Wednesday, May 01, 2024

April's Yellow Table Scrap Challenge

Hi! This is just a quick post so that I can participate in the April Table Scraps Challenge. 😊 If you're looking for this week's Free Motion Mavericks' post, I published it on Tuesday, in time for the April One Monthly Goal (OMG) deadline. Yes....I may need to plan better next month!

Sweet Yellow Cuddle Quilt

Yesterday, I started playing with yellowish scraps but had no idea what I was making (as my daughter mentioned!) I'd be insulted, but she's correct 😀 
Yellow Cuddle Quilt 

I wanted to make a few different improv blocks with my scraps. So these became a rail fence and a nine patch. I made quick borders for two 3" squares and that was the improv part which I bordered with very yellow fabric. Now what?

Improv blocks in the cuddle quilt

I took out my yellow fabric bin and found two lovely pieces of fabric to use for the rest of the quilt. The first was a yellow fabric with small spirals and the other one was a lovely multicoloured Kaffe Fassett fabric with yellow in it.

Kaffe Fassett and yellow spirals fabrics

As you can probably tell, I took very few pictures during the make. It was all about getting it done!

Here is the back, also pieced.

Back of the cuddle quilt - you can see the quilting 😊

FMQ the Cuddle Quilt

I started by FMQ feathers around the yellow borders of the improv section.

FMQ the feathers around the improv block

An apple in the fruit block

FMQ a sail boat

FMQ house, trees and car, as seen from the back

FMQ pencils and hearts as seen from the back

I FMQ leaves in the binding and had a great time FMQ the Kaffe Fassett fabric 😍.

FMQ meandering flowers in the swirls block

April's Yellow Table Scraps Finish!

April's Yellow Table Scraps Finish - a cuddle quilt

What I learned
  • I can make and quilt a scrappy cuddle quilt in a day and a half!
  • I really had no idea where I was headed for this piece but I'm glad that making a cuddle quilt is an option for a quick finish. I'll be dropping it off at the Community Projects table at our guild meeting in May. (that didn't happen but there's still June!)
  • I loved FMQ the Kaffe Fassett fabric since it was all about following the fabric lines - my favourite FMQ technique!
  • I also learned that a 2" wide binding is not wide enough for a double binding! I cut it at 2" because I only had a little bit of that flannel fabric. I knew that it would be tight but it was the perfect finish.
  • I stitched the binding from the front and then finished it from the back with machine stitching. 
  • Ironing the binding before stitching it on by the back helped. 
  • The binding came out ok because I used some very yellow thread that more-or-less blends in, but I would rather not do that again!
Related links
  • My last cuddle quilt
Linking parties

Project details

Yellow Cuddle Quilt
Made for the CTQG' Community Projects for the Intensive Care Neo-Natal or Post-Partum Units
Size: 22" x 22"
Material: commercial cotton
Technique: scrappy improv piecing, free motion quilted


  1. The fun is definitely in the making, right? To follow your heart rather than a pattern is what creates the best projects. At first, I saw striped surf boards on the 2 sides and a square of beach blankets in the upper corner. It's so bright and sunny!

    1. Hi Kathy, I would probably see that too if I lived anywhere near the ocean - there's no use for surf boards here lol! I agree about following your heart - and it's so much more fun!

  2. That's so cute! Bright and happy. Your quilting is looking great, too. I often use a 2.25 inch wide strip for a double fold binding - it works pretty well!

    1. Thanks Diann, an extra quarter inch would have been perfect. I've made a note of that...hopefully I'll remember! I picked up a cute piece of fabric at our guild meeting and should be able to make three more cuddle quilts this summer, so I should remember by the end of all of those :-)

  3. What a cheerful little quilt your entry turned out to be, Andree! Someone will be thrilled to receive it. Thanks for linking up with the TABLE SCRAPS Challenge!

    1. Thanks so much Joyful :-) I forgot to drop it off at our last meeting but there's still June, so I should be good.

  4. Voilà une petite pièce colorée et joyeuse ! Bravo pour ton processus créatif, j'aime chaque étape, et tes plumes FMQ, entre autres, sont magnifiques !

    1. Merci beaucoup Frédérique. C'était vraiment un projet simple mais plaisant à faire. J'ai maintenant du tissu de mon guild pour en faire trois autres cette été. Le plaisir va continuer!


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