A Quilt Story

Hip to be Square Challenge – Challenge Accepted

Earlier this month, one of my favorite quilting bloggers posted a scrap challenge. I have tons of scraps and I love the idea of a challenge. My quilting time has been very limited lately because of basketball and ballet and well, kids, so I wasn’t sure I would have time. I was so intrigued though and kept coming back and reading the challenge, thinking how much I really wanted to participate. Finally, I bit the bullet and got started.

I have the link to the challenge posted but here is a run down of what needed to happen.

  1. Cut scraps into 2.5″ squares.
  2. Make large 8×8 blocks.
  3. Use one controlled color.
  4. Make the quilt top at least crib size.
  5. Finish quilt top by February 6.
  6. Brownie points for finishing the quilt.

One of my personal challenges this year was to use  fabric from my stash often…and I definitely have a lot of scraps in my stash! I began cutting and sewing.

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Yeah, that picture above…not nearly enough squares. Just sayin’. 🙂

I chose a black and white pin dot fabric as my constant color. I thought it would be fun with pops of colors from my scraps. Also, I prefer making patches to sew together instead of doing everything in rows. (It’s possible I had no clue at the beginning how large I wanted my quilt as well.) I sewed up a bunch of squares into four patches.

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Lots of four patches. Way more than pictured here!! Then I sewed them into 16 patches.

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And then finally I sewed them into large 64 patch blocks like this one!

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I cannot tell you how happy these blocks made me. Every time I walked into the room I told my kids (and my nephew one day when he was over) how happy these blocks made me. Every one was my favorite…even when I realized I’d gotten the same fabrics too close together or my points didn’t line up. I could just look at these blocks and be happy. They are so pretty!!

Although the idea to make this quilt came from Pat Sloan’s Hip to be Square Scrap Challenge, so many quilters were inspiration for me making this quilt. If you follow big time quilters you may see some of my copy catting in this quilt. I’ll give credit where credit is due…

I decided to go with a checkerboard quilt so no sashing. It made me think of the Checkerboard Quilt by Amanda Jean Nyberg in Sunday Morning Quilts.  Sunday Morning Quilts happens to be one of my favorite quilting books. I’ve poured over it for many an hour. 2015-01-20 23.32.36

I decided to quilt my quilt the way Amanda did in her book. I quilted every other row vertically and every other row horizontally. I didn’t get a great picture of that but I think you can see it here.

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I had purchased some black and white stripe fabric sometime back because I knew I would be totally ripping off another favorite quilter known for her striped binding. I love everything about Rita of Red Pepper Quilts and am often inspired by her. I thought this quilt would look nice with her signature striped binding!

I added a different twist by throwing in a few scraps of color in the middle of the binding. As much as I’d like to take credit for that idea I saw it somewhere but I cannot remember where. (I even scoured my pinterest board to see if I could track it down.)

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I love the bit of interest it adds!

So, now I’m all done! It ended up making 21 blocks. The finished quilt is 60″ x 72″. I used the odd block in the quilt back (which is the same pin dot so it has a floating effect.)

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And….here she is. My final product in all her colorful and cheery glory!

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I admit it still makes me very happy. I’m totally cool with it’s imperfections and smile every time I see it. Wanna see some more? I hope so! I took almost 100 pictures of the finished quilt. I’ll try to keep from posting them all!

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I enjoy adding a kid to my quilting pictures!!

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10 thoughts on “Hip to be Square Challenge – Challenge Accepted”

  1. Your quilt and the little girl are beautiful. You have an exquisite collection of photographs. Your quilt just makes one happy to look at wonderful work.


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