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Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Kitchen Sink

My wild thing left today for a week at camp, and I made excellent use of my quiet house.  I finished up my latest (and final for a long time) scrappy quilt, aptly named The Kitchen Sink, since it literally has every last bit of my scrap fabric in it.



I used my favorite improv method to make short work of all those scrappy bits of goodness, and the 12 inch blocks went together in a snap.  Seriously, if you've never sewn with reckless abandon, putting any and all fabrics together improv style, you have to give it a try.  It is so freeing.


My intention was to find a pretty gray polkadot for the backing, but clearly that did not happen.  I couldn't find a gray that I loved, but this small black and white just begged to be used here.  The colors in the scrap strip just jump out against it.  For some reason, it photographs much busier than it is in person.

Every time I use black in a quilt, I worry that it will weigh it down and be "too much," and I always end up loving it.  This time was no different.  When I couldn't find a gray I liked, I agonized about using this much black, but I am so happy I did.


See what I mean?  This photo shows the scale of the dots much better, and you can see that it really isn't too busy at all.  I also love the way the Kona Chartreuse binding pops against the black and white.  I think it's the perfect frame for all of that crazy.


All in all, I love how this turned out, and since I already have queen sized Serendipity (the very first scrappy quilt I made like this), I'm planning to let this one go to a good home!


22 comments:

  1. That looks great. I have two 2-gallon zip top bags full of scraps I need to use up. They are all autumn colors, and I hope to get to them soon. Great idea on 'improv piecing'!

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  2. looks great, I just love the look of scrap quilts!

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  3. Very cool! I should try this.

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  4. Oh yes, I, too, love that chartreuse against the black! Yum.

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  5. Lovely! I admire your brilliance and effort at doing this every year! I just got done making my blue scraps into a pillow and lap quilt, but still have baskets of various other color families waiting to be used.

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  6. Enjoy your week vacation from being a mom! My daughter is gone for about 6 weeks--vacation for me. I love the black with white polka dots for the backing it really sets of the colors in the scraps and the lime binding ties it all together. Awesome!

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  7. What a fun quilt! But I am sad for you that you don't have any scraps. I love my scraps!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I love my scraps too, but they pile up so quickly, and it is nice to turn them into something useful!

      :) Kelly

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  8. First this is gorgeous! Second, you used up ALL your scraps? Wow! This is the first time in my short history of quilting that I have every heard of anyone eliminating their scrap collection! And such lovely scraps! I would love to do this but I don't think my scraps would yield anything so bright and happy!

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  9. You know, I've never considered doing a quilt with scraps like this, but now that I have so many scraps accumulated, I really find it very appealing. No patterns, no form, just put it together as I go. Love how yours turned out! It's awesome.

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  10. What a great name for a quilt! Love your quilt!

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  11. My goodness you're fast!! It's gorgeous

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  12. love this. I do really need to try out this method and clear out some scraps!

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  13. Great choice for the back! Love the stripe of scaps - I've got to get going on a scrap quilt, I'm overrun with scraps! You've inspired me!

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  14. Great way to use up all your scraps. Love the pop of the green binding. Just beautiful against the front and back.

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  15. I love it! And I think the black and white polka dots are perfect for the backing.

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  16. That binding and backing look so perfect for this quilt - I'm already envious of the next owner :)

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  17. your kitchen sink is great, love a bit of crappy. I am using mine up at the moment doing the scrap vortex with crazymum. The spotted backing works well,

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  19. What an appropriate name for scrappy goodness of a quilt. The backing is a heart-stealer. Love everything about this one!!!
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

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