Monday, March 18, 2019

Quite a Qwazy Project!

Welcome to my day to share on the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop to help celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day!


Big THANKS to Marian @ SeamstobeSew for organizing and hosting this annual hop.  This year's theme:  What's the craziest thing you've made?




Well, I don't know if it's the craziest, but it is a bit wacky and the craziest thing lately.  And wonderful!

It's an interesting phenomenon.  Maybe you have experienced this:  An unexpected stash bequeathment from someone in your family, neighborhood, etc. just because you have a sewing room!  It's a mixed blessing, isn't it?  Sometimes it can be a pain to sort through someone else's crap er, stash.  And sometimes, every once-in-a-while in these passings-along, you find some real treasures!  You know what they say about one man's trash...


My friend Shauna had cleaned out her mother Ruth's sewing room, sorted out what she and her family wanted to keep, then brought me the leavings.  I told her I would see if there were any pieces that I could use and donate the rest to the local quilt guild for charity quilts.  There were several garbage bags full of fabrics, quite a few of which would make good backings, and those were passed on to the guild.

Then I spied some half-square triangles packaged in a zipped baggie.  It appeared that the fabrics were from old clothing.  I began to lay them out, thinking, "Oh, this would make a fun doggie bed".  Then I found more and more baggies full of these half-square triangles.  In all, there were over 200 of these units!


The black pieces were from pants, skirts, lining, etc. and the colored part of the blocks were random fabrics: mostly double-knit polyester, with some wool, linen, paisley prints, silk, velour, and who-knows-what other content. Grandma Ruth's old pantsuits!  This tickled me so much.

Then I proceeded to trim all the units to a consistent size (5-inch squares).  Eleanor Burns' 6-1/2" Triangle Square-Up ruler was a lifesaver!   (See my Tutorial of how to trim all 4 sides at once.)  It filled up my grandmother's old brass bucket in a hurry.


The colors were vibrant and bright, and I began laying them out on the sewing room floor in color order to see if I could make a pattern of some sort.  It kept growing and growing.  I spent a few days laying out blocks, switching them out here and there.


I finally settled on this design, then filled in the open spaces with a few black squares, and I like it!  It's a design I've had in the back of my mind, and I was thrilled that I didn't have to sew all the triangles!  I have to wonder what Grandma Ruth had originally planned for all of these blocks.  


I took the blocks to a retreat and began sewing them together.  Here are some progress shots:




I love it!  Plus, that double-knit polyester will never wear out!  


Here's an evening shot after a rainstorm.  You can almost see the rainbow as it faded from sight - looks like it's shooting out of the quilt.  I think Grandma Ruth would have liked it.

I sent a picture of the quilt top to my friend Shauna, but she told me to keep the quilt, so I'm planning to quilt it and use it for a class sample; maybe demo different techniques to make half-square triangles.  Haha, look at all that texture!  Not the easiest to sew!


Now what should I call it??  How about "Oil Slick"?  You know, those rainbow-ish iridescent streaks you can see on the driveway when the oil leaks?  Or what about "Iridescence"?  "Luminescence"? "Prisms"?  "Polyester Prisms"?  "Prismatic Starburst"? "Rainbow Prisms"? "Wacky & Wonderful"?  "Grandma's Old Pantsuits"?  What would you call it?  I'm open to suggestions!  Also, should I write a pattern for it?


Leave a comment with your suggestion, if you'd like.  See what qwazy things are going on at the following blogs today, then check in with Marian @ SeamstobeSew to find the rest of the week's lineup and enter a great giveaway for $35 gift certificates from Fat Quarter Shop!


Deonn @ Quiltscapes <<


59 comments:

  1. I'd say you got very lucky, what a great quilt, beautiful colors and alot of crazy time putting it all together, but in the end so worth it. Thanks so much for participating in QQQ 2019 Deonn. I have loved seeing your craziness today. :)

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  2. I am amazed that you could match the colour patterns so well with your “Mixed Bag of Tricks” (I guess that’s my suggestion for a name!)

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  3. Great quilt - like the oil slick name!

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  4. Your quilt is amazing! I think you should name it after Ruth...maybe Ruth's Oil Slick lol?

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  5. This is a great creation, taking from bits and pieces aanf making beauty.

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  6. Beautiful, thanks for sharing and the giveaway!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  7. Such a beautiful, colorful quilt! I'm not good with naming things, but I think it should include rainbow!

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  8. This is a great quilt. You need to write up a pattern for it.

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  9. Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Love the all the colors. I'd call it Grandma Ruth's Crazy Quilt. All those different fabric selections. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  11. Nice layout. I have lots of HST's from block exchanges. This might be a good layout to use.

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  12. This really turned out lovely. I like the name "Oil Slick". Reminds me of all those oil spots on the drive way when I was growing up. We used to take a stick and make them swirl. LOL I agree with you about someone giving us stuff because we sew. Sometimes though, like you, I run across something really fun or spectacular. My husband just shakes his head. LOL. After 35 years of saving for other people, he has always been a gem and never said anything about it. Just encouraged me to use it. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  13. How beautiful!! Great design. I'd name it "Grandma Ruth's Memories"!!

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  14. All of the names are perfect and kinda funny. Oil Slick.... The quilt is too gorgeous for that ;)

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  15. Great quilt! I’d name it Grandma Ruth’s Memories. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. i would name it "Ruth's Rainbow". it is a beautiful quilt that reminds me of my mom's first quilt, all poly double knit squares.

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  17. Totally amazing! I definitely would call it "Grandma Ruth's Rainbows." Yes it would be a great pattern.

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  18. Definitely write a pattern. How about "Rainbow Slick"?

    Caryn
    caspharm@yahoo.com

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  19. Oh I remember the days of polyester double knit in everything we used to do. What a perfect design for those treasurers

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  20. Diamond in the Rough, or Eurika, because you definitely struck gold! Beautifully colored quilt. ndfromsd

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  21. "Oil Slick" works for me. Grandma Ruth is smiling. Only you could make such a beautiful quilt with such discards. Thank you for sharing the QQQ Blog Hop with me ... :-) Pat

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  22. I'm glad you had the patience to complete the top. It's just beautiful!

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  23. You could call it, "Waste Not, Want Not). When my aunt was in a nursing home she won a lap size quilt made from double knit fabric like this. It was made from squares.

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  24. The end result of your creativity is beautiful. I love quilts from vintage fabrics. I think a pattern would be great.

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  25. It must be named "Grandma's Old Pantsuits"! hahahah While I am not a fan of bold color nor black in a quilt, this one has my two thumbs up.
    I get such a kick out of mystery quilter castoffs. I had two separate finds this weekend, one with blocks AND a huge piece of wide panel backing, and another bag of vintage remnants. Makes me so happy.

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  26. Sometimes Magic just happens. So pretty!! I have a ton of scraps. I just can't throw them away. Itty bitty HSTs just waiting to be put together!! Loveit.

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  27. Great quilt and I love the pattern! You could call it Recycled Rainbow...

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  28. Very pretty. I like the names you came up with. I was also thinking "Beyond the Rainbow".

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  29. I think you have some great names already. Love the color.

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  30. love the color and design. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  31. How about "Blessings from Grandma"

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  32. Great design and the fabrics are perfect!!!

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  33. You turned someone else's trash into a real treasure. It's absolutely beautiful. I would call it Ruth's Recycled Rainbow or Grandma Ruth's Recycled Rainbow.

    Oh man, the embossed polyester fabric really brings back memories. In 1974, I made a lipstick red dress out of embossed polyester and it was my favorite dress. I remember the year because I wore that dress on my first day of work.

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  34. What a fun quilt! You did a great job with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. You're taking me back to the 70's!!! Gorgeous, that black makes those colors sing.

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  36. I think oil slick is a great name. Great job thinking out of the box.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  37. An absolutely masterful use of color! And to think from cast-offs! I like Oil Slick.
    basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  38. How about Polly Ester? A couple of years ago I helped my mom make a couple of polyester quilts. I called them polyester nightmares but they did turn out lovely, just like yours (only a different pattern.)

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  39. Ruth's re-use, Ruth's bright angles. ??
    Whatever you call it, it is WONDERFUL.

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  40. Love your quilt!! You just can't go wrong with brights and black!!

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  41. Oh, my gosh, that is wonderful! I love it! Hey, you could call it OMG -- lol.

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  42. I think your crazy quilt from Ruth’s Remnants is priceless! Yes please to the pattern! Thanks for sharing this!

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  43. Very pretty and what fun to get all those scraps!! You chose a great way to use them! xx

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  44. I love something made from nothing. What a beautiful quilt top! I think scrap radiance would be a good name as those scraps sound so varied that they should be mentioned in the name and the colours radiate beautifully. Thanks for sharing! Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  45. I have no name suggestions, but I love the bright colors in your quilt. Thank you.

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  46. Love the colors! And the photo with the rainbow as well. Thank you for sharing your project!

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  47. I love it. My sister made one similar (double knit) She had no problems quilting it. Yours turned out great. I like Ruth's Rainbow for a name. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. Wacky & Wonderful! Great use of scraps, love the colors. Yes, a pattern would be great!

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  49. I like Wacky and Wonderful or maybe Reborn. Please write a pattern for it. It is a wonderful quilt.

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  50. I like the name Rainbow Prisms for your beautiful quilt. It is amazing! mtmom57@gmail.com

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  51. Oil Slick has a nice ring....and you did a great job of salvaging! pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  52. Reruns from Ruth, or Ruth’s Revenge or What Was Ruth Thinking? I do think a pattern would be terrific.

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  53. I'm so lousy at naming quilts, but I love this one so much.

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  54. your quilt turned out beautiful! I love the color placement

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  55. VERY cool quilt! You are right about the polyester lasting forever. I have only one old quilt that my great grandmother made out of clothing scraps. I love that quilt and it's SO heavy! Great job. How about Grandma Ruth's Rainbow? I love the pic with the rainbow!!

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