A scrappy lap quilt

Last week, while dusting/cleaning my sewing studio, I came across a bag that apparently went through three different moves from one house to another without ever being opened up and unpacked.

It’s kind of like Christmas, right? Finding things you put away for a rainy day and completely forgot about. Well, this particular bag contained a whole bunch of joined strips and cut 2½” squares that apparently were supposed to be blocks. Plus the trimmings of some scrappy bargello quilts made at least a decade ago. The fabrics looked familiar and when I consulted with my daughter-in-law she confirmed they were leftover from a baby quilt she made my sweet grandson Julian about 18 years ago!

So I decided to finish joining all the squares and made a few more from the bargello trimmings and found I had twenty-seven 8″ blocks.

Hmmm… not quite enough for a lap quilt. What to do? Alternate with plain blocks. Now that was an idea, but ended up scrapping it, because it felt sooooo boring.

Sashing strips? Still not enough for a full-size lap quilt. Ok, so let’s try framing each block with some hand-dyed fabrics. Now this works for me. A yummy, yummy quilt!

I used a quilt-as-you-go method to quilt and join the blocks. I always enjoy looking at and touching the quilt from the back.

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  • Angie Padilla

    I am a self-learner. I taught myself to sew and to quilt. And I taught myself how to draw. I am learning how to dye my own fabrics and am dabbling with mixed media. I am a quilt designer and teacher, and design and publish my own line of quilt patterns. With this blog I would like to share the bits and pieces of my life.

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