I finished this quilt last month, but I’ve been doing a lot of quilting due to quarantine, so I’m behind on showing my work.  This is a scrap quilt, of course.  I’ve been seeing lots of quilts with little strips inserted on Pinterest, and finally got around to developing my own.

First, I got out all my solids, including the Grunge, and cut a 12″ square from each for background.  I planned to trim the blocks to 10.5″ after I finished inserting strips, since I have a 10.5″ square ruler 😀  No point making things difficult; let’s plan for easy!

Then I got out all my scraps and cut them into strips ranging from about 1″ to 2.5″ in width.  I made strip sets and cut them crosswise into strips for the quilt.   The inserted strips were cut in widths varying from 1″ to 2″, which of course means they finished 0.5″ to 1.5″ wide in the blocks.  I made more skinny ones than wide ones.

I just slashed the blocks at random angles.  I did slash and insert only one strip at a time. 

After I’d inserted enough strips to suit me, I trimmed each block to 10.5″ square.

Just look at the fun flower design my quilter used!

And yes, I left 3 blocks unpieced to add interest.

Quilt stats:  Fiddlesticks

Finished size: 49″ x 69″

Designed by me, based on multiple inspirations from Pinterest

Technique: Improvisation

Quilted by Julia Madison

20 thoughts on “Fiddlesticks!

  1. Such a great idea. I love sewing leftover pieces together, but have a hard time trying decide how to piece them into the back Ta dah! Thank you.

  2. Such a cheery quilt, and a good way to use tiny scraps, as inserts. I’ve done the same thing on the Crosscut quilt I made as a QAL with Debbie Jeske of AQuiltersTable. They all have an Amanda Jean/CrazyMomQuilts “Birches” feel to them. Great job!

  3. I really love this look, especially knowing it uses up so many pretty scraps and is a no-brainer when it comes to precision and cutting! So colorful and interesting to look at too….that always is a plus for me! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. I’ve always loved these kind of quilts, but I’d never thought of them as a quilt to use up scraps: you’ve given me a new vision! Very fun quilt, with a happy feel to it. Is this staying at your house? (BTW, I’ve filled up your email box today–no need to write back!)

  5. Very similar to the pattern Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) designed and sold several years ago. So cheerful with bright colors.

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