Sometimes quilts are born out of inspiration, while other times quilts are born of necessity; this one is definitely the latter. Near the end of spring, I realized that our current outdoor quilt was no longer large enough to accommodate all four of us while we lounge in our yard. Armed with a never-ending supply of 2.5" squares (seriously, how is it that no matter how many scrap projects I make, I never run out of these guys?!) and some Kona solids in Black, Ice Frappe, and Coral, I set to work making a "Scrap Vomit" quilt. I found this pattern years ago on the "I'm a Ginger Monkey" blog, but sadly the post no longer exists - boo.
This is such a satisfying scrap make. The design allows any and all scraps to play together and the result is a pleasing bit of controlled chaos. I have made 4 versions of this quilt now: 2 live on my son's bunk bed, one was a gift to my sister's family on her wedding, and now this version. I never seem to get tired of this design! As a bonus, it's enormous - I think it was about 70"x98" before washing. It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to bind, fortunately I lurve to hand bind.
I scored this fun flying geese print on sale at my LQS and knew it would be a fab backing print. I snagged 4 yards, but since this quilt is a beast, I had to add a little extra solid black to make the backing large enough.
I did crosshatch quilting, my go-to for patchwork, in an off-white thread. I don't remember exactly how many bobbins I used, but I think it was at least six. Normally, I start my quilting in the center and work my way out, but I decided to try working from the edges and moving in for this one - big mistake. I ended up with more bunching and distortion in the areas where I changed directions. Lesson learned!
My basket of 2.5" squares is still overflowing (I think my scraps multiply like rabbits while I'm sleeping), so if you love the idea of creating useful art that keeps fabric out of landfills contact me for a custom version for your home!