ScrapHappy September 2018
I am so happy to join this group! I have been wanting to get something finished for the monthly Scrap Happy Day on the 15th, and I finally made it.
I bought big bags of solid-colored scraps at a guild sale, three years ago.
I finally got around to cutting and piecing them, a year and three months ago. I ended up naming this quilt Chips and Salsa, because I had the age-old problem of running out of a fabric I wanted for that “perfect” combination, having too much of another, then running out of a different fabric, and so on. So I did have to buy some new fabric to augment the scraps. But I think using Other People’s Scraps counts double. 🙂
When I finally started to quilt, my sewing machine seemed to give up the ghost, at least as far as handling a big quilt being moved in all directions. The thread broke constantly, no matter what variables I changed.
So I finally ordered a Juki sewing machine, which I learned about when I started following Doreen on Treadlemusic, so, something like five years ago?
And it finally got here!
So I could finally finish!
I love this quilt so much. This is no delicate show quilt; this is a quilt to take out on picnics. Maybe not to a Shakespeare festival — the bright colors might dazzle the people up on stage. But I am so happy to see all these random scraps join together into something useful.
When these blocks were up on the design wall, I had a lot of fun moving them around and seeing which colors looked happy together. Initially I was going to do the quilting all with yellow thread, but that lasted for approximately one sixth of the quilt. Then I had to try different colors, and I really loved that. I used turquoise, raspberry, lime green, etc. over big chunks of the quilt. I’m not sure how much that color play shows up from a distance, but it kept my interest while I was quilting anyway.
I used a bamboo (rayon) batting. I purchased it from a booth at the International Quilt Festival — the saleslady showed me a finished quilt, and it was so light and flexible, that I bought two battings. But mine didn’t turn out as light as I remembered. I would not use it again — not that there was anything wrong with it; it’s just that I can get the same effect from 100% cotton batting or 80/20 cotton/polyester, at less cost.
Even though these scraps were of differing weights and vintages, I didn’t have any problems washing and drying the quilt. I put three Color Catcher sheets in the washing machine, but very little color came off, and no seams pulled loose or anything. I was hoping for a little more puckering than I got.
I am looking forward to completing more scrap projects. Thank you to Kate and Gun for encouraging our ScrapHappiness! Please look at the other participants:
Kate, Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Hayley, Johanna, Joanne, Jon and Dawn