Sunday, August 7, 2011

Don't Scrap Your Scraps! Project 3: Using Extra Blocks

This project is another quilt, but this time I used some left over blocks for part of my top. I had a few blocks left from my Central Park quilt, and I didn't know what to do with them. I wanted to use the animal print from the fabric line, but my lqs didn't have the right colorway.
I started off by sewing all of my blocks into 1 row and added a small strip of the yellow kona from my postage stamp blocks along either long edge. (Each block was 10" finished to start, I sewed 5 blocks together and later trimmed that to about 42".) Then I headed to the lqs to find something that would play well with the yellow in my pieced strip. I bought about 1.25 yards of a Central Park print, added a large chunk to the bottom of my pieced row and a slim strip to the top, and I had a quilt top!
For the backing, I went back to the animal print that I had wanted to use on the front. I pieced a few charm squares into 4-patches, set them off with strips of white (just like I did for the back of my Central Park postage stamp quilt), and added that to the bottom of the animal print.
I finished the quilt with meander quilting and the most perfect orange pin dot binding.
 I hand stitched one of my larger labels on this quilt. I think I like how it looks!
 Finished size just shy of square, at 41" x 42".


felicity said...

Muy cool - thanks for the inspiration!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Really really cute! This is one of my favorite lines. And I like both the back and the front equally as much.

Deb said...

Love it! I have lots of Central Park leftover, too. I may have to come up with something for my scraps. I think I like your back better. But both sides are really beautiful!

Jeanette said...

Really cute animal fabric, love the orange binding.