Friday, July 1, 2011

Cattywampus


My basket was full of scraps!!

You know it's time to get sewing when the basket starts overflowing!
There's bits of fabric from very early quilts, even my first quilt! Scraps given to me by friends. The orange solid was the only fabric that was "new".
Some pieced combinations were tests for other projects that didn't quite make the cut but found a home in this quilt. I even used up scrappy threads! Half used bobbins of unusual colours, and almost finished reels.
Solids work well to break up the scrappy mish mash. A place for the eyes to rest, and to add depth.
The quilting is as scrappy as the quilt. I'm not very confident with my machine quilting so this was a good chance to get used to handling a quilt in the machine and play with different patterns.

The quilt ended up being 70 inches square and looks perfect hanging in our entrance hallway...

and in the trees and the bottom of our garden.

Cattywampus means cockeyed, messed up, out of whack, screwy. The perfect name for my latest quilt!

Cheers,
Rachaeldaisy

23 comments:

  1. cattywampus! I am going to have to remember that! fabulous word and almost as fabulous as your quilt! Just love it!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Rachael,

    I hear you! That basket full of scraps is a perfect call for a quilt like yours!
    I love all you scraps in here. I too just started machine quilting and as I work on my machine more, I am learning quite a few things about the 'art of machine quilting'.
    Beautiful finish!

    ReplyDelete
  3. wheee, really really fun. you did a great job.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ooooh! It's beautiful! a GREAT quilt to hand on the wall and enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Amazing what you can actually do with a pile of scraps! I looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is really so much fun! I could look at it for hours. The orange and turquoise solids really pull it together nicely!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Everyone , Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, they really mean a lot to me. Cheers
    Rachaeldaisy

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am really loving this new quilt- I actually like the brightness and boldness and craziness of it:) Thanks for sharing it!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow - I love what you do - and congratulations on your wedding anniversary! Yes, I name my quilts too - I think that 'anchors' them. cheers, Cait in Bunbury, Western Australia, via Carole's book journal ;-)))

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love it! Love the orange, adds lots of zing!

    ReplyDelete
  11. What an amazing quilt! and such a fabulous way to use up scraps! One day I'll find the time to learn quilting - till then I'll just marvel at the skill and talent of others!!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  12. It's terrific in every way!! The colors are so happy, this quilt makes me smile.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Inspiring. I love the oranges and blues are perfect. Funny, but I am coincidentally considering the same colors for a current project. Great minds, huh? LOL

    ReplyDelete
  14. I can't throw away a scrap either so I'm really enjoying your blog. You've shown so many gorgeous quilts with great ideas for leftovers. Happy anniversary--and you look much too young to have been married for so long!
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

    ReplyDelete
  15. The perfect name for a stunning quilt!!

    Carolyn

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for sharing your pictures! This is a really fun quilt...whimsically bright!

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. I haven't made a quilt in several years, on a charity crocheting jag right now, but that doesn't stop me from visiting often to oogle all the quilts here. Maybe I should switch to making charity quilts!

    I like your blog so much, I've nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  18. I have a huge bag of scraps and I seriously dream of being able to produce something as beautiful as this one day.

    ReplyDelete
  19. It's hard to believe that all of those different blocks and scraps work so well together. I love the look of your quilt.

    ReplyDelete