I have been saying that I wanted to make a Scrap Vortex quilt for awhile. Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts hosted a quilt along this past summer with great instructions for making this kind of improv quilt.
I started out by separating all of my rainbow scraps which were not the full width of fabric. I put them in a tray in my Ikea cart and thought I would use the scraps as leaders and enders for a little while. That thought lasted while I was making so many gift bags. The rainbow scraps were great because I could use whatever thread was in my sewing machine as I was matching my thread color to the bag fabric.
Once all of my bags were finished and I was ready to start another quilt, I just couldn't. I wanted to know what this quilt would look like. So it became my current quilt project. (Go ahead and laugh at the thought that I could even do two quilts at a time with leaders and enders. I am still laughing every time I think about it.) The scraps quickly moved to the top tray of my cart.
I have heard that it is good to have a unifying fabric in scrap quilts, and that is what this floral has become. It is the one scrap with the most contrast.
I learned that finding two pieces with a similar length on one side took longer than I thought it would.
I ended up building blocks/slabs around that floral print and I really like how it looks.
After awhile my tray looked like this...
And my design wall looked like this.
I totally love it! I even included my one and only orphan block in the quilt. Can you find the blue and white hour glass block left over from my Modern Farmer's Wife Quilt?
The only problem is that this quilt is not big enough. I put all of the blocks in rows with other blocks of a similar height. And I estimate that this quilt would finish about 42 x 60. I would much rather it be 60 x 70, a good lap quilt size. So I decided to add my rainbow strings and a few solids as well.
I have cut my rainbow strings in half at the fold and will see if that is enough to make the quilt the size I want. I estimate that will add two yards of fabric scraps to the quilt. I have been sucked into the vortex of this quilt. In fact, I plan on calling this quilt "Into the Vortex." I love it when a quilt names itself.
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