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Quiltville Custom Quilting
A Quiltville Mystery Quilt!
©2008 Bonnie K. Hunter. All Rights Reserved.
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This quilt will get us rolling into spring and summer! An assortment of 2"scrap strips, 3.5" scrap strips and some coordinated yardage combine in a design destined to make your mouth water! Just like...Orange Crush! Who can resist an ice cold Orange Crush on a hot summer day? Or poured over vanilla ice cream for a "dreamsicle" treat?
The finished size of this quilt is approx 77 X 90, or a full size.
Here is a sampling of the strips I intend to use!
For this quilt you will need:
Yardage requirements may vary depending on how many sub cuts you can get out of each strip,and since scrap strip lengths vary, plan accordingly!Here are my choices!
And yes, my scraps are actually that jumbled in my bins! I can't help it! I start out all nice and neat, and then dig for what I want, and pretty soon I've got scrap salad :c| So..I just gave up, and iron as I go :c)
In addition to the scraps above....here is a chance for you to get into some yardage that you haven't found a use for yet! Because this is a scrappy quilt for the most part, the yardage fabrics I have chosen for my own quilt are more in the "tone on tone" variety so that the design will really show up when I put the blocks and units together. Feel free to copy my color scheme if you are unsure of what to do. Busy fabrics will give the quilt a different look. For this reason, I am thinking tone-on-tone (think Jinny Beyer Pallet or similar) or even solids.
I have chosen the following:
2 yards of Orange with a little red leaf in it.
1.5 yards of a red documentaries print with little black picotage designs
1.5 yards of vintage looking black with white doodads spaced randomly.
Accent: Assorted pieces of blue/white indigo that I've had hanging around for a long time and want to use up. These can be all one fabric here, or you can make them scrappy when we get to that point. If you are cutting from scraps, the pieces can be cut from 3.5" strips. If you are using yardage, 3/4 a yard should be enough.
Other Color Combos: There is not a lot of "LIGHT" in this quilt. Contrast is mainly between the dark yardage fabrics shown above. To change the colors, try replacing ONE color at a time and see how it plays with the others.
For example, for a Pennsylvania Dutch pallet you might want to go with Orange, Double Pink, Chrome Yellow,and Poison Green. All of these fabrics contrast nicely with each other. All would work this way.
You might want to go brights with Apple Green, Hot Pink, Orange, and Purple.
You need 4 colors. Red white and blue are not good color choices, but if you want a patriotic feel, go with Red, Gold, Blue, Black. Use your lights/white where the scrap lights are, and choose one color (blue) for where the scrap 3.5" strips are above. That will unify the design.
If you want a "vintage" civil war look...how about brown, double pink, drab green, and an indigo blue? Use shirtings where all your lights go.
Do you have 30's fabrics to clear out? Try to choose prints or solids of SMALLER SCALE so the design isn't lost in big busy prints. This is a good place to use those 1930's solids in bubble gum pink, bright yellow, nile green, and lavender! Just as long as those 4 colors are more intense than your "lights" are. For a 1930's quilt, you can use plain muslin or cream for the lights. They didn't have "white on white" or "cream on cream" in the 1930s...so dare to make it look really vintage with muslin!
Christmas fabrics? Probably not a good choice for this quilt. There just isn't enough color variety. Save them for another mystery, another time!
Directions for this quilt will include use of the Easy Angle Ruler. This ruler makes quilting a breeze without having to deal with a lot of math challenges. It also works great with the strip sizes I cut my scraps into, so I can pull pre-cut strips, slice them using the easy angle ruler, and off to the sewing machine I go! :c) Do to the demand, I have made it easy for you to order an Easy Angle ruler from my amazon store if already don't have one, or can't find one locally where you are. Click here for easy angle ruler!
Other Notes and Mentions:
I look forward to this mystery with you!
Click here for step 1! Lets sew!