Let the Scrap Attack Begin!

by Nicole

A couple of months ago, I was the lucky winner of a giveaway from Kim over at Magnolia Bay Quilts. She was giving away a copy of her book, Scrap-basket Sensations. I had borrowed the book from the library only a couple of weeks before the giveaway and was thrilled to find out that I’d have my own copy. And what perfect timing for the Scrap Attack!

Kim autographed the book with a little note to me. How sweet!

There are a few quilts in the book that caught my eye. This one is among my favorites.

So this weekend, I started pulling out my scraps to make a green-purple-blue version of this quilt.

I always like to make a few blocks before cutting all my pieces for a quilt. This way I can see what it will look like and decide if I need to make any adjustments in the fabrics.

Here’s a section of four blocks.

It is really big at 24″ x 24″. I’m thinking that I’ll add a bit more blue. I’m also thinking I’ll add a few extra blocks to make the quilt bigger than the one in the book.

I’m really liking this one. I’ve even got some ideas for the quilting, which I usually don’t think about until after I’ve pieced the top. I’m debating between FMQ and straight lines, although I think straight lines will win because this will be a big one making FMQ on my little machine a challenge. It would be nice though to add FMQ to the center where the four blocks meet. Decisions, decisions.

Four blocks down, 32 to go!

By the way, you can check out a preview of all the quilts in Kim’s book here.

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Heather D. March 19, 2012 - 3:11 pm

I just recently got this book from the library and honestly, not much caught my eye. But now that I see your lovely block I might change my mind! I think it's the fabrics used in the book that didn't appeal? I don't know, they seemed to use a lot of batiks.

I still have the book though so I might take another flip through it!

Debbie March 19, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Your blocks look lovely – I'm in the mood for scrappy too – soon!

Marjorie's Busy Corner March 19, 2012 - 3:35 pm

This is a lovely block…..I really like your color choices….good luck with it.

Carla March 19, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Loving the colors !

Cherie March 19, 2012 - 5:18 pm

32 to go wow!!!! Good luck. Can't wait to see your progress =D

I'm holding a small swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D


Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts March 19, 2012 - 5:34 pm

I love your block. Your quilt will be beautiful. I am no help when it comes to quilting 🙂 I can't wait to see what you decide though.

Toni March 19, 2012 - 6:21 pm

I can definitely see why that block caught your eye! It is beautiful and I really like the colors you are using.

M-R March 19, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Oh, I love those blocks! You picked great colours, Nicole. I'm looking forward to seeing where you take this.

Kelly March 19, 2012 - 9:08 pm

Looks like its going to be another cracking quilt Nicole!

Paige March 19, 2012 - 9:34 pm

I love blocks that look intricate and complicated but turn out to be pretty logical and doable. This quilt is going to be great and I love the colors!

Katy Cameron March 19, 2012 - 11:57 pm

Looking good, way to bust those scraps

Megan March 20, 2012 - 12:14 am

How lovely to win a book – and signed as well (I'm a bit of a book junkie!)Those blocks you have made look really vibrant and cheerful.

MB in MI March 20, 2012 - 12:46 am

Beautiful, Nicole! You make good use of that great book. Look forward to seeing more!

Joy March 20, 2012 - 5:26 am

Nicole.. I love that quilt.. it is one of my favorites also. I bought that book when I was up in Seattle visiting my cousin and we saw it. Oh I cant wait to see it when you get done. Have fun.

Quiltsmiles March 20, 2012 - 9:46 am

I love that book and really like how yours is looking so far. Jane

Connie March 21, 2012 - 2:25 am

Looks beautiful, I like the colors you are using! I have this great book too and have made a couple tops….just need to quilt them.

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