Patchwork Olympics - a quilt top

>> Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I know the Olympics are over, but it took me a little bit longer to get my Patchwork Olympics quilt top done. 

patchwork piecing scrap quilt

And really, it's still not done. I asked my husband to hold it up to show the pattern size of the quilt as designed by Temecula Quilt Co.. I'm planning on adding one more row to make it a little longer and a more usable length in our house.

scrap quilt pieced patchwork

I love the small pieces! I really didn't think I had any light color scraps - let alone enough - to make this quilt. Was I surprised! It's amazing how little the pieces were that I kept over the years - or is it?

scrap bin excess fabric

I made this bin several years ago. I keep baggies in it full of leftovers from projects. Little pieces that I cut, spare blocks, test blocks, random bits of fabric that I fussy cut and saved. . . 

small squares

Inside the bin I found this tiny baggie full of 1 1/2" squares - the right size for this project! 

fused scraps

I also found a lot of fused scraps kept from several projects. I threw out quite a few - the real skinny ones - and kept a few with a project in mind. In the end the bin's goodies probably shrunk in half from this exercise! 

That means I have room for more scraps, right ;)

PFAFF Performance 5.2

I recently received the new PFAFF Performance 5.2 to review for You can read my posts over there this week. Thanks to this machine's features I was able to zip through and sew a lot of patches in less than an hour! It's helped me conquer that I'm too tired to quilt feeling - I can sit down and sew precise seams and feel good doing it. I find it tricky to describe the physical ease of using the PFAFF machines - you might just have to try one;)

quilt top patchwork

I'm so glad I took on this Olympic challenge. Yet another quilt in my home with a story - a birth story. So many memories of other quilts I've made came up as I cut out and sewed together scraps from them, joining them together in this quilt. 

The abundance of gifts from scrap quilts is tangible with every cuddle. I've got two more blocks to make to finish the last row of this quilt and I'm looking forward to scrounging through what's left of my scraps to piece them. I know there will be enough. And probably more!

Do you like to make scrap quilts?

With Joy,

Sarah V.


What Comes Next? August 30, 2016 at 11:06 PM  

It looks great! Perfect way to use some of your scraps

Pam @ Quilting Fun August 31, 2016 at 9:09 AM  

It is a beautiful quilt. I love your story, it makes the quilt very special.

HelenMarie September 1, 2016 at 12:33 AM  

love the olympics quilt! I saved the pattern for future use. I'm busy with customer and show quilts right now! HM

Laurel's Stitches September 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM  

Your quilt is simply gorgeous, Sarah. I loved reading about how the bits all came together. I love the design; it is so simple and clever. And named well.

Thank you for posting to TN&TN's WIP Wednesday!

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