A good friend at school is getting married, finally. When Young Son was about 13 and learned that Miss Jenna was not married he said, “That proves it! Men are idiots!” Now, several years later, we have at some evidence to the contrary. One good man, at the minimum, remains, and Miss Jenna is very happy.
The occasion, of course, calls for a quilt.
She has chosen cream, gold, grey, moss green and plum as her colors. The quilt will be a simplified, controlled-scrappy adaptation of that. I am sticking to a very light cream background (not shown here) with grey, green and plum. No gold. It looked too “sports team” if I used gold-ish yellow fabrics and metallic shine was too much, too. The fabric at top is the backing (no green, but otherwise perfect, and purchased on clearance at 40% off) and the binding.
The “boy” version has scraps of green, yellow, red and brown.
The “girl” version is green, yellow, pink and purple.
It was an interesting challenge to use the same backing fabric for both and yet make them distinct.
They will be delivered by Husband to his work in the near future.
If you are worried, “Will I like scrappy, or will it just be chaotic?” consider starting with a backing fabric you love. Pick colors that stand out to you and then select pieces that match-but-not-too-closely. If you look at these quilts you will see a wide range of each color, but they do coordinate. The variety provides interest and texture only possible with scrappy fabrics. And it really does work!
In crazy American units of measure two cups make a pint, and two pints make a quart…and four quarts make a gallon. It makes sense to us, but to persons accustomed to metric measurements it can be quite a mystery. At any rate, and by any measure, I am pleased with these twin Pint Size tops. Whether they add up to a quart or not, I do hope they add up to pleased parents who have quilts to match those two cute babies.
The tops have two shared colors–yellow and green–and two different colors–one with red and brown and the other with pink and purple.
It always surprises me how different colors work together. All the colors, though, coordinate to the backing fabric.
My goal is to get the tops basted and quilted this week. One step closer to a finish and delivery.
The blocks for the twin quilts are coming along nicely. It will take 32 for both tops and 24 are complete.
Notice the same-but-different look. The blocks on the left are for the “boy” quilt. The right is for the “girl.” By using two of the same colors–green and yellow–and two different colors (boy = red and brown, girl = pink and purple) there is enough to make each distinct and enough to bring them together. At least that is my operating theory.
I hope to have all blocks finished and the tops assembled by the end of the week.
ps: These are made using the Pint Size pattern. Go have a look. It makes good use of 2-1/2″ squares.
This isn’t a full tutorial with step-by-step photos, but, I hope you will enjoy it and feel free to ask clarifying questions. It is perfect for using up scraps from a jelly roll or other leftover strips (which is what I did here). I am planning another one with random-width strips in the near future.
an assortment of strips 2″ wide, or a charm pack and a half-ish, or leftover jelly roll scraps, or whatever makes you happy
3/4 yard background fabric
1-1/8 yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)
1/3 yard binding fabric
From your colored fabric, cut at least 108 rectangles 4-1/4″ x 2″. You can also strip piece the fabric and then subcut blocks 4-1/4″ x 9-1/2″
From your background fabric, cut the following: a) 21 2″x9-1/2″ strips, b) 4 2″x2″ squares, c) 2 2″x30-1/2″ strips, d) 2 2″x 33-1/2″ strips.
Using the colored strips, piece 6 into units measuring 4-1/4″x9-1/2″. Create 18 of these. If using miscellaneous scraps, stitch them together and then trim to form units of the same size.
Form complete blocks using 2 units and one background strip measuring 2″ x 9-1/2″. Create 9 of these.
Lay out the blocks so that they alternate vertical and horizontal layouts. This is where I really regret not taking step-by-step pictures, but look at the pictures I do have and you’ll get it.
Join the blocks into rows using background strips measuring 2″ x 9-1/2″. It will take 6 to do the job. You will make three rows.
Create sashing strips using 3 background strips measuring 2″ x 9-1/2″ and 2 of the 2″x2″ squares. Make two of these.
Join the rows together with the sashing strips between.
Add the 2″x30-1/2″ strips to the sides and the 2 2″x 33-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom. Congratulations, you have a quilt top.
Layer, baste and quilt as desired. I used a simple diagonal through the blocks. It was something I could handle on my home machine.