Save those scraps!

I have been working away on the second block of “Love is in the Air” a pattern designed by Lori Smith.  I purchased this pattern a couple of years ago and put it away with the rest of my patterns.  Honestly, I forgot all about it.  About a month ago,  I went through my patterns and books in search of a simple applique pattern that would lend itself to a really scrappy feel.  As soon as I “found” this pattern in my box of (far too many) patterns, I knew “Love is in the Air” was exactly what I was looking for!  For those of you who may want to stitch these blocks along with me, the pattern is available here.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am using a collection of shirting for the backgrounds, so that means that each background square will be different, which I am not going to lie has me a little unsettled.  But I do love a challenge!

Also, I enlarged the patterns by 125%.  I cut my background squares 16″ x 16″, but I am not sure right now what size they will end up.  I never have all the details figured out before I start a quilt….what fun would that be?   Sometimes you have to listen to the quilt!

I started this block by tracing the pattern onto the background with a water soluble marker.  Next, I made a bunch of leaves, using many different fabrics, just for the fun of it and then I auditioned them.  Some I like.  Some I don’t.  Some of the leaves are competing with the background, so I will save those leaves for another project!

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OK, next I added my stems.  Notice I used the same fabric for all of the stems, just to give a bit of consistency.

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Next, I went searching through my scraps and I found this piece of fabric I have had for about 8 years.  I love this fabric!  So I decided to use it for the 4 main flowers.

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Then I went through my scraps and found a fabric that went with the flower fabric.

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Next, I went through my blues and golds and chose a few fabrics that played nicely with the main flower fabric.   So far, so good!

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This patterns has a circle in the centre that I could make with a piece of bias and  a 1/4 bias maker, but I chose to make a template instead and prep it in the way I prep all of my templates.  So much easier!  Instead of tracing the circle from the pattern, I used a compass to get a more accurate shape.
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I cut the circle out and ironed it to the wrong side of the fabric.  I decided not to cut the centre of the fabric out just yet, to keep it more stable.

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Using starch, a stiletto and a mini-iron, I prepped the outside edge.

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Next, I trimmed out the centre and prepped the inside edge.

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Taking the freezer paper out is always fun (and kind of scary!) but it works like a charm every time!

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Once it is glued in place, it looks very neat and tidy.  Whew!!

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So, I auditioned several fabrics for the centres of the main flowers…brown, black, burgundy, blue…nothing appealed to me.  Then I tried gold.  Gold it is!!  But wait….

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I thought the gold circles were a tad too big, so I made them a shade smaller.

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Ahhhh.  That’s much better!

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Here’s a fun fact… I used three different golds in this block.  After all, it is a scrappy quilt!

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And here are both blocks.  Sweet!

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Keeping with the scrappy theme, I am working away on Trail Mix, a quilt designed by Laundry Basket Quilts.  I chuckled when I saw this block.DSCN7451

In this block alone, there is a scrap from my hexie quilt I worked on last winter,

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…a scrap of the background of my Civil War Bride Quilt….

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….and a piece of the background of my Reminescence.  Memories!

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Til next time….

Kerry

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6 thoughts on “Save those scraps!

  1. WOW!! Looks gorgeous Kerry. Nice Job!! Love all the different scraps. It adds a lot of visual interest. I think all the different backgrounds will really add to it as well.

  2. Kerry, I am loving the scrappy look of your Love is in the Air quilt!. I also ordered the pattern from Lorri’s site and am making it along with you..(THANK YOU for the great tips..the center circle of block two will be so much easier this way!) Also.. I was happy you cut your blocks 16×16. I was concerned with all the new measurements since it was enlarged..(especially the sashing!)
    I’ll be thinking of you Nov 22. I always look for your Moms’ Blue Fabric in all of your quilts)

  3. I was in the air as you were doing this. Maybe I have influenced your choice?? Hmmm?? That’s makes me a quilter by familiarity? Wonder what that photo would look like?

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  4. That’s the really lovely part of working from the scrap basket–seeing those treasured fabrics in several quilts.:) Love your work. It’s sooo much neater and tidier than mine will ever be!

  5. Your “Reminiscene” quilt is a beauty. I never purchased that pattern but think I will put it on my list to seriously think about. I like your fabric choices better than what is shown on the pattern cover.

    I have several Lori Smith patterns. She tends to repeat blocks in patterns or similar blocks if not exact. I do not have the one you are working on but will select another from my stash of her patterns and sew along. I will more than likely enlarge the blocks as her quilts, if made the same as the pattern, turn out too large for a wall and too small for a bed.

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