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all together now- scrap quilting ideas

confetti scrap quilt, scrap quilting ideasHere is an excellent idea in the scrap quilting ideas category- the Confetti quilt. Take a look and see what you think…

Got the Confetti quilt top all sewn together, now onto the next step of getting it all quilted. It needs to make a plane for delivery to Costa Rica with a friend in a few weeks so I’m under the gun. Having a deadline has been a good thing and given me a sense of accomplishment. I feel less guilty, lazy and slovenly about all the unfinished projects that sit around me yet to be completed (or even started).

confetti quilt, scrap quilting ideasLittle friends helping- we’re fighting the wind here, but enjoying the beautiful spring day.

close up squares, scrap quilting ideasThis quilt is for my daughter’s host family, she’s currently on a foreign exchange in Costa Rica. They own a flower business and beautiful greenhouses surround their house (so I’ve been told) so I spread the ‘seed package’ fabric throughout the quilt. Too bad it’s not written in Spanish.

random fabrics, scrap quilting ideasAnd because I love the colorful Costa Rican colones and the sea creatures pictured on the bills, I threw in some underwater creature fabric. There aren’t any sharks on the fabric, but there is a section with a dolphin, and fishes in the mix. Unfortunately, I didn’t have sloth fabric at my disposal- I might have had to dream that up myself at Spoonflower

costa rican money, colones

quilt top backside, foundation piecing, scrap quilting ideasJust for reference, here’s what the back of the quilt top looks like, all of the foundations and their triangle companions all sewn together.

scrap quilting ideasHere’s the full frontal view on the yellow hibernating-until-just-last-week lawn.  The fabrics were literally all scraps (my favorite part, my frugal self is continually haunted by scraps), I ran out of specific fabrics as I went along but there were 2 or 3 fabrics I had enough of to include in every block and achieve some continuity.

FYI- I sewed the vertical rows together first (10 in this case) then the 10 sections together, pressing with an iron in between.

For the full tutorial on foundation piecing and making this quilt look here.

tutorial: foundation quilting block piecing

confetti quilt, foundation quiltingI just learned how to do foundation quilting by another gal in my quilt guild named Noelle but spelled Noel, a fairly serious situation for someone who doesn’t usually have to share her name. Anyway, this is how my ‘Confetti quilt’ (with foundation pieced blocks) is looking so far. I’m feeling unreasonable euphoric as I use up scraps like crazy, reliving memories as I pick through smallish leftovers from previous projects.

If you want to know more or try it for yourself, check out the tutorial with detailed instructions on how to make this kind of block with foundation piecing, here.

foundation quilting pieced square

For the step-by-step process look here.

For a look at the finished project go here.

Check out this great Pinterest board and this one too for foundation quilt piecing and paper piecing quilting ideas.

Indian maiden quilt

indian girl quilt Indian Maiden quilt, 39″ X 44″
Here is my Indian maiden quilt from start- I began with little piles of color combo ideas on the floor, 3 or 4 combos per Indian girl.

I cut out all of the Indian girls to be hand appliqued at the same time. I put them, all sorted out in a bag with thread, needles and pins, scissors the background fabric squares, and the pattern map. I carry the bag around with me for a month or two- hand stitching whenever I got a minute- watching a movie, sitting on the passenger side of a car, lounging at Lake Powell. Perhaps annoying everyone (friends and family), but it suited the muti-tasker in me. But, the cool thing was… the next thing I knew I had finished all 9 Indian maidens.

The next tricky part was trying to figure out the pattern from the picture I have. For those who missed the earlier post about this quilt, I am copying a quilt my mother-in-law made many years ago. My Mom and I borrowed the original to hang in my Mom’s bed and breakfast, Slot Canyons Inn in Escalante Utah. Jan, (MIL) couldn’t find the pattern again, so I made it up as I went along, and somehow… I think it turned out.
I sewed the beads on the bottom of the skirts, then picked them out after I realized it would be tough to quilt over beads. I’ll have to put them back on when it’s all finished.

I found the Alexander Henry “lacota plains” fabric, with the teepees on it- already in my stash and just couldn’t help myself but use it in the border. The feathers were cut out, pre-washed to fray then top stitched onto the quilt top.

Here is the top all pieced together and ready to be shipped off (to the other side of town) to be quilted by my favorite machine quilter. (I’m gonna have to keep her name a secret or the waiting list will get even impossibly longer)
I made it for my Mom, it will go in the Slickrock Room at the Slot Canyons Inn, her amazing bed and breakfast in Escalante Utah.