Friday, October 23, 2015

Into the Vortex: A Finished Quilt

I just recently finished my Scrap Vortex quilt.  I am entering it in the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival in the scrappy category.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous quilts entered into the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There is always lots of inspiration!  You can even vote for your favorites.

I named my quilt "Into the Vortex" because once I started piecing the blocks, I just couldn't stop.  I was really sucked into the vortex of the Scrap Vortex quilt.  Pretty soon I had a whole quilt top which I quickly and simply quilted on my Baby Lock Tiara.

It is one of the very few I have quilted with my Tiara without the stitch regulator.  The backing was so bulky that It was difficult to maneuver the regulator.  I was able to get into a good rhythm and will probably have more quilts in the future quilted without it.

Be prepared for lots of pictures, because I really love this quilt!

I always love seeing the difference between quilts photographed in the shade (like the one above) and quilts photographed in the sun (like the one below).  I don't know which one I like better, so I included both.

This quilt contains my one and only orphan block, the fun hourglass from my Modern Farmer's Wife quilt.

It also contains a super cute fabric from Little Red by Tasha Noel.  I spy Little Red, the Big Bad Wolf, and Grandmother's Cottage.

I also spy fabrics from 25 different quilts, including the left over bindings from 15 of them.

I also spy fabrics from 15 different draw string bags.  (Really that makes 30 because I usually make two of each.)

I am not the only one who loves this quilt.  Monkey and Panda both love how fuzzy it is.  Minky is awesome!  And this minky is super plush and fuzzy.  That is the main reason why I didn't quilt it in a spiral.

However, Cheetah has informed me that he does not like this quilt.  At all.  Evidently even the purple minky doesn't make up for the chaotic and not symmetrical front.  He said he didn't like that color of purple, but look at this drawstring bag I made for him (scraps of which are on the front of the quilt).

He has now given me two rules for all future quilts.  Number one: it must be symmetrical.  Number two:  It must have minky.  I find it hilarious that being symmetrical is listed first.  Ha!

My sweet husband is very diplomatic, but it is easy to tell that he doesn't like it by what he doesn't say.  Well that, and how he looks and reacts.  That's okay, because it just means I only have to share it with Monkey and Panda.  They are quick to tell me that it is the wrong side up when I want to look at the scraps.  They want to make minky angels on it and nuzzle it.

So what do you do with the scraps of a scrap quilt?  You make a minky scarf (which even Cheetah tries to steal from me.)

And a mini quilt, quilted in a spiral. (More on the Mini Vortex next week.)

This quilt is probably one of my top ten favorites.  I love remembering all of the original projects the fabrics came from and how cheerful the colors are.  I also love the blue binding which looks great on both sides of the quilt.

Quilt Stats #169
Name:  Into the Vortex
Pattern: Scrap Vortex by Amanda Jean
Fabrics Used: My rainbow scraps
Amount Used: 8 yards (estimate)
Size: About 60 x 77 inches
Batting: Frankensteined Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished: October 2015
What I Learned:

  • I love the puzzle that is putting this quilt together.
  • If you are spray basting with minky and it doesn't seem to stick, you can spray both the minky and the batting.  Then it will hold together so much better.  
  • Painter's tape is great for a guide when you are quilting a design on the diagonal.  

I think I'm going to go pull it off of the sofa for a good cuddle right now.  ;)


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties listed on my sidebar as well as the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There is something fun for every day of the week.


  1. Well poohie to Cheetah; I agree with Monkey and Panda! Love everything about this quilt, but what you said about enjoying gazing at teh fabrics and taking a trip back to the projects they originally were in, is exactly how I feel about scrap quilts and why I love them so very much. Can't believe you have two (well I can, just both finished)! Intrigued by the mini... Ah I have to make better progress on mine; right now it's just leaders and enders and once in awhile a few extra bits and pieces get put together. Somehow the scraps bucket is forming faster than the quilt top!

  2. It is a busy quilt but that is what makes it wonderful-busy like us!! Really love the spiral quilting on the mini!

  3. Jasmine, your quilt is wonderful! I'm with you, and Sandra: something I love so much about these quilts is looking at all the bits and pieces of other much loved quilts that are going into it! Love the way you quilted it, too.

  4. Jasmine!! LOVE this quilt!! I don't know why but it reminds me of bubble gum wrappers and makes me smile :) Makes me want to throw everything aside and start sewing one. . . I'd have some unhappy customers though ;) I can totally see why this quilt is in your top 10 favs, it is amazing!

  5. How funny that Cheetah has given 'rules' for quilts now. I think there can be so much fun in asymmetry, and it will be fun to see if there is ever a quilt that changes his mind on that. Beautiful finish and great name... I can relate to getting sucked into the vortex of making a quilt!

  6. Great choice Jasmine for the Scrap quilt category. You know I love this one!

  7. It's fantastic! I love the story you wove throughout your post.

  8. Haha, I like it, but I definitely agree with Cheetah about the need for symmetry. It's very nice but I'm glad it lives with you. ;) I made my older son a minky neck warmer last year, but that still didn't slow the minky stealing.

  9. This is a bright finish foryou Jasmine....and I love it!!! You've actually convinced me to use minky on the back of my current pups quilt I"m making!! :) :) I love that scrappy quilts remind us of all the quilts and projects previously made. Good luck in the Quilt Festival my friend...this one is sure to be a winner.

    1. PS FOrgot to tell you how much I also LOVE the spiral quilting!! THis is on my wish list to do also. :)

  10. Your quilt turned out wonderful, Jasmine, and I love the quilting. I think your husband will become enamored with time!

  11. I am intrigued by Cheetah's rejection of asymmetry--presumably without having been taught formal balance. I won't go so far as to assume "innate" but one does begin to wonder.

  12. I love the scrappy side and all the memories of other quilts that you have in it. But the minky side looks so cuddly, and I'm impressed by your quilting on it. (Also, it's fun to see your white board with the design marked on it! What a neat way to plan/practice.) Your family weighing in with all their opinions is funny. And I bet someday when it's dark and chilly, you'll find your husband snuggled under it (with a sheepish look on his face). Can't wait to hear more about the mini with the spiral quilting.

  13. I nominated your quilt for the Viewer's Choice Award! Hope you win!

  14. Wow, such a mixed reaction from your guys! I love the idea of minky angels, and totally get how the boys who DO like the quilt think the minky should face UP - ha!
    P.S. I sure like the spiral on mini vortex. :-)

  15. Hi Jasmine! This is fantastic quilt! I love bright colours and scrappy quilts and your quilt is really beautiful!

  16. I'd be making minky angels on the quilt too. It's gorgeous and fun and colourful and whimisical.......and I love it.

  17. It looks so wonderfully cuddly! Really gorgeous colors too. What a wonderful quilt for snuggling.

  18. I just finished my Scrap Vortex quilt too! Mine ended up 88" X 92", and I spiral quilted it on my Bernina Aurora 440. Tough job, handling all that fabric, isn't it? Yours turned out beautifully. Nice work!

  19. Jasmine! This is an awesome vortex!!! I love the colors, and I love your idea of a shade and sunny photo. I love your idea of a dry erase board next to your quilting machine. and lastly, minky on the back is such a great idea. It seems like those become the favorites.

  20. I started along on the Scrap Vortex project, but got waylaid with so many others. I love the idea of using our most colorful scraps! How funny to hear about Minky Angels, but I find myself moving my own feet under my Minky quilt just to feel the velvety texture. And best of all, I, too, have a long narrow scrap of 2 different Minky fabrics I didn't know what to do with. Today I am copying your scarf! Excellent use of the 'extras'!!

  21. Awesome scrap quilt! Nice quilting choice, too.


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