One Monthly Goal – It’s a finish!

I have finished a quilt! I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making this ‘Super Scraps Skewed’ quilt and what’s more I’m really bowled over with the finished quilt – so happy 🙂

Super Scraps Skewed by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The design was inspired by Amanda Jean Nybergs ‘Scrap Vortex’ tutorials back in 2015. I had other projects underway and didn’t follow along but my collection of scraps grew even as I kept the making of a scrap quilt on ‘the back burner’. As the idea continued to nudge me it merged with the desire to make a leaders and enders quilt. I am a paid up member of the leaders and enders club – sounds like an exclusive club for politicians and assassins! – as the use of these little, folded pieces of fabric at the start and end of every seam or chain piecing run produce secure stitches and reduce thread wastage.

Scrap Vortex flimsy, New Every Morning Patchwork and QuiltingOnce the scrappy centre was pieced and squared up, I paused wondering, ‘To border, or not to border? That is the question.’ The answer came back: ‘Why not try a wonky border?’ Hum! This caused a mathematically challenged quilter – that would be ME – quite a few issues. Thankfully I had a large chunk of extra wide backing left from a previous project. This was long enough that the borders would not need piecing. I lay the scrappy centre at an angle on top of the border fabric, slipped a sheet of A4 paper between the two layers and used a ruler edge against the edge of the scrappy fabric to draw a line and create a template.

Paper emplate by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Making the paper template for the angled borders

I used the template to set rulers on the border fabric and cut out four strips (ensuring the with-grain edge of each could be placed on the outer edge of the quilt top).

I stitched the borders to the quilt centre in the usual sequence – sides first then the top and bottom. Alas when I laid the quilt out flat I discovered it was not square – the top edge was a couple of inches wider than the bottom edge. Doh! I think this may have been due to the scrappy centre not being properly square and also the vast number of seams along with the exposed bias edges creating quite a lot of ‘give’ across the entire quilt top. After a lot of humming and ahhing, not to mention crawling around on the floor with tape measures and rulers, I succeeded in finding a workable solution: trimming two of the outer edges. This did, of course, leave me with biased fabric on the perimeter of the patchwork but I decided free motion quilting up to the edge would probably help pull the fabric into the quilt and avoid the curse of wavy borders.

Once I’d pieced the back, including a label 🙂 Super Scraps Skewed lable by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & QuiltingI used curved safety pins to put together the quilt sandwich. I drew out a rough quilting plan and then used my walking foot to stitch the lines dividing the quilt into six unequal segments.

Super Scraps Skewed quilting plan Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Then I set up my machine for free motion quilting and tried out some new-to-me designs. To aid muscle memory I first drew out designs on paper, then had a go on a practice sandwich before transferring my attentions to the actual quilt. Trying to keep the stitching lines a consistent distance apart was a bit tricky but I persevered knowing this very busy patchwork design would hide less-than-perfect quilt stitching pretty effectively 🙂 I used Aurifil 2600 (light grey) 50wt thread for the top and in the bobbin.

Quilting on Super Scraps Skewed by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Quilting (2) of Super Scraps Skewed by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The scrappy binding is mainly left over binding strips from other projects with a few scrap strips added for good measure. All of the materials in this quilt came from my stash, including the Soft & Bright poly wadding. The finished quilt measures 50″ by 54″.

This quilt is my One monthly Goal for January. I’m pleased to have gone beyond my aim of getting it to the quilting stage and actually be recording it as a FINISH. Linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for the OMG January Finish Link-up.

Also linking with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday.


About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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15 Responses to One Monthly Goal – It’s a finish!

  1. Lucie says:

    Hi Allison, I love every bit of your quilt, the front, the back and the quilting. Well done you xx

  2. Patty says:

    What a fun use of scraps – Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

  3. So much fun! This is a wonderful quilt, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one before set in skewed borders! Bonus points for originality and figuring out how to make it all work. Plus the quilting — you’ve come a long way on that in the last year, haven’t you? Good work all around.

    • Thank you! Yep! I’m not dreading the quilting anymore and I’m enjoying experimenting with stitching patterns. Partly because I’ve suppressed the perfectionist in me (where quilting is concerned anyway) – definitely better done than left in the UFO corner of shame!

  4. Kristie Cook says:

    This is wonderful! I love the offset of the scrappy center as well as the divided FMQ pattern! Such a fabulous, whimsical finish!

  5. Kate says:

    What a great way to use up those scraps! Congrats on meeting your OMG for January.

  6. Sherrill says:

    I started a Vortex quilt quite some time ago but the pieces got put away and no clue at the moment where they are. SOOOO many that need finishing up..working on them one at a time (but always getting distracted..ugh). Your’s looks fantastic!

  7. Marla Donaldson says:

    This is my all time favorite scrap vortex quilt. Congratulations!

  8. What FUN!!! I particularly like the unequal quilting plan for the quilt. Might have to use that some time… if that’s OK with you!!

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