I made a couple of pumpkin seed arches from scraps to see if I was going to like them. I certainly love the quilt on the cover of this book. I first saw the quilt on Carla's blog, A Few of My Favorite Things. and I asked her what pattern she was using and she gave me the name of this book which I promptly purchased.
I don't know about you but my scraps seem to accumulate out of nowhere. I have a cutting mat on the desk behind my sewing machine and when it gets too crowded to even cut or sew any more because of the scrap piles I throw them into boxes and/or bags to sort through at a later date. These need to go...
One bag of scraps that was once behind the sewing machine...
...and another. I sorted through them for scraps in autumn colors big enough (at least 3.5 inches long, I think) to sew on to the inner arch paper template I traced on to a couple of phone book pages taped together. I tried alternating light and dark scraps as suggested in the pattern but I'm not sure I'll continue that way with all of the rest of the arches. We'll see. I'm a little light on light scraps.
Then I laid them on a plain coral background to see if I liked them. Maybe. But I wasn't inspired.
I tried this background and think I like it better. Not sure yet. I have lots of time to decide. The pattern actually calls for a light background. I know my background won't be light.
Which background do you prefer?