Some secrets are hard to share. You wonder how people will respond. If they will reject you. Will you still have friends once they know? But the time is come for me to admit the truth.
I do not really love scrap quilts.
There I said it. I can only hope I will not immediately be banned from participation in quilty activities worldwide.
Now, I know there are some wonderful scrap quilts out there, and truth be told, I always like when a wide variety of fabrics are used in a quilt. Plus I love the serendipitous combinations that result from not quite having enough of a particular fabric. But for whatever reason, those scrap quilts that pull from scrap bags with every type and color of fabric rarely make my heart sing. On the whole, I like my quilts to have a sense of controlled chaos.
My preference for controlled scrappy quilts has given me some trouble when it comes to using up the fabrics in my scrap bins. I love the idea of a leader/ender project but just couldn’t seem to decide on a pattern I liked that I could imagine doing with my scraps. But when Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict started her Sweet Sixteen Quilt Along, sharing a different layout of 16 patch blocks every week, I was confident I would come up with some way to make a dent in my pile of 2 1/2″ squares. And sure enough, a modern layout inspired me. Today I finalized the layout I wanted and started piecing.
I already had a pile of all-red and all yellow four patches from an abandoned project from years ago, and those patches formed the basis of my layout. Here’s what I have in mind.
What I love about this layout is I will use up scraps but also have plenty of space for free motion quilting. But I am also very excited about what I am planning for the quilt back. Here’s my idea for that.
The proportions and overall size of the quilt aren’t quite right yet, so I will pull out a lap quilt I like to make sure I get something the right size. I am not sure about the color for the background on the backing. I may go with white or black instead of grey. And of course I do not have enough of any of those colors in one fabric to make the background for either the front or the back. Block color will depend on how many 16 patches I can make with my existing scraps. But I am excited about it and already have an idea about how to quilt it (one that will hopefully look good on both the front and back). It should be interesting!
Linking up to Oh Scrap once it is Sunday in the US!