Sunday, August 21, 2011

Scraptacular Ragaliciousness

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My hand hurts.I mean really is cramped up and hurting. Why you ask? Oh yeah because I was making this awesome little guy.

So why is my hand hurting? Because I spent three hours clipping the seams on him to make him fluffy and comfortable. Thank goodness I have those fancy spring loaded scissors or this post would take longer to post.

(You know, sticking a pencil in my teeth and pecking it out takes time)


I really and truly do love rag quilts. I think they're so fun to make! The best part about them is when I'm making them I feel like a rebel because I'm sewing them backwards!

(I live dangerously, what can I say?)

The best part about this little quilt is that it was completely free! It was such a scrap buster that I was surprised. It all started when I decided to clean my sewing area. (yeah right) Then started by going through my scraps to "Organize" them. By the time I realized what I was doing, I'd cut out about 30 something 4'' squares...so I decided to just go with it. I ended up with about 160 squares when the madness wore off when all was said and done.

This quilt is 42'' X 49''. I think it's the perfect size to throw over your feet when you're watching TV, or to cuddle a little baby in!

My second favorite thing about this is that the more you wash this guy, the softer and cuddlier he gets. Front is made from scraps of 100% cotton, and the back from fat quarters of flannel I've had forever.

(um...can you guess we're Tennessee Titans fans???)

It really took me a lot to "lose control" of the placement of this. I'm a tad OCD when it comes to patterns, and this one has no pattern. I told myself the only control I could have was to make sure no two same color squares ended up next to each other.

(And if you look closely you can see that I failed at that...)
(Please don't look too closely...)
(I ask as I give you a closeup shot...)
It was really fun to just randomly sew these blocks together and see the outcome. I would love to post a tutorial, but by the time I thought about it, the quilt was in the washer...*shrug*

I like it. I think I'll put it up on my Etsy shop and see if there are any takers. Even if there aren't this guy is cute enough to get the privilege of calling my house a home.

So what do you think?


48 comments:

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Amber!! It is absolutely beautiful!! I need to try one of these... totally on my "to-do list..." but you've totally bumped it up there ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Sunday” on our blog!! As always we appreciate it! :)

Kristine
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Laina @ Vibrant Serenity said...

Oh I love it! Looks absolutely snugglicious. (Yep, made that word up, but it fits.) One day, I will buy a sewing machine here in Denamrk and learn to sew.

Jennifer said...

Its Beautiful! I am right in the middle of making my own Rag Quilt... but mine is going to fit a queen size bed... its taking FOREVER!! Seeing yours finished and all comfy looking is the kick in the pants I need to get mine together and snipped (the part I dread the most).

I found you through your link on JandM's Strut your stuff :)


findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com

rita jean said...

Looks so amazing! I made one earlier this year! I know exactly how cramped up your hands can get! ;)

CreationsbyJune said...

Tat looks wonderful! I am working on one right now and it has been "worked on" for three years!

Jill said...

What a fabulous quilt! If I managed to make myself one of those I don't think I'd be able to part with it!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Rose said...

I think it's adorable!

I've been making patchwork curtains for my house and it's so much fun. :)

Deceptively Educational said...

My oldest son was given a tiny version of your blanket when he was a baby. You're right - it is super soft and cuddly. Yours turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing!

Amy @MoMomma said...

Great Idea! I am glad I am saving/hording my scraps for something like this! Please come link up on my Mommy Monday linky - http://momommamoney.blogspot.com/2011/08/mommy-monday.html

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I just adore the scrappy-ness of your quilt!! That's a word, right? And I still have a rag quilt on my want-to-do... yes, I might have to give this a go soon!! Thanks for the reminder about how soft they are. Finding you from Nifty Thrify and newly following along!

Adrianne said...

Amber, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check out this post to accept!

http://www.happyhourprojects.com/2011/08/versatile-blogger-award.html

Adrianne

poindextr said...

I love it! Love that it is patchwork and love that it is made from fabric scraps - I'm all about making use of leftovers! Simply beautiful :) Diane

Maggie said...

I luv it, luv the colours and it looks so comforting.
I will be honored if you will share it with our readers in our linking party at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/08/11-million-visitors-with-new-london-eye.html
Thank you,
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

These quilts are great....I always think I am going to make a quilt...maybe with your inspiration I will get around tuit!

kasia said...

Absolutely beautiful! And soooo much work. I love the fact that it is made from scraps. I have also been trying to make projects using my scraps. I tend to always take new fabrics for projects and eventually one has so many scraps. Thank u for sharing

Michelle @Life's a Beach said...

This looks soooo comfy!

Ridgeway Cottage said...

Your quilt is amazing what a really brilliant idea

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

I love your writing style!!

Ricochet said...

I WILL make a quilt like this! I WILL! Yours turned out beautiful! I am co-hosting a quilted pillow cover challenge. I hope you'll check it out at http://www.sewlavie.com/p/welcome-to-retro-pillow-challenge.html
It runs through out the whole month of September. I hope you'll consider participating.
You've made a follower out of me!
Rikka J.
Ricochet and Away!

Robin said...

I love this and I would love to see you link it up to Upcycled Awesome (we are also doing stashbusting projects :)

http://tinyurl.com/upcycled59

Natasha in Oz said...

That is quite a quilt! You did a magnificent job on it. Well done!

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Love your rag quilt! Yes, it looks uber soft and yay! for making use of those scraps! And love your commentary as you post :o) Thank goodness for awesome spring-loaded scissors!

Blessings & Aloha!

Michelle said...

I love rag quilts. We got one from my aunt-in-law for our wedding and I thought it was so great. Cool that you made it from scraps! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Six Sisters said...

Oh my goodness!! This is ABSOLUTELY beautiful!! I want to make one! Thanks for the inspiration! I hope that mine can look as good as yours! Thanks for sharing it at our party!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

Cowgirl Crafter said...

I LOVE IT!!

Laurie said...

So pretty! I've made several of these with 7 inch squares and using denim from old jeans for the back of the quilt. I always keep one in car for soccer matches/impromptu picnics or whatever. They are super sturdy for outside use.

Kory said...

This looks so super comfy! I have grand plans to sew quilts for girls *someday* but am super intimidated and have no clue where to start... perhaps I should browse your blog...

Chef in Training said...

i Love this! You did a fabulous job! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Trish said...

this is so cute! makes me want to learn how to do it!

rebekah said...

Love it! I've wanted to make a rag quilt for soooo long! Maybe I'm inspired enough now!! :) THanks for sharing.. found you via Upcycled Awesomeness!

Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword said...

My daughter (aged 6) would just love, love, love this quilt to bits. What amazing patience and skill you have. Lynda

Connie said...

Great looking quilts, good thing you have sharp scissors!

Deborah March said...

Oooohhhh...pure LOVE...can just FEEL a wee babe in these!!

Deborah (visiting from
http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com)

Erica @ Doodles and Doilies said...

Thanks for linking up to my Delight Me party last week. It is always a treat to see the great quilts you come up with. And just so you know...you have been featured at this weeks Delight Me party!!!

Ashley said...

this looks GREAT!!!!!!!!!

Jaime said...

Great job! I toasted you tonight!

http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/08/toast-of-tuesday_30.html

The Quilt Ladies said...

Just wonderful, I love all the color !

Carolyn said...

Wow. Amazing quilt. I bet your hand hurts after cutting all the fringe! I would be so happy if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/08/inspiration-board-link-party-13.html
Hope to see you there.
carolyn | homework

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday - - I featured you today!
- Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

Priscila said...

Wow! Looks like hard work paid off! Very nice!

Sandy Elliott said...

Very nice! I love homemade quilts. New follower from the Fancy Friday hop.

Sandy
Cherished Handmade Treasures

The Ellis' said...

This turned out so great! We would love for you to share this at our weekly link party this Saturday. We have an awesome jewelry giveaway going on right now, too! Come stop by!

http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/paparazzi-giveaway-and-at-home-job.html

Love,
The Sisters @ www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

Tanya Anurag said...

Quilting is such a hard thing to do. I feel it requires a lot of dedication and time... you did a great job!

Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun.

The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/09/tea-time-thursdays-5-and-features.html

Crystal said...

LOVE this, Amber!!! I SO want to make a quilt and this one is definitely going on my to-do list! It looks so comfy! Thanks so much for linking up! :) I have got to email ya soon! Things were crazy and I never had a 400 follower giveaway, so I am going to have a giveaway week if/when I reach 500 followers! I would love to work with ya on a giveaway! :)Talk to you sooN! :)
Crystal
Homemaker in Heels

Athena Nagel said...

Holy smokes this must have taken some dedication and a great deal of time to make. I am impressed. Thanks for linking up to www.thestuffofsuccess.com.

Chef in Training said...

I love this quilt! It is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Jordan McCollum said...

Awesome! I have a bunch of scrap squares that I intend to quilt, but I haven't decided on a pattern yet... Maybe no pattern at all!

Michelle said...

That's so pretty - I love the combination of colors!