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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rainbow Scraps

I've been working over the last few days to plow through my scrap jars in color order, and I finally managed to sew all of my scraps into blocks.  This afternoon, I put all of the blocks together and finished up the top!


The sky has been pouring rain all last night and this morning, and the sun finally came out.  It wasn't dry enough to lay the quilt on the deck or grass, so my patient quilt assistant had to hold it up while stretching his arms out as wide as possible.  Still, the quilt is 88"x96," so even then you can't quite see all of it in this photo.

I really gave a lot of thought to how I wanted to lay out the colors in this quilt.  Although I like the look of orderly rainbow stripes, I knew that I had tons of scraps in some colors (aqua, green, and yellow), and only tiny amounts of others (pink and purple).  Stripes work best when there are fairly equal amounts of each color.

Instead, I decided use my grays as the "center," and have the other colors radiating out from it.  Offsetting the gray patch in the upper right corner kept my smaller number of pink and purple blocks from looking weird.   Overall, I think it's really unique.

Now, I just have to decide on what to do for the back.  I have a couple of ideas rolling around in my head, and I just need to sketch it out and put it together!




57 comments:

  1. So cute! What size are your individual blocks?

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  2. I love this quilt and it is hard to believe that is made entirely from scraps!! Beautiful!!!

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  3. It is such a great quilt. Congratulations to the finished top!

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  4. This. is. STUNNING. You did a beautiful job! You are so inspiring me to get my scraps out!

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  5. This is so beautiful! And I love the colour arrangement. Great job!

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  6. Very pretty! It's so colorful and love the effect all the different fabrics give it:)

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  7. It looks like it was a lot of fun to make, beautiful!:)

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  8. Just darling! Been thinking about doing something similar with my overflowing boxes of scraps. Doesn't it feel great to make something wonderful with all those bits?!

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  9. I luv this. I do have my scraps sorted and have sewn reds and pinks in a large strip using the mile a minute technique However. I could probably make 2 of these. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Lovely quilt, very unique and interesting!!

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  11. Love love it!! I love how you put the grey in! Did I mention I love it?

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  12. This quilt looks fantastic! Maybe someday I will get the nerve to try something like this.I was visiting my mother and sister in your neck of the woods for a few days. It was still pouring rain when I left to head home this morning.. Glad the sun finally came out. That was a LOT of rain!

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  13. Lovely! This is so unique; I love it!

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  14. You always amaze me at how much sewing you get done! I love this rainbow quilt and you've inspired me to think simplier in the quilts I tackle this summer:) smiles!

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  15. This is fantastic! The colors are great. Nice and big.

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  16. Great Job! It turned out beautifully!

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  17. Gorgeous! I love how you offset the grays. What a neat looking layout!

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  18. Your quilt turned out so wonderfully! I love your arrangement.

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  19. Kelly, this quilt is fantastic!!!!
    Love, love, love it!!!!

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  20. I love how you've offset the grey. Really draws the eye in. I would never have thought of adding grey to the quilt. I would probably have stuck with the brights xx

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  21. Love it Kelly! Fantastic use of your scraps and the layout you went with is just perfect! Great job

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  22. Kelly I love it. I am so envious that you actually use 'all ' the scraps. I just finished a quilt top that is all scraps of scraps leftover from a couple other quilts and I swear I have just as many scraps left over. I can't get to the end. I even looked at a few odd shaped leftovers and threw them away...the horror right? Anyway, I can't seem to get to the bottom of the barrel. I can't wait to see how you quilt this one up. Great job!

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  23. Nice rainbow (except for the grey) quilt. I like the block pattern.
    Hugs

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  24. Oh my goodness ... you are both brilliant and little bit crazy all at the same time. I showed this to my five-year-old, who loves rainbow quilts, and he asked whether I could make one. I just laughed! Bravo to you and your perseverance on culling through those scraps!

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  25. This looks fantastic! I can't wait to see it on Sunday!

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  26. Nice, Kelly -- you used up "all" your scraps? Can't imagine that state of being!

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  27. What a beautiful quilt. I like the radiating design. So many happy colors, but together they just belong.

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  28. Love what you've done with these scraps! The zones of colour work perfectly...

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  29. Wow Kelly, that quilt is awesome!!! The placement of the colours is perfect!
    Rain is a great reason to get a whack of sewing done, hey? ;)

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  30. Very pretty Kelly. Isn't it fun to get a beautiful big quilt out of nothing but scraps. Makes you feel so practical and smart. lol

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  31. i'll chime in here, too. GREAT quilt! I'm doing something similar (exactly the same?) with all my scraps this year. I LOVE what you've done with yoru quilt! congrats!!!!!

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  32. It looks great! I love how you arranged the blocks. It's much more interesting than stripes would have been.

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  33. Oh wow this is just so beautiful!

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  34. Wow, it is so striking! I think I may have to pull out some of my scraps and use them as leader enders.

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  35. I love it! You did a great job on the color layout.

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  36. It's beautiful. I love how you arranged the colors since you didn't have even amounts. It's more interesting this way.

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  37. What a lovely way to use up all your scraps :)

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  38. You really have an eye for color combinations. Thank you for sharing!

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  39. Stunning! Are all the scraps truly gone? If I made a scrap quilt to use up all my scraps, I think it would cover the Eastern Hemisphere!

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  40. Love the color arrangement, eyecatching!

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  41. this is so beautiful! i love the way the colors came together !
    as for the back, if you intend this quilt to be used (and not hanged decorativly) - fleece !

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  42. Hi Kelly! Wow, again new gorgeus quilt! This is so beautiful and you have designed the colours so well! x Teje

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  43. Oh! How lovely! Such an amazing burst of scrapalicious colors!

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  44. Wow! It is marvelous. What variety and sparkle.
    Congratulations

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  45. Wow!! what an amazing way to use scraps!

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  46. Ooo. That's really nice. I love the color blending and the block patterns.

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  47. Simply beautiful! I love playing with scraps, too!

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  48. Now that is a way I want to use my scraps! I started orgainzing scraps by color instead of size...and your pattern would be perfect! I have been wondering what to do with them! Thanks! followed you from WIP Wed Linky

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  49. I am a big fan of colour, so I LOVE this quilt!

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  50. Such a pretty collection of colors. Great use of your scraps!

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  51. Love the way you arranged the colors like the addition of gray.

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  52. It is unique and it's gorgeous! A great idea for using scraps. You've done so well to make them into sizes that fit together. That would do my head in!

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  53. i love it!! I cant wait to see what you do for a backing :)
    XX!

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