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Big Techniques from Small Scraps taught by Sarah Fielke

Sarah Fielke makes six scrappy quilts that combine traditional techniques with fresh design and updated fabrics.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? leftovers from 2012 BOM quilt; Aurifil, Bottomline & Isacord thread; cotton batting

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What are you most proud of? I did all the quilting with my walking foot - even the arcs in the small squares. This was OK for this size quilt but if it were bigger there would be a lot of wrestling with the quilt to turn it. I would then go to FMQ with the darning foot

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This little quilt measures about 24" x 26" - will probably end up as yet another chair cover for the dog! I changed the square size to 4" finished for the big squares & 2" finished for the small squares. I'm not sure I would want to make a bigger quilt using this technique as I think it would get really awkward to sew on the squares to a large already sewn part of the quilt top and would be kind of tedious. It might be OK if the squares are bigger for a bigger quilt.

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Looks great Darns - I agree with the size of the quilts - saw somewhere in Craftsy that by adding your ironing board beside your left size of the quilt and putting vinyl on top of helps to feed large quilts through - was a great idea for up to a queen size but am going to get the king one professionally done - just a big of a stretch for my poor old machine.

02/08/2013 Flag

Thank you, Beth! It would be really hard to get a king sized quilt in the throat of a home machine - might be doable but a lot of work moving the quilt around.

02/08/2013 Flag

Darns, you are one lucky dog!

02/08/2013 Flag

You don't think Wallace is spoiled or anything, do you? These chair covers give me a good reason to try out a pattern without committing to a whole quilt - works for me!

02/09/2013 Flag

I love the fabric choices for this project. Vibrant and blending at the same time. Was this one particular line of fabrics?

06/07/2013 Flag

Yes, this is Terrain by Kate Spain. Fortunately, my LQS carried most of the line.

06/08/2013 Flag

I have to learn to do this. I love it.

06/11/2013 Flag

Thanks, Deb! I like learning new techniques but not sure I'd do this again. And again I used white on a dog seat cover!

06/11/2013 Flag

I like both the finished size and the size of the squares you used. Were your rectangles 2.5 x 4.5 (unfinished)? Many of my projects wind up as dog or cat blankets, chair covers, or placemats, too. :)

01/02/2014 Flag

Yes, you have the dimensions of the rectangles correct. Will I ever learn to NOT use white fabric for something that the dog ends up sitting on! Instantly dirty! He's a terrier & loves sitting outside in the sun in the dirt. Two days after a bath he's beige not white.

01/03/2014 Flag