Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Trunk Show of Fast and Scrappy Quilts

Welcome to my Trunk Show of Scrappy Quilts

 Hey everybody! My name is Millie from Millie's Quilting. I'm so thrilled to be posting on this awesome blog. Thanks so much, Madame Samm for inviting me to show a few of my scrappy quilts. In 1990, as a newlywed I visited our local library in Sasolburg, South Africa. It just happened to be the yearly quilt show. I was awestruck by this new form of art I have never witnessed before. Before you take out your calculators to figure out my age I'll just come out and say it. I'm 44 years young.



 I started to make my very first quilt after the library quilt display and gave it to my mother. It was a Grandmother's Flower Garden  all done by hand. It took me nearly two years to finish it.

My mom and me!
After going through all the trouble of hand sewing and quilting, I bought my first sewing machine.

In 1998, we moved to the U.S.A. and that was when my passion for quilting escalated. I started growing a stash, buying quilt books and magazines and a rotary cutter and rulers. This Log Cabin quilt is the first quilt I made with a rotary cutter and ruler and  this one only took me two months.

 This is where I sew all my quilts.  I got the table at a garage sale and added a few wooden cutouts and painted the table white. The furniture in my quilting room is either black or white.

 My quilting room is definitely girly.


 I have a black curtain rod on the wall for a quilt hanger. 
 I do change the quilt on the wall out every few weeks.
 I cut my stash into different widths of fabric and coordinated by 
color in plastic containers. I am a huge fan of 1930's fabrics.

 
This is my bin of 1930's fabrics. 

Most of my scrappy quilts I make without a pattern. I saw an orange square quilt on Madame Samm's blog so I pulled out a few orange fabrics. In this quilt I have batiks, reproduction fabrics, and a few  modern and bright fabrics. In a perfect world you wouldn't mix batiks and reproductions together but I  like to break the quilting rules.
Quilting for me is a stress reliever. For this middle block I ran out of the outside orange fabric. Instead of pulling out my hair I decided to be creative and work with it. I added an extra block of fabric which now gives the quilt character.
I use a lot of two and a half inch strips in my quilts and 
order them by color. This here is my blue and red strip basket.
I made this red, white, and blue Rail Fence quilt from the strips in the basket.
Another scrappy Rail Fence quilt made with two and a half  inch batik strips in warm fall colors.
Another batik quilt in bright summer colors.
I like the purple and teal colors with the yellow and oranges.

I do love traditional quilts, but I also enjoy making modern
 liberated quilts. This is my liberated Rail Fence quilt.

I have made so many Roman Stripe quilts as gifts.
 This one I kept for myself and I love the pink and green colors together.
I love washed and crinkled quilts and I love how the quilts get softer with very wash.
 This is my modern side again...a liberated Roman
 Stripe quilt which is not finished yet. I think the quilt needs a border or two.





Log Cabin quilts are another great way to use your stash. In this one I used yellow and grey fabrics. I sewed random yellow and grey strips around the white center square.

This blue and green Log Cabin quilt is done in the traditional way  
with light strips on one side and the dark strips on the opposite side.
This is my liberated Log Cabin quilt.



I absolutely enjoy quilting circles or swirls. It gives such nice movement to the quilts.

A few modern Log Cabin blocks in blue and green.

Now what do I do with all the left over strips?
 I absolutely enjoy making nine patch blocks. 
 This is a Nine Patch  quilt I made with 1930's fabrics.



I love to make Chinese Coin scrappy quilts. This quilt has bright fabrics.
Another Chinese Coin quilt I made with charm squares cut in half.


I do keep all the leftover fabrics in a string box for my String Quilts.

Another String Quilt.


I enjoy making scrappy backs.  This is a pink scrappy back.
Another pink scrappy back. As you can tell I love pink quilts.

This is a blue and green scrappy back.

A brown scrappy back.

Thank you so much for the chance to show my scrappy quilts here on the wonderful blog Stash Manicure. I love to make fast and simple scrappy quilts. I am sure I may have inspired you to think about your stash in a different way and to shed some ideas on all of the possibilities...

Happy Quilting!







50 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing Millie! I really enjoyed your story and your photos!

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  2. Wel gedaan Millie! Wat 'n lieflike post. Ek moet beslis werk daaraan maak om 'n scrappy quilt te maak. Ek is versot op jou strings quilt en die Roman stripe quilt.
    Waag ek dit sê? Viva SA!
    Elzaan

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  3. Thanks for the quilt show Millie. Such great inspiration. I am a follower of you blog and love seeing the projects you are working on.

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  4. Your scrappy quilts are Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Just to think you STARTED with a hand sewn Grandmothers Garden is fantabulous! But I love how you showed your stash, cutting and storing - right to the blocks and the finished quilt. Fantastic quilt show with much inspiration. I love scrappy and showing the traditional with the modern version of each style is great for new quilters. I haven't done a Roman Stripe in a while and really like the liberated block. That is a must do in 2011. Thank you for a wonderful post.

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  6. Gorgeous quilt...I love seeing your wrok, it's always inspiring..
    Julia ♥

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  7. They look lovely, I have one question! Do you quilt them yourself on a sewing machine, or is this done with a longarm? It is inspiring to see and I have still some Moda rolls, zo I can start immidiatly! Greetings
    Lida

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  8. I love your quilts! Thank you for sharing them.

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  9. Millie, you have the most beautiful quilts....You are an inspriration. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Haven't you come a long way since your first log cabin. I really like the direction you are heading in. Your quilts are so gorgeous. Thanks for showing.

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  11. My oh my Millie... you are one awesome quilter and so organized. I love all of your beautiful quilts, but most of all... I loved the picture of your mother and you. That said it all!

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  12. Good Morning Millie....wow! You have done all of these quilts since 1990...Ok, there is hope for me yet...lol. To pick one over the other is almost impossible....NO wait love the orange one...lol. Oh and the coin one too...oh wait the brown scrappy one...LOVE Them all and the photo of your Mom and you speaks of your love in sew many ways...great show...now let's pour a cup of coffee....ahhhhhh

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  13. Lovely eye candy, thanks for sharing your quilts!

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  14. Wow! All those gorgeous quilts in all those gorgeous colors....too cool! I, too, am a scrappy quilt lover and can appreciate all the time and love you put into each and every one of them. They're beautiful!

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  15. Millie, I loved looking at your quilts. You've made so many and what a lovely variety!

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  16. Hi, Millie!! your quilts are very beautiful! They reflect the energy that is alive and vibrant in you! His colors are beautiful! It's very inspiring to me! Congratulations!
    Hugs from Brazil!

    Bia Cardeal
    Brazil

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  17. Millie, your scrappy quilts are just gorgeous!! I love all of them. Your wonderful quilting just adds so much to them too. Thanks for sharing them with us. Great post. Hugs Ariane

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  18. What an awesome show. Your quilts are so beautiful.

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  19. WOW! a quilt show while sitting in my easy chair drinking my morning coffee. All of them are great, can't pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. What an inspiration to view all your quilts! Your color choices are wonderful and very striking!

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  21. Loved seeing your scrappy quilts! I'm not a big fan of orange but that orange one is fabulous! I think there is going to be an orange quilt in my future! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

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  22. What an amazing display of beautiful quilts. They are all works of art!

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  23. Millie how awesome! I love that Chinese coin quilt with the white background, and the orange square ones and I love, love, love 1930s fabric...I wanted to pick a favorite quilt but I couldn't! I wish my sewing room looked as good as yours - I'm way too messy and it's way too overflowing with stuff. :0 I want to get busy in the new year and so some scrappy quilts like yours so I can whittle my stash down some. Loved the post! blessings, marlene

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  24. awesome Millie! I love your work and it has given me ideas. I too love my stash and scrap quilts and I need to spend the month of January getting my scraps organized by size.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  25. Awesome post Millie. Let me say first "your sewing room is wonderful....so neat and organized and with a long arm tucked in the corner." Just got one myself and am looking forward to using it more in the new year. Second I love your scrappy quilts...orange is not my color but I love yours....also love '30s fabrics and log cabin quilts. I've made a number of the coin quilts and love them all. Love the brown and blue combination. You are sEw inspiring... thanks bunches!!!!

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  26. Millie, what a great show!! Thanks for sharing. I know you've inspired all of us to manicure our stashes just a little :).

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  27. Awesome show, Millie! Love all your ideas - thank you for sharing.

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  28. I am so happy to be on SM to show some of my scrappy quilts. Thanks Samm and Rae Ann for having me. I love to visit SM for inspration for my scrappy quilts.

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  29. What a great post. I love all the eye candy. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Millie, your quilts are beyond gorgous! I am taking away your ideas of using those fabric bins to organize your fabrics -- I already have some and haven't thought to use them for that. I also like the idea of handing a rod to put a quilt on. It's perfect for an open corner of my sewing room. Thank you!!

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  31. What beautiful quilts! I want to go sew!

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  32. Millie that was such a wonderful, colorful trunk show! You should take it on the road.

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  33. What a wonderful Trunk Show :) Thanks for coming and sharing it with us!

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  34. Wow, Millie. Your quilts are wonderful. And I'm inspired to rethink my stash and start cutting strips for some simple scrappy quilts. Love your sewing room. The curtain rod idea is great.

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  35. Your quilts are all so beautiful Millie! Thanks for sharing them with us! :0)

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  36. You do beautiful work and have a great eye for color! Now I want to go slice up my stash into strips.

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  37. You are so super talented! I feel like I just walked through a quilt show while sitting at my desk at work... I really love how you are able to mix modern and traditional together!

    Jennifer :)

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  38. Beautiful quilts! I keep thinking,,,one of these days I will have enough stash pieces to make one of these....Lovely variety!

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  39. Your quilts are beautiful and quite an inspiration. I am just beginning to realize what a good thing it is to have all of these fabric scraps!!!!

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  40. Great job - thanks for sharing. I especially love the liberated log cabin, that looks like pinwheels, and you can never go wrong with a nine-patch!

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  41. Millie!!! Are you kidding!! Each one has its own personality and special touch. I could never pick one I like the best. They are all so amazing and so is your quilting. I so need to make more scrap quilts. I wish I could cuddle with each and every one of your quilts! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!! Amazing!!

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  42. YAY for scraps! Yes, I enjoy doing a "planned" quilt from time to time, but scraps are where my heart is.

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  43. Love this post - thanks so much...

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  44. Thank you for sharing all your beautiful quilts!

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  45. Millie I loved your trunk show, you have inspired me!

    Linda
    http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

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  46. Loved reading your story, your quilts are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  47. Millie, I loved seeing your quilts. Thanks for the inspiration.

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