Introducing the Scrap Box Quilt!
In March, Candi had us try a leaders and enders challenge. Basically, instead of pulling out our thread to clip it after sewing a block, we would sew two pieces of another quilt together instead, saving us the hassle of having all of those leader and ender threads. I wasn’t able to do this entire quilt in a leaders and enders fashion (toward the end, I just had to chain piece them because I wanted to get this quilt done) but it is fun to know that the majority of these blocks were made while sewing other quilts together.
So a bunch of these:
Turned into this:
I didn’t like how a few of the blocks touched each other, so I may have hand appliqued strips of white to separate them. Ok, I did, and I love it much more. Look at the light blue block and the dark blue block next to each other in the picture below. They were once sewn together. I felt like I was doing cosmetic surgery on my quilt top!
I paired it with a Summersville print that I love, and bound it in red.
And the quilting was done in a free motion way, but in a design I like to call “Splat.” Maybe “Splatter” sounds better, but in my mind, It will always be splat.
This quilt started off at 67 inches by 80 inches, but after washing it finished at 64 inches by 76 inches (just shy of a true twin quilt, but it can function as a twin, it just won’t cover the pillow).
I LOVED making this quilt. It was both a challenge and a no brainer at the same time, and it was 100% from my scrap bin. And some of these scraps were TINY!
I think my favorite is the neutral background. It has Kona White, Kona Snow, Kona Bone, Kona PFD, and other random whites that I have collected throughout the years, and I am smitten. I can’t wait to make another quilt like this again!
And because it is so fitting, I am going to link this one up to Katy’s “Slash the Stash” post. Are scraps considered stash?
Thanks everyone for stopping by! Happy Canada Day for you Canadians, and happy fourth of July to all you Americans!!!
*Edited to add
I have had a lot of questions about how I finish this quilt. If you look through the comments, I explain into more detail about sewing together blocks until you have large strips or pieced blocks. Below is a picture of what I do to piece the final blocks and strips together.
I had a few extra of the individual box blocks, so I fitted them together to sew them onto block 11. I then sewed block 11 to block 8 with a thin white sash in between. I lengthened block 9 to be the same length as block 10, then sewed them together with a thin white sash in between. Then, sew the 8-11 combo to the 9-10 combo, then sew that to block 7 with white sash in between.
I then add some extra blocks to fit with block 6. Sew block 4 to block 5 with white sash, then sew that to block 6. Now, I can sew 4-5-6 to 7-8-9-10-11. Half of the quilt is sewn together.
I can now trim the bottom part of block 4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11. I cut off parts of blocks 10 and 11, then add that to the outer side of block two, making sure that any cut off boxes are on the edge of the quilt. Add white as needed. Add white to make 1 equal in length to 3, sew them together with white in between. Now you can sew bock 2 to block 1-3. Finally, sew block 1-2-3 to block 4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11, adding white in between.
Complicated, right? But, the outcome is pretty fun!