Lucky number thirteen is called Crow's Foot. I wanted to challenge myself to make a scrap quilt. I have never made a true scrap quilt. I know there is a certain number of fabrics you have to use to make a scrap quilt but I'm not sure what that number is. Perhaps one of my readers will know. I found one blog that said it is 75 different fabrics. So I made sure I used 100 different fabrics.
I know many quilters are very organized with their scraps. This however is not a word in my vocabulary. (organized) So... not only did I use 100 fabrics, but there were over 400 cut pieces in this scrap quilt. More organized quilters could have strips already for cutting.
I'm always afraid to mix fabrics that I don't think necessarily go
together. But on this scrap quilt I did.
Surprise! I liked the way it turned out. I think this is a great exercise for every quilter because you will feel more at ease the next time you question yourself about a fabric.
Take a look:
For those of you new to my blog, I have started a project for myself to keep my quilting focused. I am creating 200 quilts from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". One of the reasons I am doing this project is so quilters can see not only what the block looks like, but what the blocks look like when they are put together. Many times the quilt block will make a new design when the blocks are put together.
Quilt block number twelve is called Four Corners. This was a special order I had for a cowgirl quilt. It was alot of fun to make because it is not something I would ordinarily have made.
Here is the whole quilt:
Block number eleven is called Electric Fan. To me they look like pinwheels. There are different options you can choose when making a quilt with this block. You can use different colors for each pinwheel and keep your second and third colors the same or you could change the positions of the medium and dark fabrics. I chose to change the positions of the medium and the dark fabrics and use the same colors throughout. Take a look:
I had played around with the colors but forgot to take pictures. It was a challenge for me to use only three colors. I always feel like it won't be enough. However, I do love the simplicity of the quilt. Here is what the actual block looks like:
When you first look at the pattern you don't realize you will be making pinwheels with the red print as well as the yellow. That is one of the reasons I am making 200 quilts from the 200 blocks from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". It will allow quilters to see what the blocks can look like when put together. Now on to block number 12.
In my journey to make all 200 quilts from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins", I have just completed block number 10. I started this project in the beginning of February 2012. At first I thought I could make all 200 quilts in a little over a year. But now after ten in six weeks, it looks more like two and a quarter years. My motto is "Never Give Up". So here we go...
Quilt block 10 is called Split Nine Patch. This is an easy pattern but I had difficulty choosing colors. The main fabric I chose is so gorgeous that whatever I put with it just wasn't working. Take a look:
At first I tried a white with gold swirls, but didn't feel it was enough. Then I tried adding yellow with the white, but I didn't like that. Then I took out the white and yellow and changed it with a pink batik that had yellow running through it. I liked it much better. I played around with the pattern as well. Here are four blocks together.
I think this might have worked if I changed the colors so the print fabric would be the big square in the center. However, I didn't do that. I decided to make a table runner instead. See what you think:
Now on to block eleven.
Cups and Saucers is a fun block to make. You can use just two colors, three or four colors. I chose to use four colors. I found a beautiful black batik fabric and just went from there. I pulled the colors that were in the batik and the results are great. This is an impressive block but not at all hard to make. See what you think:
These are not colors I usually work with but I wanted to challenge myself to use colors I am not comfortable with. I am more of a traditional pink, green, maroon or blue quilter. This was alot of fun though and now I feel confident to try other colors outside my comfort zone. I ended up making a lap quilt with the cups and saucers block. Here it is:
With the cups and saucers block it didn't matter which way you turned it. You are going to get the same design regardless. However, it would make a big difference on where you put your colors or how many colors you used. I hope you give this pattern a try. Have fun with it.
If you look under the more section of my website, you can see all the blocks and quilts I have done so far from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". Thanks for taking a look!
Block number eight is called Broken Dishes. It was another fun and easy block to make. There aren't too many variations possible with this block with the exception of changing around the lights and darks, which I did.
I love the colors in this block. Unfortunately my camera did not pick up the true colors. I am a quilter, not a photographer. You will notice when you put four of these blocks together, the pattern can't be altered no matter which way you turn the blocks. Many of the other blocks I have done will give you a different design on the quilt depending on which way you arrange the blocks. It is not so with this block. There is only one design.
This would have made a beautiful full quilt, but I chose to make a Lovie Lap Quilt with Pockets. The Lovie Lap Quilt is my own design after visits with my grandmother in the nursing home.
You can check out other Lovie Lap Quilts on my site. So that's block number eight. On to make quilt number nine.
For those of you new to my blog, I am creating 200 quilts from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins". There are 200 quilt blocks in this book and I want to show the designs they make when you put the blocks together. Many times there is more than one design you can make with each block.
Block number seven is called, "Sunny Lanes", a very appropriate name. This block is time consuming but well worth it. You want to make sure you square up your sections on each seam you sew. Keeping everything square is the key. This is what the block looks like:
I had wanted to do a scrap quilt, but this isn't a true scrap quilt because I used the same 10 fabrics throughout the quilt. This is though a great pattern for a scrap quilt. I had fun playing around with the pattern as well. I originally thought I was going to have the pattern design as follows:
But the more I played around with it, I came up with a design I liked better. Here it is:
There are over 500 pieces in this quilt, but it was well worth it. Here is my finished quilt: