Saturday, March 11, 2017

Arrow

My very first leader & ender project was an adaptation of this pattern.  The original pattern was meant for a mini charm pack, or 2 1/2" squares.  I wanted to use up some 2" square scraps, so I did the math to figure out the length & width of the arrow shaft & head, then figured out how many 2" squares I would need for the same dimensions.

It's still in 2 pieces here, you just can't tell from the angle.
I've had the arrow done for close to a year, but since completing it involved figuring out angled piecing, it's been in a drawer for quite a while.


But now it's done!  The solid was from a 4 yard cut that was in a box of fabric my grandmother gave me several years ago.  There are 208 squares: 100 in the arrow head and 108 in the shaft.  It's not an I Spy quilt strictly speaking, but a fair number of the scraps do have objects in them.


I thought this would be a good project for scrappy binding, so there are 7 different pieces of leftover binding in this--hooray!  The back is a large piece of minky fabric that was donated to my Project Linus chapter.  Though my preference is to hand stitch binding, I don't like to when the back is minky, so I machine sewed the binding.  I used a decorative stitch, though I'm not sure I like it.  Aesthetically it looks fine but it's so much thread that it makes the edges feel stiff to me and I don't really like that.  But overall, I'm quite pleased with it.

decorative stitch on binding

This was #15 on my list of Q1 goals for the globally hosted finish along.

I will be linking up with Oh Scrap! hosted by Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, and with Scraptastic Tuesday co-hosted by She Can Quilt and Mrs. Sew & Sow. (I'm having trouble with that button, so my apologies for it not appearing.

Quilting is more fun than Housework

7 comments:

  1. Lovely use of your scraps Emily and I'm a sucker for a scrappy binding. The decorative stitch on the binding looks great.

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  2. That's a lot of little pieces, and a quilt like yours is so interesting to look at because of that! I love your scrappy binding, too! Great finish!

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  3. Love your quilt, Emily.Have you considered turning the quilt to take pics with the arrow pointing in different directions? You might be surprised. This quilt would be a serious contender for QuiltCon. It's worth trying to get in, just because it's fun to see your work appreciated.

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  4. What a fun playful quilt. And I love that you made it using scraps and as a leaders/ender project. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  5. What a clever use of so many colorful squares, and the math turned out well. That's always my worry. With a minky back it will make a great Project Linus quilt. Congrats!

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  6. It is a great way to use those scraps to make a very striking quilt! Thanks for linking up to #scrapastictuesday and sorry our button is not behaving

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  7. I love this! Great use of scraps and fun touch using the decorative stitch! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2017 global FAL hosts.

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