I too have some granny squares that I need to make into a quilt. Although I need to make more first. I think I will copy your backing idea too. Great way to use up scraps! Sliced apples done yet or did I miss your post?

Annabella said...

My grannies have sadly been abandoned - I must rescue them! Your double sided quilt is beautiful!

Becca said...

Love this one! Both sides are gorgeous!

Rose said...

Your granny square quilt is wonderful. Because of you, I've just added another quilt to my bucket list. Great job!

Jeannette said...

I love your granny square quilt! I am slowly working on these myself. Your back is awesome too! It is like having two quilts in one.

Marie said...

SOOOOOOO lovely - both front and back! And what a great scrap storage system.

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