Monday, January 13, 2014

My First Foray into Modern Scrappy Slab Making

I usually do not use the terms "modern quilter" versus "traditional quilter" much as I feel that I play in both worlds, but I will admit that basically every quilted item I have made is based off of a block design.  Maybe it's from being an engineer and a planner, I tend to draw out my quilts first and have some sort of repeating element in them.

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 :)

I'm linking up to Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by StitchDesign Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday, Let's Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts, Take a Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts, Show and Tell Tuesday @ I Have to SayWIPs Wednesday @ Esthers Blog, and WIP @ Freshly Pieced.









17 comments:

  1. I haven't ventured into "modern" quilting either. Your quilt is fun! Love the large border you used. I like how it is asymmetrical. Lovely.

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  2. I love your "slab" blocks! I struggle with the "modern" quilt label at times too. I like ALL aspects of quilting, from simple modern styles, to complicated traditional stuff.

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  3. Your slab quilt looks great! Glad to hear you had fun with it. I know it can be difficult to try something new that goes against our usual impulse. You pulled it off beautifully!

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  4. I have been wanting to do this with my scraps also. My one concern is using my fabrics that I am hording and petting for no apparent reason at all. They are all precious yo me but I guess in a drawer they are not being appreciated anyway. So what is it really accomplising? Nothing I guess?

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  5. Hi Cheryl, your combination of colors--really makes this work! I actually think it's quite lovely!

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  6. This turned out great! I love how you set it off center.

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  7. love it!! the colors you used are beautiful together!

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  8. This is so cool looking! I love it.

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  9. I think I would have a hard time getting started too... You did a great job!

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  10. Love this - the colors and prints work so well together!

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  11. Love the choice of scraps and how a scrap quilt tends to go with everything. Best, Kate

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  12. Wow that is a very impressive first foray into improv. This style suits you well.

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  13. It looks very good. I enjoy working with stray pieces and putting them wherever. I have so many scraps, they aren't so precious any more, though once in a while it's hard to use the *last* bit of something I loved. I like the variety in fabrics AND in size and shape that you worked out here.

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