Make It Scrappy!
Today’s featured quilt is Modern Scrappy by Andie Johnson. Isn’t this a happy quilt! It’s satisfying to make a quilt from nothing but scraps. It’s economical and earth friendly. Even the tiniest piece of fabric can be worked into a scrap quilt. Many quilters save every piece of fabric and some have elaborate organizational systems so they can access their scraps systematically. Typically a scrap quilt will reflect the fabric taste and color preferences of its maker since the scraps usually come from previously made quilts.
Andie’s thoughts on color:
“Quilting for me is all about color. The first thing that I see in any quilt is color. Whether they’re saturated, juicy colors or stark black and white, before I notice any other design element, I see color. I think what I love the most about using color in quilting is how it can evoke a memory, an emotion or capture an idea. For example, a Double Wedding Ring done in all 1930s feedsack prints set against a white background will have a completely different vibe than the same block made with modern geometric fabrics set against a gray background. I love the possibilities that color gives us to express ourselves.
And oh my, how I love a scrappy quilt! For me, scrappiness lends itself so well to both traditional and modern quilting. Using a collection of scraps, you can make something that looks as though it came straight out of the pioneer days or, on the flip side, something that’s uber-modern, fresh and crisp. Some of my beloved fabrics making their way into multiple projects is very endearing to me.
More about Andie:
Andie has been sewing and quilting since she was a teen. She is the Vice President of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. Andie finds time to sew even with three teenage children. She is currently co-writing a modern quilting book with Kelly Biscopink to be released in September of 2012. Congratulations Andie and Kelly! Andie and her quilts can be found on her blog, AndieJohnsonSews!