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:

Pinkadot Quilts said...

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

Nancy said...

Very nice! And done... Congrats

Debbie said...

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

Susan Snooks said...

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!

Karen said...

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

leanne said...

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 !!

Oops-Lah said...

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

Oops-Lah said...

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

Kerry said...

Spectacular!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

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

Carla said...

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!

Linda said...

Wow! love it! a scrappy delight!

PaulaB quilts said...

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.

Lynda said...

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

Dar said...

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

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

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?

Michele said...

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

KaHolly said...

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

Nicky said...

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

Betty said...

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

Teje Karjalainen said...

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

Stephie said...

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!!!

Nicky said...

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

Марина Концевая said...

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

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