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2nd finish of 2013-- Chaos Scraps

So I'm still pregnant, and my pile of mindless sewing is getting smaller and smaller.  I hadn't intended to finish this one before the baby came, but he's mighty comfortable in there and I had nothing to do last night so..

Here's the back.

These were orphan blocks, string pieced to phone book paper, inspired by Bonnie (same blocks are in her header, too cool!).  I threw on a dark border and 16patches to try to calm the chaos and give order, but that was almost a wasted effort-- this quilt is anything but orderly, and I love it.
On the back I wanted more fabric, more memories, more stories.. so I pulled out strings and strips from the backings of a bunch of quilts and tossed in some more string pieced orphan blocks.  Now there's so much in there that I could talk about this quilt for days. 
As I was quilting it, I'd count how many different quilts or different friends were represented in the scraps in the blocks down a single line of quilt-stitching.  The highest I got was 10-- fabrics representing 10 different projects all hit with one wavy line.  All in the same chaotic quilt.  It's sure not the prettiest quilt I've made, but I'm totally in love with it right now and can't wait to plop a new baby down on it to tell him the stories.  Cross your fingers that he makes an appearance soon, ok?

(Linking up with TGIFF and crazymomquilts!)


  1. I love this. :) It's so fun seeing past projects in the different scraps of a scrappy quilt!

  2. I like it. I really need to make a scrap quilt, but my scrap stash really isn't very big yet, so that makes scrap quilts a bit difficult.

  3. Fabulous!! Oh I hope it's soon for us both! I can't believe you're quilting, very impressive :)

  4. lovely! it's a beauty! best wishes for a safe and speedy delivery.

  5. Your colors really caught my eye! The back is as great as the front. Enjoy your baby.

  6. I love colorful and fun.
    best wishes for a speedy, safe delivery


  7. Oooh I love all that bright color, beautiful!

  8. Wonderful - I really love both sides of the quilt.

  9. I love the scrappiness, and the colorfulness! And, you're right - one of the best parts of a quilt like this is the flood of memories connected with each fabric. Great choice on quilting pattern, too!

  10. Ooh lusH Jess I really like the back!!
    Hope you see that baby soon x

  11. LOVE IT! The turquoise just sets everything off in such a happy way. Love the back too! Congratulations! Keeping fingers crossed about baby's arrival soon.

  12. This is great! I love the way you've quilted it!

  13. This is superb. You have brought a load of mis-matched scraps together and formed it into a cohesive whole. This will be such a happy memory jogger in the future.

  14. What a lovely quilt! So nice and bright and colourful :)

  15. Great quilt. Love all the colors. Go have that baby already! I know just how you feel. My first was induced 13 days past her due date. The second, finally cam on her own 10 days late. Hang in there.

  16. Wonderful quilt! Nice, bright and perfect for a little one. Hoping you'll meet you little one soon!

  17. Such a beautiful quilt! I love it.

  18. You are so clever! Mixing the chaos with the 16 patches. I like it a bunch! Toni

  19. This is beautiful! I love how you pulled it all together. Such a fun, happy quilt.:)

  20. Cute, fun quilt and the stories it can tell already....imagine that baby is coming soon just to tell more.


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