Monday 2 August 2021

July + Garden of Scraps

 July seems to have flown by, maybe because I was a little busier than normal. I had a dreami moment that took up a whole bunch of time, plus vacationed at my son's place.

This is a photo-heavy post.

I have been trying to use up some of my scraps, a little bit of truth tea here. I don't think I'll ever use them up. They multiply like crazy! I'm still working on the 2'' squares. If you want to read about my plus quilt using the 2'' squares go here.

scrappy 4 patch 

more scrappy 4 patches
I tried to control the scrappiness of the 4 patches, keeping the colours close yet not identical. 

a little bit of Canadian pride included.

Now to put those 4 patch units into a top.

there were a number of layout possibilites

layout option #2

option #3

I wanted to add a border or two. This is where I flew by the seat of my pants as I had no concrete idea of what I wanted just a few thoughts whirling around in my mind. That can be dangerous, to say the least.   

auditioning border ideas

I went up north to visit my son and his family. The peace and quiet of the lake while I kayaked daily, helps calm and settle one's mind. This has been a trying year at best. 

I love this photo of the sun reflected on Tyson lake

My oldest grandson(13) and my youngest granddaughter(4). we normally catch and release unless the fish is injured too much. I did catch the first and biggest bass

After a hard morning of fishing, a nap was required. I made this quilt for my grandson when he was two, it has been well-loved and travels with him

    After getting back from up north, I had a week to finish the top and get the quilt all done that included free motion quilting on my domestic machine. This quilt is 80'' x 71'' a little bigger to quilt on my machine. I used my favourite thread Aurifil in the following colours #2123 a light yellow for the quilting the 4 patches and strips, it blended in well. I also used #2024 in the white border and #1148 for the turquoise borders.
feathers and straight lines in the borders. Ribbon candy in the turquoise border.

the best overall photo I could get 

I will be linking this dreami up at Sandra at mmmquilts.


  1. Sounds like you had a great vacation with family, and that photo of your grandson napping in the quilt you made him makes my heart so happy. The scrappy quilt is lovely, and I really like the extra touch of the scraps in the border, too!

  2. Although you know I love love love our Great Lakes, there's something about those more northerly lakes that is just so beautiful. Maybe it's their borders of forest... Anyhow, I just LOVE this quilt! Seeing it all done after you gave me that sneak peek - ahhh! Love the turquoise border and also what you did with the 4-patch and the 'echoes' of 2" patches on either side, so cool Cindy! I'm going to be a Rose here and suggest you do a QAL some time with this. Heaven knows we all have uh a few (cough) 2" squares floating around!

  3. What a beautiful finish and I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed a relaxing visit with your family!!

  4. Your quilt has inspired me to start another scrap project - thank you! Love that your grandson still uses his quilt.

  5. Ohhhh I love how this one turned out! and right? I think those scraps multiply in the dark - so surely a new batch has cropped up while you went kayaking!! That is just lovely - and being able to be with the grandkids - had to be the best. I just love that your grandsons quilt travels with him - he knows whats good ;-)

  6. That is so beautiful! I love scrap quilts, and all the different ways you can make them.

  7. Such a scrappy and yummy quilt. Love the aqua/turquoise border. Your grandkids are so adorable. Love the picture of the little girl looking at the fish and the tired boy wrapped in quilty goodness is just priceless!!!


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