Scrap Quilt Secrets: #1
I’m making adorable scrappy quilt blocks along with AP&Q’s quilt-along.
The design is a great little block by Christa Watson and making the blocks is really entertaining.
I decided to omit a few of the seams in the background. I think it looks fine either way and I wanted to speed things up a little and eliminate some bulk.
But what I really want to share today is something that caught my ear in the Facebook group for the quilt-along.
One person was saying that she’s spending time making each block look nice. She’s arranging and rearranging her patches deliberately to create combinations that please her. (Smart quilter!)
And that’s where it went south. Because another quilter’s response floored me:
Now please understand: I hold no personal malice toward this quilter. But that approach for scrap quilts is absolutely wrong.
Let me repeat: Absolutely wrong.
You know how some quilts look like scrap vomit? That’s what happens when you don’t plan your scrap quilt.
Scrap quilts don’t take less planning. They require more!
You must be deliberate about making all those diverse fabrics work together.
You have to consider what elements could bring cohesion to all those varied prints.
It behooves you to audition and to change things up and to rethink one more time, over and over and over.
There were also comments that revealed a quilter’s experience and wisdom, like this one:
Amen. She is absolutely right.
I have had to make peace with the extra time and effort it takes to make a good scrappy quilt. It does require a lot more time and effort. But you know what?
I think it’s worth it.
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