Friday, April 12, 2019

"Scraps Rule"

(I MQ on a DSM).  This is the 3rd, finished project from the gifted, never ending box of scraps.  Projects 4, 5, and 6, are in process!!!  

DONE - I used my "stuck-in-the-house" time well (2 blizzards), finishing up this quilt, called "Scraps Rule".  I used rulers on the lights and free-motion quilting on the dark.  Opinion on ruler work ... ??? this is new to me, and it did slow my progress considerably, altho I got faster.  I bought one thick ruler just for this project, but used a traditional 2.5 x 6 in. ruler for the most part.  The MQ foot that I use glides, does not hop, so my traditional quilting ruler (thin) worked well.  I actually broke my expensive MQ ruler somehow, didn't break the needle, just the ruler!  ARGH !  I glued it back together and still wonder how it happened.  The machine quilting foot apparatus somehow came into contact with that thick ruler and WHAM BAM!!! so I'm guessing I put the thick ruler in the wrong place at the wrong time.  

The large triangles are 60 degrees, and the smaller triangles are made with the Tri-Recs ruler.  The quilt measures approx. 70" x 80".

The finished product is visually pleasing, altho my ruler work leaves much to be desired - no quilt show winner here, yet I consider it's completion an accomplishment, considering the lengthy practicing, rethreading, unsewing, sighs of frustration.  I also learned my machine does NOT like to sew in a backward direction when machine quilting.

Here's the back, again making use of stash fabric.  It's "almost" perfectly square. 

This was inspired by, a free pattern, altho I always end up going in my own direction, once I get "the bug".  Thank you Bonnie Hunter for her fabulous, never-ending ideas. 

Tip on making a backing like this.  I used MSWord to make a graph with the required visual dimensions, then print it out, color in what squares I have to verify I have enuf of each value.  It's worthwhile to consider half squares around the borders. Of course you can just lay them out where they fall but I wanted a defined pattern.  Alternating lights and darks would also be cool, or a kind of Trip Around the World or .... and remember you can piece those backing squares as well, or use leftover blocks or ...


Sherry said...

Great looking quilt. The ruler work looks fine from what I can see from the picture.

And, of course, anything new takes more time.

I have a number of rulers but I have to get the "nerve" to use them. Because of my fear I am stuck in free motion meander mode.

But I am thinking that I could make some smaller pieces for practice and if they come out looking ok I could use them for donations to animal shelters.

Keep up the inspiration.

Mama Joan said...

I like the ruler work! You are adventurous. Thanks for sharing your projects.

Janet O. said...

You really have made the most of that box of scraps! This looks wonderful.
Oh, I am rarely so ambitious to make such a great backing. I really should, though, and use up more scraps!
Your ruler work looks really good to me!

Jocelyn said...

Great use of scraps! They look fabulous!

Laura said...

I think the quilt looks great! I don't think I would take the time to make such a cool backing as yours, but... never say never!

Nann said...

I like the strong contrast between the dark and light triangles. The border really enhances the overall setting. Are you using the ruler-work foot on your domestic machine? It's a different foot from the regular quilting foot, just as the rulers are different from those we use to cut fabric. I bought the Westalee set earlier this year but my sewing time has been completely consumed by other projects so I haven't even practiced.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh what a great quilt~!Soory you were snowed in - but yay for the snow ;-) ha ha