Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scrappy Stash QAL: My Finished Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

>>Two big posts in one day! If you are looking for The Long Weekend Blog Hop post, here is the direct link: The Weekender Finish.<<

Ellison Lane QuiltsThe last two weeks has been crazy! We had an unexpected trip to Dallas this week, so I needed to hurry and and complete my Weekender, Sew Seasonal Project, 3 blocks with deadlines and this Scrappy Log Cabin quilt before we left.

The Scrappy Quilt is the project I ended up having to rush on the most. I did a bulk of it on the Friday before we left and I finished sewing the binding at the hotel on Sunday.

This quilt is 64"x48". It consists of 48 blocks. There are six of each of these colors: red, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and gray.  I absolutely love all the rainbow-y goodness! I keep folding and unfolding it to look at all the pretty colors. I had fun pointing out where all the different fabrics came from to my husband...though I am not sure he enjoyed that as much! Not worrying about perfection was kind of liberating. This would be a great project to do if you ever experience creative block.

I used the Quilt-As-You-Go method. It was relaxing to do and I like the look of the dense quilting. It was nice knowing that the quilting was mostly done when the individual blocks were done.  A negative about QAYG is that I started getting different ideas about layout and sashing at the end and the already quilted blocks complicated those ideas. With time running out, I went the path of least resistance and sewed all the blocks together in a random order. The top wasn't laying flat after all the blocks were sewn together. I gave it a quick pressing and it has laid flat since then.

I have been trying to reduce my fabric spending budget, since the holidays are coming up.  I looked at the clearance sheets at Walmart and Target and found a white and black microfiber twin XL sheet set for $5.00. I really love how it looks against the colorful front. The backing is like a page out of a coloring book and the front is like a crayon box.

BUT! I knew as soon as I felt it that I was going to have trouble, but since I didn't have much time I stayed the course. :D After washing, it appears to be a little worse than originally thought.  Things might have gone a little better with thorough safety pin basting & a Microtex needle. Spray adhesive did not stick very well at all. Also, white is not the best backing for a QAYG quilt. The seams totally show. Good news? My house has such bad lighting, you can't tell. :D

I used Bundle of Jungle Dotted Giraffe Spots Black/White  for the binding. I was initially going to use black and white polka dots, but I really liked the subtle dashed lines in the giraffe print.

I really do love looking at this quilt. I keep doing random walk-bys of the couch to catch a glimpse LOL! You can see more colorful, scrappy quilts at the Scrappy Stash QAL Link-Up & the Flickr Group Pool. Thanks Jennifer, for hosting such a fun quilt-a-long!

Also Linking up With: November Finishes @ the TGIFF blog
& Finish it Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts!

16 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Heather D. said... #

It's fantastic! I want to try using a sheet for a backing but I've yet to find sheets that are inexpensive but feel nice and don't seem so thin you could spit through them. The black/white one you found is wonderful!

Katy Cameron said... #

Love all the bright colours in this :o)

lesleyworth said... #

so pretty!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said... #

This quilt looks so good! Even if the backing didn't turn out perfect, the overall look is very pretty. I love the analogy that the back is like a coloring page and the front like a box of crayons. You said it perfect!

Beth said... #

It looks fantastic in the photos! I like using sheets for backings too. As for my last QAYG quilt, I was worried about the seams so I used flannel for that back and that seemed to help.

Erin @ Once Upon a Donkey said... #

Soooo beautiful Taryn! I'd want to constantly stare at it too. :)

Heidi Staples said... #

This is gorgeous, Taryn! I feel the same way that you do...I love to stop and sneak glances at my quilt every time I pass our bedroom. Something about all those scraps, I guess... :)

Laura said... #

Oh wow, so colourful!! :)

Lynne said... #

Wow! What a wonderful, happy, colourful quilt! (Visiting from TGIFF)

Staci said... #

Lovely! Wasn't this fun? I opted to finish mine in black and white as well.

M-R Charbonneau said... #

Ooh, that's beautiful, Taryn! Great job with the scraps! I'd be doing random walkbys too! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Lynette said... #

Hey, that's really cool! I love the colors and the backing. Cracked me up with your poor lighting quip. :D

Richard Healey said... #

That is just a fantastic quilt. I love the bright colors in it. I need something bright like that for my bed.


Love Of Quilts said... #

I love scrappy quilts!

Cathy Tomm said... #

Great scrappy log cabin. I love some of your dot fabrics.

Pomegranate Quilts said... #

That is truly gorgeous. The colours, the improv, the ENERGY... wow! Great job!

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