Saturday, March 11, 2017


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


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

  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!

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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

  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.

  8. Very cool interpretation of this arrow pattern! Great way to use up some scraps. Also really like the look of the stitch used on the binding, but I do understand that it might not be super friendly for a smooth edge.