Sunday, 26 July 2015

scraphappy Sunday


It's a wet grey day here in Auckland, NZ today, so I put on some music, and got happily sidetracked in the sewing room for a couple of hours! I don't think its unusual for quilters to accumulate large stashes of fabric just so they have what they need on hand for that next scrap quilt, do you? Take Rita from redpepperquilts for example - to create the wonderful "scrappy" look she's so well known for, she uses many, many different stash fabrics, rather than just fabrics that have solely been rescued from the scrapbasket. 
And that's me too, this year I'm trying to focus on sewing with what fabrics I already have, scraps and stash too! Hey, how about you... do you cut into your existing stash for a scrappy quilt too?

I've had a little collection of fabrics sitting on my shelf for ages now. They are a selection of Suzuko Koseki fabrics, soft to touch and very pretty all tied up together in a bundle! But no point in just looking at them! And besides, we have close friends who are expecting their first grandchild in August, so I need to get a wriggle on!







First I drew up my templates using this drunkards path tutorial. I've been wanting to make a Drunkard's Path quilt for a while, you know how some things niggle away quietly in your mind. It's a traditional pattern, with lots of possible settings.



variations of Drunkard's Path


Then I spent some time cutting into my stash... mixing everything up, 30's prints, stash basics, recent modern prints, along with those precious Japanese ones too! I'm simply teaming up the lights with darks here in the 'rob peter to pay paul' variation, lots of repetitive chain piecing, using the 3 pin method, and trying to keep a sense of scrappy serenity
... if that's possible!















I've really enjoyed piecing this, I think I'll keep going and make it a bit bigger!
Linking up my latest WiP with Julie over here at pinkdoxies
 here for WiP this week
and with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here where you will find lots of scrappy inspiration! 


22 comments:

  1. This is so pretty Linda. I love that you made your own template using a compass :-)

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  2. Very nice curves - this looks great.

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  3. Love that block. Your quilt is lovely :)

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  4. It looks great! I'm picturing a happy baby wrapped up in it, and it's making me smile.

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  5. Love it. Yes, definitely scrappy serenity. What a quick job you made of it. I have a Drunkard's Path that is still a UFO. I got tired of cutting pieces. I didn't realize there were so many layouts.

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  6. What a sweet little quilt this is becoming. I love your fabric choices.

    I always try to use my scraps first but I too need to cut from stash pieces occasionally for my scrappy quilts. Usually just a strip or chunk here and there. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  7. That is so neat! I haven't tried that block yet, but I love the look of it!

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  8. Cute! Love the randomness of the fabrics. Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  10. Cute! Love the randomness of the fabrics. Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  11. It's beautiful!! Drunkard's path blocks are an all time favourite of mine.

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  12. What a lovely mix of fabrics! I almost always raid my stash for scrappy quilts--much faster to cut the bits from stash fabric than dig through the scrap bins.:)

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    1. Thank you Audrey! Yes me too... gotta use that stash! Most of my stash is now organised by colour, and so I’ve just been throwing a little pieces of everything together, cutting into fat ¼’s and yardage!
      And, I’m only using each fabric once to ensure a real good scrappy selection here! Have a good week, Linda

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  13. Your Drunkards Path blocks are stunning! Love the colors and the fabrics you chose.

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  14. I love that block and this setting is my favorite ! Your choice of fabric is very nice.

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  15. I've been working on a scrappy quilt, and even though I've used a lot of scraps from my bins, I have needed to cut into several fabrics to give it the look that I am wanting.

    This is a really nice mix of fabrics. A drunkard's path quilt is next on my list after I knock out a couple of my WIP's.

    Greetings from Germany!

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    1. Thank you Allison, I love mixing up my fabrics to get that scrappy look, it's a lot of fun! I’m mainly sticking to the light/dark setting, but blending things in just a little in here & there to soften the effect! Thanx for stopping by, L

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  16. It is so gorgeous! I love scrappy quilts and seeing this one...I want to make one too!

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  17. This definitely has a Red Pepper Quilts feeling to it! I love the scrappiness, it makes me smile just looking at it :)

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    1. Thank you! Ha-ha, yes this is sort of along the lines of Rita’s style... but I think hers maybe have more of a crisp white feel somehow about them! I’m trying to go for more of a ‘blended’ look, the light/dark contrast isn’t quite so clear cut in some places, as a few of my lights are more mediums! Thanx for stopping by, L

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  18. It's looking so good, I made my first curvy quilt this year they are so effective but not simple!

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  19. Beautiful! Love your choice of fabrics and colours! You make it sound so easy and straightforward to sew all those curved pieces.

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Thanx for stopping by, happy sewing!