Welcome to finish it up Friday!
On Wednesday I finished my scrap vortex quilt (!!!!) and I have about 95 photos to prove it. Don't worry, I won't share them all here, as tempting as that may be!
This quilt is MASSIVE, measuring about 105" x 95". When I made the top, one side measured 94" long and the other side was 95" long. After quilting, I'm pleased to report that it's nearly square (or rectangular). Amazing.
For the back, I picked several
fabrics from my stash and pieced 10.5" squares together. There are 110 squares, with 107 unique fabrics. How's that for stash busting? It felt GREAT to cut into that much fabric at once. Folding the fabric afterwards was a different story.
The binding is scrappy, which is like icing on the cake. There are so many details to look at. It's SO FUN!
For the quilting, Cheryl
suggested that I do one big spiral, to go with the name scrap vortex. We discussed how much work that would be, to which she responded, "that's what a long-armer is for." I prefer to quilt my own quilts, but with the ridiculous notion planted in my head, I knew I must
try it. I had a plan B AND a plan C in mind if the spiral didn't pan out. Well, it took about 4 tries to get the center circle just right, but perseverance paid off. I quilted it in the span of 9 days, with 2 days off. Some days I quilted for 8 hours or more. But it was totally worth it!
When trying to find the center of the quilt, I discovered that this dot was within 1" of the center, so I centered the spiral around it. It would have been silly NOT to! I free motion quilted the center on my Juki, then I switched over to my Janome and used the walking foot for the remainder of the quilt. I used the edge of my walking foot as a guide, and the lines are about 1/2" apart. Yes, I turned this around in my machine about one million times. My back is a little worse for wear, if you could imagine!
With the pieced back, the sheer size, and the spiral quilting, I am shocked (and thrilled) that there is not a single pucker...back or front. There was very little pulling/drag...even though the last side I basted I was running quite low on pins. What a relief!
There are so many cute prints in this quilt...
paper boats, LOTS of polka dots,
little red riding hood,
cute Japanese fabric,
egg beaters, cupid, rolling pins, apples, oh my!
even cloths pin people,
little sheep!, vintage feed sack from my grandmother,
and even toilet paper! (that part is on my husband's side of the bed. ha!)
As soon as I finished the binding, I made a label and stitched it on, so this quilt is TRULY done, done, DONE! I'm so thankful that I blogged when I started the quilt
, so I have a record of how long it took. I had no idea it would morph into this scrap masterpiece, but I'm delighted that it did.
It looks pretty dandy on my bed, doesn't it?
This is scrap project #28/101.
Now, finally, it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week! Thanks for joining me for finish it up Friday!
The link up isn't working or wasn't posted correctly :)
LOVE the zig zag quilt and everything else you do of course!!
It's gorgeous, Amanda Jean! All those fabrics are such a delight to see! And I'm impressed that you did it on your domestic machine. Wow!
WOW! That is really incredible!! Such gorgeous scraps and really cool quilting, worth the hard work! That is serious scrappy heaven!
I really like your quilting on the Scrap Vortex. You've done well to keep the quilt square and not let it become skewed and wonky.
That quilt is absolutely stunning!!! Just amazing ;)
Wow oh Wow oh Wow!! That is totally amazing and no way ... EVER ... I would have attempted it on my Janome.
One question, though. How many scraps did you create from cutting the squares for the back? LOL
it is truly amazing!!! and the quilting is just perfect, so perfect. I love seeing all those scraps and can't have a better spot than on your own bed!
Amazing! Quite the feat, way to go!
you are amazing. it is insane. :) well done at all turns on this huge amazing quilt.
What a stunner! I cant believe you quilted this on a domestic machine either ... great work :)
This quilt is the shizzle.
This is just awesome! I love the dot where you started your spiral quilting! ;-) Curious if you excluded certain colors or did you just sew up any scraps... I guess I should go back and reread some progress posts! ;-)
Stunning! Looks lovely on your bed. All that work, but so beautiful!
This is the most gloriously scrappy thing i've ever seen! I could look at it for hours! And the quilting, oh my word, just amazing :)
That's fan-tas-tic! I am in love with it! :)
Congratulations! After seeing it in person last night, it's all Sharon and I could talk about. What a masterpiece and what a great quilt story.
What a beautiful quilt! I love seeing all of the little "I Spy" moments. That's the best part when making a quilt like this.
I LOVE your scarp vortex and wow the spiral quilting is just perfect. BEAUTIFUL!!!
There's so much about this quilt I love I hardly know where to start- but being a big fan of loo-rolls that fabric particularly appeals... Oh and the egg beater, paper boats, pinwheels...
Well done & I think you should label all your quilts like that for future generations. :0)
Wow! I am so impressed. The quilt is beautiful and I can't believe that you quilted it by yourself. You did a wonderful job! Love the quilt and the spiral quilting. Thanks for sharing.
This is bloody amazing! I definitely can't pick a favorite part and I'm surprised you have scraps left LOL. I certainly wouldn't!!
As someone who has both done spiral quilting on a domestic machine and recently shoved a 72" quilt through the throat of my machine over and over again, I bow to you!
OHMYGOSH, AmandaJean...I am a huge fan of all of your work, but I must say that this just blows me away! Fantastic work with all that piecing and YAY that you persevered with the spiral quilting...it is the cat's meow, the icing on the cake (even though you think the scrappy binding is), it is all that...and more! Congratulations on a spectacular finish!!!
Spectacular! I love the circle quilting, and the back is awesome.
Best scrap quilt - EVER! So much to love about this, Amanda Jean. It's so beautiful and looks just perfect on your bed. Bravo for an incredible finish. Now I think you need to reward yourself with a spa day (to massage out the kinks from all that quilting!!!) ;o).
I'm just sitting here in awe of what you've accomplished! Wowee - that's a lot of work :) Love the spiral quilting and scrappy binding ~ it's perfect!!
This quilt is fantastic!! Is the front randomly pieced scraps or is there any kind of pattern to it?
WOW!!! This is an amazing quilt. I was so excited reading the post about it and seeing the pictures, I cannot imagine how excited you are to finish it and share. The front, the back, the quilting, the fact you quilted it on a domestic machine...it is all truly amazing!
That is absolutely wonderful! What a great size - I am so impressed that you sat and fmq'd that spiral on your machine, what a mission! Well done!
Well isn't this truly a delightful array of scraptasticness!
This is truly amazing, and gorgeous! What fun you both will have looking at all of those cute prints :o)
This is just gorgeous Amanda Jean and the quilting is perfect. You sure had a great week of finishes! I fee so unproductive now :)
wow. Love the back as well and the quilting. WELL DONE!
This is AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration and congrats!
It's so pretty!!!! Want my address? Lol.
Gorgeous!!! So worth all that hard work. :)
Amazing finish! The quilting is the icing on the cake. Very nice job, Amanda Jean!
Your quilt is amazing!
Incredible! I'm not a quilter, only a sewing Grandma, and I love it.
Every one of your projects are so fun, pretty and perfect but this one is amazing! I'm so impressed!
This is an amazing scrap buster! I'd give my husband the toilet paper side too;)
This quilt, and your choice of quilting, is stunning!! What a masterpiece.
Seriously amazing. SERIOUSLY.AMAZING.
Wow, that is so fantastic! I am truly inspired. What great scraps you have in that quilt!
All I can say is amazing! I love it. :-)
Gosh, I love your Vortex, front and back. What a wonderful "scrapbook" of all your fabrics.
Wow. I'm almost speechless. This is incredible. I think I love the back just as much visually, but the front is gorgeous and just jaw-dropping in breadth.
It is wonderful.Simply wonderful.
Beautiful quilt! Simply stunning! I love the quilting on it. Congrats on a (long) job well done!
Incredible. And all the more incredible that you made such a professional job of quilting it on a domestic sewing machine. Kudos.
Stunning finish, Amanda--did you just pull pieces randomly ? I really like how it turned out...WOW--2 years in the making...I don't feel so bad about my UFQ's now...very inspiring post...hugs, Julierose
I love your quilt! Can't get enough of it.
Now I know why you are "CRAZY" Mom!
UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!! Can't believe you did all that gorgeous quilting on a domestic machine. You are an inspiration!!!!!
A stunning quilt. Enjoy every last scrap of it!
An amazing quilt I am totally impressed that you quilted that huge quilt on your domestic machine, I absolutely love the spiral quilting.
Great finish and I love your label! :)
Your quilt is simply fun, fun, FUN! The quilting you did is mind boggeling, and matches the name perfectly!
Happy Quilting indeed!
I'm really just in awe of how many projects you must have done to generate so many scraps - and what a lovely result.
it's gorgeous! i love the quilitng. what a labor of love! it's wonderful.
wow, this quilt is stunning, absolutely gorgeous in every single way.
wow, this quilt is stunning, absolutely gorgeous in every single way.
Stupendous!!!!! The front is glorious, the back is fantastic but the quilting is AWESOME!!!!
This is amazing. I cannot believe u spiraled that on your machine. It's something I'd want to do but wouldn't be able to master. I am so impressed and happy for you and this beauteous beast! :)
I'd be tempted to call this three scrap projects: one for the quilt top, a second for the quilt back, and the third for the binding. Undoubtedly, that is cheating.
This quilt is wonderfully beautiful. I can imagine generations of kids spending their bed time playing I spy with all the deliciously different scraps included here! Congrats on an amazing finish.
Whoa! that is one amazing and fun quilt. The circular quilting is awesome. I feel the pain on my shoulders, neck and back for you - LOL. Great job on the perseverance. Love all the tiny pieces and overall scrappiness.
This is incredible!!! I have been dying the finished quilt since you posted the top. I wish I could see it in person! The pictures are amazing, but I'm sure it's waaaay more wonderful in real life. It's so beautiful! Maybe you should take it on tour! Let me know if you come to Texas:)
I love scrappy quilts. This one is the BOMB! Thanks so much for sharing the journey with us.
Now I really have to the circle quilting. I have been wanting to but thought it would be too hard. Yours is amazing. WOW!
what kind of marker did you use for the label? Is it washable?
That is one massive & amazing scrap quilt! And I love, love, love the back. So fun!
This quilt is absolutely stunning in every way. I've started to collect even my smallest scraps . . . someday. So so amazing.
Utterly awesome!!! I love the colors and the variety. I told my husband about your vortex quilting style and he suggested I do a triangle quilting pattern on my next quilt. I just might do that. Congratulations on finishing this gorgeous quilt! You did yourself proud!
Amanda Jean, this is stunning! I love everything about the front and back. I can only imagine what your back and shoulders feel like.
you are the epitome of a quilting mentor!!!!
did you make blocks of scraps, and then put the blocks together at the end??
coincidentally - you featured the same scraps-sewn together on your original posting......and on the finished product (little sheep)
A modern Masterpiece
Your scrap vortex quilt is simply beautiful - might have to follow you on this one!
really wonderful, so many lovely fabrics and surely a labour of love.
Truly a labor of love!! What a fabulous sick day quilt, or quilt to have when everybody jumps up on the bed at once! I love it and want to thank you for sharing it with us! Also, I love the name you chose for this, as well as the perfect quilting, including around the polka dot :)
Amanda Jean I am in awe of this quilt - beautifully done. Not only all of the lovely piecing but the fact that you quilted it on a DSM and with a walking foot! How inspiring... I MUST now give it a try - I can guarantee it won't be a bed size quilt that I try with. Kudos!!
Pretty outstanding quilt! Really cool bits of fabric in it. Love it.
That's one of the best quilts I've seen, ever. Now if I could just figure out if you followed some kind of methodology in assembling your pieces! Cannot find the link or threads :(
beautiful work, friend! xo.
Beautiful quilting, I just love the circle!
The quilt is great and I think you just made two quilts, the backing is also great.
Congratulations to that finish!
what an amazing quilt. LOVE it.
WOWOWOW!! LOVE it!!
Oh how I love everything about this quilt!!!! The spiral is awesome and the fun prints could entice me to stare at it for hours.
WHERE DID YOU GET TOILET PAPER FABRIC???
So beautiful, so big..so much fabric, so many hours spent just quilting..I am truly amazed!,
Has any other quilt ever filled up it's name like this one?! I love the Scrap Vortex...and so thoroughly You!!! Enjoy!!!!!
I love love love your quilt!!! It's funny, I recognized so many of my fabric stash in your quilt :)
A lot of work but it worth it!
The quilted vortex merges all the tiny little pieces in a very merry quilt!
What an amazing quilt! I can't find words to say how much I like it! I wish I could do something like this once... You can be very proud of yourself! Have a merry Christmas!
Wow, wow, and wow!
Oh my! this is beautiful. It makes me want to head to the fabric store and buy every colour and piece that I love. Maybe one day I can try something like this.
This is truly amazing and it looks to be so worth the work! This is truly fabulous and I LOVE the quilting.
Amaaaaazing and wonderful. You have to be so proud and glad about this completion!
This quilt is the essence of who you are as a designer and quilter! If you ever change the layout on your blog, I can see this as the backdrop for a header or a thumbnail on a business card.
I would seriously look at all 95 photos. hat's off to you!
Oh my goodness! So incredibly awesome. So proud of you.
that is just the most awesome quilt - love that you kept going with the quilting too ! love every one of the detailed photos :)
I adore this quilt. Thank you for the inspiration. I think I can . . . I think I can . . .
Wow this quilt is amazing I love it
Pretty dandy, indeed! The spiral quilting is such a great idea...you should be so proud of this quilt!!
I loved it from the beginning.....and more so at the end
I love how you quilted it too..... a
massive job fantastically done !
Looks great on your bed .....
It does look great on your bed. I love scrap quilts. All the pretty quilts are wonderful. But there is just something authentic to what quilting started out as in a scrap quilt. It speaks to my frugality. He he- though if you seen my stash you would never call me frugal.
A spectacular quilt... wow and wow!
After i read this blog, i sat back in my chair and said, "Wow!" a number of times. This quilt is so incredible from the fabrics to the symmetry to the size to the fact that you did it on your own sewing machine to the free motion design to the absence of puckers. I am so impressed. I have not been this impressed in a very long time. Thank you.
I will be coming back to look at this post again and again... stunning!!!
Love the circular quilting!
The top, backing and binding too!
I love it! And I am impressed that it is already on your bed!! Labeled too. Thanks for sharing!
In awe!!! Amazing.
That is amazing. And CRAZY!!! And my back hurts just thinking about the quilting... Good job!
I can't even tell you how tickled it makes me to see little bits from my scraps in your quilts. Such a lovely finish!
Beyond awesome! Your work is inspiring.
SO pretty!! I have tons of scraps and I still doubt if I quilt them it will be half as good as yours...I am always drooling at your amazing work!!
This quilt is the bombdiggity! The back is almost as pretty as the front with that spiral quilting. This quilt should count as more than ONE scrap finish. ;) Merry Christmas!
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Oh. Em. Gee.
I think you know my love for this quilt. WOW. I know you've told us, but I can't remember. Is the technique for the blocks in your quilt book? There must've been some sort of method to the madness? And that quilting! PERFECT!!!!
I LOOOOOVE it!!!!
Amanda, I rarely, rarely post on blog comment pages, but I had to after seeing your quilt. This is truly amazing!! I admire your perseverance to finish this huge beast of a quilt!! It is beautiful, front and back!
Oh! I love the back so much that I'm not sure I'd ever put it right-side-up! Nice job. (...and it's so big!)
Simply gorgeous!! In all aspects; fabrics, re-use of scraps, pattern, quilting (!!), everything is gorgeous. Yes, super beautiful!
Beautiful!! I hope that some day I can make a quilt like yours!! The quilting is amazing!
Your vortex quilt is AMAZING! And you are so crazy. I can't believe you could put all those tiny scraps together and the quilting?!??! WOW.
What a fantastic quilt. What fun for kids to find the different items over and over again. Really lovely.
It is amazing! The quilting is just perfect! I cannot wait to start one. I may start it out as a leader and ender project as I am so excited to begin.
Another beauty! Really the size of it! It's huge, love it!
I am absolutely speechless. I showed these pictures to my husband, who just smiles and nods and gets a far away look whenever I talk quilting, and even he was amazed. Seriously you not only have talent, but you have an amazing amount of patience and perseverance. I'm thinking that the government should harness all that for some sort of secret mission or something because you have some serious skills woman. You can put me down as officially impressed and amazed.
This quilt is fantastic! The quilting is a great compliment to all those pieces, and the label really shows the labor of love this was!
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