Friday, August 10, 2018

Saxon Quilt and Block tutorial

Yeah! A fabulous scrap finish!

Saxon quilt by QuiltFabrication

Check out Saxon, a total improv quilt made from scrap circles as part of RSC17.

scrap circle from January RSC17

scrap circle from February RSC17

And these four were all I made, as I gave up on RSC17 after 3 months, and they have been tucked away ever since.

But then the book Stash Statement came along, featuring beautiful quilts made from scraps, and I was inspired again after making the Regatta quilt.

Regatta quilt

Deciding to inset these 8 1/2" unfinished circles into 13" squares (see the Inset Circle tutorial to see how that's done), 

how to inset circles into a quilt block

I really wasn't sure where to go from there. I wasn't about to just sew the blocks together, cause that would be bor-ing.

So, using the block centering marks I had made when insetting the circle, I cut them into quarters on those lines. And for fun, switched the colors around so now each new block would have a part from the original circles. With the addition of a 1 1/4" sashing strip and a black center,

Saxon circle block by QuiltFabrication
I had the start of something interesting. 

Up on the design wall, there was still a bit too much background (sorry, no fore-thought to take a picture!), but little 4" scraps blocks that were made along with the circles came to the rescue. Making them into triangles, and placing them in opposite corners added what I was looking for.

Saxon block by QuiltFabrication

Put those blocks all together, and it makes for a great design!

Saxon circle quilt by QuiltFabrication

I love the lighter value purple inside the square, the combo of the teal and purple circles on the outside, and the teal triangles in the corners. Fantastic finish, if I do say so myself!!

Here's a few more closeups:

the circles,

Saxon circles

the quilting of a star pantograph,

Saxon star quilting

and the ever-so-lucky matching star backing.

Saxon star backing

I may make this again, maybe using solids, and possibly a bigger layout - we'll see, as I have a ton of other projects knocking at the door.

Happy Quilting!

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  1. What a beautiful quilt! Great idea to cut circles, and mix them. Very pretty! 😍

  2. Everything in this piece just works perfectly together including the border fabric which at first I thought was crumb pieced as well.

  3. That is the perfect finish for those scrap blocks.

  4. What a great way to use blocks you had into a new design. I really like the improv piecing and how you inserted a slice of color through each.

  5. Wow! That book is a real inspiration and you are following up with more inspiration to the scrap method. Thanks for sharing. The quilt is beautiful.


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