Monday, February 26, 2018

My Blue Scrappy Quilt Is Already Loved!

Finishing up what I call My Scrappy Blue Quilt was one of my top goals as 2017 turned into 2018.


I'd started this project a full year ago and had a neat little stack of blue rectangles along side a bunch of Kona Snow rectangles at the top of my cutting table. Only once during the past year had I been able to take them off the table and start to stitch them together. Just once!

The project began as an effort to use up some scraps. But it lacked luster, and I didn't think I had enough blue scraps, and I'm not an expert at throwing together scrappy quilts (like some people I know, Cynthia Brunz Designs).  Getting a good running start on it just didn't happen, and so it failed to rise to top of my priority list.

As I cleaned up my cutting table one day, I decided I really wanted to get all those Blue and Snow rectangles off of there. They had started collecting dust! And as you all know, when 'needs to' turns into 'wants to', things happen!

I got the quilt top completely pieced in January, and my February goal was to get it quilted, bound, and ready to use. And I'm proud to say, it happened! A finish!!!

I used my wonderful Go-To Thread - Glide - and simply free motion quilted fun, flowing paisleys all across the blocks. When I free motion an edge-to-edge design, I have a tendency to start BIG and end up little. So I concentrated on keeping the same size throughout the quilt, and I think I did fairly well this time! Does anyone else have that problem? Changing up the size of the quilting pattern as you advance through the quilt? (I'm hoping I'm not alone.....)

At any rate, I got this done a couple of weeks ago and have thoroughly been enjoying sitting beneath it when I have my early-morning coffee and computer time each day!  I am not a 'blue' person, and so this quilt was a bit out of my comfort zone. But once it was finished, I've discovered how I really do enjoy it! It's a nice, bright addition to our living room, it's fun to look at all the scraps and remember what project I used them for, and the quilting was just plain fun and creates movement in the quilt.

I'm glad to say that these scraps have found a new home out of my scrap bins, and that my February OMG goal is complete! It is also one of my completed goals for the quarterly 2018 Finish-A-Long!

 What, oh what, shall my next project be?

Quilting with a smile,

Linking up to:

Oh Scrap!
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Linky Tuesday 
Needle & Thread Thursday 


  1. Your pictures came out great....even better...what a great finish!!! ya know Blue is one of the least colors in my stash. Glad you are keeping warm.

  2. Oh, this is so pretty! Blue isn't one of my main colors, either, but this quilt really is special, especially with the pops of color here and there that keep my eye wandering. Great quilting too!

  3. This is such a fun quilt. How nice to have gotten excited to get it finished up, too.

  4. It looks like you work with scraps just fine! I love how it turned out. Your quilting looks great and really works well with the design. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  5. Great quilt!!! I love the maze feel of the blocks. Funny, when I do an E2E (which is rare), I end up getting bigger as I go down because I get bored with it and just want it to be done!!

  6. I love your blue scrappy quilt! I love blue and keep thinking I can going to be make a blue and white quilt but haven't. I like your quilting too. I quilt on a domestic machine so it's all very random!

  7. Love it Barb - those pops of patterned fabric with a flower here and there play beautifully!

  8. This is really lovely; all those different fabrics give it movement. I'm with you on the aspect of changing scale while FMQ-ing. I think you've beaten the bug on this one though!

  9. This looks beautiful! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  10. Beautiful. Make sure to post on Q&L. Carol

  11. Hi Barb,
    What a fabulous finish! And now your cutting board is clear, ready for another new project or oldish scrap one to catch your eye. Good for you for not just putting the rectangles away - that could have just as easily happened. I do understand the starting big and getting smaller thing - concentrating on that issue really seemed to work for you as the quilting looks lovely to me. My favorite thing are those little pops of color mixed in with all the blues. Really nice and my sister is a huge 'blue' person, and she would adore this quilt! ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. Beautiful quilt - it's in one of my favorite colors. Congrats on the finish!

  13. Congratulations. It looks to me that you do scrap quilts very well. I am so into turquoise and all shades of it dark to light, green to blue. Your quilt really talks to me.

  14. It is so beautiful and I love all of the wonderful photos!

  15. A quilt to be proud of for so many reasons. Enjoy its comfort.

  16. A huge congrats to you!! That's an awesome quilt and the various colors add so much interest to the quilt-I love the colors. Lovely job on the machine quilting, you do it so well.

  17. Not a true lover of Blue here either, but did you hear me when I saw the first picture? It was a happy sound, and this is pretty Blue quilt! What a good way to document how a wide range of one color helps to build a palette with depth. The darks blues kept it from being too frufru, and the backing tied it all together with the lights. I like the tiny bits of color variety you added with the mulitcolored prints too. One more layer of interest, Barb. Congratulations on a Fine February Finish!

  18. This is so nice! What do you mean you're not so good at scrappy? You did a fantastic job here. Yes, I definitely have issues keeping my scale the same throughout a quilt. I have to firmly fix an object in mind that represents the size I start at, like "quartersized plumes" on feathers, or "daisies as big around as my glass rim." It helps.

  19. What a way to use up some scraps, wow! On behalf of the hosts, thank you for taking part in the Finish-A-Long!


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