Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Another Scrappy Baby Quilt

Wear a mask. It’s much more comfortable than the ventilator.
~Nicole Zeisig, M.D.

Quilting

There's still a bunch more squares. Remember, the shoe box was full. So this time I'm making a Scrappy Trip although every square is laid out instead of making the blocks from strips. Funny. The box holds lots of bright green but very few reds. 

Scrappy Trip Around the World toddler quilt

Plus my sister sent me a few bits this spring. She was cleaning out her house for a remodel and my house was the "recycling bin." Haha. We often prefer different colors so this gave me a wider set of scraps.

My first arrangements were a mess. Sorry; no photos. Then it hit me that not every color goes next to every other… but many can be linked by the other choices we make. Does anyone else remember Jinny Beyer’s color studies? She created runs of different colors to connect her “main choices.” As she originally explained her process, each quilter developed her own fabric runs. Eventually, she partnered with a company to print many of her fabrics and sold a tool with a fan of most of them. Once that idea resurfaced, it was much easier to create groupings. 

This one pairs many of my sister’s scraps, like the magentas, with some almost virulently bright greens I purchased for some strange reason. We both had a range of turquoise as well as cream, white, grey, yellow, and softer greens. Some purples found a home. And a smidge of peaches fit in as well. Using colors out of my comfort zone and planning workable combinations was both enjoyable and a good exercise. Perhaps we should trade scraps with others occasionally to keep us sharp.

Reading

Beloved Beasts
by Michelle Nijhuis

Beloved Beasts traces the history of animal conservation and preservation from the late 19th century thru today. The movement started with taxidermy and often killed off species as it collected them. Many of the original groups were founded for sport and tried to keep poorer people from hunting. By highlighting pivotal scientists, Michelle explains the development of our current efforts to preserve the environment and our planet.

Enjoy the day, Ann

20 comments:

patty a. said...

You are well on your way to making another cute scrappy baby quilt!

Robin said...

It is interesting to use someone else's scraps. But, it's hard coming up with color pairings. You've done a wonderful job of creating a visually interesting and soothing little quilt.

LA Paylor said...

I LOVE that quote!!! Also I have Jinny's color tool of real fabrics to help decide what colors lead to the next. She is wonderful, but has shut down her brick and mortar shop, not that I am still close enough to go but I have such fond memories of visiting with her

Kaja said...

I hadn't come across Jinny Beyer's way of working with colours, but it makes a lot of sense, and I like where it is taking you here. Adding someone else's scraps is a cool way to enliven a stash - maybe we should all be doing it.

Ann said...

Thanks, Patty. Quite a few are needed soon.

Ann said...

I failed miserably when I tried making pairs but it went much better once I thought of color runs. Thanks, Robin.

Ann said...

I read it in the weekend paper.
And I read Jimmy’s book years ago and took a class with her where we created our own oval. But I never purchased her card set. How fortunate that you met her several times.

Ann said...

It was one of the first methods to relate quilt fabric colors to one another. She really pointed out that you could get disparate fabrics to work together by the ones you chose to put with them. If that makes sense.
It’s a challenge to work in some of my sister’s colors. A good challenge for me.

Mystic Quilter said...

I'm liking this little quilt Ann, and interested to read that it was designed square by square. Kaffe Fassett has a lovely Trip Around The World in one of his books and he also sets out the quilt this way. Great idea I think.

Pamela said...

Very sweet toddler quilt! That’s a great quote.

Ann said...

I have made some with strips but they never look like what I planned. And we all like to touch (fondle) our fabric.

Ann said...

Thanks, Pamela. I hope you all are well now that the Olympics is over.

Shasta Matova said...

I noticed that I didn't have a lot of red in my scrap bin either. I think mine are like that because the reds are still in the project bins, and aren't ready to be used for scraps.

Ann said...

Most of my reds have been used. There’s very little in my stash either. Time to do some shopping. Yippee!

audrey said...

Love the idea of color runs. And how fun to blend scraps from your sister with some of your own! Looking good!:)

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Another delightful scrappy trip! The strip piecing method certainly leaves things wide open for unexpected surprises along the way! I do like the idea of colour runs, makes sense. And, I've always loved the idea of trading our scraps, nothing better than delving into someone else's stash!

Ann said...

Thanks, Audrey. Jinny published a book in the early '90s about the technique. It encouraged us to make a circle of multi-step runs and then go back and pull some for the final quilt.
You get fabric from your family and friends, too. It's better to think of it as fun and challenging, isn't it? There are infinitely many color ideas out there.

Ann said...

Thanks, Linda. I agree. It's a treat to dive into someone else's scraps. This time, it was even better that she sent me some. They wouldn't all have been my choice. A good stretch for me.

Nann said...

You achieved a great balance/blend of colors and prints. Since you pieced individual squares -- what's your trick for keeping the straight? (I find that pieces/units rotate or flip between the design wall and sewing machine.) Glad you liked Beloved Beasts.

Ann said...

Thanks, Nann. I make stacks from left to right and then sew a web. It’s in my tutorials.
Thanks for the book recommendation.