I’ve Created A Monster

You may remember I planned to do scrappy piecing this year. My thought was a little bit each week, kind of an ongoing project. Well…

I now have one piece finished, one ready for quilting, and one almost done. They have been my passion for the past two weeks. Oh, I did some quilting on the birdies and the girls’ seascape, but I kept getting up from my sewing machine to tweak my designs a little bit more. This was so not my plan.

I’m puzzled how I created such different designs from my black/gray and yellow scrap bins. Two are rectangular while one has diagonals. I adopted an arbitrary rule that I had to go with the basic shape of the scrap, though I could trim it.

mostly-black-and-blue“Mostly Black and Blue” is Mondrian-ish with the pops of red and yellow. The mottled gray fabric is from my “Moonrise” quilt. I’ve enjoyed revisiting the leftovers from earlier projects.


“Getting Brighter” is still in progress as I keep adding little squares like stepping stones across the surface. I cheated and used yardage for the black speckled linen and gray and cream print areas. The photo’s angle is off as the piece is high up on my design wall.


“Pointing Toward Lavender” has the very last of some treasured McKenna Ryan and Lonni Rossi fabrics, plus hand dyed damask. I had issues with the damask stretching during quilting so I ended up starching that fabric heavily, which I should have done in the first place. Restitching the quilting after starching solved the problem, though I abandoned my idea to change line direction a lot.

Since this isn’t a piece I’ll be entering in shows I decided to try another facing method. I found that mitered facing corners aren’t the best method for me.  Better to learn that now.

I think I may make my scrap sewing a monthly, rather than a weekly, project. My trips to the fabric candy store obviously need to be rationed.



Filed under Art quilts, In Process

12 responses to “I’ve Created A Monster

  1. Looks like you are having quite a bit of fun! I especially like the Point Toward Lavender one. It really is interesting to see how you can end up with such different pieces from the same scrap bins and basic process.

    • I know what you mean, but I think it’s a matter of how you slice and dice the fabrics at hand. And yes, I enjoy this type of composition, but want to make sure I also take on more thought out pieces as well.

  2. I really like the black and blue one. The more vibrant colors and high contrast values suit me better, of course. For me they make it easier to balance, which might be why I prefer them!

  3. Love all 3 pieces even though very different. What a great start for the new year!

  4. I love each of them. You do have a skill for taking odds and ends and creating appealing compositions. They are inspiring, thanks!

  5. I LOVE these! and – oooooo lonni rossi fabric – lucky you.
    wendy richardson

  6. These are very appealing–I especially like the one with the black and saturated colors. And it all seems like a big adventure!

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