Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Scrappy Upon Scrappy

Almost a year ago, I dipped my {quilting} toe into the pond of swapping, and joined the Scrapbuster Swap's Round 3 on flickr, hosted by Kreated By Kari. In this round, we were making scrappy depression blocks. I remember being very excited to be in my first swap (thanks to Marci's encouragement!) and proudly sent off 10 blocks.
My 10 blocks for Scrapbuster Swap
I even did a little extra "mod tree block" as a thank you to Kelsey.
Ready to ship Scrapbuster Swap blocks
By August, I had gotten all my swap blocks back! (There are also two in this dozen that I made and kept for myself.)
Scrapbuster Swap blocks returned
Marci and I did a little private swapping, and now I had 15. 
scrappy depression blocks 
The blocks unfortunately dilly-dallied in my fabric closet for several months. Eventually I came across this picture. (And if anyone knows the source, please let me know so I can credit appropriately!) Updated: I found the block on flickr and am pleased to give credit to Ryan Walsh of Ryan Walsh Quilts!
The light-bulb lit up, and I decided how I wanted to pull these blocks together - adding scrappy 'borders' to make the blocks larger. (My original plan was to set the blocks 4x4, so I made one more block. In the end, I settled on 3x5, so one lone block is stitched into the backing.)
expanded scrappy depression block 1/16
Even though I posted the next couple of pics a few days ago, I'm sharing them again as part of the 'story' of this quilt. Here's the top complete with a scrappy border.
Scrappy Depression Block quilt top
I was really pleased when I was able to catch my first 'stained glass' photo!
scrappy depression blocks in the sun
Some wavy white quilting and solid KONA Raisin binding and it's done!
Scrapbuster Swap quilt using scrappy depression blocks is finished!
All washed up and ready to be shared!

Linking up to the Festival of Scrappiness hosted by Rachel at Stitched in Color! Do check out the festival and be inspired by all things scrappy! Also will be linking up with Rhonda's 2012 Finish-A-Long at Quilter in The GapTNT at Happy Quilting, Finish It Up Friday, sew & tell Friday, {sew} Modern Monday, and Fabric Tuesday!


Update 1/29/12: The first quarter of Quilter in the Gap's Finish-A-Long is over! My original post about it is here, and the First Quarter Linky Party is here!

44 comments:

Kelly said...

It looks fantastic!

CityHouseStudio said...

I absolutely love the wavy quilting. It's just perfect!
I need to do more of that! :-)

Des said...

it's really perfect. I love what you added with the sashing.

alexandrea said...

I just saw your picture on the Festival of Scrappiness and had to come check it out, that's beautiful!

Toni said...

So pretty, Debbie! The scrappy border was a great idea. And that quilting is fun. Do you use that serpentine kind of stitch on your machine?

Marg said...

Wow the difference the extra border on each block has made is amazing. I love how it turned out. It was well worth the wait before you decided what to do.

Annabella said...

You just have to love a scrappy border - it`s beautiful Debbie and a great entry in the FoS!

Katie B. said...

I love how you embraced the scrappiness of these blocks! Makes for a lovely quilt.

beaquilter said...

I love how you expanded the blocks like that, too cute!!

Katy Cameron said...

It looks fab, well done!

Mrs.Hearts said...

It is a very delicious scrap quilt! Great job!

Mrs.Hearts

tiptoetango.com said...

You're mod tree block is to die for...love it!

tiptoetango.com said...

You're mod tree block is to die for...love it!

Carla said...

fan-tab-u-lous! Love the wavy quilting too. I plan to do my granny squares like that.

Heather D. said...

Veeeery lovely Debbie. I really like it! Fun to see some of my scraps in there too. :)

Lynne said...

Very clever! Love how this turned out.

Susan said...

I am so impressed with how you changed the blocks based on the inspiration photo. I kept going back and forth between the first photo and the sixth to compare which block you had modified....oh so impressed! The stained glass photo looks amazing and I LOVE the border on Scrappy Depression Quilt. Wonderful job and I LOVE the story. :)

Teje said...

Debbie, I love your quilt! Those blocks are so great, fabrics and colours so beautiful with some white and the border is fantastic! Great design! x Teje

Teje said...

... 'stained glass' photo is beautiful! Funny thing that mine is just next to yours! x Teje

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

I love the way you set the blocks! Such a clever way to unify them. The scrappy border helps to pull together all the colors, too.

Kim said...

It seems like a small change but I'm amazed how much it added to the quilt! Really nice, and love the scrappy border too :)

Leanne said...

I love the block that has resulted from your addition, it makes your quilt so unique. Also, the secondary plus pattern that forms is also lovely. What a great scrappy quilt.

Melissa Corry said...

It looks fabulous. Love the way you created a new block!! And way to pull them out of the closed :)

Quilter in the Gap said...

I love that wavy line quilting! It has given me thought for a quilt I have that needs finishing. Thank you!

Rachel Hauser said...

Yay! I love seeing delayed projects finished. Yes, the scrappy border was a great idea. Also lovely stained glass =)

Janine said...

Your border was a great idea - these blocks are fab!

Eileen said...

Great quilt, good finish

Eileen said...

Great quilt, good finish

Cutie and Company Quilts said...

Beautiful stash buster quilts! Great patterns!!! The colors are fresh and bright! Great finish!

Nicole said...

Beautiful, Debbie! I love that scrappy look. It is so gratifying to finish up a long awaited project.

Jennie said...

That little change really makes the quilt shine. And I heart scrappy borders. Really lovely quilt.

Wish we had sunshine so I could catch one of those stained glass shots. Sigh. Maybe someday soon.

Quilter Kathy said...

This is awesome! I love how you changed the blocks and added that scrappy border...just great!

Richard Healey said...

Those are neat blocks so cool. Love how you take the pictures with light shining though.

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Aleta said...

The final block is called Arkansas Crossroads. Nice colors though.

quiltaholic-linda said...

I love your quilt and how you transformed the blocks

Jenny said...

This is fantastic! Everything about it...fabric, colors, design!

Jess said...

What a fantastic quilt Debbie! I love it, in all its scraptastic glory :o)

Katie said...

Wow, completely awesome!

Did I see on the Sewing Summit flickr group that you're a first timer this year? Me too!

Kerstin said...

I love what you did with the blocks, what a nice quilt this turned out to be.

M-R said...

Ooh, I love that block, Debbie! It looks fantastic as a quilt.

Kirsten N said...

Love the scrappiness of these blocks - they look wonderful together!

Patti said...

I really love that block. Is there a chart or pattern for it please? I'm desperate.
Hugs
Patti xxx

Heather said...

Gorgeous! What a perfect setting for those beautiful blocks!

Material Girl said...

The quilt is beautiful!