scrappy to & fro across the globe

by Nova on August 4, 2013

While Scrappy Trip around the World fever spread across blogland, I was  taking a much more literal approach.

In our latest correspondence quilt my mum & I have been exchanging  2″ scrappy squares in letters over the past year & a bit.
We cut 2 of everything, kept 1 & sent 1 so we each ended up with the same fabrics.
We sent them in batches of more than 1 at a time though, that would have been  ridiculous & taken  f o  r  e  v  e  r  !

Inspired by the layout of the gorgeous single chain quilt from Denyse Schmidt’s  Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration book,  with a scrappy twist! We’re both making this  design :)

scrappy trip across the globe2

It’s such a nice feeling to know we have both ended up with the same fabrics in our quilts :) a little of each others scrap stash & all without making a dent in either, funny how that works!

It is HUGE.

scrappy trip across the globe

& no, the pieced blocks are not all going in the same direction! It wouldn’t be one of my quilts if there wasn’t a bit of topsy- turviness somewhere in it!

notes:

scraps = 2″ squares of shared scrappy love. (1.5″ finished)
background = Kona Snow
block size (finished) =10.5″
quilt top approx = 73.5″ x 94.5″
quilting ideas = to follow……

 

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

benta August 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

oh Nova, what a great idea, and what a fab top, an Irish chin is on my list for this summer!

ps do you ever use your capture code? this is my 6th attempt this time :-(

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Sally August 4, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Nova, this is such a lovely idea, and the quilt top you have put together is beautiful :) Is your mum making the same style of quilt or something completely different with her squares?

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Ruth August 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

What a wonderful way to make a quilt and its stunning!

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Lorraine August 4, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It’s REALLY lovely . I have a bag of 2.5 ” squares looking for a home , this may be it :)

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Camilla August 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Gorgeous! And what a lovely sharing thing with your Mum. So lovely to receive something tangible and loved in the post! Look forward to hopefully seeing what you mum’s quilt is like too?!

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Katy August 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I love the idea of a correspondence quilt. My mum and I do more direct trades, I sew, she knits :o)

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Andrea Kollath August 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I made this a favorit on flickr it´s just amazing!

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kathyh August 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

I love the pieced blocks.
What a fun way to connect with your mom.

I have problems with the captcha code too.

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Nina August 5, 2013 at 12:50 am

What a sweet idea! And a gorgeous quilt top too. Do you have a minimum scrap size for keeping? How do you decide what’s too small to hang on to?

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Angela August 5, 2013 at 2:32 am

Love this!! I have about 1400 2 inch squares and I’m thinking a couple hundred will be put towards making this quilt! :)

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Jo @ a life in lists August 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

Oh that’s such a lovely idea! I with my mother was remotely interested in quilting. Although possibly not quite as poignant from 90 miles away… I need to find a quilty penpal!

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Flying Blind August 5, 2013 at 5:08 am

What a great way to make a quilt, and it looks fantastic xxx

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Willit Neverend August 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

What a lovely way to keep each other close.

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Meredithe August 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

What a fabulous idea!! You’re so lucky to have a mum who quilts too.

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Julie August 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

What a lovely idea. My sister and I send each other scraps – but we haven’t done a project together yet.

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Lynn August 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

SO beautiful! I absolutely love this! I must try something like this someday!

xo

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Lori August 6, 2013 at 1:38 am

Nova,

Do you have a pattern or link to a pattern for your quilt? I would love to give it a go.

Thank you, Lori

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Dina August 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Lovely! I approve of doing the pieced blocks this way and that. When I noticed it, I thought, “YES! Love that!” I love how you did this with your mom… My mom and I did a Christmas quilt rather like that, and it still feels special because of that cooperation. I’ll put my 2 cents in about the captcha, too. I hate them. I understand why people use it, but I hate the captcha.

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Nova August 7, 2013 at 4:44 am

hello! thank you for all your lovely comments & by now you will have received answers to questions in your inbox’s.

I just wanted to leave a little note here about captcha code. Apologies if it has been causing issues for you too. I only have it because I need it – believe me, I dislike them as much as you.

As explained already to the commenters above, for whatever reason this blog receives a lot of spam comments, which is a bit of a nuisance to say the least. Without the captcha code my inbox would not cope, nor would my sanity (last month I had 1500 spam comments). A few still slip through. grrr.

If anyone has a better fix to this problem I would love to hear & am happy to give it a go. Until then, sorry peeps but the captcha stays. Thanks for understanding.

If you are a spammer & you’re reading this, please get a life. Learn to sew or knit or something nice instead.

n
x

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Jeifner August 12, 2013 at 2:53 am

I love this version of the Irish Chain. Even more wonderful that you and your mother are sharing fabrics for it. That’ll be full of memories.

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katie August 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm

So crisp and clean looking!

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Lynne August 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Love your quilt. Love how you’ve varied the way you’ve put the pieced blocks in. Love that you and your mum shared fabrics.

As for capcha, I find it hard to read but I understand why you have it. Mollie, from making quilts from scraps (or is it stash?) has a simple arithmetic question for hers. That works well and is easy and simple.

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