Sunday, May 20, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Choosing a favorite quilt to show in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival was not an easy task.  I finally narrowed it down to two rainbow quilts that I made last year as part of my ongoing Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I almost chose Rainbow Crumb Parade because I've been doing so much with crumbs lately, but instead chose ScrapHappy Squares because of the fun way that it evolved over time.  The original block idea came from Quiltmakers 100 Block issue.  It was block 171 in the second edition that the magazine put out and was called Boxed In.
 I made one in January of last year using blue, which was the color for that month.  I liked the way it came out so much that I kept making one each month for the rest of the year.  I keep a drawer of 2.5 inch squares on hand, and sorting through it each month searching for 25 unique squares was a lot of fun.  When the blocks were all done near the end of the year I sat and stared at them for a long time wondering how I should put them together.  The outside of each block was a white border which meant something needed to go in between.  After trying out several different colors of sashing strips, a blog reader sent me a link to a quilt that she had seen with a Garden Lattice setting.  Well, that was it!  I searched the web for similar settings until I came up with an idea that would work and shrunk it down to look proportional with the blocks.  It came together quickly at that point, and was done in time to give away for Christmas.  My mom has Sunday school class that sponsors families in need each Christmas and this one one of the stack of quilts that I sent to them last year.  I still think of it from time to time, hoping it found a happy family and it is keeping someone warm and cozy. 


25 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

Beautiful quilt...happy to see it again! I loved the setting for these scrappy blocks.

Teresa in Music City said...

That's a gorgeous quilt! I just love seeing what can be made with scraps!!! The setting idea is pure genious and fits it perfectly! Thanks for sharing!

Pattilou said...

I love seeing what can be done with scrappy quilts. A rainbow quilt is always a winner. Great job!

Susan Being Snippy said...

Fantastic setting! thanks for sharing this in the festival!

CitricSugar said...

This is really lovely - you did an incredible job with the tiny white grid strips! I know how tricky thin strips can be. Gorgeous.

Ellen said...

Very nice to see this quilt again - it is a wonderful quilt!

Margaret said...

color and design are great!

Check out my blog if you can...

Margaret Gunn
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Spontaneous Threads said...

love this quilt!

Kathy said...

I love it! I think I'll have to do a rainbow quilt one of these days...

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the colors and the geometric design. Very nice work!

Mintyfresh said...

Love the arrangement of the colors and the fun geometric block!

Poppyprint said...

Great quilt! I like the scrappy rainbow colours!

capitolaquilter said...

I'm sure the family is loving the beautiful quilt. I love scrappy and am jumping on the Rainbow bandwagon so your blog was very fun to find.

Cathy Tomm said...

I love this quilt so much I am making something like it. I was surprised to read you gave the quilt away. That will be one very lucky family to receive the gift.

Ariane said...

This quilt is gorgeous!! The perfect use of scraps!!!

Kate Brown said...

I am sure your beautiful quilt cheers that family up every time they look at it!

Lonci said...

What a lovely quilt, i love this:))

sonia said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful ending for it. Congrats!

Melinda said...

It is a beautiful quilt and I am sure is loved by the new owner.

Habibti at Home said...

Good choice! This quilt is bright and cheerful! Love it.

Andee said...

I love this one...thanks for sharing the story of it..I know someone is loving it as much as you did!

Kate said...

Great use of scraps. Love the blocks and the setting, very inspired.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

I just started cutting 2 inch squares to start a palette of sorts and I love seeing what can be done. Very nice crisp and clean! I have three kids (older) and a sleeping husband too! I also teach (sub) and quilting has taken over all my free time for the last couple of years! I am sending you a big hug and happy thoughts!!!

Lynne said...

I loved it then and I still love it now!

tusen said...

These scrappy blocks are so lovely and great choice of sashing, too.