Not My Style, And That’s The Point

Sometimes I am given scraps, or even a partially finished quilt, that just isn’t my style. But, it is an opportunity.

It pushes my creativity, design skills and problem solving abilities. It makes me a beginner again. It makes me learn.

Sometimes a not-my-style quilt is just what I need.

ps–Judy asks a good question: What was I actually given? AGAIN, I didn’t take a picture of the starting point. But, there were a few pinwheels finished, with a dark purple strip sewn to one side. There were several sets of squares (light purple and background) sewn together all the way around, ready to cut on the diagonal, trim and sew together into pinwheels. There was extra yardage of both purple fabrics. And a few odds and ends of both colors.

Coin Quilt Tops Finished

That pile of scraps has become two baby quilts.

They are about 35″ x 37″. And it is fun to see them side by side.

They still need quilting, but soon…

Is this something you would like a tutorial for?

Scrappy Rescue: Coin Quilts

Next, arrange the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles (or groups of rectangles) into sets of 15. This will create a larger strip 4-1/2″ x 30-1/2″.

Then stitch them together.

Only a few steps to go.

Using all possible previously sewn seams makes a difference. Each of those seams feels like a gift from another quilter. Quilts like this stitch us together as much as we stitch them together.

Another “Adoptable” Quilt

One of the fun things about Adoptable Quilts (a collection of leftovers, orphan blocks, and coordinating scraps) is that it probably isn’t something you would have done in the first place.

They are also low cost emotionally and financially. I like to look at them as a puzzle or challenge…There IS a quilt in here SOMEWHERE!

This is a lot of light pastels. Not my usual color run. But there is potential.

Successful adoptions generally find or make a common denominator: color, size, pattern, something.

This time there are a lot of 2-1/2″ strips (some sewn into sets and some loose), some 5″ charm squares, and a little miscellaneous scrap. So, I was looking for multiples of 4″ finished….

Using the strip sets and charm squares/scraps, I created this 8″ block.

Random-ish layout and ta-dah! A baby quilt. The finished top is a little smaller than I generally like, but I was out of pieces. 32″ square.

And, it was FUN!

ps–The leftover pieces are being cut into pieces for Welcome Home blocks or 1-1/2″ squares for my current leader-ender project. Not much goes to waste. Or back into inventory.

Baby Mountains Complete

This quilt started as test blocks for an idea to make a quilt for one of my grandsons, age  4 at the time.

It was quickly determined that I didn’t want to make more than 300 fiddly blocks for a child’s quilt.  He should be able to build a fort, or wrap a cat, or race around with a long cape…you know, child things.

But I did have cute blocks.  A few more were added and it turned into this baby quilt, which has been languishing for about a year waiting for quilting and binding.

Now it is done and put into the to-be-gifted pile waiting for the perfect baby to come along.

Sparkle Jane Has Been Bee-zy

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has reached that age where friends are getting married and having babies.  Her friend of many years is due this fall and Sparkle Jane wanted to make her a wonderful and unique quilt.

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Here it is!

The bee blocks are her own design.  The sunflower is adapted from a picture. And the squares, of course, are scrappy goodness.

It will be quilted soon and ready to go when the baby arrives.  Minky is planned for the back. Any suggestions for quilting?

TUTORIAL: Star Kissed Big Block Baby Quilt

When a single block is 28″, it is easy to turn it into a baby quilt, wall hanging or table topper.

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BIG BLOCK BABY
Finished size: 36-1/2″ x  36-1/2″

MATERIALS

ONE Size Large (based on 2-1/2″ squares) Star Kissed Block.  It will measure 28-1/2″. You can find all directions HERE.

64 2-1/2″ scrappy squares
1/4 yard background fabric (NOTE:  I matched the background to the star block itself, but it is OK to use a scrappy background as long as it is very similar value.  Otherwise, the star won’t shine as bright)
1-1/8 yard backing fabric
batting
binding (NOTE that I matched the star points.  Not necessary, but I think is helps the quilt “work.”)

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

You may already have the 2-1/2″ squares. Cut from your scraps. Use mini charms, or 5″ charms cut into quarters. Leftover jelly roll pieces are good, too. Just get a good pile.

From background fabric you will need:
2 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″
2 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″

CONSTRUCTION

I thought I took pictures as I built this, but, if I did, I can’t find them.  So, this is really more just directions rather than a tutorial.

  1.  Attach the 1-1/2″ x 28-1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
  2. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 30-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
  3.  Sew 2-1/2″ squares together to form strips.  You need two strips of 15 squares each and two strips of 17 squares each.
  4.  Attach the 15 square strips to the sides of the block.
  5.  Attach the 17 square strops to the top and bottom of the block.
  6. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 35-1/2″ strips to the sides of the block.
  7. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the block.
  8.  Ta-dah!  You have a top.
  9. Sandwich backing, batting and top together and quilt.  I used a panto called Billowy.
  10.  Bind.  NOTE:  As mentioned above, a binding that matches the star points is a nice frame and ties the quilt together.

BIG BLOCK BABY Gallery

Claire created this beautiful version using soft colors and some wonderful custom quilting.

Your beautiful creation HERE…