May 10, 2014

True Blue ... and A Lot of Pink

A while ago I pulled a bunch of pink charm squares out my scrap bin to start working on a couple projects.  The goal here was to deplete my growing scrap box.  Not sure I really made that big of dent, or one at all after pulling fabric for two different quilts.  So far I have only been able to get the True Blue top completed, although it's more like True Pink!

Once the blocks were laid out I decided that order doesn't matter.  Usually I  control everything about the quilts layout.  I just divided everything into piles and went to town.  The only time I changed things around when sewing was if two of the same pattern touched.  This definitely sped up the process!  Each block finishes at 12 inches square, and the quilt is 5 blocks by 5 blocks or 60 inches by 60 inches, approximately.

Top finished.  Just waiting to get basted.  So far so good :).

The folded fabric will be the backing, and strips will become binding.  I also pieced three too many blocks, so there will also be some orphan blocks on the back side.  I really dislike having orphan blocks laying around.  After the work to put them together, I can never bring myself to toss them out. Then I have these guilt quilt blocks with no project.  Personally I like a pieced background, I can put in any extra blocks or use up fabric I purchased for a specific quilt, and can never picture myself using again.  For me it's a win win.  What are your preferences on backing?  Orphan blocks?

Public Service Announcement: tomorrow is Mother's Day!!  Love you MOM.

Sew long for now, 


  1. So pink, but so pretty!

  2. Yummy pink :) Looking good! Are you aware you got the word verification on?

  3. This is beautiful! I don't like orphan blocks and I try to put all left over fabric and blocks in the back of the quilt.

  4. Loving the pink! What a fun way to use up your scraps! I love your idea of incorporating the orphan blocks into the back. I always save one orphan block to use for a "scrapbook" block. For each quilt I've made, I use leftover fabric/blocks to make a 12 in block. I thought it would be fun to have a quilt one day with a little memory of each project I made. :)

    1. What a lovely idea to make a scrapbook quilt of orphan blocks, really interesting.

  5. Your quilt is gorgeous, really, really pretty.

  6. Oh my goodness. What a beautiful quilt!