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A scrappy quilt

I mentioned that I made a Noah’s Ark quilt once we decided on the name Noah. However, it was the second quilt I had made for him. The first was a scrappy quilt. Those quilts are the kind that you make when you use scraps from other projects, and don’t necessarily stick to a single color palate. For this quilt I only had to buy the pirate ship boarder and material for the backing, which both came off the sale table. Everything else came from my stash. Insert wide-eyed emoji here.

I used solid triangles and patterned triangles to make squares. It actually took a lot of planning to make sure each patterned color went with each solid color. Of course yellows look great with black, but I had to remember to put them with the blues, whites, and greens, too. Then of course putting it together was like a giant puzzle. It took days and I had to call in reinforcements (Tim) to help. This red can’t be by another red! Too many polka dots next to each other!

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This quilt has 150 squares. It was originally going to be smaller, only 100, but then I decided it should be bigger so he could use it longer. I mean, I could take a nap under it, so I figure it should fit a toddler bed. Each patterned material was a square I cut in half diagonally, so every fabric is only in two squares. That means I found 75 unique fabrics. I may have a hoarding problem.

One special thing about this quilt is that it was the first one I ever machine quilted in an actual pattern (instead of just around each block). There is a quilted pattern following the zigzag of the black and white blocks. I ALWAYS tied quilts like this, but that seemed like it would be an endless project. In the end, the quilting turned out to be so easy, I chided myself for being so scared of it!

I think one of my favorite parts of this quilt is the black blocks and the pattern they create. I chose black because it was what I had, but it ended up taking this quilt from nice to dramatic. And of course, in order to get 75 different fabrics, I have leftovers from not just my own projects, but also scraps from stuff my mom made when I was a kid and even a few from her own childhood!

Seriously, who doesn’t love a colorful quilt?

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