Sunday, May 06, 2018

Throwback Thursday - Colourful Scraps Quilt

I'm glad that some of our older quilts get a chance to shine in the blog spotlight in the Throwback Thursday posts. This quilt is still one of my favourites and although it was mentioned in a blog, I think that it deserves a little bit of time by itself.
Colourful Scraps Quilt

It's a hand-quilted scrappy quilt. The pattern is from one of the first quilting books I every bought, Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers' Favorites, Volume 4.

I remember being very intimidated in the choosing of fabrics for the quilt. I made sure that each fabric within a block had at least one colour that matched the other fabrics. That's now my formula for choosing colours in a scrappy quilt.

It took me one year to sew that quilt together, and another year to hand-quilt it.

This quilt was in the first quilt show I ever entered. It's also the largest quilt that I've ever shown. 

At the Quilts in Bloom quilt show, 2012
What I learned
  • This quilt taught me to not be afraid of working with fabrics of different colours. My rule of making sure that each fabric in a block had one colour in common has served me well.
  • I absolutely love using white as a background but for quilts that are used a lot, it's not very practical since it gets dirty so quickly.
  • To date, this is the last hand-quilted quilt I've made. As much as it's relaxing, it really feels like it's never ending. Now I tend to do embroidery or English Paper Piecing for hand-work.

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Linking Parties
I will be posting this on MMM!'s Throwback Thursday as well as many other linking parties. Let's see what everyone is up to! Slow Sunday Stitching, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Oh Scrap!MOP Monday, Moving it Forward, Monday Making, Linky Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday


Project Details


Colourful Scraps quilt
Pattern: Heaven's Stairway by Jill Reber from the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers' Favorites, Volume 4

68" x 84"
Material: cotton
Technique: machine piecing, hand-quilting

20 comments:

  1. It is a gorgeous quilt. I love all the colours you chose.

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    1. Thanks! I remember being overwhelmed with the choice, so I decided that as long as both fabrics within the block somehow "matched", that it would do - and that turned out to be a great idea.

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  2. Fun, fabulous, COLORFUL quilt!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! After posting this, I took the quilt out and am using it - even if the white gets dirty!

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  3. LOVE this! Wow, the only thing I've ever hand quilted was a runner and it took years before I finally decided to get it off the UFO list and in use! That is a really good rule, and one I am going to keep in mind! Thanks for linking up Andrée!

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Although I'm doing hand-work with the hexies, I'm not sure when I'll get back to hand quilting, although I have 2 UFOs that one day will get finished.

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  4. It's gorgeous!
    I'm a hand-quilter by nature, but have finally admitted I'm going to have to start machine-quilting my quilts, otherwise I'm going to be up to my earlobes in quilt tops...

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    1. Thanks Gayle, I was certainly hesitant to start machine quilting but now I love it. It's just another skill that, thank goodness, lets me make more than one quilt every two years.

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  5. I understand why you like this quilt -- it's so cheerful! And I agree about white backgrounds, hand quilting, and the challenge-to-the-newbie about multi-fabric patterns. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Nann, since I wrote this post, I've started using it again. It's too lovely to be folded away!

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  6. I absolutely love this quilt!! I agree about white not being practical, but it makes all those colors just really sing. Machine quilting makes our quilting projects both fast and pretty, but I still do appreciate hand quilting so much, and always try to have a small hand quilting one in the works, reminding myself that it’s okay for it to be a long-term project.

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    1. Thanks JanineMarie. A white background is still my favourite but I've been trying other colours just so they can be a little more practical. It's great that you're still doing hand-quilting. I have a few UFOs that I will eventually get to but right now I've fallen for hexies, so that's where my hand-work comes in. And you're right - there's absolutely nothing wrong with a long-term project!

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  7. Beautiful quilt Andress, I giggled about the hand quilting as I did the same thing.....once.

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    1. Thank you so much Connie. Yes - once was enough!

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  8. That is one beautiful scrap quilt!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. It is one of my all time favourites!

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  9. What a wonderful quilt! Love the colors! I hand pieced and hand quilted my first quilt. It just makes them so special to us!

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    1. Thanks Peggy. I think that the more time you spend with a quilt, the more special it becomes (unless, of course, you grow totally tired of it!)

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