Scrap Vortex

5.04.2017

I am a huge fan girl of Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts. I have been following her since I first started quilting in 2008. She is such an inspiration. One of my very favorite scrap techniques she shared was the Scrap Vortex. I am not as confident with my scrap quilts, so I tend to use this technique with the left over scraps by fabric line or, in this case, with fabric designers. Controlled scrappy, in other words. 

I apologize for the terrible photography. When I was making this one, the weather had turned very wet and cold. Perfect days for staying in and sewing, but terrible for photography!!

This was the pile I started with, an orphan block and piles of 2 ½", 4 ½" and 6 ½" squares I make with the scraps from left over projects. I make them on days when I need mindless work to do to keep me busy so I don't have to clean the house and it helps keep my scraps under control. In the picture, there are some 4 ½" squares with a 2 ½" x 4 ½" rectangle sewn on one end. My original thought was to mix up the 6 ½" blocks, with the 4 ½" x 6 ½" blocks. I quickly abandoned that idea as the layout was complicated and awkward. I was looking for fun and easy, so I made everything into 6 ½" blocks and began the lay out. 


I ended up having to add 2 ½" squares that were not pieced to make enough 6 ½" squares. In the end they helped to keep the quilt from having bulky seams when the blocks were sewn together. 


I love the orphan block, which is called Scrap Jar Star  by Amber @ Gigi's Thimble and you can find the tutorial for that here. I need to make a whole quilt with that block. 


I love quilts without borders, but I wanted this one a bit bigger. At this stage it measures 54" x 60". I added a small white border to give the eyes a place to rest.


I couldn't decide which fabric to add as the next border, so I added both. It finishes at 69" x 75". 

I know this style of quilt isn't every one's cup of tea, but I really love it and it feels like a free quilt since even the smallest pieces of fabric were used to make it. I do tend to save every little scrap of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics because I love them so.


Have you made a scrap vortex quilt? What fabrics do you find it hard to part with? 

Have a happy Thursday!! 


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13 comments:

  1. Your quilt is gorgeous, a work of art. No I've not made one of these yet. I've enough little pieces of fabric for 3 or 4 Kings sized quilts.

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  2. That is an awesome quilt and really took some 'sticking to it' to get it done !

    Congratulations ! Well done !

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  3. What a great quilt, I like that you showed it in different stages of completion! love the extra borders. thank you. Take care and Happy Sewing from Iowa

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  4. The borders were the perfect touch!

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  5. love love love it scrap quilts are my favourites what I like so much is the added large square have been making random blocks the last 2 days for a quilt and think i will have to make one large block too. My blocks vary in six just a mismash and will probably stay in the scrap box for ages. I have Victoria Findley Wolfe`s book 15 minutes of play which is great inspiration for scraps and have a ticket to hear her lecture at the FOQs in august here in the UK

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  6. What a gorgeous scrap quilt! Love the orphan block surrounded by all the other scrappy blocks. I tend to save every scrap that is 1.5 or larger - no matter what fabric line. Yes, mindless sewing - love to insert that too, in between all the other quilt projects!

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  7. this turned out to be such a happy quilt. I love it. I have never made a vortex quilt, I will have to come over some day.
    Fabric. I have a lot of fabric.I save fabric and then sometimes I forget I have it
    Sometimes I find it, and think of a great project
    I thought everyone was mindless like me.

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  8. Wow your quilt is gorgeous. Great way to use all of those scraps.

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  9. This is so pretty! The borders really finished it off nicely!

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  10. I think that scrap quilts are my favorite. I have made one using odds and ends of charm squares. I too have a hard time letting go of my Bonnie and Camille scraps. I have the same problem with my Fig Tree fabrics. Your quilt is beautiful.

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