Friday, January 23, 2015

Easing into Scrappy - Part 2

Yesterday I described my current stash and scrap system (such as it is).  I expect it will not change all that much, but I am devising some ways of actually seeing what I have and some ideas for how to move forward.  If you didn't read it, catch that post here.

I had received some wonderful 2.5 inch squares from several members of my Sunshine On-line Quilt Guild (thank you, thank you going out to Beth, Joann and Cathy L!).  Those will be my starting point.  I know I can work with these and find some sustainable ways to work with this size leftovers from my work.
just some of the squares next to my sewing machine
I don’t want to make her blush, but I have found Cynthia Brunz’ website Quilting is More Fun Than Housework to be so inspirational for how to use scraps/yardage and have the quilts come out looking beautifully pulled together.  I recently went to her page for the Scrap-a-Palooza Quilt Gallery where she shows the step-by-step progress of some scrap projects and found the Zig-Zag Quilt (May 2014).  Please follow the links above to her site if you are looking for some great ideas.

Since I wasn’t sure if I had enough squares to make Cynthia’s Zig-Zags right off the bat, I switched over to this pattern that has smaller centers:
Pattern called Field Day
It is from the book "Seemingly Scrappy" by Rebecca Silbaugh:
I will go back and make Cynthia’s pattern after I have cut all of my own leftover binding pieces and created a special place for 2.5 inch squares.  Then I know I’ll have enough and the colorful squares will look wonderful in her design!

And this is the work in progress while I was auditioning for the big squares:
the blue in the background wasn't right and the yellow was too washed out
but the black with multi-color was just right!
I still have to rearrange some blocks to distribute the logs that were slightly lighter (I used everything from my stash after all) – but, I’m in love with it!  And they look way better after quilting...

Linking up to Oh Scrap!  on Sunday.  Check out what ideas others are coming up with for using their scraps (see the button on my sidebar).


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Oh what scrappy goodness! I really like the quilt you are making. Thanks so much for sharing it on Oh Scrap!

(And thanks for all the wonderful things you said about my Scrap-A-Palooza quilts. I am so happy to hear you are finding inspiration in my patterns)

Joanne said...

You off to a great scrappy start. As we sometimes steps, baby steps. You can still be a "control freak" and do scrappy. Well maybe not a total control freak. My quilts are scrappy but I control what goes into them. It will become more natural with practice. Joanne

Sandra Walker said...

Cynthia is just the BEST! I have made 5, of her Scrap-a-Palooza quilts and I have loved every stinkin' one of them, lol! One of them was the first quilt I sold too, and another is going a couple thousand miles away from me to a favourite uncle in need of some warmth. Your zigzag quilt looks great! Love the contrast between the bright colours and the black and white. Warning #1: scrap quilts are addictive. Warning #2: the little 2.5" squares you don't think you have enough of? In the night, when you're asleep, they aren't! They're multiplying! I swear!

Anonymous said...

Great top! I think keeping something constant makes the mix of scrappy squares work well. The black was just right.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I've gotten a lot of inspiration from Cyndy"s quilts too. Scrappy is my favorite way to sew. I love your zigzag idea!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Your layout looks wonderful and the black with multi-color print blends them all together so well! Visiting from Oh Scrap! :)

Vicki in MN said...

Love your scrappy quilt.And I agree Cynthia offers so much inspiration!

Terri said...

Love the little colored pieces in the arrangement with dark and whites. Thanks for sharing it on Oh Scrap.