Friday, September 25, 2015

Got Scrap?

I have been waiting for a day when Mr. Romance and I could schedule a photo shoot for my latest quilt finish. We finally squeezed it in this week between all the home repairs and other things we have going on at our house. It seems when you live in a home for 30 years, all of a sudden everything but the kitchen sink needs fixing or replacing.
This is my Kitchen Sink quilt.  I got the idea for the name from my friend, Chase, who named her scrap/orphan block quilt the same thing. Since it is made of scraps, practice blocks and orphan blocks, that's everything BUT the kitchen sink.The quilt itself is inspired by all the beautiful projects that Amanda Jean makes. I started this when she had her scrap vortex quilt-along. 



There are some PRECIOUS scraps and there are some FUGLY scraps, too.
I am glad I was able to incorporate the orphan blocks on the front of the quilt.



I pieced the 25 Farmer's Wife blocks that I abandoned several years ago. I didn't like my fabric choices at the time, but they look pretty good all together on the back of the quilt, surrounded in an IKEA Alphabet print duvet cover and a strip of the IKEA Nummers print.

I quilted it on my Bernina 820 using a very random and relaxed wavy pattern, alternating the direction of the squiggly lines to give this quilt some great texture.

A scrappy print deserves a scrappy binding. These are all leftover binding strips, saved from other quilts when I overestimated the amount of binding I would need.

I have to say I am so excited to have found the perfect photo opportunity for this quilt. We have a scrap yard a few miles from our house. I must have driven by it a million times in the last 30 years and finally noticed the sign painted on the wall. How cool is this photo?


Quilt Stats:
Name:The Kitchen Sink Quilt
Fabric: precious scraps, ugly scraps, orphan blocks, and practice blocks.
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. white and quilted with Aurifil 40 wt. White
Backing Fabric: IKEA duvet cover Alphabet print in Black and White, IKEA Nummers print, 25 Farmer's Wife Blocks.
Batting:Warm and White
Size:55" x 77.5"

17 comments:

ipatchandquilt said...

Wow, what a fabulous scrap project!!! Fantastic photo too!
Esther

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Wonderful way to combine scraps and orphan blocks! That last photo is amazing!

Leanne said...

This quilt is fantastic! I love the orphan blocks and bits and pieces and the FW blocks on the back. And of course the photos. I am inspired to gather my orphan blocks as I unpack and see if some of them could be the start of a scrap quilt too.

Judy H said...

What a great quilt. I am slowly accumulating scraps to make a scrappy quilt. I also have a bunch of orphan blocks from swaps. So now I know what to do with them.

Dianne Neale said...

Great quilt Di. I have plans to do something similar - one day!!! I too have unloved farmers wife blocks!

Lisa C said...

When I saw the in-progress pictures using your orphan blocks, I immediately incorporated my own. I'd make two scrappy baby quilts but had started on a fairly good sized one for my 6'3" son. I was so happy to use those orphan blocks but now that I see your Farmer's Wife blocks, I wonder where mine are?! Great photo!

Gma La La said...

How great that you added orphan blocks to your scrap vortex. I may use your great idea.
Your photo shoot is stellar! Wonderful all around.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Diane, this quilt is such an inspiration and so beautiful! It could be used for so many metaphors in life! I especially love that zipper block! How clever! The scrappy binding is fantastic too, as well as that perfect location you found for the photo! A fabulous finish!

MGM

deb said...

So this is amazing I just love it... Every scrap of it!

Patchwork and Play said...

The ultimate scrap busting project! What a fantastic achievement Di! I love that you have rounded up all the orphans and given them a happy home among your precious and not-so-precious scraps! Love that last photo- says it all!

suemac said...

Love the photo op. That sign is perfect

Debbie said...

Super fun finish and I adore your photoshoot pic!

mascanlon said...

Oh the binding is the icing on this fabulous cake!

Dawn said...

This quilt is amazing! Great job!

Carie said...

What a wonderful way to use your orphan blocks and all the treasured bits and bobs in your stash, it looks amazing!!

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh my goodness that is some scrap quilt. I love what you said about some precious scraps. I feel that way about some of my 'left overs'. There are some great blocks hidden in here. Your work is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.

CapitolaQuilter said...

Perfect combination of all that is good. You actually did what I've only thought about doing for - forever, congrats - it's great