Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Scrap Buster Quilt Top


I made a commitment (to myself) to finish this quilt top by Tuesday evening and after a long sewing session, late into the the evening and early morning, it was done!  Well, only until I decided it really need just one more extra row.  I persisted and an hour or so later I was content with the quilt top.


This quilt top involved much more time at the machine than estimated ~  and is made up of 714 pieces of fabric ~ but my scrap bin is a whole lot lighter, and these itty bitty pieces have been put to very good use.

Rita

Relevant Links:
The Finished Zig Zag Rail Fence Quilt and Pattern
The Zig Zag Rail Fence Quilt Pattern (pdf file) in my Etsy Store

111 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I bet your scrap bin is loads lighter now!

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  2. That's awesome! I love it!

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  3. I love that. It's a simple concept, but it looks amazing (and not so simple to do)!!

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  4. I love, love, love it!

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  5. Oh my goodness, this is probably one of my favorites! Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on busting some of those scraps! But you know, you just made room for more ;).

    www.skippitydodahquilts.blogspot.com

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  6. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Emmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I especially love the grey in it - gives it an extra dash of pepper and really kicks it up!

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  7. I love how the white breaks it up, and the placement of color!

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  8. Wowza Rita - fabulous! A color sensation!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous. I can't believe that it was made from scraps. My scraps don't look that good together.

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  10. So sharp! I love the one strip of black in there. Really adds interest to an already interesting piece!

    Sadly, since my fabric interests are so varied, my scrap buster quilt would look more like an insane person's frenzied thoughts put to a quilt top. ha.

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  11. How do you do it, Rita???? Are there more hours in the day in Australia??? If so, I'm moving there tomorrow!!! This quilt is sooo wonderful! Inspirational, dear!!!

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  12. Rita it's like candy to me. I a definitely bookmarking this one as inspiration to clean out my scrap pile as well. That's going to sell in a heartbeat.

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  13. How incredible. Your scrap bin must be something to behold!

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  14. Wow, that is such a fun looking quilt. I love all the colors!

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  15. scrap quilts are the best! so much pretty print and pattern. beautiful, rita!

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  16. I love it! I just received 200 4 inch squares of fabric in a rainbow swap and thought up a way to do something similar to what you did here with the white on two sides of each square! I guess great minds think alike! Your quilt is gorgeous. Mine won't be quite as fancy as I'm just using the blocks as is with the white border.

    MGM

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  17. Loooooooooooooooove this!

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  18. love it! i can't wait to have a bin of scraps big enough so i can try this! :)

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  19. to have that many scraps you have to do a lot of sewing! Beautiful finish!

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  20. Add my name to the list of wowed readers. Another great quilt from your workshop. My friend and I had been talking about how to use up scraps, so I sent her a link to your post so she could see this fabulous quilt.

    thanks!

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  21. wow, very nice! You have very pretty scraps - I wish mine looked that good!

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  22. You are so talented...I love it!!!

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  23. Gorgeous .. I love every quilt you make.

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  24. Wow Rita - what an amazing quilt top, and all from scraps! You're a machine!!

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  25. Looks fabulous, another winner!

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  26. Wow and all color coordinated. Just beautiful, cheerful and inspiring. You are soooo talented. Thank you for inspiring others.
    Bren

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  27. Perfect!! Am bookmarking this :-)

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  28. holy cow man. that is awesome!

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  29. That is so awesome. As a person just getting back into quilting I'm in awe of all these awesome scrap stashes. I better start accumulating scraps!!!

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  30. That is a darling quilt, as usual.

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  31. 714 pieces? For a novice like me, having that much in your scrap bin seems, well, enormous!

    The quilt is lovely. I like the way every zigzag is made of scraps of different colours.

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  32. Niiiiice! I don't generally like scrappy quilts because they look...scrappy! But yours is wonderfully cohesive and I love how the prints within each colour work together instead of being all jumbled-looking. You must be very consistent when selecting fabrics for your projects!

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  33. This is spectacular. and I really love the black/gray in there!

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  34. You sure know how to make good use of your small scraps - it is a colour feast!

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  35. Wishing I had your scrap bin!

    Rita I have finished my star/hex quilt, I've just posted a reveal if you or your mil are interested.

    Clare

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  36. Another great quilt! You are so inspiring!

    Hugs from Kirsten in Norway

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  37. Fantastic!! Do you do anything else but quilt?? You must be very fast!

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  38. Wow, I love colourful quilts and I'm bookmarking this one for future inspiration. If this was a scrap-buster, how big are the individual strips?

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  39. Gorgeous, content would be an under statement!

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  40. You never cease to amaze me with what you create and how fast you sew!! Another fantastic quilt and so colorful which is your wonderful style!

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  41. Holy cow, Rita. Not only are you lightning quick, but these quilts you come up with never fail to make me swoon! I super duper adore this one :)

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  42. Another beautiful quilt top. Makes me wish I had more scraps.

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  43. Love this quilt! Really great use of color. Congrats on a job VERY well done.

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  44. Fantastic! I wish I had the time that so many of you did to quilt but then I probably won't have a job helps finance quilting. ;D

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  45. Wow This is beautiful, scrapy and bright. Next on my list to do. I love it.

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  46. Just beautiful! Your scraps play so nicely together!

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  47. Wonderful! That is so cute. Great movement & I love all the little and different pieces of fabric. It must have been fun to "bust your stash" with this quilt.

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  48. That is gorgeous. Love the rainbow colours and the white really makes it all pop...

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  49. When I saw your blocks all stacked up yesterday I thought 'ooh delectable candy ribbons' and the quilt top did not disappoint. Love it, LOOOVVE IT! Such a simple block but so effective. *sigh* wish my scrap bin looked like yours.

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  50. love it! great use of scraps - so bright and cheerful too.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  51. What an awesome rail fence!! thanks for sharing.

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  52. Still can't believe those are scraps LOL.. Gorgeous!! It is fantastic.. I could make up some words.. like Lusciousnessness.. joyousnessmaker.. LOL.. It really is great. I think I need to go look in my scrap bin.. hmmm nope.. nothing quite so spectacular in there.

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  53. Wow, absolutely beautiful! Hard to believe that gorgeous quilt came out of a scrap bin!

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  54. Whoa! This is spectacular! Love it!

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

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  55. Oh my goodness this is beautiful! What wonders we have in our little scrap bins - maybe I have to peek in mine again and see if there's a quilt as pretty as this one hiding in there :)

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  56. Wow! Fabulous! It is breathtaking! This is my new favorite quilt!

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  57. Wowza!!! What a gorgeous color-filled quilt top!!! I just love color and this really sends me hooping and hollaring! Fun fun fun!!! Can you share the pattern you used?

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  58. When I grow up into a real quilter, I want to be like you! That is so beautiful!

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  59. This is awesome! You've inspired me! :-)

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  60. That is beautiful!! I like your color scheme.

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  61. I would LOVE for you to post at some point on your process for putting your quilt tops together. I struggle with the best way to manage keeping things in order and being efficient. Love the quilt, as always!

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  62. Your scraps are very coordinated. I love this quilt as do most I see from your site. Very cool.

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  63. Glorious scrap quilt, Rita. You are an inspiration.

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  64. LOVE the bright colors with the hint of white, it's beautiful!

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  65. Wow, it's beautiful--your use of bright, clear colors with white makes me smile!

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  66. I'm inspired. I love your quilts....and if I keep "peeking" I will be smothered by my "want to make" list in no time!

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  67. So pretty! Wish I had a stash like that!

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  68. You are amazing! I love it!

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  69. absolutely beautiful! I love it!

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  70. That is gorgeus! And that's possible only if you have a lots of scraps with so many beautiful fabrics!
    I love the simple pattern which still makes the quilt so happy and colourful with some drops of clean white - always my favorite!

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  71. Absolutely amazing! How big are the individual pieces?

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  72. That is just beautiful, SEW bright and cheerful. Looks like you met your goal, take a bow! Love to have the pattern. Great scrap choices too.

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  73. I have no words for this gorgeousness - - - - so totally awesome will have to do!

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  74. The quilt is beautiful! What a great way to use your stash!

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  75. Love it! It's just gorgeous.

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  76. Your quilt is gorgeous. I love it!

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  77. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the color layout.

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  78. sew beautiful! it totally looks planned, not scrappy. you have awesome scraps :D

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  79. Wow! Wow! Wow! It is so worth the effort you put into it because it is stunning.

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  80. What a rewarding scrap busting result! I love the rainbow colours - just beautiful!!!

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  81. Wow, now here's a post that people are talking about! You should probably post a tutorial with this many folks interested. Of course, the quilt is just darling, that helps! Great job. I really love that you took the time to arrange them in rows. It's just stunning.

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  82. Love this quilt. Delicious and simple and an inspiration.

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  83. Goodness, you must really enjoy the push. I'm an "achiever" myself, but your persistence is so amazing. Ok, and I love the quilt. I think the extra row must be worth it!

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  84. That is a beautiful quilt! Love what the black and white adds!

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  85. I look at this quilt several times a day..... everyday for weeks now! Love love love!!!

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  86. I love this! I have got to try this.

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  87. O que mais me encanta neste trabalho é a escolha perfeita das cores. Gostaria muito de saber o segredo de tamanha inspiração.
    Abraços
    Ester Mendes
    São Paulo - Brasil

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  88. O que mais me encanta neste trabalho é a escolha das cores. Gostaria de saber o segredo de tamanha perfeição.
    Abraços

    Ester Mendes

    São Paulo - Brasil

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  89. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration to use up the scraps, I love this!

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  90. Wonderful!!! on so many levels...use of beautiful colored scraps,creative arrangement of rail fence, simple to sew but looks incredibly difficult! Thanks for this inspiration. Plan to use Christmas fabrics to do this.

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