Saturday, August 5, 2017

I've Been Rockin' those UFO's Lately!

I pulled out a UFO the other day.  (I'm determined to get as many finished this year as I can.)  

This particular quilt top was started in 2011 when I participated in a block swap involving "made fabric."  That's when you take your small scraps and sew them together, then use that "made fabric" in other projects.  Some people call them crumb quilts.  If you google "crumb quilts" or search Pinterest for them you will see some great quilts made that way.  Here are some examples.

 In this blog post from 2011 you can see how my blocks were made.  The basic blocks were by the other gals in the block swap.  I made the purple ones.  (I know.  Purple, right??)  I cut them up and rearranged them, then added the contrasting strips.  After that, it became a UFO because I couldn't figure out what to do about borders.  

This week, determined to get something checked off my list, I pulled it out and started to play.  At first, I thought I would put a small black inner border and then use made fabric for the outer border working my way around the top with red, then yellow, then teal, purple, blue, etc.  I wan't motivated to do that much work, though.  Lately, I've seen a lot of quilts with a pop of black and white stripes so I thought I'd do something with that.  It works.

What to do for the backing was another tough decision.  (I'm not used to making all these decisions without input from Sweet Adorable Hubby, but he was out of town, so I had to do the best I could!)

Thinking I would use a black on white print I dug through my stash and, instead, came up with these very cool prints.  I had about 5 yards of each.  I remember buying these at Hancock's of Paducah a while back when I was at a retreat at Kentucky Lake. 

Here's the backing I came up with.

Now, it's basted and ready to quilt.  

That's the goal for this coming week.  Checking off another UFO from the list will be so fun!

I'm linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I'll wait until it's finished before I ask for a Whoop Whoop!


  1. Very pretty quilt! And your backing is perfect! Awesome that you could use your stash to make it! Thank you for sharing!

  2. what a fun quilt. I have the book you mentioned and will need to dig it our and look at again.

  3. Your idea for the borders and backing was truly inspired!! That's going to be a really cute quilt.

  4. hmmm...thought I responded to this, but maybe it was on Facebook. I love any quilt that has black and white stripes in it. I think that sets it off. Love how it turned out and LOVE the back. Great quilt.

  5. This is a neat piece! I love blocks that are deconstructed, then reconstructed differently. The borders and backing really finish it up quite nicely.

  6. Great blocks, this looks wonderful, love all the different colors!

  7. Really nice result, Sandy! I like your inserted strips, and the borders and backings you chose.

    I have a question: I know you like piecing backs, but wonder if you ever have a problem with seams when doing the quilting? I was dismissing Leah Day's warnings about intersecting seams until I broke a needle on one clump!

  8. What a great quilt! There are so many things I love about it. One is the thin, colored, cross strips in each block. Another is that it's a scrap quilt and because of the way it's created, the scraps don't all have to be square. And, of course, the black borders. And the back -- what a fabulous back!