Wednesday, June 10, 2015

scrap vortex QAL, week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the scrap vortex QAL! I'm very happy that so many of you are quilting along with me! Today I will be showing the directions for this week, and at the bottom of the post, I have a Q & A to address a few comments from last week. There is a lot of info in this post! (Please take the time to read it! :) )
This week's assignment is very similar to last week, except this time you just sew pairs of pairs together. Sew some pairs side by side, sew some pairs end to end. You can sew 3 little pieces in a row, then add a string to one side....any way works. Make some of each!
Let me walk you through a few examples. I chose to pair these two pieces together because they are about the same length. I could sew them together as is, but the red is right next to the dark blue and green. That would work, but....
flipping the piece on the right places the yellow next to the dark blue green. It looks much better the second way, so I sew it up! Now, don't overthink each step. If you do, this quilt will drive you crazy, because there are about a million decisions in a scrap vortex quilt. BUT, auditioning your options is a good thing! It's a fine line some days. Ha!
At this point, I will trim the top and bottom edges just a sliver, because the piece is getting a little bit unruly. That's it! Make several pairs of pairs. Or make sections of 5, 6, 7 or 8. (You will need hundreds of blocks!)

Here are just a few photos to show different scrap configurations...

 
Here is an example of building with slightly larger blocks. When I was pairing smaller blocks up, I noticed that these two blocks were sitting next to each other. They were in progress from a previous sewing session. They are roughly the same length and the colors work well together, so I sewed them together.
Notice how the seams don't line up in the middle? That is actually preferred, believe it or not. The offset/staggered seams add visual interest to the block and it helps blur the lines in each individual block that you are building. That's what you want! Random is good! :)
The edges of this block are pretty tidy, so I won't trim this block at this point. I'll just add it to the temporarily done pile.
Here is what I accomplished this week. Not a ton, but it is progress! It is kind of slow going at the beginning, but once you start adding blocks together, you will gain momentum! I like to place my blocks on the design wall as I complete them. It's encouraging to see progress!

Now, to answer some questions...
Q: My scraps don't all "go together", so how much should I edit?

A: My advice to you would be to edit based on the tone of the fabric more than anything else. If you have a lot of scraps that are in more traditional colors vs. the candy colors (what I tend to use) I would separate them into two different categories. Also, don't take out all the darks out of the equation (that would be my tendency), because the quilt needs the variety of values. The darks add interest to the quilt. At the end of the day, YOU need to decide what your comfort level is in editing your scraps...after all, it's your quilt!

Q: Will there be a linky party for the quilt along?

A: I don't think so, but if you want to share your progress, you can use the hashtag #scrapvortexqal, if you are on Instagram.

Q: How big is the largest scrap in your quilt?
A: I had to go check, but I found one (the green strip shown above) that is about 2 1/8" x 7 1/4 long. That's pretty big for me, but you can use any sized scraps you want!

Q: How do I sign up for the QAL?

A: This quilt along is very informal. In order to join, all you need to do is leave a comment (or not) and sew right along with me following the directions that I post. Easy and fun! If you have a blog, post about your progress! Or use the #scrapvortexqal hashtag on Instagram.

Q: How long will this QAL run?

A: Probably through the month of June, maybe into early July. We will see how things go!


Ok, that's all I have for this week. If you are quilting along, please let me know how your quilt is progressing! If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments (or in the next post).

50 comments:

Susan Coan said...

Just got started last night but Iam loving it!

quilt^nurse said...

Thanks for part 2. I am having a great time revisiting some of my previous quilt fabrics, enjoying them and now putting them into a quilt. I am trying to sew this outdoors as we have some great weather in Wisconsin. Just need to turn down the wind a bit as scraps sometime take off flying across the yard. But then my side kick cat has something to case. Have a great week.

Sewing In CT said...

I have a nice layout of pieces that is about 48" by 48" so far. I too had wondered about the size of your scraps. Some of mine are larger but I trim them down into 2 or more pieces and re-use elsewhere in the quilt. I like the look of your smaller bits. Thank you!

Susanne vb said...

WooHoo! Pairs to pairs...here I go...😊

April Hunt said...

My 6 year old wants to make your giant floor pillow that you've made for your son in the past and so I came to your site to pin it today. Then I saw this. Perfect! I've got scraps and she wants to learn to sew. We will do our best to follow along, too. :)

Alycia said...

You have such fun scraps!!

Kelly O. said...

I started last week and didn't get too far but I love the freedom this type of quilting gives as I can do just a few minutes or an hour depending on my time available and I don't have a lot of set up so I can pick it up instantly.... this may be a long drawn out project for me but will be totally fun! I've recently been making a few quilts and have just added new scraps to my scrap buckets so I need to add those in too!

Yvonne Campbell said...

Love the scraps, and your progress is always beautiful.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

I'm planning to join andn started sorting out my smaller scraps last night. I realized that the majority of my scraps are larger pieces, so I'm guessing I'll be cutting them down at some point into multiple pieces. I like the smaller scrap version you've created best. Thanks again for the tips and starting this QAL, I'm hoping it's the perfect summer project for me.
Amanda

Marianne in MD said...

Thanks for Part 2, been waiting impatiently for it to appear today!

Judy said...

Oh no, I think my scraps are too small. It will take me forever to make hundreds of blocks! Never fear, I have more scraps. Time to break out the bigger scraps!

Little Black Cat Quilting said...

Yay for the next step!! I managed to make a pile of pairs one day last week when I was too tired to quilt my current project; it was an easy break that let me keep sewing. :) Looking forward to growing my pile and making pairs out of pairs!

Alli said...

Yay! I just put up the pairs I'd sewn on my design wall, and I'm excited to make more... except I think I need to make at least four times more scrap pairs in order to end up with a bed-sized quilt top. >_< I'm loving this qal, though! :)

Ellen Mills said...

I have some random small blocks, or parts of blocks that I am adding to mine. I also made a quilt using 1/2 square triangles that finished at 2.5 inches. I am adding these to mine, just to see how that looks. Really want to get rid of some of my scraps and this is fun!

Julieacs said...

I'm a week behind as I just started sorting my scraps. This is a great idea and will be fun!

Alison Wood said...

Thanks for the really helpful photos and advice. I have made a start and blogged about it too - so no going back!

Rosa said...

Such a beautiful and colorful scraps.Love them all!

Auntie Susan said...

Do you square up or trim the edges after each addition to the blocks?

Shannon said...

This is just what I needed to bust through some of my scraps and have fun in a no - pressure way!
I'm definitely in! :)

QuiltLaughLove said...

This is so great! I'm having fun with this no stress sewing. I also realized that I could save my precious Aurifil for other quilts and use up all my random bits of thread

Kris Thompson said...

Ok, I'll be honest. I haven't really started yet, but I received some scraps the other night and did sort some for this project. Does that count?

Tartaruga said...

i don't know when, but I have to do thsi! I'm in love qhit the process and all those scraps

MarchAnn said...

This is fun and I can see it is going to take a while for me. I am using my crumb/string scraps so some of them are fairly small. Most of the bigger pieces get cut into uniform sizes, but I have a lot to choose from. Spent a few hours working on them over the passed week and haven't even put a dent in my two scrap baskets and the one 2 1/2 gallon zip lock bag I have for these smaller scraps but I am enjoying it.

cathy said...

I have enjoyed sewing together some of my leftover scraps. Easy to do and no worrying about if they will go together or not. I'll get busy sewing some more and also jump into Week 2 and watching those tiny blocks grow bigger!

The Cozy Quilter said...

I just started last night. I sorted thru my scraps and put the ones I wanted to use in a bin. I sewed and sewed... I think the scraps in the bin are breeding because the pile does not seem to be going down!

Dolores Plouffe said...

I may be getting ahead of myself but do we sew the scraps into a block size or just random size blocks ?

Dona said...

I began the quilt along with you last week and then had to leave town for 2 weeks, BUT, I am hoping to catch up. I love this process and have so many scraps to use!

Connie Pierzinski said...

I'm ready for step 2! This is such a fun way to use those scraps. Thanks for the tutorial. Happy Quilting! Connie

Allison said...

I still sorting scraps but enjoying watching how this scrap project progresses. Your photos are always so lovely and bright - real eye candy!

Kathy said...

Already behind due to work deadlines, but looking forward to quilting along! Starting the sort process, and hope to be caught up by next week. :)

Anna V. said...

I already worked through my green and blue scraps baskets and only have teeny tiny pieces left. I'm debating if I'm going to add red orange and yellow or stick with the cool colors since I've made such progress so far. I was anxiously awaiting today's post! Thanks for this fun QAL

Snapper said...

I better join, I have too many scraps.

FlourishingPalms said...

Well, I'm "in," and have been working steadily on sewing pairs together, some of which have to get cut up before their sewn to another piece. This is fun, and mindless - a great way to sew. Just wish you'd been HONEST and told us what a mess this makes! (Ha, ha.) Hopefully, by the time the quilt top is put together, the mess will have subsided and a few containers will be lowered. Thanks very much for your motivation and posts!

Susan Arnold said...

Looks great! I need to get started on mine!

Karen Sofie Nielsen said...

This is so much fun☺ very nice of you to host this qal

Debbie said...

I'm a week behind but getting started! What do you think about adding in small pieced blocks - like leftover wonky cross or whatever - I'm thinking of just including those randomly. Thoughts?

Becky Bowles said...

Going to love this project.

Sherrie Baker said...

Can't wait to begin putting scraps together and it is a great looking quilt in the end.

janequiltsslowly said...

I started with the crumb bucket, so I will take much longer to get to a useful size, but I'm having lots of fun. I'm using some very dark bits & very light too. Hoping for a sprinkled pepper look in the end.

Donna said...

Yay for Step 2...been waiting with baited breath! I'm so glad to be using my small scraps. They're piling up.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I think this is the perfect summertime project to work on here and there!

hiflotn said...

As soon as I signed up last week I took to the sewing room and put together some of my easy scraps. Tonight I am sequestering and getting a bunch of the more difficult ones done. Then I'll be ready for this week's step. Maybe I'll sew until two in the morning! Who knows with a thing like this?!

Susan Branson said...

Thanks for the QAL- I'm loving using up lots of scraps! I appreciate how you showed the different ways to place colors next to each other for maximum impact. It helped me to slow my process and view pieces from several angles before sewing together. Your pointer about keeping some dark pieces was also helpful. Initially I had edited my darks out but after including them, I'm really glad I did! Loving the result!! Keep posting inspirational ideas.

ecarp said...

So, so pretty. Found lots of piece of rectangles unused from a prior project, all miniatures. Your block reminds me of tiny log cabins. One of my favorite blocks. Ready to start now. Loving Part 2.

Rosie Westerhold said...

Just found info about your QAL today! I can't bear to throw anything away so I have 30+ years of scraps to pick from. WooHoo! Can't wait for the next set of instructions.

mascanlon said...

Hoping to get started this week. I love scrappy quilts and this is such a fun one with mostly just sewing!! Love it!

rutigt said...

This is just what I needed!!! An idea for my leftover scrapsblock from another scrapquilt. So I´ll follow this tutorial and I´ve already mentioned your blog with a link on my blog.
Gun, Sweden

amandajean said...

Dolores Plouffle,

I would say stick to the random size blocks for now! Good question!

AJ

amandajean said...

Auntie Susan,

Yes, I trim off the overhanging edges from the blocks as I make them. I don't get too fussy getting them exactly square or rectangular, but close. I hope that helps!

AJ

amandajean said...

Debbie,

I love the idea of using your leftover blocks into the quilt. Use it ALL! :)

AJ