This week I finished up my scrap vortex quilt… I actually started this quilt a couple of weeks ago in a bid to use some of my low volume scraps and after I found the wonderful QAL at Crazy Mom Quilts.
Amanda Jean leads the Scrap Vortex Quilt Along and does a great job of taking you through, step by step, making these blocks.. and makes dealing with all your scraps easy and manageable.
You start by sewing similar size scraps together and then sew those bits together and before you know it you have a quilt block.
For my quilt I trimmed my blocks to 12 1/2 unfinished.
It was so much fun putting this together. I was surprised by how many fun novelty prints I had that were low volume.
When I was selecting scraps for this project I chose only fabrics that had a white/cream background with a print on top of that back ground. There are probably five or six scraps that were pastel (a soft light colour fabric with a little white in it) but I wanted to predominantly white/creams.
You can see an example of one of those prints in the photo above… there are three little blocks that are a soft background with a white print. It seems like such a little thing, but the fabric reads differently than those around it…it reads darker and more solid than the print would suggest.
So if you are doing a low volume quilt, audition your fabrics carefully and if you can, use the camera on your phone to take a photo of the fabric and turn it into a greyscale image to see how the fabric actually reads.
For the back of the quilt I used bigger scraps and my left over bits and pieces to make an extra large block…with more novelty goodness in it… including my favorite bit…
Yep I managed to squeek in a koala bear…
For the binding I used the left overs from last weeks quilt….solid Kona pastels.
This quilt is headed to Project Linus for some kid to love and treasure…
Pattern: Scrap Vortex by Crazy Mom Quilts
Fabric: Various low volume Scraps
Finished Size: 48 x 48 inches