Heather at Lark Cottons and Rachel at Stitched Color recently teamed up for a scrap challenge on Rachel’s blog. The challenge? Make something using all 16 scrap fabrics in a dottie bundle of fat sixteenths, plus fabrics of your own if desired. The only requirement was that we had to use a little or a lot of each one of the scrap fabrics.
I’d never made a rainbow anything before, and this bundle seemed like the perfect opportunity to try. They’re just scraps, right? It’s not that rainbows are difficult to create; it’s that I just thought they were hokey until I saw some fantastic color spectrum projects in the blogosphere. Case in point: as soon as I saw this Diamond Blossom Block by Madame Parfait, I knew I had to make one myself.
I was nervous to piece the blossom, so I made my own paper piecing pattern.
To be honest, I really struggled, and I don’t quite have the star shape as precise as I want it. That’s frustrating, but at the same time, I love puzzles and games, and the process of achieving the precision of the original block has been a lot of fun.
Lately, “Create” has been on my mind a lot. It’s a strong verb. It’s a call to action. It’s what now echoes in my head when I start to doubt myself. “Go make something… Just do it… Create.”
Conveniently, Quiet Play has a free download for paper piecing this very word in her Craftsy shop. (Psssst… she’s also having a 20% off sale right now to celebrate 75,000 downloads – WHOA. That’s a lot of downloads! Go get some great patterns!)
Even though my star still needs some improvements, the binding had two happy accidents. I strategically placed the colors in the binding, but I didn’t plan for the colors to change at two of the corners.
I enjoy the effect, and I’d like to try this again sometime – on purpose!
I put pockets in the upper corners so I can use a dowel to hang the quilt, and after forgetting on the last couple of projects, I finally remembered to put a label under the binding of this one.
As I pieced the diamond blossom, off cuts landed in a pretty pile of snippets on my cutting table. I couldn’t bear to put them in the garbage. I started to think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be cool to use the scraps of the scraps!??!”
I’ll post pictures of my process later this week. But, I’ll share now that I had a blast using the snippets, a little steam-a-seam, and some quilting to tack down a confetti of color on this mini quilt!
This was my first time matchstick quilting, and I might have actually giggled as I laid down all that thread. It was such fun! I have a habit of under quilting. I get so scared of doing the wrong thing that I often just do the minimal amount of quilting required.
People in the blogoverse and on Instagram rave about matchstick quilting. The texture on the front and the back is every bit as wonderful as they say it is.
I solemnly vow to approach quilting with new reckless abandon. CREATE CREATE CREATE!
I want to say a big THANK YOU to Heather and Rachel – this challenge motivated me to try some new things! (And I didn’t even talk about the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever used polka dots before!)
The Create Blossom Diamond wall hanging is around 28’x23″ and is backed in a unknown yellow fabric from my stash. The Confetti wall hanging is backed in Kaffe Fassett, and bound in an out of print text fabric from Basic Grey for Moda. Both wall hangings use Essex Linen in Olive for the background neutral.