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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.

sorry Denyse Schmidt

denyse schmidt inspired quilt
I just made a Denyse Schmidt inspired quilt, which I love. I couldn’t afford one of her quilts, and when you love to sew…why not just make it yourself? The abstract but blocky color concept drew me in. I had to try my hand at this style of quilting. Making wonky squares, or squares that aren’t perfect is harder than you would think. It takes some effort to look sufficiently un-square.

I had it quilted by a local quilt shop, machine quilted but free-hand by a very talented staff member. She has done some amazing geometric patterns in her machine quilt stitching.

denyse schmidt inspired quilt

It was so fun to make and working with blocks of color in quilting is so throughly enjoyable, I had to make another one. Machine quilted by the same shop because I liked what they did so very much. The color blocks are quilted with a darker thread, the swirls around are quilted with white thread.