Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In a Startling Turn of Events, the Marinating Quilt is Completed and Posed on The Front Gate



Fellow craft campers, steel yourselves. In a burst of Dammit! I AM a finisher! the quilt top destined to marinate in its juices for veritable epochs (i.e. ages longer than five months), is basted, quilted and completed with a smug, handstitched binding.

Here it is, not posed on the front gate...



...



There are 560 little and littler squares of the very scrappiest scraps. I love scraps. Scraps have history.

There are bits of screenprinting history:



Inklings of ‘T is for Towel’ history:



There’s the big girl’s favourite dress history:



There’s long-time-fabric-fave history:



After I’d finished the quilt top at Camp, I gathered up most of the scrappy quilt top scraps and made a scrappy cushion cover. There are scrappy cushion cover scraps, waiting in the wings and, a bit weirdly, I sense a scrappy potholder in my destiny. (Just thinking about scrappy potholder scraps is scary).



I keep throwing the scrappy quilt in an artful, spontaneously considered fashion, over the arm of the sofa. Tragically, no one else seems to appreciate the spontaneously artfully considered. Every time I turn around, the scrappy quilt has been unceremoniously pegged to the Other Thing Which Did Take Six Epochs to Finish and morphed into another kid cubby house.



Go figure.

50 comments:

Teje said...

Hi! Your quilt is fantastic! I love scraps and colourfull quilts!
x Teje

One Flew Over said...

SO SO good!

Love it T x

Kylie said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous gorgeousness :)
Loving the cubby house version too.
Kx

trudi@maudeandme said...

It's stunning. Scraps at their best!.
I am constantly picking my handspun blanket off the floor and folding it beautifully on the daybed.

Ali Honey said...

Well done. You finished. Finishing is great.
What's next?

Mrs Smith said...

Ohmigawd! That is bloody beautiful! Top notch finishing, lady!

Greer said...

Ooh, it's so lovely. Love the spotty binding!

librarygirl said...

oh T, so lovely. Well finished you.

Maxabella said...

It's a beauty, Tania! Hooray for finishing. x

Heleen Groot said...

Love the artful throwing of the quilt! The quilt turned out amazingly good! Well done you!

mel @ loved handmade said...

It's magnificent!! Gorgeous, gorgeous work and I love the history of the scraps.. That's an heirloom that is!

Michelle said...

'Tis gorgeous, and I love that there are so many stories in there.

(And that peg is amazing)

CurlyPops said...

'Tis a thing of beauty. No wonder the kids keep stealing it!

Tanya said...

That history, those stories, that's why i love a quilt, oh, and the beauty.

clare's craftroom said...

My word you are a finisher and a damn fine one at that , love that scrappy quilt !

A Peppermint Penguin said...

It's wonderful. It's splendid. It defies a sufficiency of superlatives.

and it's finished.

you win.

don't know what you win, but you surely have to win something!

Nikki said...

I think as long as you don't make key-fobs from the pot-holder scraps and then go looking for ideas for something to make from the key fob scraps, you're ok.

But of course, all I care about is DID YOU USE THE WALKING FOOT ON THAT QUILT?

NessaKnits said...

Done good, played hard, kicked scraps!

teddybearswednesday said...

tis wasted on them! ( although i cannot think of a more magnificent cubby)
560 little squares, you freak , of gorgeousness.
xo

Needled Mom said...

Yeah...and it is beautiful!!!

Cinnamon said...

Tania it's gorgeous!!! How did you manage to make all those scraps look like you spent forever picking out coordinating fabric at a quilt shop? I just love it. Well done.

Lola Nova said...

Oh my, what a beauty! I am duly impressed and anxiously awaiting your pot holder!

Gillian said...

Wow. What a fabulous scrappy quilt. Nice work.

LimeRiot said...

WONDERFUL!! I'd love to wrap myself up in it :).

Julie said...

What a fabulous quilt - you have done a great job. don't you love that sense of satisfaction you feel upon completing a project like this.

june at noon said...

Wow, wow, wow. Why do my scrappy things never look so great all put together? The colors are never right or ... I don't know. Best not leave that on the front gate. It might disappear. ;)

Kirsty said...

One of your finest craft moments T. Just exactly 110% what a quilt should be in my humble opinion...jam packed full of memories!

You do know of course that the cubby making just packs it with a different kind of memory don't you? GOLD.

OohLookBel said...

Congratulations, you must be very proud.

Trudy said...

It's a stunner!

Fran said...

love it Tania! Especially for the history involved (and the binding).

You keep on artfully throwing it over the arm of that sofa!!!

Loz and Dinny said...

So lovely - so highly impressive - it almost makes me want to tackle my own scraps quilt ... but then I remembered ... it's in the dark art pile!

Kylie said...

It looks great and yay you for getting it finished (cant say the same for my half started attempts)
At least it is getting used:)

melissa said...

I agree with Kirsty - making memories with a made of memories quilt is all kinds of cool!

I love it! I can't imagine how much sewing was involved in though!

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Oh...How I LOVE a scrapper!! xx

Linda said...

wow you are absolutely amazing and must have the patience of a saint to of made that gorgeous quilt, well done you xx

Jo said...

I am inspired! I've been pondering a scrappy quilt using all those bits of 'far too small to do much with but too precious to dump' bits and yours looks just stunning! How many quilts have you made before you tackled this one?
I'm new to your blog... I followed a link and found myself here. Glad I did :)

Sandrine said...

Hello Tania, Ahh I have been missing my little dose of M&E gorgeousness!You are so talented and I am always amaze at the size and awesomeness of your craft!I think you are helping me getting my crafty mojo back :)xx

June said...

Just came across your lovely blog! Beautiful quilt!
June

Duyvken said...

Woah honey, slow down! That is gorgeous. Thanks for all the pics. A

Fer said...

Love love love it!!!

Scrappy quilts are best, especially as cubbies.

Alison said...

From scraps to gorgeous. Lovely!!

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that can take a long time for completing a project.

heather said...

i take it as one of the best compliments receivable to have the kids play with something i made. of their magic little hands and eyes are drawn to it and want to play with it, i am thoroughly filled up. as i am when i see the things you make. almost every time. i have already copied the sweater pattern off of you, and now i have bookmarked this quilt, and in the back of my mind, i often think about dear fly. did you make up the pattern, just from seeing the other one, or is there a pattern you actually used for the dimensions? yay!! big congratulations on that beauty my short friend.

Karen said...

Gorgeous quilt. Scrappy quilts are so yummy. My son loves using my quilts for cubby houses too.

ally said...

I just adore it
You must be so pleased

Magic Bean said...

It is not a good way to start a weekend. Jealous and bitter that I cannot make such a beautiful thing. However, I am good at the Art of Draping. Next time you can send the finished makies to me for some serious draping....! Have a great weekend, Ax

Suse said...

The marinating did the trick. It's bloody marvellous!

Bee Girl said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I am so incredibly inspired! Thank you for sharing :-)

Amanda said...

Absolutely in love!!! I need one....

Anonymous said...

That's quality quilting T. You should write a book.

ZippyZippy said...

That quilt is absolutely stunning Tania - plenty of scraps here and lots of inspiration thanks to you.
Jacqueline