I needed to do some serious scrap busting and I knew I had enough to make a whole quilt. Truth be told I could probably make a couple more of these…
I had about 15 squares left over from various charm packs, and the rest I cut from scraps in my basket. While the quilters amongst you will say ‘pffft, bigger than 5 inches is NOT a scrap’, remember that many of these have come from fabrics used for garment sewing projects. Quilting is a relatively new thing for me, and sewing clothes always leaves you with bigger and odd shapes pieces of fabric.
It was deliberate to use as many fabrics as possible – I wanted this quilt to have really random scrappy feel – no pattern or colour palette, just a jumble of colour. I think the most repeated fabric has 4 squares.
It probably sounds a bit weird and obsessive to admit this…but I could name almost every fabric in the quilt or could tell you which previous project I have made using that fabric. I am a sewing nerd.
Quilting was pretty straightforward – diagonal lines through every square. I used grey thread which I was so pleased with – it was a great colour to blend through all the different fabrics – not as stark through some of the darker fabrics as white would have been.
I used white in the bobbin as it worked better with the backing fabric – this awesome large scale print from Ikea. Ikea fabrics are on quite wide rolls making them ideal for quilt backs.
To keep with the scrappy theme I made the binding out of scraps of solids I had in my stash. This quilt now lives over the back of our sofa and is very popular with everyone to cuddle under while watching a movie! I’ll have to make some more so everyone can have one!