ScrapHappy January 2023
The spark for this baby quilt came from a big tub of donated fabrics. There were four Mickey Mouse 6-inch squares, two Dr. Seuss 6-inch squares, and a whole lot of Dr. Seuss fabric that had been cut up into 2-inch squares. The colors were bright and needed something to ground them. An ad in an old magazine provided a solution* — put black frames around the showcase fabrics, and fill in around them with scraps. I was happy to use up scraps that I first used 10 years ago, in my older grandson’s quilt!
The backing was not quite large enough, but just recently I had seen the tip that to extend fabric in both length and width, you can cut it diagonally and fill in with a strip of cloth. I did that, and then added another black strip at the bottom. I quilted with just wavy lines, about 4 inches apart.
This was a quick turn-around for me; I started it before Christmas and finished on January 9.
*The quilt that I saw was in the September/October 2014 Fons and Porter quilt magazine, showing Purrsnickitty fabrics by Terri Degenkolb, with a quilt made by Heidi Pridemore. It had two more borders than I used — an outer scrappy border and one more dark border.
ScrapHappy Day is the 15th of each month, when various artists and craftspeople celebrate scraps. It is hosted by Kate and Gun, the first two names listed below. Have you made a resolution to use up your scraps this year? If so, take a look at the following bloggers and get some ideas. And then join us! 🙂
Kate , Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Claire,Jan, Moira,Sandra, Chris, Alys, Jule,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon,Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen (me!),Bekki,Sue L,Sunny,Kjerstin,
Vera,Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2,Noreen,
Bear,Preeti, Edith, and Viv
That diagonal was clever and some child is going to go wild looking at everything. Nothing like stimulating an emerging brain 🙂
Thanks, Susan! I hope it does occupy a little one without causing any issues. 🙂
I love how well the controlled colour palette work in this gorgeous scrappy quilt.
Thank you, Kate; I was happy to have something done on time this month! 🙂
Wow Gwen! Perfect use of scraps! And the backing solution is genius! Congrats of cleverly bringing these scraps together, it looks as if it was a planned fabric line!
Thank you, Dawn, that means a lot coming from you!
wonderful patterns and colours, what more could a baby ask for than Mickey Mouse and Dr. Seuss. The diagonal extension is a great idea.
Love the bright colors!
Nice use of scraps!
Such a fun quilt! I keep thinking I should join the scrap quilt link-up, and I keep not doing it. Somethings are like that! Glad you linked up 🙂