Blue Patches

by Nicole

What do you like to do with your scraps?

I like to find as many ways to use up my scraps as possible. So when I was reading Quilting Line and Color by Yoshiko Jinzenji, I was inspired to use the scraps from Blue Orchid and make another quilt.

In the book, Yoshiko writes about focusing on the shapes of prints used in making quilts by fussy cutting certain parts of the print. I challenged myself to focus on the shapes of the orange floral print that I had left over from Blue Orchid. I didn’t have much of the orange print left so I cut up the fabric into little pieces and surrounded them with a blue or cream solid. It was total improv!

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I added squares of solid fabric with the print squares and made 25-patch blocks.

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I sewed the patches together and added sashing and borders. Then it was time to baste.

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I wanted to keep the quilting in line with the minimalism of the blocks and decided on diagonal straight lines. Again, I went with invisible thread, which blends with the different blues nicely. For more on why I use invisible thread, click here.

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And because sometimes I need a little bit of encouragement to keep quilting, I stuck Super Grover on my sewing machine to cheer me on.

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I think he worked because the quilt is done!

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I’m loving this quilt for its simplicity – did I mention I’m on a minimalism kick now?!? – and for the challenge it gave me to look more closely at the shapes that make up the images on fabric. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a print the same again.

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Linking up to Finish It Up Friday and TGIFF!

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Rachel January 31, 2014 - 6:58 am

Very cool!

DeborahGun January 31, 2014 - 7:34 am

oh wow – love this 🙂

Fran January 31, 2014 - 7:40 am

What a fabulous quilt! Love it.

Megan January 31, 2014 - 8:13 am

Oh I got a surprise at the end to see how big it is! Love this exploration of minimalism – I'm cheering like Super Grover 🙂

sophie January 31, 2014 - 8:59 am

wow! love this!!

smazoochie January 31, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Yes! "Fabulous" is the best word, just fabulous!
Good for Grover for cheering you on.

~Diana January 31, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Quilt is amazing and you cannot lose with Super Grover! You really inspire me!! January 31, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Maybe we could have a Yoshiko Jinzenji show and tell at Triangle MQG next month…maybe we can get folks to agree on that as a challenge 🙂

Nana-Bob January 31, 2014 - 4:05 pm

WOW, so beautiful! I am working on a ticker tape table runner right now and using some (a mere fraction) of my scraps. 🙂

Vera January 31, 2014 - 4:48 pm

That is great way of using scraps. Well done!

JaneB January 31, 2014 - 5:08 pm

That is just lovely. Well done Super Grover Girl!

My favorite bumper sticker: "I can't get enough minimalism."

Jen Crutchfield January 31, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Love it. And Super Grover even matches. Cute.

Kim January 31, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Fantastic, nicely done and the quilting is perfect for the design.

Happy Sewing

Michele T January 31, 2014 - 5:43 pm

I am amazed!!!

akainik January 31, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Love it!!! Gorgeous!!

Paige January 31, 2014 - 6:38 pm

I really like this! The diagonal quilting is perfect.

Kat January 31, 2014 - 6:48 pm

Very nice! I love it. What a great way to use up scraps!

Michelle January 31, 2014 - 6:50 pm

The quilting is gorgeous!

Beth January 31, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Wow that turned out awesome! Love blue and orange together too!

Tamie January 31, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Amazing what you can do with scraps. I love your choice of quilting pattern too. Just a little different.

Katy Cameron January 31, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Love this effect! Oh, and Super Grover too :oD

Kathy@KayakQuilting February 1, 2014 - 12:39 am

My goodness! What a beautiful quilt evolved from little scraps! Love the quilting!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge February 1, 2014 - 1:47 am

I never would have thought that such small bits of a print could have such a large impact. And the quilting is wonderful!

Leanne February 1, 2014 - 1:52 am

I love this quilt, it is wonderful.

Kim February 1, 2014 - 7:20 am

You are so talented — and so hard-working. Thank you for sharing your creations so I can come here and get a dose of beauty in my day.

And the cherry on the top, as Jen noted, is that SuperGrover totally echoes the color scheme!!!

Gemini Jen NZ February 1, 2014 - 7:28 am

I love your Super Grover! Great quilt – it is simple yet so effectively gorgeous!

Gretchen February 1, 2014 - 8:06 pm

This is a fantastic piece. I love it!

wish2stitch February 1, 2014 - 9:51 pm

It certainly makes those colours pop when placed against the cool blue fabrics in the block. Great effect. Minimal quilting worked so well. I love it when you don't just enjoy making something but you also learn a little more during the process.

pandchintz February 2, 2014 - 8:53 am

Yay for super grover! How helpful was he?! Great quilt, Nicole!

Izzy February 3, 2014 - 12:00 am

I love this! Very nice.

Christine @ sew bossi February 3, 2014 - 5:25 am

I like your style. Well done!

riddleandwhimsy February 5, 2014 - 3:37 am

So inspirational! What a great idea for a scrap quilt!

OPQuilt February 7, 2014 - 4:42 am

First of all, love Super Grover–I need a mascot (I'll have to look around for one).
Secondly, I was just reading about the new color in the fashion shows in New York and all shades of blue, esp. cerulean–which is so reflected in your colors of this quilt.

I also applaud the use of the term "minimalism" as it's more descriptive than the ubiquitous (and somewhat vague) use of the term "modern." I think the more specific words we have, the better we are at description and communication.

Okay, I just love this quilt–bravo to you!

Sarah February 11, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Love it! The diagonal quilting is perfect for it, and I love blue and white.

Nicolette Mathee March 21, 2014 - 5:52 am

Hi, I have saved this post as an inspriration for using those precious little scraps that I can not throw out and woke up this morning with your quilt in my head, so now I have collected all my girly pinks and precious scraps to start on my own 'Blue Patches' in Pink, it is 7h30 in the morning here and I'm already full of inspiration to get going

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