Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The fabric that just won't quit ...

Yay! I've finished making all the middle parts of the blocks for the new scrap quilt. you can see them all piled up there in the background. Now I just need to finish framing the blocks with the biscuit and purple fabrics. I think I've framed about half of them. See how I'm using purple AGAIN! I think it's my new favourite colour.

I made 25 of the star blocks, and 16 of the sixteen patch blocks, and of course, it seemed to make very little difference to my box of 2.5" scraps. Clearly I have a lot of scrap quilts left in me yet. One thing I did was make an effort to use the ugliest of the fabrics in the box. Amazing what fabrics make their way into the stash!

And see the light blue fabric in this block (I know it's hard to see clearly - I really do not take good pictures) but anyways ... that fabric was in the first ever quilt I made. Back in 1992! I don't know how much of that fabric I purchased - but we were newlyweds with a new house and not much money, so it can't have been too much. But this stuff is like a bad penny - I just can't get rid of it. It's popping back up all the time in my scrap boxes. I tried to use it all in this quilt, but I think there is a little more. And who knows what is in the other size scrap boxes ... I'm just never going to be rid of it! Thank goodness fabric is so much more interesting these days - it's not an attractive fabric!

And speaking of unattractive fabrics - get a load of some of the bad boys in these blocks! Ewwwww ... I have no idea where that yellow fabric came from - I know I never would have bought that one ... and the black and orange plaid ... and the little calicoes ... Ohhh and of course, there's a little more of the blue in there too *sigh*.

I hope I don't look upon my current stash this way in ten years time. I love my repro fabric ... I hope I never fall out of love with it!

16 comments:

Eileen said...

I love that scrap quilt. Tazzie. Were you talking about that birhgt pink fabric in the first set of blocks? But you know they just all work.Such a simple but different design. Keep it up.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

but it's so much more interesting this way to have some real ughs in the quilt. if they were all beautiful it wouldn't be as much fun.

Karen said...

Tazzie, your scrap quilt is sooo pretty. As Tonya says, it looks great to have some uggy fabrics in it!

joyce said...

I think "ugly" fabrics add interest to scrap quilts. Also ugly is in the eye of the beholder.

Darlene said...

That quilt is going to be so yummy when you complete it. If I used all the same fabric, my quilt would be very, very ugly. I'm in awe of your use of "scrappage" (love that word) LOL

Vicki W said...

That's what I love about scrap quilts. Every fabric, even the ugly ones, have a good home in scrap quilts!

anne bebbington said...

I think the pale blue has a charm of its own - sometimes you need quiet fabrics to allow the brighter ones something to shine against

Marcie said...

I wish my uglies looked that good when I used them. That quilt is looking great!

Marilyn R said...

Love your scrappy blocks. It is amazing how nice "ugly" fabrics can play well with each other!

Tamera said...

Bravo on using up your stash! It's amazing how those UGLY pieces just blend in, isn't it? LOL

Looking good!

Floss said...

The ugly fabrics work so well in scrap quilts. If it still looks ugly in the guilt, you have not cut it small enough.

Jeanne said...

I love scrap quilts and this one is neat. One of the great things about them is that "ugly" fabrics become more attractive or less ugly among all of the others. :-)

Dawn said...

Oh I love how it is turning out! And I"ll admit, a lot of those in the last 2 blocks are ugly! but in the blocks above I see a few fabrics that are actually some of my favorites and I"ve recently bought!

Helen in the UK said...

I think when you're a scrap quilter you have to accept that some fabrics are never going to be gone!! Love the look of your blocks though - going to make a great quilt :)

Debbie J. said...

I just received the gift of a box full of old fabric scraps. Some of them are UGLY. But I know from experience and see other's quilts that they can become a thing of beauty in a scrap quilt! I love to get bags and boxes of scraps.

I'm going to post a picture of some of them Friday!

YankeeQuilter said...

I still have a box of squares from the millenium swap...some of those are really, really ugly. Maybe I can put on some sunglasses and dig into the box!

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