At the last meeting of the NYC MetroMod Quilters we had a scrap bag swap.  Someone suggested we come to the next meeting with something made entirely from the bag of scraps we took home.  intriguing...

but I'm a scrap hoarder and when I do use them, I need to mix it up, a lot.  I felt trapped by the challenge to use only what was in that baggie and to make something new, not just follow my usual routine of receive-wash-sort into current scrappy project piles... But that's what "challenge" is all about, right?

Here's what I came up with.

In the end, i couldn't stop myself from pulling fabrics out of my own scrap bin and using them too.  I tried really hard not to, but sometimes my eyes tell my brain what the block needs and my hands just reach out  and grab it, you know?  So there are 5 or 6 additions to the scrap baggie I received... and now that it's all together, they really stick out! OMG.  But anyway, if I don't tell you, will you be able to find them?  hope not.

This piece is small, the blocks finish at 7.5", making it 22.5"x 30".  I stopped sewing because I was kind of at an impasse as to where to go from here.  Add a large plain border and make it a wheelchair quilt for donation?  Add a more interesting scrappy strip to that large plain border and then feel more attached to it and not want to give it away? (At the moment I don't feel much attachment at all, so I thought it's a good one to finish up and pass on.)  Bring it back to the Mod Quilt meeting next month and see if someone else wants to add borders and/or finish it off in some new and interesting way?  Suggestions welcome.

I love these blocks though, and I think I really need to keep making them and then turn them into something big and wonderful like my original inspiration quilt, here.  This little piece would look good with a leafy appliqued border too, but then I'd never give it away...


shannon said...

you could send it to me and i'll do my magic and send it back....*grin*

Frogdancer said...

I'm so glad you posted this on Flikr.

I've signed up for a quilting bee and I had absolutely no idea about what I was going to ask them to do for me. Then this morning I saw this.

I'm going to wallow through my stash and come up with enough fabric to make monster sized blocks... I'm thinking 20"X 20" so that 12 blocks will make up a decent sized quilt for one of my sons.

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

love your rendition. was funny as I too came across the inspiration quilt and even though it is "not my usual style" I fell in love. I have to soooooo do one now!
a fellow SCQG member

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