I’m excited to share that my Scrappy Summer Quilt is finished!! I love a good stash buster quilt – you can throw all sorts of scraps into it and it will be fun. I love the color combos other quilters have put together in this pattern. This hashtag on Instagram is amazing. There’s a pink and navy combo that I love.
I started this whole thing late last summer. I remember being excited to create a wild rainbow out of my stash. I pulled a bunch of fabric, and queued up a new show – I watched lots of the tv show Alone as I cut squares.
And then everything got derailed when we started planning our move. Tbh, I almost tossed the finished blocks and quit the whole thing. The color layout was throwing me off.
Fast forward, early spring this year, I sat down and used the pattern’s grid paper to color the rainbow scheme I envisioned. I also planned on making the quilt smaller in scale – intending it to be a reading blanket, the right size for a chair and a book. Once the planning was on paper, it looked more manageable. Without the “map” I couldn’t quite visualize how the gradient would work. I referred to the paper as I added each row.
I tried to do one diagonal row per day, but progress was tedious since I cut the squares as I went for the colors. Some of the patterns, I only had a 5″ scrap of fabric to work with so I carefully weaved in my favorite fabric pieces to get the most enjoyment out of the prints.
I loved seeing it come together on my wall. It glowed in the light! When the top was finally finished, I splurged on some rainbow backing fabric. I can’t remember designed this print, unfortunately.
I machine quilted the project to fit in my budget. If it were any larger than a small lap quilt, I wouldn’t have been able to do this in my tiny sewing area.
Making this quilt was time-intensive, but worth it to me to have something that’s so fun and bright. Even though I first thought it would be a reading quilt, it’s summer now and so hot that the thought of needing a quilt seems impossible. I’ve hung the quilt in my guest room for now, but as I hang up more quilts, it may travel around the house.
Quilting is a wonderful life-long hobby and I encourage anyone who’s interested to learn how to quilt. You probably have a local quilt shop/sewing machine dealership that gives classes. Most quilters I know keep learning new skills their entire lives, and it never gets boring.
Well, I think that about covers it! Leave me a comment if you have any questions. I have all comments set to approval because of all the spam bots. Ugh. <3