Friday

Blogger's Quilt Festival


This quilt is called Bubble and Squeak and I made it a couple of years ago when I was into a clean up my scrap pile stage. 


If you look closely at the individual blocks you will see that they appear to be crazy patchwork style but this is not correct.  In actual fact the blocks are made using an improvised four patch technique which I have been utilising quite a bit lately as it is perfect for when I feel like doing brainless sewing and when I want to use up scraps. 


If only I could throw out unwanted fabric it would make life so much easier.  




The leftover scraps were randomly sewn together  to form large pieces of fabric which was then cut into the squares and rectangles.  Unfortunately I was a bit brain dead at the time that I started to cut and didn't allow correctly for seam allowances which is why most blocks have a double border on two sides.. never throw out an error when you have a chance to experiment as they say.  It is one of my favourite quilts. 




If you want to try the technique I have used it in two projects which are being featured in Australian Patchwork and Quilting. The first was in last month and the project was called Dusting Crumbs and the other will be in a few months in a project called Starry Cabins. Dusting Crumbs uses a few different improvisational techniques whereas Starry Cabins only uses two.




If you would like to see more entries in the latest Blogger's Quilt Festival just click on this link and it will take you to the central blog with all of the links.. great way to spend a few hours surfing :)

15 comments:

Cecily said...

Lovely! The colors are fabulous and the pattern is awesome - a great use of all those scraps!

scraphappy said...

What a fabulous quilt. It looks totally improvisational despite having a pattern. I have the same problem with being unable to throw out any scrap of fabric, no matter how small.

Linda said...

This is a really beautiful quilt! I love the scrappy look...great colors!

Fran C said...

A colourful quilt Cinzia and a good way of using all the pieces in the scrap bag.

Lonci said...

What lovely colors:)

RuffHaven said...

Oh Cinzia, I love your name.
This quilt is so beautiful. I especially like how you added the double border to each block in order to "save" it. I believe that all errors are really just teachers in disguise.

Pattilou said...

I make many blocks from my leftovers and when you get a quilt from them you feel so--well practical! I'm like you, as I hate to throw away scraps. The colors and the placement within your quilt works very well. Congrats!

The Cozy Quilter said...

What a great way to use up all those scraps! I would not have caught on to your "mistake" if you had not pointed it out. I love the borders/sashin--they really add to the quilt.

Chris said...

Great quilt. Perfect way to cull your stash :)

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

love it! right up my alley!

Karen said...

This is such a great use of scraps. Love the way you have explained the construction.
Great to see wondeful ideas in our Australian magazines!

Marjorie said...

I've been experimenting with crazy strips....but I will have to give the 4-patch variation a go.

Angie said...

Neat technique - thanks for sharing.

Nina-Marie said...

what a clever way to use scraps!! I really like teh spacer bars - it seems to bring the whole quilt together!

Charity said...

I understand what you mean about brainless activities. I use quilting as a way to retain who I am and my sanity. While I am the midst of going to college full time and being a wife and mother.
Even though this type of quilt is brainless it turns out to be a fantastic colorful quilt.