Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scrappy Trip Goes Fishing

I am so excited to show you my Scrappy Trip-Along quilt.  I succumbed to this Instagram quilt-along on December 30th and worked like a mad woman to get it finished. The blocks were so addicting and it was such a great scrap buster, I was like a woman possessed! It was so fun to see how quickly this quilt grew and grew. Each block is 12-1/2" square, unfinished. I made 42 blocks in just a few days. It really was a fun and easy quilt and I think I'll make another with stash fabrics.


This quilt is very special to me because it represents so many of the quilts I have made in the past 10 years. I guess it was special to Mr. Romance too, because he asked if it could be his. He just kept saying how much he liked it, so, of course, it is his. To make it more special for my husband, I backed it with a fish fabric. How fun is that? He has recently discovered that he really enjoys fly fishing, so when I saw this fabric on the Fabric Shack website, it just called my name and said it needed to be on the backside of this quilt.

I quilted it with straight lines on either side of every third square in both directions and then diagonally down the middle of every third row. I tried to do a lazy version of what Rita did on her quilt and the every third row idea didn't make for evenly distributed lines (Rita did every second row), but I like the way it looks and that's all that matters.
I bound it with a black and white houndstooth and I think it is just the frame that this quilt needed.
This is the first quilt I have attached one of my new labels. Thanks to LauraJane for allowing me to use the template she created. I had these labels printed at Spoonflower.


I think Paul likes his quilt.


Quilt Stats
Name:Scrappy Trip-Along Gone Fishing
Fabric:scraps from the last 10 years with a few strips cut from stash
Backing:Freshwater Fish by Benartex
Binding: Houndstooth in Black and White by Benartex for Kanvas
Batting:Warm and White
Quilted: by me
Thread:Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. and quilted with Aurifil #2000 50 wt.
Measures:77-1/2"x64-1/2"*

*I still am amazed at how much quilts shrink in their first wash. But I guess that's what makes them so snuggly and wrinkled. Luckily, at 76" tall, Mr. R got a quilt big enough to keep him warm.


29 comments:

Chase said...

It is for sure a super love quilt. It is amazing how many fabric that we collected it over the years. Your Mr. Romance looks very cozy in his new quilt. Oh.. I love your label what a great idea!!

suemac said...

It turned out great. I love that your husband has taken it over. I finally finished up with my husband's purple quilt and he is as happy as a clam.

Katy said...

that's such a great quilt - and I love that Mr Romance actually asked for it to be his. That makes it even better!

Canadian Abroad said...

When men actually comment on a quilt, and ask for it too, you know you have done a good one! So happy this one stays in your home to be loved.

Jennifer said...

Love this quilt, love the backing! He definitely looks pleased, i'd say mission accomplished, job well done Di!

Diane said...

How fun! Love the backing. My husband looked at my trip quilt and said something like 'there is a lot going on there'... don't think its his fav :)

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Wonderful quilt and very sweet too. xo

Mermaid Sews said...

Love it Di!

Cindy said...

How great is that? A pretty finish, great memories tied together and a happy hubby. What a nice post!

Quilter in the Gap said...

it is almost as lovely as its creator.

Catherine said...

Fabulous quilt and perfect that your other half requested it as his own

Taryn said...

Your quilt is great and that fish fabric is SO fun! Great job!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh I look like Mr Romance's double sat here under mine!!!

I think I better measure mine now post-wash, but the tape measure is in the conservatory and I am all snuggly here in the lounge!

Geri said...

A nice cozy quilt for Mr. R!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Yay for Mr Romance getting his very own quilt!

Patchwork and Play said...

You have made a very special quilt Di! I can see Mr R loves it as much as you do! And I love the note on your label to 'snuggle often'!

Lynn Cohen said...

I love a quilt with a story and this is a very romantic story! Happiness on both of you together! Can you both fit under this quilt?
Hope so!

Annabella said...

I adore the deep saturated colours in Mr.Romance's quilt...and he does indeed look very happy underneath it. I'm sure this quilt is full of love Di - it's truly beautiful and I do believe you are very lucky to have each other. xx

Carla said...

Isn't that nice that he ASKED for it! My husband doesn't like my scrappy trip blocks. Oh well. I am still making them. It is probably big enough for the both of you?

Leanne said...

I love the fish, they are excellent! I am glad he loves the quilt, and maybe he will share it with you too.

Cindy said...

Love it! What a great quilt for Mr. R to keep warm under. I just started my blocks for this quilt.

Danny Heyen said...

So sweet that you made that for your husband! It turned out great. I can't wait to finish mine! Hoping the budget allows me to buy some batting soon!

Debbie said...

What a sweet post and I just love your quilt!

Catskill Quilter said...

Diane, how terrific that your Sweetie spoke up for this quilt! I think it is extra special that you made it with scraps! I love the way you quilted it, and now I am inspired to finish mine! I had thought of doing diagonal lines but was not sure how it would look, but that quilting looks wonderful! Congrats!

Dianne Neale said...

I think he deserves such a wonderful quilt! Gordon was impressed with the fishes!

claire witherspoon said...

OOOh Di, A real REAL scrap quilt! Just the right amount of scrappy clutter to give it that real authentic scrap flavor, because it is! love the balance of colors and the pattern, and the label is very clever! cheers, Claire W.

Karin på Ösäter said...

HI!
You have done a very nice scrappy quilt.

Hugs from a snowy Sweden

Karin på Ösäter
KarinKajsa

http://karinpaosater.blogg.se/

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Your quilt is one of the loveliest I have seen! I can see why it is so addictive! You know there is something special when the guys have an opinion. Yeah!

Jean said...

I love this quilt and the story that goes with it. I just made my first scrappy trip block from scraps of my last quilt. I have decided to make a block using fabrics from each of the quilts I have made and will make. Can't wait to see how it turns out in the end.