Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Scrap Vortex

My Scrap Vortex quilt top is a wrap! I was happy, and quite honestly relieved to end the never-ending pressing, cutting, sewing, pressing, trimming, (repeat, repeat, repeat) that has been Scrap Vortex over the past four weeks.

I thought never to see it end! But it did. At 89" X 91". The quilt top is so heavy - I used seven bobbins of 50-weight Aurifil in it! - I couldn't even pin it to the design wall to take a full-on photo. So here's it is, draped across the guest room double bed. It might just stay that way.

After I get over being sick of working on it, it will be fun to look at, picking out the random small blocksand one-only prints among the thousands millions of pieces in it; and quilt it to a finish.

I never considered how heavy the quilt top might be, with all those seams, and how to go about sandwiching it. While flannel seems the best, light-weight choice for the inside, quilting through the thinness may prove a "bumpy ride." That makes me inclined to choose a low-loft batt like Quilter's Dream Request - cotton or polyester doesn't matter. For sure the quilting design will be a simple all over one like one giant spiral, as Amanda Jean/CrazyMomQuilts did (she has been our quilt-along guide); or, my favorite snail trails. You know... spiral into a 6"-8" circle, then curve or hook on the inside, and spiral back out; repeat.

Though my canvas bins are no longer stuffed, I can't believe I didn't use up every single scrap!

On July 1, I'm teaching an all-day Modern Hexagons workshop. Then it's back to the sewing room to work on a quilt - Candy Pop - from Christa Watson's (ChristaQuilts) yet-to-be-released book, "Machine Quilting With Style."

In September, when the book is published, I'll share my finished quilt during a blog hop where everyone will also have a chance to win a copy of the book. Linda

24 comments:

  1. Your quilt turned out fabulous! I need to get back to mine. I too never thought about how heavy it might be.....

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  2. Very nice! And done... Congrats

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  3. Yay for you! I'm about ready to call it quits on mine at about 50x66". Whew!

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  4. What a monster! A pretty one though! I wouldn't know where to start in quilting such a big quilt! I'm sure you will do an incredible job of it!

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  5. So glad you finished. You always have so much going on.

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  6. you are amazing to keep working on that until it was finished - three cheers !! love the purple bracelet fussy cut block !! it is so wonderful and I can't wait to do mine - I've decided to wait until the My Small World is done as I need my scraps !!

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  7. Wow, it looks amazing and I can imagine how heavy it must be. Quilting will be a strenuous workout for your upper body ;)!

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  8. Wow, it looks amazing and I can imagine how heavy it must be. Quilting will be a strenuous workout for your upper body ;)!

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  9. It looks so great! Part of the reason I stopped mine at lap sized is because I knew I could never sleep under such a heavy quilt :)
    Amanda

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  10. Three cheers for you!!! Like Leanne, my eye went right to the purple bracelet...such fun! I just love this quilt and would like to try my hand at one sometime. When I finally got my Farmer's Wife quilt all put together, I was so sick of it that I hid it for awhile!

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  11. Wow! love it! a scrappy delight!

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  12. What a great job you did! The weight is a surprise to me, better remember that when I decide what to do next. I love every bit of it and wish I could spend hours looking at it. Whoever gets to use it will have built in entertainment.

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  13. Such a fabulous quilt. I am so looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

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  14. I think you did an amazing job of sewing all those little, tiny pieces of scraps together to make such a big quilt! This is when a longarm would come in handy! If we were closer, I'd gladly let you borrow my machine and finish it up in a day! Shall I send you a few of my boxes of scraps now that you are almost out of scraps.! lol

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  15. I can't believe how big your Scrap Vortex is . . . no wonder you're sick of it. Congrats on the finish. And on working on something for Christa. Will it be published in her book?

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  16. Yeah to you. I'm sure it feels good to use up all those scraps.

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  17. It came out beautiful, Linda! It's a biggie! I get tired of working on most any big quilt these days. God job!

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  18. That's a big quilt and very beautiful. It is also a quilting diary of all your past quilts I guess which is a wonderful thing to have and what I love about my scrappy quilts. Thanks for joining up to #scraptastictuesday

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  19. I love your scrap vortex: so adoraable!
    Looking for your quilt-as-you-go tutorial: the link is not ok
    Can you help me?

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  20. Wow, this is fantastic and my kind of scrappy quilt! Lots of happy colours! x Teje
    www.nerospost.wordpress.com

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  21. It was worth the effort, it's so fresh and bright! I'd be thinking that the back should have no seams, otherwise, like you say, it would be a VERY bumpy ride!!!

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  22. Looks amazing - perhaps you need to make another one? After a bit of a break first of course. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

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  23. Lots of colours, but the quilt looks finelly balanced. That's the mystery of this project!

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