CRAFTY | THE END OF THE VOMIT

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_16 It’s just over half way through May and I’ve completed the Scrap Vomit Quilt top.  I’m so excited to have this quilt completed.  Working on it has made me so happy.  I’ve loved seeing all the weird, the beautiful and the laugh out loud funny fabric that I’ve been able to collect from stores, friends and swap partners.gnomeangel_scrapvomit_177…there’s a gnome and an angel in this block…

This quilt has been a major work of chain piecing.  The entire quilt is made up of 2.5″ squares and I pieced them all – all 1,715 of them.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_11…there’s a frog playing the bass in this one…

I was really surprised at how fast it came together in the end.  I started working on it on Friday night and I had 6 A Block’s to make and 12 B Blocks.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_12…I call this one the birds and the bees block…

I had all the blocks done by Saturday night and I was able to get some of the rows constructed before having to retire for the night because my back was killing me from leaning over the sewing machine.gnomeangel_scrapvomit_180…I call this one the pelvis block…

On Sunday I was able to finish putting it all together in a couple of hours and still managed to have dinner on the table at a reasonable hour.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_18…there’s a kangaroo pouch and sushi in this one…

I was hoping to get all unique pieces of fabric in this quilt with no repeats, but I found a double up of one particular fabric; a bear eating out of a tin can.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_19…strangely this has the year of my birth (minus 100 years) on the block…

I was so bummed when I found the repeat, but by the time I did it was too late to do anything about it.  It’s just one of those things I guess.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_10…the chain piecing production line…

In my head I have this whole thing worked out where this will be the quilt Little Man and I spend hours playing eye spy with.  The quilt that he has on his bed when he’s not feeling well because it will keep him occupied and hopefully make him feel better.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_14…ready to assemble…

The whole time I was constructing it I was thinking about him and how I hope this is a quilt that he will come to cherish.  It’s funny how items can take on this sort of mythical quality to them.  That they can come to contain our hopes and dreams.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_1…retiring on Saturday night – so close, yet so far…

If for some reason he doesn’t like this quilt, that’s ok because I love it and I will happily have it on our bed.  It makes me smile when I see those decapitated animals and weird arse prints.

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_122…the final push…

While I sewed this quilt I listened to the podcasts for Richard Fidler’s Conversations (on the ABC).  I became some what addicted to hearing other people’s stories and learning new things about the world.  I listened to over 25 podcasts on the weekend – which means that I was sewing for at least 25 hours.  Funny to think it didn’t feel like 25 hours of sewing time…

gnomeangel_scrapvomit_129…the backing fabric…

I purchased the backing fabric a few weeks ago at Spotlight when they were having one of their big sales.  I love it, but it’s the same sort of love I have for the Spice Girls – an in-the-closet kind of love.  I’ll deny loving it to anyone that asks!

I was so bummed to find out that I didn’t have enough of it when the quilt was finally finished, but it gave me a chance to pop some Ikea fabric I’d been holding on to (afraid to cut into it because I loved it so) in to pad out the backing.  On the up side I now have a 2 sided quilt for the price of one!

The minute I finished this quilt I rushed out and made HUBBY hold it up over the side of our deck so I could get a full length photo of it.

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I love it so much.  I love the different colour combinations for the B Block.  I love that it’s a little bit traditional but also a little bit modern.  I love that it’s totally random and I love that it’s something that I have shared in with people all over the world.

This has to be one of my favourite quilts so far.  It’s off now with the quilter and I’m hoping she’s going to have fun with it. I’m planning on entering this quilt in the Canberra Quilters Exhibition, so if you’re in Canberra in August you could get up close and personal with my vomit. (Sounds lovely doesn’t it!?!)

Now, on to the next project…

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9 Comments

  1. Mary Ann May 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I loved watching this all come together! Inspiring me to get my act together and decide on my b blocks, I love your alternating approach!

    1. gnomeangel May 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Mary Ann. I’m really happy with how they turned out too… I used sketch fabric for mine (which doesn’t really show in the photo) and I think it added a bit of depth to it. There’s some great B Blocks out there on the net! Would love to see yours – will you post it somewhere online?

      1. Mary Ann May 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm

        I will post in Flickr and IG when I get moving with it. I like seeing how you have organized everything. And nope I wouldn’t have known that was sketch, Hmm…something to play with!

  2. Leonie Goodwin May 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Your quilt is just gorgeous …. well done!!

    1. gnomeangel May 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Leonie 🙂

  3. Linda May 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Love your finished quilt! The black/orange/hot pink combo for BlockB works so well. You have inspired me to get moving with mine. Well done! What sort of quilting design have you chosen?

    1. gnomeangel May 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Linda 🙂

      I really love the way the B Blocks turned out as well – I just couldn’t make up my mind on which way to go so I used both and I’m happy with how it’s turned out!

      I can’t wait to see yours!!! (No pressure!)

      I’ve gone with an all over design – I didn’t write the name of it down unfortunately. I’ll get it off the quilter when I got and pick it up and then share it here. 🙂

  4. Michelle May 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    LOVE IT!

    And this bit ” It’s funny how items can take on this sort of mythical quality to them. That they can come to contain our hopes and dreams.”

    So true. So, so true.

    I’m looking forward to vomiting with you in August!

    1. gnomeangel May 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

      I can’t wait to see all of ours hanging in their glory – it’s going to be so exciting!