Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Marcia's Scrappy Quilt Challenge

I thought with all the sewing I did in December, it might be awhile before I was up for any more... but then I remembered the Scrappy Quilt Challenge at Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting blog. I have SO many scraps and small pieces of fabric that need to be used up, so this was the perfect project to get me back in gear for the new year. And the winner gets to have their quilt (up to baby quilt size) professionally quilted by Marcia for FREE! How cool would that be??

I decided to start with this little piece of fairy babies print, which I just love, and some other small pieces that I thought would work with it. (I later came to regret that darker green, but I'm getting ahead of myself. More on that later.)

First step was to cut some scrappy strips and my twelve fairy pieces in random squares/rectangles (all rather small because I had so little to use, but I'm glad I was able to put every last bit of those sweet fairies to good use!)

Next I sewed one scrappy strip to each focus piece, then trimmed...

Then a second, log cabin style...

Etc., etc., until I had 12 wonky-looking blocks...

More strips were added here and there until finally the blocks morphed into rows (trimmed down for straight edges)...

And the rows became a scrappy top...

At this point (why didn't I see it sooner?), I decided I really didn't like that green fabric. In hindsight, I would have much preferred the softer colors alone, but there was no way I was taking it apart and starting over now! I could, however, get rid of that distracting skinny green piece toward the bottom. Two schwacks with the rotary cutter and I sewed the rows back together, sans skinny green strip...

Now there were skinny pink and yellow strips, but that didn't bother me the way the green one did! LoL

For the border, I found this aqua/white floral print in my stash -- and there's even enough left over for the backing. My first quilt of the year, all from scraps and stash. Gotta love that!

What's left of the original batch of small pieces is heading straight for the scrap bin, truly scraps now. Gotta love that, too. ;o)

And despite my regret over the green fabric, I still love those fairies. Won't they look cute quilted up all cozy-like?

Cuter yet, if Marcia ends up doing the quilting! LoL I'll be linking this post up to her blog on January 17th, then waiting with fingers crossed to see who wins the drawing... wish me luck! ;o)

Added 1/6/12: Sew & Tell is back! And since this has been my only sewing project this week, I'm linking it up today at Amylouwho's Sew & Tell Friday. Thanks, Amy!

11 comments:

Leslie said...

Good luck! I like that quilt a lot, those fairies are so cute :)

I am doing some sew scrapping with Pleasant Home Jodi, hopefully I actually make the time to sew!

mindingmomma said...

Very cute.

ktquilts said...

Love the colors, such a cheerful quilt!

Grandma G said...

So pretty! I love the color combinations!

Miri said...

Soft and sweet...a lovely quilt!
Good luck!

maria said...

It's very satisfying to make a quilt without having to buy more fabric. What a great prize to have it quilted, good luck.

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

I love your quilt! It is beautiful! I was doing a google search tonight for bloggers who have posted about the Scrappy Quilt Challenge and I found your first! Thanks for spreading the word! Good luck! I wish I could hand pick but it will be a drawing! Thanks again for making the scrappy quilt!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful Scrappy Quilt!
Thanks for linking up today for the Challenge Giveaway to win the FREE Quilting, FREE Batting and FREE Thread on your quilt top! Good luck in the drawing!
Thanks for inspiring all us with your Scrappy Quilt top.
Still time to make one and link up thru' Jan. 23rd.
Have a wonderful day!

Connie said...

What a sweet baby quilt! The colors/fabrics are wonderful and I like the touch of the darker green!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh that fairy fabric is just too cute! And I had to look so close - my gosh when did you raid my scrap bins - I have so many of those fabrics, even think I have some of the same in my challenge piece! Just wonderfully done.

KatieQ said...

Congratulations on winning Marcia's Scrappy Quilt Challenge. It's a great quilt. The fairies and pastel florals really will appeal to a little girl. I'm sure Marcia's quilting will really enhance the design. I look forward to seeing it after it is all quilted.