Sunday, April 21, 2013

It is finished!

My Contrary Wife quilt top is finished.  I love the setting I chose.  I made each border as wide as I could with the fabric I had left.  This was all scrap fabric except for the orange - that was a fat quarter I bought for Emily's quilt that I didn't use.  All the scrap fabrics are gone except for the brown. I'm loving this way of emptying the scrap basket!  The oldest fabric in this quilt is the brown and orange acorn print, which I imagine is a VIP from the 1980's.  The border and a few triangles are a Hoffman woodblock print, which is from the early 1990's.  The brown was part of the first fabric collection designed by Connie and Mary of Country Threads (it may have been their only fabric collection) which they called "Wear Warm Clothes".  All the other fabrics - except for the orange - are from the 1990's (I think).  I love the fact that I had to do a couple fabric substitutions in four of the blocks - I think that adds some "zing" to the quilt!

This will be a great table topper for fall.  It will also be a great practice piece to quilt while getting my longarm quilting mojo back.

I've read many times that serious quilt designers do quilts in "series".  I've never done this, and I don't think of myself as a quilt designer.  But I had so much fun playing with this block that I see a series of  little "Contrary Wife" quilts made from scraps in my future.  Maybe I'll start another tomorrow!


Kim said...

How fun to know when you "collected" the various scrap fabrics, and it's quite surprising that it really doesn't look "scrappy"--it looks like you planned it all along and purchased the fabrics specifically for this project. Nice!

Tazzie said...

I love it Patti, and the name of the block is really fun too.
Hope you've had a great weekend

Joanne said...

I love it. What a great idea to use up scraps this way. If I didn't have to keep my house constantly clean, I'd really spend days in the sewing room right now! Love your yarn choices too. I'm on my second pair of socks ever and doing the two at a time on two circular needles. I already have more yarn than I'll ever use, but I can knit socks without making a mess right now, so that works for me. Can't wait to sell my house and get back to normal!

sewkalico said...

It looks great and is very Autumnul!

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Celia Ambrose said...

Thanks for sharing your quilt made from your stash. I have some leftovers in lots of blue scraps made over 10 years ago. I had sewn some 4 patches to make a baby boy quilt and never finished. I have enough to make 3 baby quilts from the blue scraps. Brings back memories of my son picking out the different blue fabric. Each blue baby quilt will be a different design.