I want this lovely bow-tie to get a little more attention before I turn to the fall tones. It's like wearing white shoes or pants....is there still a 'rule' about Labor Day?
If this looks familiar, I shared it in this previous post with a few other bow-tie examples from my collection - but in this 're-run' I will share more close-ups of the fabrics and some tips for successful scrap quilts.
I have it on a double bed. With the deep mattresses today, most vintage quilts need to bump down a size to work. It would be skimpy on a queen. (If you are making quilts from patterns in old books, be sure to double check the size of the bed you are using!)
Purchased last year in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a veritable catalog of fabrics largely from the 1950' including florals, stripes, geometrics, plaids, dots and novelty prints in a range of colors, scale and value.
|Variety is the key|
The diagrams below show two construction methods for this block.
The following close-ups show that the maker of this quilt used the classic version. The 'knot' at the center (D) is a separate square sewn in using the "Y" seam method retaining the plaid or stripe where needed. In the Quick method the use of an overall print would work best.
For a successful scrap quilt be sure to include:
A range of SCALE
|Small scale print floral|
Interesting Geometrics/Plaids and Checks
A range of VALUE- more important than the color itself:
Tone-on-Tone fabrics - They appear from a distance as a solid:
Directional prints and stripes create movement:
What I love about scrap quilts besides the fact that they allow a maker to 'use up' leftover fabrics is that they invite you to take a longer look - delighting with first one fabric and then another as you move your eyes across it.
What is a scrap quilt, really? Some guilds today require a specific number of different fabrics to be used in order to qualify in that category in their shows. Some say if you 'buy' the fabric specifically for the quilt that it's not a true scrap quilt......
Do you have 'scraps' piling up?
Have you made a scrap quilt lately?