I originally had my scraps sorted by color families. When I got serious about trying to use them by making these blocks I found that sorting them by size was more efficient. You start with the smallest bits, you see, and then work your way up to the longer pieces. So now I have my bits in a popcorn tin when I'm not actively using them and my longer/bigger pieces in a plastic box. I can start a couple of blocks working out of the tin and then I move to the box when I need more length. I normally have at least two blocks going at a time, that way I can chain piece them. When I get to the end of a set of blocks I pick up two new little pieces of fabric, run them through the machine and leave them there until the next time. That's how I made the blocks for this quilt:
If you look carefully you'll notice that the alternate blocks - between the Shoo Fly and Barn Door blocks - are all liberated log cabins/crumb blocks. The "precision pieced" blocks were all made out of patches I cut from larger leftover pieces of fabric so they're all scrappy too.
I have to admit that when I first completed the top I was a bit overwhelmed by the busy-ness of it. After I quilted and bound it (it has a multi-fabric binding too) I put it away for a couple of weeks. Then I had an opportunity to take it to a friends' house where we laid it out on the grass. That was when I fell in love with it. Now I'm looking forward to the cooler weather when we can have it on the couch to snuggle under while we watch TV. :- )
I love busy quilts...this one is incredible!
You have made a wonderful, fun quilt. I say the more the merrier. Bonnie
Its pure fun and delight....I hope you love it forever!
What a great quilt! Love it!
That's one quilt I'd love to see up close. I'll bet there's a treasure trove of fabrics all mixed up in there. Great quilt!
absolutely fabulous! What a great reminder of all the 'traditional' quilts and their fabrics you have made. I LOVE this!
I love it! It'll be a great TV-cuddler!
what a wonderful quilt!! I love it too!
Like!!! It has a lot of what I call "churn dash" blocks...trying to figure out what to do with a bunch of these blocks. I like looking at it to find the pattern/order of it amidst all the busyness...makes my eyes see new things! :)
It is a beautiful quilt and I love the scrappy look.
The more fabrics, the better the quilt. I love the very scrappiness of it!
Wow! Glad y'all like it so much!
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