When I thought about my quilting style and what it is, my first thought was traditional. Most of the quilts I design and sew are based on traditional blocks. As I went back and looked at my quilts, I realized that yes, they are traditional, but the ones I’m drawn to most are scrappy. Scrappy makes me Happy! The quilt above is one of my favorites—Raspberry Truffles is a quilt I designed for Quiltmaker‘s May/June ’09 issue.
Raspberry Truffles is on the bed in my guest room. I made a small Birds in Flight quilt using the same scrappy pinks and browns that I put in a frame to hang in the room with it.
I designed Country Village many years ago and love the softer shades that I used in the rows. Each of the rows uses a different tan background and my scraps are rather controlled—different reds, blues, greens and golds—but not a lot of value contrast. I wasn’t very brave back then.
Here’s my version of Anita Grossman Solomon’s Arrowhead that appeared in QM Nov/Dec ’10. I used a fabric collection called Fruitcake by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. With Anita’s technique, 2 different fabric squares are paired together for each of the blocks.
Another scrappy quilt I designed for QM is Smooth Sailing. This quilt is all batiks. It’s based on the traditional Log Cabin block, but I enlarged the center square and added pieced sailboats and also added triangles to the logs. Another passion of mine is adding pieced elements to both the centers and logs of Log Cabin quilts. This appeared in May/June ’10.
I’ve lived in many states and have belonged to several different quilt groups. I love to participate in group exchanges. My groups have exchanged blocks, rows, fabrics—you name it. The fun thing about exchanging blocks is that even though they typically have some controlled element—a certain fabric, color, theme, style—they end up scrappy and reflect the personalities of the makers. For the last block exchange I was in, I requested 12″ blocks sewn in red and white. Here are some of the blocks I received. The block I made is the basket in the top left corner.
I exchanged 4″ blocks with one of my quilt friends. We each made 2 of the same block so we could each have one. I used mine in the center of 8″ Evening Star blocks. The blocks are all scrappy but use fabrics from one collection. Here are some of the blocks I’ve made so far.
I participated in a 3″ Pinwheel exchange with co-workers from the different magazines here in our office. I used my Pinwheels as the centers for another Pinwheel design and also as part of the border. Here’s Pinwheel Party, the quilt I designed with my Pinwheels. It appeared in QM March/April ’09.
I’m a big fan of Bonnie Hunter and her scrappy style. I was thrilled when she started writing the Addicted to Scraps column for Quiltmaker in 2010. Her first column was based on the Old Kentucky Album block which I started sewing as Leaders and Enders. I chose a scrappy red, brown and tan palette and pulled strips from my stash to cut the patches for the blocks. Here are some of my blocks.
I guess my scrap quilts are still pretty controlled and my color choices are not very brave, but I’ll get there. Right now, I’m just having fun! There’s something about combining lots of different fabrics in my quilts that I love, plus it allows me to make an ever-so-small dent in my stash. What’s your quilty style? Has it changed throughout your quilting career?