a scrap quilt for Kara

If you have been reading my blog over the past few months you might remember that I am making scrap quilts for my Mom and sisters this year (you can see the first two here and here).  I have 2 more quilts to make this year, including this one, and enough scraps to make at least a half dozen so I imagine that there will be many more scrap quilts in my future.  I may be making scrap quilts for my sisters-in-law next year.
kara's scrap quilt
Working with scraps is really satisfying for me; I could destash my scraps which would solve my scrap-bin-overflowing-all-over-the-place much faster, but I am attached to them.  

Kara, the sister I made this one for, is also the recipient of the Washi quilt that I made almost exactly 2 years ago.  I like to make quilts for my sisters because they are awesome and they all live places that are much colder than San Diego.  I feel like they are appreciated and get used.  
kara's scrap quiltI focused on small, square-ish scraps and long, skinny scraps for this quilt and almost all of the blocks are square in square and are 6" finished.  I did include a little bit of yardage; I saw the Butcher Block print from 1canoe2 and thought my sister would like it since she is really into eating a Paleo diet and loves bacon (you can find it here and here).  
kara's scrap quilt
I would love to say that making this quilt made my scrap bin lighter, but when I put the remaining scraps back in the bin after I made the quilt the bin somehow seemed even more full.  I think they are multiplying!

The quilt is backed with a Field Study voile print.  This is actually the first time I have used voile for a quilt backing and it was much easier to work with than I anticipated.  It seemed to make the quilting a little easier too because it adds so much less bulk to the quilt.  Plus it is so dreamy.  I free motion quilted it with orange peels, which is quick and fun though mine definitely aren't perfect.  
kara's scrap quilt back
The binding is an older Park Slope print that I really like and that is really the only reason I chose it.  I really just wanted to put a bird on it.

I had the kids go with me to the park to take pictures.  We had fun with it.
kara's scrap quilt
Kara is coming to visit in a few weeks and I think she may have to pry this quilt away from my kids. 
kara's scrap quilt
They love the voile on the back and it is making me think that it is finally time to do something with the fat quarter bundle of voile I have sitting in my cupboard!

22 comments

  1. I just love what you were able to do with your scraps. I should try something like this to use some of my scraps before my box gets out of control.

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  2. Gorgeous! I had a looky at all your scrap quilts and they are all so different and inspirational. Plus I had a giggle with the bird video - I may have to 'put a bird' on a few things tomorrow haha.

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  3. Looks fabulous - if you need another sister to make quilts for, I am happy to volunteer. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Such cute photos! Lovely quilt.

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  5. It's a really beautiful quilt, I absolutely adore the colour combinations. I think I need to do more scrap quilting!

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  6. This is a wonderful gift for one of your sisters. They are so lucky!

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  7. Gorgeous! Inspires me yo get forking on my scrap pile!

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  8. Lovely! What great colors! I wish that I could say that a scrap quilt from my bin would look that cohesive.

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  9. Beautiful quilt.

    Number one Quilting Maxim:

    "Using scraps to make a quilt does not reduce the number of scraps."

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  10. The quilt is lovely, and your kids are adorable!

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  11. This is awesome! I desperately need to make something like this. I am afraid of voile too but I just need to do it!

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  12. Isn't that great! Scrap quilts are the best

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  13. Beautiful quilt! Love the binding, it's so perfect for a scrappy quilt!

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  14. Cute pictures of the kids! I'll be interested to learn what you do with the fat quarter bundle of voile. I have a bundle too that I'm wondering what to do with. Seems to me it would be kid of slippery to work with as far as quilt blocks.

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  15. Wow, I've never seen a more beautiful scraps quilt! So many happy colors!

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  16. Gorgeous quilt! Rich color combination, well done!

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  17. You expressed my feelings towards my scraps exactly! Even though I get overwhelmed seeing them, I also get so excited about all of the quilts I could make with them :)

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  18. Super cute quilt, super cute kids, and I heartily endorse the idea of you making scrap quilts for you sisters-in-laws. *grin*

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  19. Hi! I love your quilt! Fantastic scrap blocks and beautiful colours! Thank you for inspiration! x Teje

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  20. Hi! I love your quilt! Fantastic scrap blocks and beautiful colours! Thank you for inspiration! x Teje

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  21. You have some beautiful, bright scraps! The all go so well together. I hear you on the voile back. Aria loves it so much that she can't imagine sleeping in something else.

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  22. What a wonderful gift! I'm always afraid that the quilts I give people won't be used. They're meant to be loved!

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