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The 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!
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