Wednesday, January 09, 2008

ragged squares




I started a new quilt project yesterday.

It's really out of my comfort zone, as far as colors are concerned, but I am enjoying the challenge.


What I did was take 3 squares (cut 9", 6" and 3"), layered them all on top of each other and sewed around the edges of the smaller two squares with about a quarter inch seam. The edges will fray over time. I did not cut out the backs of the squares (to reduce bulk) because I think I will like the thickness that the multiple layers of fabric will add. Once it is quilted and washed the texture will be fabulous. I got the idea from a sample in a quilt shop that was done in katie jump rope fabrics. It was gorgeous.

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On a side note, it is roxanne's birthday today, so if you have a minute, go wish her a happy birthday!


28 comments:

carolyn said...

interesting idea. i'd love to see the texture in person. ;)

HobbyMommy said...

Really like it! Mind if I copy? I think it will make another good stash buster!!

Rachael Adele said...

I'm doing something very similar, only instead of squares I've made them into abstract 3-layered flowers. It's a less- scary way to ease into applique, I think. I got the idea out of "Quilt Pink", I believe it's called "French Roses".

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, this looks like fun. I've always loved squares within squares. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Hip Mama Crafts said...

That's funny I was just thinking of doing a quilt like this, with the frayed edges I mean. I was thinking of using old camo pants...

Katherine said...

This is going to look even more wonderful when the fabric edges fray over time - especially with the soft colours you've chosen and the simple graphic design of the blocks.

Katie said...

this will look fab! what a great idea. you are right, the older it gets, the better it will be!

Taia said...

I love the colors Amanda! Especially the blues and yellows together.

Linda said...

Cute! I love the colors. That is sort of a different version of what I did with Alli's quilt, only I used circles instead of squares on hers. Can't wait to see it finished!

Mama Urchin said...

I saw a similar sample and thought it was great too. I can't wait to see yours all together.

Kim said...

Oohh! I love this, and I have a few Katie Jump Rope fabrics in my stash too. How are you planning on quilting it? Are you going to do squares within the squares? I might have to try this one, I have done lots of the flannel rag quilts and I love those, but this one could be for me!

AJ said...

I like that idea, it would make up quickly and be a wonderfully qozy blanket.

Sarah said...

Cool! I made a chenille quilt with plain cottons that has 4 layers on each block and it has a nice weight to it.

I LOVE your spectrum quilt! How are you going to quilt it??

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Just love the quilt, the idea is most fascinating, must put that on my to do list....thankyou

Felicia said...

Very pretty :)

Alison-My Little Stitching Corner said...

I really love your new quilt idea. Very simple and very pretty. I think the colours are great. That would be fun for my 13 year old daughter to try!

de vliegende koe said...

What a great idea! I’m curious how you are going to quilt this quilt.
It‘s a great stash-reducer quilt!

Doris Daisy said...

I just adore your 'spectrum-quilt' !!! Its lovely!

beki said...

How interesting! I might like to try a quilt like that.

Amy Jo said...

Looks great! I like the idea of getting frayed edges. Might have to put that on the "want to try list." And by the way...I forgot to comment on the Quilt a Long. I am caught up except for this week. I will have it done by Monday, though. I don't ever like to go into the next week with the current one not finished!

Danetta said...

I agree with hobbymommy, this would be a great stashbuster. I can't wait to see the finished project.

Cindra said...

I like the colors... a very soft and subtle palette. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. It may inspire me to sew some more.

ellen said...

A friend sent me a link to your blog and I just scrolled through the whole thing. You are amazing! What beautiful quilts and craft projects! I am very inspired.

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Roxanne said...

Thanks for sending so many birthday wishes my way! I can't wait to see how this quilt turns out. I think I actually have a pattern for something similar to this. Never tried it of course, but maybe I will have to!

G'G'ma said...

Oh, thanks for the idea. It should be a great stash buster. I've made the French Roses and love that but this looks nice and speedy. I want speedy to use up stash before I can start buying more fabric.

sulu-design said...

Oooh - this does seem like a departure for you! I like the idea of some unfinished edges and of the stacking - both seem a bit different than what your natural tendencies would be. I like that you're testing your boundaries!

deelee said...

I can't wait to see it finished!