Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Kate Spain Scrappy Quilt


Happy Saturday to you!  I don't know about you, but I just love a lazy Saturday with not much on the agenda.  And that's what I'm having today!  It's a welcome break.  

The past two weeks have been filled with planning, cleaning, and hosting Charlotte's 4th birthday party.  (That's right: she's FOUR years old!!!)  And then it took me a bit to recover.  Here's to life in my thirties.  Sigh.

Anyhow, here's a finished quilt!  Hooray!



Do you remember my Kate Spain HST Overload quilt?  Well, I had a few scraps remaining, and I just could not part with them.  So I sewed them together, then cut them up, sewed them together again, and came up with some scrappy half-square triangles.


If I remember correctly, I believe I cut the squares to 4-inches, before doing the HSTs.  So they are rather small.  Which means the scraps are even smaller!


Then I added the border, and then I didn't like it.  :(


So I sent it off to Anne, and wouldn't you know... she saved it!  She did this very tight meander only in the negative space, leaving the triangles and border with quilting.  The texture is fantastic.




I think I found the smallest scrap.  In the picture above, see the blue patch on the top?  That's made up of TWO fabrics.  The one on the bottom right is probably not even as big as half my pinky nail.  Teeny tiny!


And I love the texture on the back, too.  I did a strip of that gorgeous peacock fabric.




What I think really rescued this quilt in my mind is the binding.  Anne took it upon herself to do that for me.  Isn't she a dear?  I was going to do a scrappy binding, but boy does she ever have an eye for these things!  The gray stripe on the bias is just fantastic.  Now I simply cannot part with this quilt.  Perhaps it is time I start to keep more of my quilts, anyhow.  Thanks so much, Anne!  :)


What's so great about this "finish" is that I feel like my quilting has been in a slump lately.  When we moved early in the summer, I was able to set up a really lovely quilting space out in our sun room.  The problem with that is that the sun room is not at all insulated.  So it's about 30 degrees out there right now!  And that has put a damper on my productivity.  But I have been getting quilts that I worked on earlier in the year back from quilters, and so I still seem to have a "finish" or two each month.  

How about you?  Are you busier than ever this winter?  Or has quilting taken a backseat to other endeavors?


(Linking up Amanda Jean and with Cynthia for "Oh Scrap!")

14 comments:

  1. Looks awesome and hats off to your quilter for saving your quilt. Great job!!

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  2. I think it looks great...and I did long before any "rescue" operation;) But you are right -- the texture IS fantastic!!

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  3. The ultimate scrappy quilt! What a delightful finish that certainly deserves to live in your happy home! The stripy binding is, indeed, perfect! I have a new sewing space and I have been MUCH more productive! It helps that our summer has been rather cool!

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  4. I love, love, love this quilt!! I never would have quessed Kate Spain for the fabrics. It is beautiful!

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  5. Oh I too love this quilt and yeah to you for finding a great use for the scraps.

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  6. Great use of scraps, it's beautiful and the quilting is fantastic!

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  7. I just found a few little Kate Spain bits in my scrap basket and saw them in your quilt! Your HSTs are so pretty amongst all the white! What a great way to use up scraps!

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  8. I like the alternating rows of triangles--great effect. And then the fun of finding out that each triangle is made up of scraps--not obvious from the smaller photo (which would be like seeing the quilt at a distance in a show). I like the border, and yes, the binding is terrific.

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  9. Your finish looks awesome. I have never thought to sew up scraps to make HSTs from. It is fun to see those tiny pieces! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  10. This is so cute! A great use of scraps with great texture.

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  11. A lovely finish! Amazing use of all those little leftovers & I just love all that texture from the quilting! Linda

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  12. Such a happy quilt! The quilting really makes those colorful scraps pop.
    Kathy T. in Tampa

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  13. What a wonderful way to use scraps! It looks great!

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  14. What a great scrap quilt! And Happy Birthday to Charlotte!!

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