Making a scrappy start to 2018

Happy New Year!
I’ve been pressing on with my goal to learn how to use the Inkscape design software. However my plan to do a little of the course every morning came to a shuddering halt on Thursday when I couldn’t shift a headache. Time in front of a computer screen just wasn’t going to be possible so I turned to sorting out the sewing room…. I found my box of carefully packed Works In Progress, picked out the Scrap Vortex blocks and found that a pattern-less sewing project was an effective distraction from the head pain 🙂

Scrap Vortex pieces Jan 18, New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Scrap Vortex pieces fresh out of the storage box

I started my version of Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Scrap Vortex quilt back in March 2017. I had decided to combine using up scraps with a leader/ender project. I created a bin of scraps from my growing ‘collection’, majoring on fabric prints that might appeal more to a boy than a girl (so more monsters, robots, sharks, blues, greens and orange, not so much flowers, fairy castles, pink and mauve). As I worked away on other projects at my sewing machine I’d pick two fabrics from the scrap bin, using them as my leaders and enders, stitching the pairs together as I pieced.
Bin of scraps and basket of pairs
The bin of scraps and the basket of stitched leader/ender pairs

By September the basket was overflowing so I spent some time moving on the Scrap Vortex process – stitching the pairs into blocks of various sizes.
Scrap Vortex blocks, New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
On Thursday morning I spread the blocks on my design wall and had a think about how to piece all these blocks together. In the end I decided to start in the middle adding blocks around the central block, log-cabin style.
Scrap Vortex piecing, New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Piecing the scrappy ‘blocks’ into log cabin strips

The final few ‘blocks’ were long strips of multiple scrappy squares and rectangles with sides measuring around 6″ – 8″.
Scrap Vortex on design wall. New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
The final two scrappy log cabin strips ready for trimming and adding to the quilt top

I had to dip into the scrap bin to stitch fresh scrappy strips to make the blocks more regular in size. By the end of the day my headache was gone and the Scrap Vortex quilt was coming together nicely. I can’t quite fathom how all those unrelated fabric pieces combine to make such a pleasing quilt top but somehow they do (to my way of thinking).
Scrap Vortex flimsy, New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting
Now the scrap part of this quilt it complete I am going to dispose of the remaining fabric scraps from the bin. Ridiculous that I should feel slightly guilty about this: after all they were scraps; probably the remainder are either fabrics that I never did or no longer love; and it would be great to fill the bin with the girly scrap fabrics and start another  leader/ender quilt! Resolution: I shall bag up the remaining scraps and drop them into the Hampshire Air Ambulance textiles recycling fund raising bin. Guilt free clearing of unwanted textiles!
Looking through the box of WIP projects reminded me of the other boxes and bags dotted around our home containing an embarrassingly large number of UnFinished Objects. A fresh goal for 2018 quickly formed: how about joining in with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal linky, pledging to work on a UFO each month? The linky has an accountability element mixed with inspiration, encouragement and a great sense of community across the quilty world.
So, my OMG is to add borders (or maybe not…) to my Scrap Vortex flimsy, find backing fabric, make up a quilt sandwich and complete the machine quilting before the end of January. There it is, written in grey and white! :-O I will post any progress on instagram – find me at allisonreid.neweverymorning 
Also linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

10 thoughts on “Making a scrappy start to 2018

    • It is a really fun project – a great one for picking up and putting down again without having to remember how to work the pattern! I really tried not to think too much about how the colours went together although I did find myself combining blue with orange a lot. Amanda Jean gave a tip in her tutorials re. being bold and using deeper colours so I took that on board.

  1. Very fun. I was thinking about doing one of these myself. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

  2. That’s a great way to piece a top and end up with a finished quilt. I understand feeling a bit guilty about tossing scraps – I feel the same way sometimes. I’ve given myself permission though, and that helps. Good luck in meeting your OMG goal. I can’t wait to see it quilted!

  3. I love scrappy quilts. I have been doing something similar as leaders and enders but have not attempted to put them together. I have enjoyed looking at Amanda’s book but that is as far as it goes. Love the quilt top you made, I hope you meet your goal.

    • Thank you Sherry. I was surprised by how many scrap pairs I needed to make before there were enough to make a quilt top. Keep growing your collection and one day you’ll have the fun of stitching them all together ☺

  4. I love this quilt so much! I have been tempted to make one but just have not found the time. My scrap bins are also overflowing so maybe I need to make the time eh? I have found that rather than throw the unsuable pieces away, I took half a yard (could be less), folded it in half and made like an open ended pillowcase. All year I threw my unsuable scraps in there. When it was finally full I turned the open edges under and sewed the “pillow” shut. Now I have an almost free pet bed. My son actually took it to prop his leg up after he was ill (blood clot in his leg) and he loves it. I have started a second one. Whether you keep it or donate it someone will love it. Would make great floor pillows too! Thanks for the inspiration!


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