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SCRAP Buster Finished

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Retro / Vintage, Casual
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What materials did you use? A colorful quilt constructed from 2.5 inch wide scraps in various lengths. Printed cotton fabrics. Long arm quilted with cotton batting.

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What are you most proud of? This is my third month using a long arm machine. The Craftsy courses have effectively reduced my learning curve I'm still terrified of stitching feathers--HOWEVER, I've been able to coax myself into stitching echoed tear drop shapes. These tear drop shapes (feathers) were extensions I added to swirls. Sometimes I stitched the tear drops around the swirl (like one would do with feathers around a wreath). The tear drops and swirl combination made it possible to change directions FAST and efficiently. Practice, practice, practice. I figure if I can stitch tear drops in every direction, then I know I'll soon be fearless with feathers on a long curved stem. If you don't mind--I'll post more (detail) photos of the stitching on this quilt. There were so many good photos--it was difficult to choose just six for this post.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Craftsy courses make learning free motion quilting fun. May I suggest several subjects and courses that really helped me? COLOR: Stupendous Stitching by Carol Ann Waugh TECHNIQUE: Free Motion Quilting with Feathers by Angela Walters Machine Quilting Negative Spaces by Angela Walters Machine Quilting with Templates by Kimmy Brunner DESIGN: Designing Modern Quilts by Weeks Ringle

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This is one colorful quilt! You do love those hot chili pepper photographs. Honestly, the color choices make me think of a gigantic spice market. Swirls and teardrops are among my favorite quilting stitches, too. You'll get the feathers figured out quickly enough and then you'll be ready to take on anything!

08/01/2013 Flag

Spice market? Ooooo, that sounds like a neat theme for your designer mug rugs! My next queen quilt (already started) is quite calm with cool pallette. I may venture into the wide wide world of feathers to quilt it. By the way, I'm not done with the firey fabrics yet. During a recent fabric raid I found some amazing purples and ginger. Sound a bit wild? I think it will be smashing.

08/02/2013 Flag

I always envy a little bit seeing such amazing project. A great way to tidy and create more colorful quilts.

08/02/2013 Flag

Hello 3 patch. Thank you for your enthusiasm about the SCRAP Buster Quilt. I sure appreciate you taking the time to leave me a note. Hope to hear from you again.

08/02/2013 Flag

SO pretty. I am inspired now. Once I get moved and unpacked later this month I am going to see how many scraps I have and get started. I may have to "find" some scraps....he he he. We don't need to tell my husband that though. Truly a beautiful quilt. And the quilting looks great to me! :)

08/03/2013 Flag

Wow, you really are going great guns on those quilts! Interesting scrap design!

10/13/2013 Flag

Wow! What a wonderful work! Cogratulations

11/27/2013 Flag