Friday, May 21, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival: My Scruffily Quilt




It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival! I had so much fun participating last year, and I learned a lot. For the last festival in October, I posted Luke's robot quilt, which was the second quilt I made. Since then, I've finished five more quilts and have a few more in the works, so it's safe to say I'm obsessed! When I was finishing up this quilt, my husband asked, "How many quilts are you planning on making?" I think I responded with a blank stare.
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Anyway. Here's my latest finish. I used the Scruffily Quilt pattern from the very talented Rachel of P.S. I Quilt (available at Moda Bake Shop).

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The quilt top comes together very easily using precuts (a layer cake, charm pack, and jelly roll). I used Simple Abundance (LOVE). The edges are left raw, so when it comes out of the dryer it's nice and frayed.

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I was unsure how to quilt this baby. I'd only stippled before, but when I saw this version of Scruffily on Flickr, I knew I'd copy her quilting. I quilted in the ditch along each large square, then stitched straight-ish lines around the medium and small squares. I can't sew in a straight line to save my life, so they came out a little wonky. I'm choosing to believe it adds to the scruffily nature of the quilt.

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For the binding, I thought about using the leftover jelly roll strips and making a scrappy binding, but I figured that this quilt had so much going on that it could benefit from a solid frame. So I went with a brown (Kona Sable) binding. Best part: Now I have lots of leftover jelly roll strips for another project!

After much deliberation (with help from my workshop friends), I decided to follow Alicia's lead and repeat a few of the scruffily blocks on the back. The solid yellow is Kona Sunflower. I couldn't imagine a better name for that color!

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I had some struggles with this quilt (it was a bear to baste for some reason), but I'm happy with the outcome. It's going to be 87 degrees here today, so now it's time to crank down the a/c, curl up with my new quilt, and check out the rest of the blogs in the festival! Okay, really I'm headed to work, but that sounds nice, doesn't it?

62 comments:

Robin said...

beautiful. love the raw edges. love the back.

Anne at Film and Thread said...

That looks so soft and wonderful to crawl under on a cool day.

Lynne said...

That is gorgeous, I love the soft edges and soft colours together.

bearpaw said...

This is so lovely! I love the way you have left the seams showing and the soft colours - well done!

The Bakers said...

Beautiful! I love those fabrics and the way you combined them.

Mary said...

I love scruffily quilts! My first quilt was a scruffily quilt in Hushabye. I use it every day!

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Fun quilt. Love the scruffles. And thank you for linking to all your inspiration... I love that. I think I need some of that Kona sunflower. There can't be a happier color than than!

Lara said...

Lovely! I adore Simple Abundance!

CraftyMummy said...

I love this quilt! It sounds pretty easy too. I'll have to go check out the pattern. Thanks for dropping by my blog too:)

Vicki said...

It's so pretty. I love how the raw edges look after washing.

mary said...

Love the back of the quilt as much as the front. The scruffiness adds a certain comfort. There is nothing like the weight of a quilt and the stiff yet smooth cotton fabric just makes me want to take a nap.

Michelle said...

What a great quilt!

Marie said...

Congratulations, beautiful quilt

Ellie-CraftSewCreate said...

Love it, I love "squares" quilts :)!

whatktmadenext said...

"How many quilts are you planning on making?" - ROTFL!

Love your quilt. The colours are gorgeous and the quilting looks great!

Catherine said...

What a lovely pretty quilt. Love that simple abudance line! The quilting really stands out on the back! Very effective and those lines look pretty straight to me!

Annika said...

Lovely!

Mandy Noble said...

My husband has asked me the same question and got pretty much the same reply! Love the quilt x

Stephanie said...

Huh. I don't have any idea what you just typed, but that quilt is lovely.

P.S. I'm going to look up "stippled" in Web.

audreypawdrey said...

It is so beautiful! I love the scruffly edges. My husband has asked me the same thing.:)

Sew It Up Baby! said...

Oooo I want to run my hands over the quilt and feel all those fuzzy edges! It look so cozy and the fabrics are perfect.

Carol said...

The fuzzy edges certainly give a different look to a familiar pattern. Interesting. I may have to try it.

Bellgirl said...

What a lovely texture, and I loove the look of the quilting on the back!

Bellgirl said...

P.S. I'm obsesed with quilting too- it started with my son's quilt a year ago- and now I've done six!

Kelli said...

This quilt looks so soft and squishy! Love it!!!

Terriaw said...

What a great quilt this is! I love the fabrics you used, making this a soft and cozy feeling quilt. I also think those lines work perfectly for the quilting. The backing fabric and extra blocks are very fun too.

Oxford Impressions said...

I've been looking at lot of blogs through the quilt hop today. This quilt is my favorite. Love everything about it! I also added you to blogs that I follow. Have a great day.

Lis said...

Ha ha, what sort of question is "how many quilts are you planning on making?"!! It's like - "what are you going to use that fabric for?" or even "how much longer are you going to be on the computer at the BQF?"!! Great quilt!

Megan said...

The raw-edge applique is awesome! And I'm a big fan of the extra blocks sewn into the backing.

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Martine said...

beaucoup de douceur dans les couleurs,belle réussite

MomBrose said...

This is the second scruffily quilt I have seen and I am IN LOVE with it! Your fabric choice was great!! I'm so excited to get started on one now. My husband is notorious for asking "so are going to sell THAT one?" Silly boy...I don't sell them; I make them for ME to enjoy :D
One quick question: do you trim the pinked edge on the charm pack or leave it as is and let them fray??

Leslie said...

this is so cool...i love it. i am always looking for a new quilt to make, and this one is definitely going to go on my list. what a great quilt

Laurel H. said...

Very nice version of the Scruffily quilt!

Riel said...

Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. This festival is fun! "How many quilts are you planning on making?" LOL!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I feel like I'm reading a blog in a foreign language... but... the quilts are awesome.
Your sister.

SandyQuilts said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Adorable. Somehow I missed this pattern at modabake ... it's too cute. I've added it to my to-do list, every growing to-do list.

Meg said...

Oh I am such a fan of Simple Abundance, and this is a fabulous use of it. It looks so soft and cozy--beautiful!

quiltmom said...

Very pretty raw edged quilt- I like the colors and the back looks great with the asymetrical blocks.
Thanks for sharing-
Enjoy the festival.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

Lee said...

Great quilt! I love the scruffiness of it and will put it on my list of patterns to make

Claudia said...

Great quilt! I really like the buttery yellow on the back. I'm interested to know how the raw edges hold up over time. Fun idea.

Karen said...

Love,love, love this quilt! You have done a fantastic job. I am using Simple Abundance in the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along.

sewtakeahike said...

that's funny that your husband asked how many quilts you're going to make! that's like asking a woodworker how many more tools he's gonna buy!
anyway, your quilt turned out awesome. I especially love the back!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Good call on the quilting. What a lovely finish.

Shannon w/ Monkey Dog Quilts said...

I love this quilt too. I like the different-ness of it. Sew On!

Felicity said...

I really like your colors. Cute quilt!

sewshesews said...

Looks so cozy and soft! Just lovely :) THanks for your kind comments on my quilt :)

Aunt Spicy said...

love, love this quilt! and love how you quilted it!

stitchedincolor said...

Oooh, I really like it! And, yes, the slightly off-kilter lines add to it's appeal. I think the dark brown binding was perfect.

Jodi said...

Very, very nice! And I laughed right out loud on your "blank stare" to your husband! I can totally relate! Ha! Keep at it, girl! You do lovely work!

laurenaphelps said...

Very Cool quilt! I like how you left some raw edges.

Leah said...

Sorry I'm just now responding...it looks amazing! You are such a pro now.

Sunshine said...

Mhmmm, that looks comfy!! I may just have to try a scrappy quilt myself!!

Cheers,
Christine

Randi said...

Love the colors.

Rose said...

I love this quilt...love the fabrics...and LOVE the back. You can see my entry HERE.

Sandra said...

what a great twist on the old ragtime raw edge quilts-very fun and cozy.
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Shawn said...

I love your quilt in Simple Abundance, and the back is so wonderful too! Great work! And.... my husband asks "Do we need another blanket?" uh... yea we do sweetie, I've been obsessed for a while now LOL , I even named one of my quilts "Obsession".

Sharon said...

Great looking quilt, love the raw-edge...makes for a soft, snuggly quilt!

Eileen said...

fun quilt--great colors and i love the scruffiness--such a neat texture. thanks for sharing, and i like the quilting you've done. come visit my site: http://fligamapoof.blogspot.com/ i'm having a little giveaway this week

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