September 14, 2008

The 28 Hour Quilt Top

Filed under: Projects — laupre @ 5:47 pm

On Saturday, around 2 o’clock I decided to clean out my fabric room and in a frustrated moment trying to deal with my massive scraps collection I started cutting them up into blocks.  I made a bunch of 2 inch and 4 inch squares.  i don’t consider myself much of a quilter, but I have made a few quilts with large base blocks, and I had the idea to make a random scrap quilt out of these scraps for a while.  I didn’t do any math to figure out the quilt size or number of blocks or anything so it really is random. There are still a handful of squares scattered around my desk, but I got lucky used up almost all of the scraps I cut  to get the right size for full size bed.  (never mind the other large box of scraps i still have hidden in the back of the closet… I’ll just have to get to those later! haha)

Some of my 2 inch blocks

Some of my 2 inch blocks

I took all of my neatly stacked piles of 2 inch squares and put them into a box and shook vigerously.  Then I just sat the box up next to me and reached in blindly pulling out two squares at a time.  If I ended up with two of the same I’d toss one back and draw again.  The different fabrics in this quilt vary wildly from modern to retro, from cute novelty prints to beautiful batiks, lights and darks, and everything in between.  It was interesting too see how much I have used some colors since I started adding to this scrap collection.  This quilt has a pretty strong brown and green trend, I think.

Little Squares all Mixed Up

Little Squares all Mixed Up

I just sewed and sewed and sewed.  First making my 2 blocks, then stitching them together to have 4 blocks, then 8 blocks, then 16 blocks.  Once I had all my 2 inch squares to this point I made a bunch of blocks out of four 4 inch squares and added them to the mix.  From there I just kpt going randomly grabbing squares, stitching them together, snipping, ironing, stitching, snipping, ironing, etc.  I was at how quickly it went  when I finally sewed the last squares together and realized it was just 4pm and only 28 hours after I first got the urge to start this. (and yes, I did get a full 8 hours of sleep in there somewhere!)

The finished quilt top hanging on the shed

The finished quilt top hanging on the wall

Of course it’s still just a top at this point, so it’s not really done, but I was excited to share it!  I’ll have to wait a bit before I can pick out my backing fabric and other supplies, but I don’t think i can wait too long. I’ll be sure to post an update once it’s quilted and done, so look forward to it!

I think it’s beautiful.  But is it too busy?  What do you think?


  1. i love the look of this scrappy quilt and the fact that you didn’t agonize over what fabrics to use and what should go with what. it’s really gorgeous.

    Comment by karyn — September 14, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

  2. That’s awesome. It’s a very neat way to put use to all the scraps and no I don’t think it’s too busy. I think that each square will bring a memory of another project.

    Comment by Kelli@GohnCrazy — September 22, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

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