Friday, August 17, 2012

Scraptacular Chaos

Now that Granny Mania is finished off, I thought it might be time to start in on a new project.  I know. I know, Rhonda.  I have two other quilts on my Finish Along list, but I need to get something else started now to add to my next Finish Along list!

I would like to make a small quilt for this special person.

Hi there.  Hi!
No, I am not making a huge announcement here.  But this little person is very eagerly anticipated around here and I would like to have my little quilt ready.  (The quilt should also be a secret, but I do not think either parent reads this blog....we will find out!)

Last September or October (gasp! could it be that long ago?), I was part of a scrappy swap hosted by the fabulous Kat.  In the mass of inspirational mosaics, I found one photo posted by Nicky that just made my heart flutter.  Thank goodness Nicky is one of those thoughtful folks who inserts links back to the original creators of the goodies in her mosaic.  Nicky, you are just super.  

With a few clicks I arrived here, at Completely Cauchy.  Oh, how I love this scrappy, yet simple quilt.  I have been thinking about it for over a year now!  To make it, though, will take time and a HUGE pile of scraps.  I have kind of started with this pile....


That I have been stitching together into pairs of scraps.  They are then tossed into this basket...


Which is regularly tested for softness and warmth.


 The past two nights I have been ironing all of those little seams while watching TV...


Until I can piece them all together to create a sheet of scraps from which I can cut my square in a square strips.


I'm sorry the photos are a bit yellow-ish.  The sun just would not come out today, so these are yucky afternoon indoor photos.  Blah.

It is taking forever, but it is satisfying to see my pile of scraps move to the basket, then to the newly created fabric.  In the end, this quilt will be called Chaos.  Both for the change in life this little person will bring to his/her parents AND for the process of making the quilt.  Believe me, there is serious scraptacular chaos in my sewing room right now.

I have now stitched together every scrap I have and would like to use.  It has left me with a few pieces, though, that could use a better home.  I would like to give them away or swap them with the first commenter who is at all interested.....no fair grabbing all 3, though.  Just choose your favorite one.

Pile 1: My Fuglies.  Please do not be deluded enough to think these are hip, bright, cheerful fabrics at all.  There are two pieces of liberty, a few Japanese charms that just do not work as they are very light and I need contrast, lots of brown, etc.  If you want Pile 1, it is all yours.  Just leave a comment saying as much.  I am glad it is going to a good home. UPDATED: Gone to the lovely Anita's house. 


Pile 2: Erin McMorris Summersault.  There are five fat 16ths.  I do not even know how I came to have these little guys in my stash.  I am sure someone would be very happy to have them, but I just never seem to be drawn their way.  I like the colors, so I just can not figure out why.  Anyway, if you would like Pile 2, just say so. UPDATED: Gone to the lovely Sarah's house. 


Pile 3: My kind-of pretties.  I really do like all of these prints or solids. They're not my most precious of prints, but still they make me happy.  However, the cuts I have here are too small for another project, but already over represented in the scrappy quilt.  Lots of Amy Butler, Robert Kaufman Metro Circles, Echino, Moda, etc.  I think many of these are just fab.  Anyway, if you would like Pile 3, just say so.  I would be super grateful, though, if you would be willing to swap with me for another FQ-worth of scraps from your stash.  I am looking for a wide variety (so, scraps of say 5-3 inches square) of bright colors.  Prints on a light background really don't work all that well here. UPDATED: Gone to the lovely Janet's house. Bossymama, I couldn't get in touch with you as you're a no-reply commenter.  So sorry! 


That is the excitement around here.  For those of you heading to FoQ this weekend, have a great time.  I wish I was going too!






16 comments:

Anita said...

I would love your pile 1 fuglies...they look pretty good to me :) I can swap something, but would need to know what you're looking for. Thanks!

Sarah said...

Pile 2 if it is still up for grabs! I got a couple of fq of Somersault in a giveaway but I don't have any of those. I'll happily swap something if you let me know what you like :-)

Bossymamma said...

I really enjoy working with scraps - it takes the hard work out of choosing colours and patterns! It also means I don't have to waste anything.
If pile 3 is not taken I'd love to receive it. This link will show you my blue scrappy quilt which was made using the scraps I can offer in exchange. I won't be upset if you don't want them! http://s1182.photobucket.com/albums/x448/Bossymamma/

Jennifer said...

oh my goodness I saw the sonogram and was bugging out for a second! haha cant wait to see how the scraps work out for you, i'm sure it'll be fabulous :)

Sarah said...

Jeez you had me jumping thinking wee bean was yours....lol Love your quilt plan, and your scraptester :-)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Oh, what a great idea for a quilt - I love the original and can't wait to see your version!! Have fun!

Susan Standen said...

That is going to be one seriously wonderful quilt.

Leanne said...

It looks like great fun to use up the scraps. I am having trouble with the suggestion that you have no more left, however. The quilt will be wonderful, those blocks are a great way to showcase a bit of everything.

Ella said...

Oh wow the scraps are pretty and i love everything else
Do you like my mom's blog its called my4lilgirls.blogspot.com

Isisjem said...

Can't wait to see more of this scrappy quilt it's going to be fab!

Indianna said...

Chaos - brilliant name -looks a great quilt too.

Nicky said...

oooh thanks for reminding me about that quilt ! Up to my eyes in scraps strip piecing - sounds rude but isn't - so am in chaos too! Baby quilt will be spectacular!

Had me going too - though a fluffy lamb was on it's way!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, your chaos is going to be fabulously, err, chaotic! I'm expecting Hadders to freak about your need for brown though ;o)

Cherie said...

Making scrappy blocks is so much fun. It really does take some time, but the end result is always worth it =D

Judith, Belfast said...

Thats a wonderful inspiration quilt. And it's so satisfying (if time consuming) using up all those scraps! Jxo

Janet said...

I love the inspiration quilt and it's going on my list for next in line. I have so many scraps I could make 10 quilts without making a dent. I see someone spoke up for pile three but if that doesn't work out I'd be thrilled to swap.

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