Scrap Quilting »
InstructionsMy advice is to stick to cotton prints for your first few projects. It's not worth the aggravation to use up scraps of other materials. Especially not when you can go to a quilt shop and get a fat quarter for a dollar. Go splurge on $5 worth of cloth in different colors. That is more than enough for most of the projects.
Type of item: Home Decor
I found I did not have much in the way of cotton print, so I used some satin like material (jacket liner) that I had in my scraps. Experienced quilters are probably laughing hysterically. Yes, It was slippery and stretched into odd shapes after I cut the blocks. They edges unraveled horribly--almost to the seam, even with stabilizing cloth behind them. Somehow I did manage to press on and get the beast done, though.
What was your inspiration?
I learned to knit cables doing a sampler afghan. I did the afghan in a light grey wool with dark grey accents. I had a great deal of grey material left over from some project of the distant past and decided to take this course to see if I could use some of it to make some accompanying pillows.
What are you most proud of?
I am amazed I actually did successfully quilt something even though I used this slippery material to make my blocks. I also make the pattern a bit more complex with a few triangles, which turned out to be not so hard to figure out. It did take a little time to figure out how to get the corners sharp, though. You can see where the early blocks are in my project pretty easily by looking at the corners.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't be the fool I was, and use cotton prints for all your blocks if you are just starting out. Using a different material at the novice stage was definitely a mistake.
I did have fun experimenting with the block and making the pattern my own, though. I would encourage anyone taking this course to branch out and feel free to alter the patterns just a bit.