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!