It’s official. I completely understand the draw and very well may be hooked to meticulously cut scrap quilts! I have been having so much fun putting together my Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt for the Quilter’s Planner 2016 Sew Along on Instagram. The pattern is by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, and is one of the fabulous quilt patterns included in the 2016 Quilter’s Planner. It’s technically my first scrappy quilt, and to add to the fun, I decided to make it an Eye Spy quilt for my 4-year old son Max.
It is such a great feeling to be creating for one of my children again (Finn’s quilt blocks are still sitting in a stack, untouched since that 12 month milestone–yes, that’s next on my list!). Every time Max sees the progress, he says, “This is fantastic!” with the enthusiasm only a four-year-old can exhibit. There’s nothing like an exuberant cheering squad to keep the motivation burning brightly.
We are in the second week of sewing for the sew along, so hopefully I will have the quilt top completely sewn together by Monday. Time will tell if I actually meet that goal with all of the kids home and lots of family Thanksgiving time on the docket, but I’m hoping to at least be close!
I’ve completely finished all of the rainbow center portions, and am diving into piecing the white-grey-black border portions of each block. I love how the rainbow gradient ended up, and it is so much fun to see little peeks at previous quilts through the scraps used here.
I put a few contingencies in place to ensure that I love this quilt even though scrappy quilts are not typically my style, and I think they are proving to be quite successful. First, I used a very large ratio of Alison Glass fabric in the rainbow portions of each block. I love just about all of Alison’s fabric, so letting her color palette and fabrics play a strong hand is a surefire way to ensure I will enjoy looking at the quilt when it’s finished.
The next two will be a lot easier to see once the neutral outer portions of the blocks are complete, but I’ll mention them anyway. Second, I am using all one solid (Kona medium grey) for all of the “light grey” pieces in the pattern, instead of an assortment of scraps. This will provide a consistent and solid resting place for my eyes, just in case I get overwhelmed (although at this point, I have a feeling I’m going to LOVE looking at this quilt, so it might not have been needed). Third, I am using all of the same silver stars on black fabric for the centers of the lighter rings in the pattern, and light Lizzy House Twinkle Twinkle from her Whisper palette (Andover Fabrics) for the centers of the dark rings. Again, a little detail that will be consistent throughout, amidst the scrappy remainder of the quilt.
I love seeing my favorite designers’ fabrics together, too. The top right block in the photo above combines my favorite Carolyn Friedlander fabric from her first line Architextures (Robert Kaufman Fabrics) and the fabulous Alison Glass Grove in Grass from her Sun Prints (Andover Fabrics). They are the perfect compliments to that sweet little mushroom in the middle! Love.
If you want to spend the next week sewing to catch up, you still can join in the sew along (there are some fabulous prizes still to be won, too!); get all the details here. Also, now is a perfect time to order the 2017 Quilter’s Planner–for yourself so that you can join in on the *Spoiler Alert!* 2017 Sew Along during an inspired and productive year, and as gifts for all of your creative friends and family!
Okay, back to sewing and baking!
Many wishes for a peaceful, healthy, happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends. I’m grateful for you and your continued support and inspiration in this wonderful quilting community.
I’m linking up with Let’s Bee Social since I haven’t linked up on here in far tooooo long!
18 thoughts on “Eye Spy Picnic Plaid Rainbow Progress”
Visiting from Let’s Bee Social and I always click on the most colorful links first! Love your rainbowy goodness going on here. 🙂
Super spy pieces, and wonderful colour play as it moves up the quilt.This will definitely be a winner.
That is supper cool and complex looking! Great job!
Seeing yours makes me want to make one, too!
Can’t wait to see it’s progress!
Very pretty! I love the gradient and those fussy cut centers – especially the mushroom and the firefly jar! Looking forward to seeing how the grey parts come together.
Very first scrap quilt? I’m glad you’re enjoying it! Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s looking great, Kitty. You’ve made a lot of progress in a busy time of year! 🙂
Hi! I love colourful scraps and your eye spy quilt is going to be fantastic! x Teje
It’s looking beautiful, Kitty! I can see how the more restful fabrics you have chosen will allow the rainbow parts to really shine without being overwhelming.
Well, even though this might technically be a scrappy quilt, it doesn’t come across that way. The gradient color placement makes it looked very planned and not at all random. I spy quilts are a lot of fun to make, especially for someone who likes to consider and plan where each fabric snippit should go.
I remember one time I had put up a new bookshelf for my oldest son while he was at kindergarten. When he came home and noticed it for the first time, he told me in a surprised and delighted tone – “Mama, you’re so smart”… this still warms my heart to think about. I’m grateful for such cheerleaders.
See! Planned scrappy is fun! Scrappy does not have to mean scrap vomit.
You have some lovely fussy cuts in here. The children on the yellowy-mustardy print are adorable.
As long as the colors are sorted scrapy quilts are fine with me, lol. Yours is looking good!
I just love how yours is turning out. Finally crawling out of the dark room that my migraine has confined me to for this sew along. Not sure I’ll catch up before January but at least it’s in progress for me.