This past Saturday, at the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we discussed scraps, scrap management, and some scrap projects. This meeting was more of an open discussion instead of a speaker so I thought I would make a scrappy slab to show at the meeting. I used the tutorial taught in the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.
I don't have a huge scrap amount so instead of making the blocks with just one color, I made mine with blues, red, grays, and blacks. I must admit that it was a little difficult to start and make those first seams and cuts. I did not want to use up my precious scraps and create something awful looking, but I pushed ahead, grabbed some prints, and started sewing. Once I got over the initial fear I really had some fun. Sewing the pieces together and seeing the blocks forming was pretty rewarding.
Here are some of my slabs I made:
I took the exercise once step further and combined the slabs into a quick quilt top, adding some irregular borders as a place for the eye to rest a little bit.
I think that I am going to quilt it with a large pebble pattern all over, with the curved quilting hopefully contrasting nicely with all of the straight lines.
So that is my first fun adventure with no-block design, scrappy modern slab making. It was super fun and I will be trying it again soon (as soon as I clean up, piecing with scraps makes for quite the mess :)
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