Design-As-You-Go Quilt Top

Project Description

What was your inspiration? This charity quilt top was completely designed as I went along, based upon the size and shapes of the scraps I had left over from other projects. I started with the strip-pieced fabrics in the center that had the black on two edges. I had just enough of the black left over to stitch on the other two sides of these pieces. The light blue was what was left from cutting off the edges from another quilt back. I didn't have quite enough boxes in the center to fill the center section, so finally added a few applique stars in the gaps. Even the width of the borders was decided not upon what width I thought might look the best, but on how much fabric I had left of the scraps I wanted to use. I used almost every square inch of some of those border fabrics! It was a fun project to make something nice out of scraps. After photographing this patchwork top it had batting and backing added and was tied by other committee members in a local group which makes about 300 quilts a year for world relief efforts.

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Q&A with AllThatPatchwor

K Lee 2Strings asked:
I really like this one! Great colors and that center piece really pops.
AllThatPatchwor answered:
There is really something about working with scraps that gives so much freedom that I'd never have when working with "good" fabrics. Plus the fact that I'm doing so many of these quilt tops for charity - it makes me feel that even if something doesn't end up as some great work of art, a person who has just escaped war or earthquake or some other danger will likely appreciate it anyway gives me freedom to try so many things. I can always repeat the designs I particularly like in better fabrics later and I've done that a few times.

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