Thursday, December 03, 2009


Speaking of sampler quilts...
Karen said I could make a sampler quilt if I kept making hexagons... Well, funny she should mention that. This is the new back for my "Bones" quilt. Interesting, huh? I call all of my leftover blocks, practice blocks, failure blocks, "don't know what to do with it" blocks, my bones- you know they rattle around in your closet and make you feel guilty. So I made a top out of bones and black Kona. Even added some improvisational bones to drive the point home. A couple years after I had the top finished, guess what? Yep, the bones were rattling around in there again. So I dragged them out of there- some of them kicking and screaming- and whipped them up into a back for the bones quilt. I plan on bordering it in black Kona, too. But how cool is that? A quilt made entirely of throw aways- I bet some of you are saying I should have stuck to throwing them away, but I like the idea of making something from nothing. I even have saved all of my little bits of binding and have plenty to bind it with. I am going to also use the remainder of thread that is too little to use on a quilt. Waste not, want not.

5 comments:

Peni said...

How cool is that? TOO COOL FOR WORDS! I've been hoping those bones would rattle their way to first place one of these days. YOU GO GIRL!

Julie in the Barn said...

you're a girl after my own heart! What a great tribute to the quilters of our past, using all those precious pieces of fabric. Your "bones" are wonderful.

Karen said...

I'd say you made a folk art style quilt! Very creative. Sort of a "free" quilt.

Julia said...

I love it! I really like the idea that it will be totally reversible! Just as gorgeous and a work of art on each side! Love the idea of using the little leftover bits of thread too! You are a very clever girl!

Isobel said...

You are truly your Grandma Brady's grandaughter. She would have loved this 'wasteless' quilt. I will have to keep that in mind. What a great idea for backing a holiday quilt, making it useful for more than the holdiday season.