Monday, January 30, 2006

I'm really scrappy - honest!

Or at least multi-fabric! I realized most of the quilts I've posted so far don't look that way. The log cabin on our bed has over 200 blue fabrics in it but you can't tell from the picture. I guess most of my really scrappy projects are still UFO's. I'll post a few more of the finished ones so you can see I don't applique everything.

The background of this quilt is a tiny purple, pink blue and teal floral calico from the 80's. When I bought it I thought it would be a good background for something. When I saw a quilt similar to this in an old Quiltmaker magazine I pulled all the pink, purple, blue, and teal fabrics from my stash, cut strips from them, and this was the result. This was a very fun quilt to make. I sure wasn't adventuresome when I did this one - notice the careful alternating of pink/purple and teal/blue blocks LOL!

In the 80's I did lots and lots of bazaars so I could stay home with my kids - I made dolls, teddy bears, pillows and anything else I thought would sell. I had lots of 1 1/2" strips of Christmas fabric left over from making pillows and potholders. They became our Christmas tablecloth. You can't tell from the picture, but there are well over 75 different Christmas fabrics in this quilt.

These four patch nine patch blocks started as alternate blocks for a churn dash block exchange. When I tried to put them together the churn dashes just disappeared - it was way too busy! (You can see the churn dash blocks on the right of the picture.) So I did something different for that quilt and just cut alternate blocks for this one. I love it! I know lots of people dislike brown intensely, but I'm currently having a love affair with it. I think it makes the quilt look old.

This little square in a square is one of my favorites. I think the color palate makes it look old. It is paper pieced, and hangs on our dining room wall. This is also from scraps.

This miniature log cabin was made from my scrap bin. The blocks are just under 3" square. The strips finish at 3/8" wide. This is the first time I ever intentionally used the back of a fabric for the right sice. I love this little quilt - it's now gotten quite faded from display.

This is a double wedding ring I made for my son and daughter in law as a wedding present. They picked the colors and pattern - I never would have picked this! I had to buy the background but used about 80 greens, 80 blues and 80 cranberry reds from my stash. It's king size so it doesn't fit our bed correctly, but I needed to spread it out to take the picture.


Jeanne said...

Hi Patti! What fun to visit your "gallery." I especially like the brown four patch nine - it does look old!

Sandra said...

Your quilts are all fantastic. I especially like the minis and the brown quilt. I like the old-fashioned look you get with soft browns. Thanks for sharing your photos.

Carolyn said...

Your quilts are incredible! You do beautiful work. I love the brown quilt too!

Kay said...

What a fun quilt show! I like the little log cabin, but all are great.

The Calico Cat said...

Thanks for the quilt show! I really like the brown and yellow...
What is going one nest to it - shoo fly? (I am trying to figure out the dimensions for a shoo fly that is 3 inches finished...)