Sunday, February 28, 2016

Pentland Crackers Finished


Pentland Crackers
72 x 84

We are probably going to trade in our ancient pop-up camper that sleeps 5 and has no toilet with a brand new one that sleeps 9 and has a toilet.  Since I will retire next year we will be able to take the grandkids camping in style and more often.  Anyway, I decided I needed a couple more light weight quilts for the new camper.  So there it will go. 


These six inch crackers started out as a swap.  Then last year I used my 2.5 inch scraps and made a few each month as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.    When I was ready to assemble I couldn't decide on a layout right away so just decided to see what they looked like sewn together into groups of four of the same color.   After I had enough four unit blocks I just randomly sewed them all together because I don't have a design wall and didn't really want to muss and fuss a lot with them anyway. I kind of like random. 

Since they looked a lot like flowers in a garden I machine quilted on my DSM with some really, really free motion flowers in each section - no marking and sometimes there were some shaky hands. Before I did that, though, I did some straight line quilting 1/4 inch on each side of the 12 inch blocks (of four crackers) with my walking foot.  

I just used wide muslin for the backing and some really lightweight batting since it's a summer quilt. 
I used two color catchers in the washer but it looks like there might be a little bleeding from some reds. Or since it's so lightweight it might just be the red peeking through from the front. Either way, it really doesn't bother me.  It's going in the new camper.  It serves the same purpose whether or not the bleeding is there or not. 


I used more scrappy binding. I think my leftover binding box is getting pretty low now and I'll probably have to start cutting bindings again. On scrap quilts I like the scrappy binding. 

Broke my sewing machine again while quilting this- bobbin stop broke off.  So while Jane Janome  is out I'll be going back to Kenny Kenmore.   For now I'm off to grandson's birthday party. 



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17 comments:

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! I love this quilt! What a fun pattern and your colours with white are so beautiful! I would love to make quilt like this. x Teje

gayle said...

I can't believe how many quilts you've already finished this year, and it's still only February...
Random suits you well - it looks glorious!
(And much more impressive all set together than the individual blocks looked like. I admit I had my doubts while you were making them. I'll never doubt you again.)

Julierose said...

Oh this is a lovely quilt--perfect for your camping expeditions....I used to go tenting with my two small babies and DH in the Berkshire wilderness--cannot even believe we did this. Such fun memories...Hope you have fun and take pix--I wish I had taken pictures--(but we were on a really tight budget then--teacher's salar-- and had to watch the pennies)....but had great fun anyway...
hugs, love that finish--Julierose

Cathy said...

What a lovely and fun quilt! I think its just the red showing through the lightweight center and back. It’s all good. No one makes beauty from scraps like you do!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is a great block that I haven't seen before, and I've been trying to figure out how it's made. i really like the random, rainbow layout that you did!

Nann said...

The Crackers turned out great! I like the color grouping. And thanks for showing the quilting detail.

Magpie Sue said...

For not planning the layout of the blocks you've managed to achieve a wonderful distribution of color throughout the quilt. What a lovely finish!

cityquilter grace said...

that is sooo pretty...those grandkids will be camping in style for sure!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I love it! Scrappy quilts are the best and it will be perfect on your camping adventures.

Mary Marcotte said...

Oh gorgeous quilt! What a great way to use up some scraps...don't we all need those ideas! Beautiful!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

It is lovely! I really like how you group the colors. You have been finishing up a number of really pretty quilts in a short time! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

Lynn said...

I think it looks great - a wonderful shape and colours that really set each other off well. I'm a big fan of free-motion that is very free and most of all fun.

Sally T said...

It really is amazing and fun to watch how your quilts grow from a handful of blocks to a full quilt. And combining the four blocks to make flowers was brilliant. Smashing! And get well wishes for your Janome.

Quilter Kathy said...

A fantastic finish! I love a scrappy binding too!

Sue SA said...

I absolutely love this quilt, so pretty and fun. Oh and it looks easy to sew. Can I ask where you got the pattern, or what the blocks dimensions are? I still have alot of 2.5" strips to use up and I am keen to try this block, thank you in anticipation.

Shasta Matova said...

What a beautiful and fun quilt. And a fabulous photo shoot to boot.

sew.darn.quilt said...

I'm loving this quilt as well!