Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Scrabbled- A Mini Quilt


About six weeks ago, I gained a whopping 1000 followers on instagram. I was so amazed by it, that in a spontaneous gesture, I decided to hold a wee giveaway. Participants had to post a picture of their favourite of my patterns and I in turn promised to sew something for the winner. It might be a new pattern designed especially for them, it might be a twist on an existing pattern, what I made would depend what mood I was in and which picture they chose as inspiration.

The winner posted this picture of a pattern that I was working on for a scrabble tile. It was something that I hadn't yet sewn 1000 times so I happily decided to carry on and make her a mini quilt using the pattern. I asked her which words she would like and then got to work planning.

My initial plan was to make the letters and numbers black, but just as I was about to start sewing, I saw the very very last scraps of my Oakshott Cotton Lakes bundle. I had a quick change of plan and decided to use them for this quilt.

I decided to use my scraps of low volume fabric for the scrabble tiles. I really like the fact that most of these are text fabrics- it somehow seems very appropriate. I was relieved to discover that I had just enough different low volume fabrics to use a different fabric for each scrabble tile.

Finally for the edging of the scrabble tiles, I used some of the tiny scraps of kona black that I had left from my Utopia Quilt.

When I first dreamt up the idea of scabble tile patterns, I had a mini quilt in my head. The further that I got into the pattern, the more insane I knew this idea to be, each tile has a finished size of 4 inches which means that the pieces in the number 3 and 5 are pretty tiny. I stubbornly kept going because I was in love with the idea of a mini! I'm glad that I did, but I must admit that I won't be making another one of these in a hurry. I think I will also make the tiles bigger when (if) I release the pattern.

Once the tiles were pieced, I came to a screeching halt. What should I use for the background of the quilt?

I played with the idea of a patchwork of blocks, but the mock-up that I did in EQ7 just looked wrong. It was too busy and detracted from the scrabble times.

I thought about using a solid background, but that was too plain and boring.

Big scale prints were out as they detracted from the blocks too much.

Then I went to my fabric stash and had a look to see what I had. One fabric sprang out at me. It was PERFECT. I had loved Katarina Roccella's Indelible fabrics the moment I saw them and bought a selection of the prints to make a quilt. These fabrics had been lying together untouched for an increasing period of time and the longer they did, the smaller the chance that the quilt would happen.

When I saw the fabrics lying in my stash, I knew what I had to use as the background for my mini. I love it! It provides the perfect combination of colour, text and big designs for my mini quilt.
I must admit that it was difficult to put this mini in the post and a few bad influences may have tried to persuade me to hold into it. But what's the fun of making things if its not to give them to others?

Scraptastic Tuesday

7 comments :

  1. What a magnificent quilt. I love the scrabble tiles and the background fabric is indeed perfect. I can see whay you would find it hard to part with this quilt.
    I do hope that you will release the scrabble tiles patterns some time in the future, they are such a brilliant idea.

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  2. Fantastic quilt, and I love the scrabble tiles! A very lucky winner indeed.

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  3. Oh Juliet it's gorgeous !! I love it ....

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  4. It's so gorgeous and so clever! no doubt she was thrilled to receive such a labour of love! and yep... giving things away is soooo fun! x

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  5. What a fabulous gift! And I think it means you have done a good job if it is hard to part with. Love how we bring other quilts and makes into a project every time we use our scraps. Thank you for sharing on #scraptastictuesday

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  6. What a great mini! Well done!

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  7. Great job and hope you release the pattern!

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