I had so much fun finishing Twister Twin that I wanted to make something with my black, white, and red scraps immediately. I loved Cynthia's scrap vortex quilt in this color scheme, so I decided to make another scrap vortex quilt.
When I sew a scrap vortex quilt, I pay more attention to sizes than fabrics. Once I get everything sewn into fours, I square the blocks up to the nearest quarter inch and stack them in piles according to size.
That makes sewing the blocks so much easier. Once I had twenty blocks with about 32 pieces each, I laid them out on the design floor.
I felt like I was looking at chaos and my eyes were going buggy. Plan B was to make blocks all the same size and add sashing.
Not only did I think it looked better, but it also made a bigger quilt. Instead of a lap quilt about 60 x 70, it made an extra big, twin size cuddle quilt. I cut the blocks at 14 inches and my sashing at 3.5 inches making the quilt about 72 x 88 inches.
I bought 90 inch wide minky for the backing and quilted it on my mom's Fusion long arm.
I felt like the black sashing helped to control the chaos, so I named the quilt, "Chaos Controlled."
My first instinct was to use a black binding so it would blend in, but my mom suggested a red binding. I am so glad she did. It really helps the reds in the blocks to pop.
I quilted it in black thread in swirls/spirals.
The black minky is hard to photograph, but here is a peek at the backing.
I love how it turned out and am definitely keeping it! And don't worry, all those white bits on the black is snow. We have had a lot more of it this year.
Quilt Stats #173
Name: Chaos Controlled
Pattern: Blocks from a Scrap Vortex Quilt
Fabric: Scraps from 6 different quilts and other projects
Amount Used: About 10 yards
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size: About 72 x 88 inches
Date Finished: January 2016
What I learned:
- Busy prints in crazy blocks need somewhere for your eye to rest.
- Sometimes "Plan B" is best.
- I sometimes like bold bindings instead of a blender binding.
- Some fabrics look much busier in smaller pieces.
|Chaos Controlled with Twister Twin.|
I'm still not done with this color scheme. I have already used the scraps from the scrap quilt and purchased some Ever After by Deb Strain (which adds pink to the mix).
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar (including Oh Scrap). Check them out for lots of inspiration.