Today I have an old-fashioned scrap quilt to share with you as well as a sweet little story of reclaimed fabric. First, a little background.
Many of you are familiar with our friend and columnist Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com.
She’s in every issue of Quiltmaker with a new scrappy block and a column called Addicted to Scraps. We’ve picked up a number of subscribers because of this column—people love Bonnie’s enthusiasm and her dogged determination to use up fabric she already owns.
Bonnie takes ho-hum and sometimes even ugly fabrics and somehow sprinkles them with fairy dust, and they become showstoppers. It’s a beautiful thing.
This year we formed a new team of readers to take Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps block designs and make scrappy quilts from them. Today team member Melva Nolan from Trinidad, Colorado shares the quilt she made from Bonnie’s Idaho Square Dance block.
The block pattern is inside Quiltmaker’s May/June issue. Here’s what Melva had to say:
“While itty bitty pieces are not my favorite to work with I refined my skills as I pieced this quilt. In the first few blocks I noticed that my blocks weren’t flat. I began paying closer attention to the beginning and ending stitches of my seams.
I had the tendency to veer away from the 1/4″ seam line one way or the other. By the time I reached the last few blocks for the quilt top I had noticed that my blocks were flat and square!
“Much of the fabric used in this quilt had found its “new” home with me recently as I had been gifted with a large stash of fabric from a sweet lady named Zia.
When I shared a picture of the quilt top and that I named the quilt in her honor (Zia’s Square Dance) I received this message back. Little did I know that some of the fabric was older than I am!
Oh my goodness, what a project and I am so honored with it being named for me. Of course I think it’s great—and there is my 1960-1961 dress material again in the strips around the boxes. It was the orange flower material. I enjoyed wearing that dress that Mother had made for me. Yes, she made it and I wore it my first year of college. Orange & green were the trendy colors of the times and I still like wearing orange. Thanks for sending it.
“I used Hobbs Heirloom Fusible batting. It is an 80/20 blend and I love the way it looks. After it is washed it makes the quilt look well loved and comfortable.
“I did free-motion quilting. I wanted to have some swirls or wave-like quilting on it to offset the straight lines of the blocks.”
What a beautiful job by an experienced scrap quilt maker! The border colors complement the sashing and block fabrics perfectly. Please leave a comment and help me give Melva a virtual round of applause.
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