Wednesday, September 21, 2016

scattered showers quilt and pattern

As I mentioned last week, I finished my scattered showers quilt! (Sorry about the teaser photo in my post last Friday...I really hated to do that, but this quilt is too special to post without decent photos.)
My original intention for this quilt was to use up little white scraps. Let's ignore the fact that it took about 5 yards of background fabric to use up the equivalent of 1/3 of a yard of white scraps. (Hahahaha! Welcome to my world!) I do love this quilt and how it turned out, even if it isn't an efficient scrap buster. I love the simplicity and the minimalist design.
The texture isn't too shabby, either! Since the piecing is simple, I wanted the quilting to be just the opposite.
I quilted this on my domestic machine--on my Juki. I ran out of thread (can you imagine???) when I was about 80% done with the quilting. My friend Kristin supplied me with a spool that was ALMOST a perfect match, so I could finish the quilt without having to wait for a thread order to arrive. (Thank you, Kristin!) It is really hard to lose momentum when you are so close to a finish!
For the back of the quilt, I used Kona peapod. The color looked super funky when I pulled the bolt off the shelf at the store, but I am absolutely certain that it was the right choice. It shows every single stitch, but it was worth all that pressure. (ha!) I love the pop of contrasting color on the back.
The front of the quilt (and binding) is Indigo solid by Connecting Threads. This color has been discontinued, but Persian blue would be a lovely substitute. Kona colors that are similar to this are Storm and Nautical. The quilt measures 60" x 72". It's scrap project #180!

I wrote up a pattern for this quilt, too! Rather than giving exact measurements for each piece, the blocks are pieced improvisationally. There are plenty of tips and diagrams included in the pattern that will help you be successful with improvisational piecing, even if it is your first time. The pattern is available for purchase in my Craftsy shop. It will be on sale for $6.00 for the next few days. After that, it will be regularly priced at $9.00.

This was a fun quilt to make! I want to make another version (of course!) with a solid background, but with a variety of colored scraps so that the quilt looks like confetti. Wouldn't that be fun?

36 comments:

Suzanne said...

I have to laugh. Only people like us would be so happy to use up 1/3 yard of scraps in such a grand fashion. I relate to your crazy. Xo

Karen said...

Very cool quilt!

Sherry VF said...

I like that you actually pieced the white pieces into the quilt. I would have opted for the easy method and appliqued them on...even more waste!

Judy said...

I love your scattered showers. But...Confetti!?!?!? My imagination is running wild with that idea. A New York Ticker-tape Parade! I can't want to see where you go with the confetti idea.

Ariane said...

This is a beautiful quilt. It's so unique and interesting to look at. Love it!!

Vicki W. said...

If it was a solid pink background with colored scraps, it would be a cupcake with sprinkles!

nettie said...

I love this!!

Julie Bagamary said...

Beautiful!

KathyinMN said...

It's really awesome!

Bernie Kringel said...

What a fun pattern Amanda Jean. The green on the back is such a happy surprise. Love the idea of the confetti version. This is a great one for letting the quilting shine with all of the space between the white bits.

Little Quiltsong said...

I love this quilt and the backing you chose for it. The quilting just adds the perfect touch! So glad you found thread to finish while in the momentum of quilting - welcome to my world :)!

Teresa Palmer said...

Love it!And your quilting is just gorgeous. Could you write a post on the mechanics of the quilting process. I've done straight line and free motion, but terrified of anything so elaborate.

Teresa Palmer said...

Love it!And your quilting is just gorgeous. Could you write a post on the mechanics of the quilting process. I've done straight line and free motion, but terrified of anything so elaborate.

Charlotte M. said...

Love it. The quilting is great. As I am cleaning up my scraps and cutting all to a usable size, I keep thinking to myself, "Amanda Jean would probably keep this piece" HA! I wish I had more time and patience to use my scraps.

Jerry and Pat said...

Love this, don't know if I could stay with it to get it finished. Love the cupcake with sprinkles comment. Great quilting too.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

This is gorgeous! And yes, too special of a quilt to post with bad photos :) Your quilting makes it even more special and I agree that you chose the perfect backing fabric. LOVE IT ALL! Now off to get the pattern...

Ginger Marien said...

I love the simplicity of your quilt, and also your fabric choices. I really like your pop on the back. Awesome.

Wendy Tuma said...

Great post in light of the scattered showers a/k/a deluge we've been having here in MN! I love the quilt; it's an absolute beauty! That green backing is perfect! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com.

Tracybug Creative said...

It's so delightful! The quilting reminds me of Van Gogh! Superb work!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Really like the minimal look of this design. And the backing color is just right. Nicely done.

Angie in SoCal said...

You come up with the most amazing patterns. Great!

Laura Chaney said...

Beautiful quilt. And the intention was there for using up the scraps! And you ended up with something great. :)

Annemieke said...

Such a fun quilt and beautiful quilting ! Yes do make the other one!
Groetjes
Annemieke

Annemieke said...

Such a fun quilt and beautiful quilting ! Yes do make the other one!
Groetjes
Annemieke

Sandra Dennison said...

Great minds think alike -- I've been working on a "confetti" quilt too (if I could just get that pattern written up). Meanwhile, this is divinely perfect just as it is!

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful quilting!

Mary Col said...

Fantastic quilt!

Anne said...

it is absolutely adorable!!!

Lana Manis said...

As I mentioned on Instagram... I love this design! I couldn't really see the quilting till I came over to your blog. It's just wonderful!

FlourishingPalms said...

What a lovely way to use up that third yard of scraps! Love it! Both how you economized, and how great the quilt looks. It's nice to see domestic machine quilting too. The whole thing came together beautifully. Well done!

Melissa Corry said...

This is so fun!!! I love the design and that backing fabric is absolutely perfect. Such a fun contrast!! And your quilting is just beautiful ;)

Stephanie said...

This one's really nice too, so modern + calming.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I do love the peapod backing!

oldmommy said...

Love your blog and love your quilts. Great weekend ahead...enjoy!

S Staum said...

Love the backing and that quilting!! ❤️❤️❤️

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

This one is one of my favorites! The rain drops are perfect!!!