May is Green

Green, or more specifically dark green is the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge colour for May.  I have plenty of dark green scraps.  But not a huge variety of greens, there are lot of repeat offenders from backings, borders and the big green quilt (Luck of the Irish) I made my in laws many years ago - which you can see HERE.
 I am continuing to make green leaves for my Scrappy Sprouts quilt.  I did the maths this week to work out how many blocks I needed to make a single bed quilt....and I am half way there, which is good to know.

All the time I was focusing on finding enough variety to make a star block....I failed to notice my star point boo boo.  So out came the unpicker!
Sew I have only made four scrappy nine patches and one star block.  But I did spend quite a bit of time last night unpicking "left overs" from this now completed charity quilt - Scrappy Bargello, which is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  So I now have some more variety to add to my green 2.5" squares.
This quilt used up a LOT of 2.5" strips and while it is predominately brown, then blue there is green in there!  I decided to use the controlled palette ....well truth is it was forced on me a bit, as these were the longest and most plentiful strips in my collection.  But I figure it makes for a good "blokes" quilt.  The quilt finished at 56" x 72".
On the back I got to use up even more stash...ironically most of these were backing left overs from other quilts, except the blue which I used as the border and binding - that was a purpose purchase for a "one day backing"!  I don't normally piece backings, but I have decided this is a great idea, as it didn't take very long and looked far better then I expected.  
Happy Quilting, Sue.

11 comments:

  1. I am seeing lots of pieced backings these days, people trying to use up their stash, and proudly saying they did not buy any fabric, so must be affecting the shops.

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  2. Piecing backings helps to clear the scrap bin of the larger bits. And I think they are more interesting. Great sprouts and a beautiful quilt.

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  3. Love how you totally know what you want to do with your scraps. I made a quilt some time ago which I called "The Last Hurrah". In it I used all these fabrics I no longer wanted to see again, after I had made the quilt. It felt ridiculously good to use them one last time. I sometimes like to piece a backing and other times I just want to use a single fabric. Lately i have been making more single fabric backings more than pieced backings. Tula Pink released some wid ebacking fabrics at Quilt Market which look wonderful. I just need to make a quilt that would suit them. Another one to add to the list!

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  4. love the scrappy bargelo quilt.... perfect....
    Hugz

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  5. Im a fan of pieced backings but dont do them often enough ( by the time I get to that part of the quilting I just want to be done !)

    Your green blocks look lovely ( very antiquey!) and your bargello is gorgeous. One of these days Im going to do a bargello myself when Im feeling very strong emotionally!)

    Happy Sewing ...Im off to steal an hour for some quilting.

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  6. Love pieced backs! Scraps quilts are brilliant!

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  7. I would struggle to find enough green in my stash. Pieced badkings are great, especially if you like jigsaw puzzles!

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  8. I loved pieced backings. Such a nice way to use up all kind of extra bits. Lovely greens this week. So fun to see where they all came from.

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  9. You were SEW busy with GREEN this week!! Your Scrappy Trips charity quilt turned out lovely - front AND back!!

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  10. Love the guy friendly quilt and the pieced backing. I'm sure it will be loved.

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