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Work in Progress Wednesday – Purple Scrap Quilt

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I’ve had a pile of four-inch purple squares lying around my quilting room for a long, LONG time. Making a scrappy quilt out of them is a kind of spring cleaning. It also reminds me of the very first quilt I ever made, a twin bed-sized quilt made from identical purple squares (I had no idea what I was getting into!) In fact, a few of these patches are from that very first pile of quilt squares, which I bought on Ebay. Even then, I liked buying fabric without having any idea what I would use it for.

The first step was laying out the squares in a more-or-less light/dark pattern:

Then I sewed them into a top:

This top is still a little small to make a truly cozy lap quilt, so I’m going to add borders from this butterfly fabric, which I found several yards of at the thrift store for a dollar a yard.

You can see a lot of other people’s quilts at this week’s Work in Progress Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.


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  • Susan March 28, 2012, 7:35 pm

    That’s beautiful in purple – love it! Have you seen the Fading Charms project on Wedding Dress Blue? I can’t believe the butterfly fabric was only $1/yard. What a lucky find. I have found a nice plaid once, and that’s about it.

    • admin March 28, 2012, 9:06 pm

      Purple is my favorite color. I used to haunt the thrift store and found all kinds of fabric bargains, but now I’m trying to stay away from buying more, even if it’s a tremendous deal, until I can fit all my fabric into my sewing room. I still have a few bins to go! I’ll check out Wedding Dress Blue right now.

  • Lisa G March 28, 2012, 8:35 pm

    Loving your purple scrappy quilt & the butterfly fabric was such a great bargain find, well done.

    • admin March 29, 2012, 1:31 am

      Thanks, Lisa. A fabric looks so much more beautiful when you know you got something nice for a really cheap price.

  • Nita March 30, 2012, 3:00 am

    Ive made a similar quilt. I love scrappy quilts…they’re so cozy and interesting to contemplate the different fabrics over a cup of tea on a Sunday morning.

    • admin March 30, 2012, 4:27 am

      Nita, you’re so right. The fabric matching is half the fun. I’ve always had a crazy (that is, probably unwarranted) confidence in my fabric combinations, and that’s one of my favorite things about quilting.

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