Easy Baby Quilt with Solid Strips

Need an easy baby quilt?  Dig into your scraps and let’s get started.

Easy Scrap Strip Baby Quilt by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #stripquilt #babyquilt #scrapbusterquilt

If you have been a reader for a while, you may know that I keep my scraps in tubs until it’s time to sort them.  Well, my solids are kept separate and they were getting out of hand.  The drawer could no longer even be stuffed close.  It was time to make something again.

Inspiration

Nothing was really speaking to me, so I headed to my Modern Quilting Inspiration Pinterest board for ideas.

An older quilt from Red Pepper Quilts caught my attention.  Rita’s version can be found here.  This is a step by step guide on how to create my version.

 

Design

Tip:  Without different hues and saturation, the quilt could run together.

Off to the scrap bin I went to start gathering strips to make my version.  I was able to collect many strips and have the variety of colors/saturations I desired.  However, I didn’t have many long strips like the inspiration quilt.

Based on my scraps I could create strips in 2 inch width to get the most from my pull of fabrics.  The lengths would be 5, 7, and 9 inches.  Feel free to create based on what you have in your scraps.

Each size stack was sorted yet again by color.  Orange, yellow, blue, green, brown, black, neutrals, and gray.  Sorting will help when piecing.  I wanted to avoid having too may of the same color right by each other.

Piecing

Grab randomly from each pile and begin piecing two strips together of the same size.  Rows include 28 strips, or 14 pairs, to make a baby quilt size.  Piece all 5 inch strips first.  Starch and press the seams all going one direction.  Next the 7 inch strips.  Starch and press the seams all going the same direction.  Finally, the 9 inch strip set.   Sew and press in the same manner.   Nestle the seams of the 5 inch row and 7 inch row together, pin if needed.  Sew the rows together.  The outcome is randomly placed colors without overthinking the process.

My version goes in this order:  5 inch, 7 inch, 9 inch, 5 inch, 7 inch, and 9 inch.  If you wanted a little larger baby quilt, you could throw another 5 inch row after the last 9 inch row.

I starched the top and pressed my row seams open.  The backing is a blue print I picked up a few months ago when a local quilt shop was closing out their inventory.  With this size quilt, I only needed a yard of the fabric.

Quilting and Binding

The quilt is randomly pieced, but I knew for the quilting exactly what I wanted.  Straight lines in a light gray horizontally in the middle of each row.  A few lines in the middle 5 inch strip vertically.  In your version quilt as desired.

The secondary shapes created with colors being close together was an unintended effect.  They could have been moved, but then the random process is lost.  That was more important to me as I just wanted to create.

Finally, I grabbed Corn Yellow Kona Solid I have had forever to create the binding.  The binding was 2.5 inch double fold and completely machine bound.

Final Thoughts

Love all the crinkles in this quilt after it was washed.  Wonder what the rows would look like in an ombre?

This quilt is currently on the way to a new home.  Check out my other quilts using just solids below.  The solids scrap bin is still too full.


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Holiday Fabric Stashing

The fabric budget experiment and focusing on my stash has encouraged me to avoid sale posts.  However, StitchStashDiva posted about a Halloween Fat Quarter bundle sale.  I couldn’t resist, P loves Halloween.

She has a great selection, if you are still looking for something spooky for your Halloween crafting.  I chose this bundle since the fabrics fit my living room a bit better.  I plan to make a couple of pillow covers using the fat quarters, then who knows what else.  Plus, I loved the spider web prints.

Well, if I’m going to make pillows for Halloween, I might as make them for a couple of other holidays.  I checked out Valentine’s Day first.  Lots of good options, but these won out.  Not overly Valentine’s Day, but just a touch.

What about a winter and/or Christmas option?  My fabric stash is lacking in this theme.  Plus, helped get me to free shipping.  Pay for shipping or fabric?  Fabric is gonna win.

Red and gray for winter and/or Christmas is a go to for me.  Since it doesn’t scream Christmas I can keep the pillows out longer.

Now let’s add holiday themed pillow covers to my list of things to make.  I picked the pillow forms up a while ago at JoAnn’s for something else.  Do you make anything in Holiday fabrics?


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Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild – Quilt Show

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild is filled with talented quilters.  The range of work is impressive and stunning.  On Sunday, August 20th, IMQG hosted their 2nd Annual Quilt Show.  We rent the giant pavilion at Broad Ripple Park and hang our quilts.  It’s a free show that is open to the public.

Sunday’s weather was gorgeous.  I was going to post pictures of all the quilts, but one side of the show didn’t photograph as well.  The sun was shining bright and provided an interesting reflection in my pictures.  The goal is promote modern quilting and introduce people to the idea.

One mom on the playground nearby noted, “I didn’t know what modern quilting was.  The quilts are amazing.  Wait, you made one?  Awesome!”

Attendees were asked to pick their favorite for a People’s Choice Award.  As of today, the winner has not been announced. This quilt won my vote.  So much detail and who doesn’t love a giraffe?

Take a look at the work of my talented friends.

 

 

 

Does your guild host a show?

Halloween: Spooky Ghost Pumpkin Quilt

It is time to start planning my Halloween decorations.  Halloween may trump Christmas in my house as a favorite holiday.  Seriously, the kid is wearing a Halloween shirt and pirate pants in July.

Since P is still little, we prefer spooky over scary.  As we acquire new decorations, I let him set the boundaries on what he’s comfortable with.  He has created an idea of a Spooky Ghost Pumpkin.  We have no idea what that is, but try to run with that.  If you have any ideas, please share.

With decor in mind, I turn to Pinterest.  Maybe I should add more ideas to my Halloween board?  Do you have any family fun activities you like for Halloween?

This year I will be adding a quilt to the decorations.  My wonderful bee mates of the Blossom Heart Bees made blocks for this quilt last year, using the Tic Tac Toe block.  My theme was Halloween in orange, lime green, purple, and teal for the X’s.  Also black with white prints for the corners.  The blocks turned out great and better than I would have imagined.  My bee mates had some good prints in their stashes.  P loved getting them in the mail.

A few more are needed to finish the top.  From my stash I pulled more green, purple, and teal to balance out the top.  Even a fun zombie print.

 

There are a couple more blocks in the works then I can layout the top as I want.  It’s going to need some balance from all the orange.

 

P was excited each time a new block arrived.  He realized they were for him and gasped with excitement.  Hopefully he’s still as excited about the quilt as I finish it.  Maybe we can watch scary movies and snuggle on the couch under it?


Links

The rocket above is from Amazon, best money we have spent on a toy.  He loves it and exploring how to make the rocket go faster, higher and aiming at things.  Great gift for a four year old.

Check out #tictactoeblock on Instagram for other versions.

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Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles Finished

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles is finished and ready for her next adventure.  It would be great if this quilt left a trail of rainbow sprinkles everywhere it went.  Instead it just brings lots of color and brightness to a room.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

It was fun to watch scraps from friends become something cohesive and lovely.  Thank you again Lisa, Erika, and Lindsay for sharing your scraps.  I would love to hear your thoughts below on the quilt and any of your scraps you recognize.

When it came time to pick the backing on this quilt, I was sure I was going to make a scrappy one to flow with the front.  I wondered if I would have a vintage sheet that would work and began digging into that stash.  I did find a sheet that could have worked if the blue was a little more aqua.  While the vintage sheet would have worked, it didn’t feel right.  I would have wanted to change it after quilting it.  Instead I found this solid green sheet that coordinated with the greens on the front.

Remember the purple polka dot binding from Thistle Storm?  I had so much of it left that it ended up being enough to bind this quilt.  Everything on this quilt is either a scrap or stash item I had not used in awhile.  Feels good to finally give some of these fabrics a new purpose and use.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

As I finished the quilt top, I realized there were a few errors that I hoped to work out in the quilting.  One or two were too big to ultimately just quilt closed.  I had to go back and zig zag stitch over them.  While it’s disappointing that this quilt isn’t perfect, it now has it’s own flare and design elements.  After my IMQG meeting they couldn’t really see the issue.  If a group of quilters can’t see it, then there is no use in stressing over it.

For the quilting, I went with wavy lines again.  It’s a simple method that I want to keep building my skills on.  The waves add a softness to the overall look.

Look at all the crinkles post wash.  I want to take it on a picnic or snuggle under it on the couch.  If you’re looking for a quilt to add color to a room, you can find this quilt here on Etsy.

Scrappy unicorn rainbow sprinkles by quiltytherapy #scrapquilt #paperpiecing #modernquilt

 

You can read about the process of the quilt below.

Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles 


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Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles

Prepare yourself for some color.  My inner 90’s child just wanted to bust out my Lisa Frank stickers and Trapper Keeper when I started these blocks.  In all transparency, I do have a Lisa Frank calendar on my desk at work to look at and enjoy.  You’re not here about obnoxious desk decor, you’re here for the fabric and blocks.

I hit the mother load of scraps during our Indy Modern Quilt Guild Winter Retreat.  Lisa and Erika were gracious enough to just let us go through their scraps.  Take whatever you want.  Lindsay Conner was working on blocks and was just tossing the left over half square triangles away.  I knew they would could be reused in a scrappy project.

I like big blocks and I cannot lie… #imqgretreat

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There were so many from her 12 blocks, plus all the other scraps that an idea came to life.  I had 7″ squares left over from finishing the solids string quilt.  Let’s make a scrappy quilt that looks like rainbow sprinkles.  YES!!!

fabric sorted and ready

Sorting through the scraps again was more fun.  I had an idea in mind and could start seeing the palette emerge.  Orange, green, teal, aqua, purple, pink, white and of course gray.  The mix plays so well together.  I made a couple of test blocks to get started.

They felt right so I kept going, unsure how many I would make.

Around 15 blocks I started to get a little bored.  The blocks seemed to be repeating themselves, though each one is different.  I made a few more and decided to test a layout.  Maybe that would be the catalyst forward or the stopping point.

A couple of design options started to flow.  Keep going until there are 42-56 blocks completed for a totally scrappy quilt.  Egh, I wasn’t really feeling the work involved.  The blocks didn’t take long to make.  I was running out the yellow and orange scraps.  Second idea was to add six more blocks and get to 25.  Maybe put them on point and surround with a solid.  White?  Gray?  I remembered a bolt of Kona Robin’s Egg Blue I had in the back room.

The color coordinated well with the blocks and I had lots of it on hand.  New plan was to finish the next six blocks and then finalize a layout.  The last six blocks took forever, I couldn’t seem to get them finished.  Final block count of 25 was all I had in me for this project.  It was enough scrapiness and it left options for negative space.

During an open sew day for an IMQG meeting, I was able to get the blocks sewn together and start ripping off the papers.  Ripping off the paper when paper piecing is annoying, but soothing at the same time.  I even found a few errors that was too late to really fix.  Did you see this gem on Instagram?

Some inappropriate words were said, but I knew I could fix it later.  I added big borders to the top and called it a day.

As the top was being pieced I just kept thinking about rainbow sprinkles.  That’s what the blocks looked like to me.  With the half square triangle in the center, I was thinking unicorns.  So the name, Scrappy Unicorn Rainbow Sprinkles, was given to this quilt.  I think it’s perfect and I’m crushing on this quilt pretty hard.  Not quite New Kids on the Block level, but close. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite 90’s song I can jam to while quilting this over the weekend?  Leave your suggestion in the comments.


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