Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How I make a scrappy quilt (at least 1 way)

Charm quilt - it is the safest (I was going to say easiest, but keeping track is tedious & gets tricky) to go about getting scrappy.

Traditionally a charm quilt is 1 shape, no repeated fabric. There aren't any quilt police, so if you choose to use multiple parts of 1 fabric - go for it! (I added setting triangles - that might nullify my "charm" quilt status - don't know, don't care.)

I've done two king size cat charm quilts.
Cat charm quilt
This just shows the best "on the bed" shot. (This is quilt 2, that orange print has fish on it - cats like to eat fish...)

Also many of the fabrics repeated from quilt 1 into quilt 2. (Seriously, I purchased the fat quarter or bigger piece, I can use it in more than 1 quilt.)

Quilt 1 has that yarn print as the setting triangles. Kitties like to play with yarn...

I pieced both of them randomly. I have seen charm quilts done where all of the yellows are kept together, etc. I really like them, but it is not in my nature to make a quilt like that.

I am about to dive into the minutia of the charm collecting.sorting.
If there is a print in orange, red, & purple - I probably bought some of each.
In the resulting quilt that works like this:
Another trio of halloween kitties
Where the same part of the print is cut from each piece.
or like this:
different fabrics different scenes
That garden print came in 3 different colors, the red one is a kitty in the grass, the blue one is a kitty behind the urn, & the yellow one is a kitty at the bottom of a bird bath.
WIP 1 with RB
Trying to sort - with one of my helpers, RB who is not longer with us.
Back when I was buying for my cat charm quilts, I'd buy a farm scene for the 1 barn cat. (Officially I traded a lot too.) Or in the case of this one a pig print - I love how that piggy is holding a kitten.
I still occasionally buy a cat print...

See how the bright ones play with the tan ones & the dark ones play with the light ones (I'm not thrilled with the WOW ones, but the quilts are done.) it is the scrappy theme that holds it all together!
Only 1 link up per person... (I previously linked with my Burgoyne Surrounded quilt.)


hetty said...

Love your kitty quilts! I have one of these on the go. Still have lots of scraps to sew together. Not much time to sew right now. My DD is still staying with us, so I have to do baby duty. No sleep for the wicked. That would be me, I guess.

Susan Tidwell said...

what a 'charming' post! love your kitties and kitty quilts!

Paula, the quilter said...

Speaking of cats. Have you seen the new collection at Connecting Threads called Purrsnickitty? http://www.connectingthreads.com/Purrsnickitty_CD160.html