The second quilt being featured in the Week of Using What You Have is called Scrap Rainbow and it features the best of modern quilting. Not only does Alexandra Ledgerwood effectively use scraps but, this is a quilt that was inspired by a quilt that was inspired by even another quilt! Alexandra is the Vice President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild (KCMQG) and blogs at www.teaginnydesigns.blogspot.com. You can also see a lot more of her work under the flickr name teaginny. Read on as Alexandra shares more about her quilt and the freedom that quilting with scraps gives her.
Tell Us About Your Quilt
I was inspired by this gorgeous quilt by Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches. I changed the orientation of the color progression to move in vertical stripes. I used improvisation to create each stripe of color. The different shapes that emerge from this technique fascinate me every time. I continued the rainbow theme on the back of my quilt with a log cabin block that radiates Roy G. Biv. The grass green solid on the back is a surprising favorite of mine. I love how this saturated color balances out everything that’s happening on the front of the quilt, as well as frames the log cabin on the back.\
What Do You Love About Using Scraps or Re-Purposed Fabric?
Scraps are so much fun to use. I feel free to experiment with them, since they’re just scraps, right? I don’t have any anxiety about chopping them up and trying something that might not work out. Scraps also make me feel I’m being frugal and resourceful, using every last piece of what I have. Sewing with scraps is actually the way I prefer to sew, as opposed to cutting into yardage. Although, you have to do that sometimes, or you wouldn’t have more scraps!
Tell Us About Yourself and About You as a Quilter
I’m a mom of two little boys. They don’t leave me as much time for quilting as I ‘d like, but when I do get a chunk of time, I’m focused and ready to sew! I love sewing and quilting, and I really enjoy being a part of the KCMQG. The modern quilt movement inspires me tremendously. I’m excited to be able to participate in it!