Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sew Many Scraps

Ever since Christmas, I've had my momentum going on my "Lego" quilt and have the binding sewn on the front--almost finished! Here it is on the design wall, still being rearranged and short 9 blocks:


It's made from 1 1/2" strips I've been accumulating for years. After sewing, the strips finish at 1" each. I squared up the blocks to 12 1/2", finished to 12". 

I started by choosing 60 different fabrics for one block--I tried not to duplicate any fabrics within each block. Then sewed them into 12 strips, and arranged them on my mini design board. Here's a block in progress:


At the beginning I had more strip choices, so the blocks were color coordinated, like this aqua and red block:


And this yellow, orange and pink block:


22 blocks have "color" words on them, and are to different degrees color coordinated:







My newer fabrics are brighter, so when those got used up, I had to dig back into some older scrap strips. That meant rearranging quite a bit on the design wall, to get a good mix up of bright and dark blocks. Here it is, arranged and sashed on the design wall:


Next up, quilting. I chose to quilt it with "Figure 8" quilting in light grey thread:


And here is the quilt--binding is yet to be finished. 97" X 97" finished, 3500+ pieces:


Now that my design wall is free, I'm going to get back to work on my Bonnie Hunter En Provence mystery quilt. I'm making a few slight changes, and have several more parts to make:



Grace and peace!

12 comments:

  1. Oh Bravo! And congratulations on nearly being finished. I love the color names in the blocks. I made something very similar to this a year or two ago but not nearly so big. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Sue! It's a quilt I've wanted to make for some time now. And I was able to use up a lot of scraps.

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  2. i must have seen something you did and responded, lol,,,,,and then you responded,,,,,,and im responding again, lol,,,,your quilt is lovely and i love it, is it paper pieced, im sorry i didnt read all the instructions stuff, but i love it,,,,,r u done with your mystery quilt,,,??

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    1. Hi Florence! My Lego quilt is made from 1 1/2" strips, cut to random lengths. Now that my Lego quilt is off the design wall, I'm able to get my En Provence quilt up there. I'm still working on steps 6 and 7.

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  3. This was a spectacular post! I have been staring at the individual 12" Lego blocks for a long time - thank you for all the pictures and inspiration!

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    1. Thank you, Pat! I've wanted to make this quilt for a long time. So glad to have it done (almost--more hand sewing binding to go.)

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  4. I love that there are blocks of certain colors. Gives the eyes a place to rest. Works much better than totally random that some strive for. And the thin black border really pulls it together.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! The color blocks just evolved, since I had some scraps with the words on them.

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  5. Fantastic! your quilt is great and I loved all the closeups to see the fabrics. loved that you used up old fabric. congrats!

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  6. Thank you, Tonya! And thank you for the great tutorial and inspiration for all the Lego quilts. I've looked at your website many times over.

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  7. What a great Legos scrap quilt. I had started a Legos quilt about 2 years ago but haven't worked on it much but I have been collecting my strips of fabrics. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Love that glimpse of Vikings fabric in En Provence! When I saw your finish I thought you used batiks, but I see they are mostly printed blenders. They really worked well, it has a great, misty feeling to it!

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