Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Summer Scoops Scallop quilt


Hello and welcome!  I'd like to thank Jennifer for asking me to take part in the Summer Sewing Contest blog hop kickoff, and I'd like to share with you my Summer Scoops Scallop quilt (say that one three times fast!).  This quilt just epitomizes what I think of as summer in sewing.  As many of you pointed out when I blogged about the quilt top, it reminds me of ice cream scoops, and really what better says summer than ice cream.

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Ever since working on these pillows for Ann I had wanted to turn the idea into a full scale quilt.  I turned to my trusty Accuquilt GO! and Drunkards Path die and went to town cutting and stitching.  I dug through the warm fabrics in my stash, pulling out all the pinks, oranges and yellows, and threw in some greens and grays for a little contrast, and a quilt was born.

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I decided to branch outside of my comfort zone a little for the quilting, and took a hint from Elizabeth's baptist fans, and sort of did a "liberal" version, which I thinks works well with the curved piecing but isn't quite so structured.

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This quilt will definitely be making the trip on our annual summer beach vacation this year.  I think it is just destined to be spread out on the sand under an umbrella.  Ahhh I'm relaxing just thinking about it.

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For the back, I used this pretty pink fuchsia gingham print I picked up at Joann's, and actually used it for the binding also, but cut the binding strips on the bias, to give it a slightly different look.  I really love it, this bright pink was the perfect finishing touch for this vibrant quilt.

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If you have an Accuquilt, or a drunkards path die, putting a quilt together like this really is super easy.  The trick is to trim the background fabric to just 1/4" beyond your arc portion, so that when it is sewn together, the arcs meet as a point like so:

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Also, plan, plan, and plan some more, so you know what fabrics to sew together.  I sketched my layout out using the TouchDraw app on my iPad like so, but this would be easily doable on graph paper as well.

Touchdraw Scallop quilt layout

Quilt Stats
Name:  Summer Scoops Scallop quilt
Pattern:  Made using Accuquilt GO! Drunkards Path die
Size: 66" x 77"
Fabrics:  Assorted pink, yellow, orange, green and gray prints from my stash
Binding:  Pink Gingham from Joann's
Quilting:  FMQ Liberated baptist fans done by me on my home machine

Thanks for stopping by and happy Summer Sewing!  Don't forget to checkout the rest of the Summer Sewing blog hop stops:




35 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful quilt, Jessica! Those liberated fans were a great choice for the quilting. A perfectly summery quilt for the beach!

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  2. Still such a fantastic quilt! I love everything about it!

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  3. Love the design and the colors! Gorgeous!

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  4. So gorgeous Jessica. The quilting turned out amazing.

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  5. Wow! It is stunning and yes, just like ice cream scoops. Thanks so much for showcasing your beautiful quilt! :)

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  6. This is so beautiful!! I love everything about it and the quilting is so perfect!! Was it very hard? I'd love to try baptist fans but I'm nervous!

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  7. Gorgeous, I love the scallopy quilting too, roll on summer!

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  8. This is so pretty! Did each half circle have a different outer fabric then so it matched the scoop next to it?! If that makes sense ..

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  9. Oh Jess, I absolutely adore this quilt! So summery and fun! I don't know if I've got the patience for all that curve sewing, but this one is definitely on my list anyway! It's just gorgeous!

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  10. A beautiful quilt - I love clam shells, or scoops!

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  11. This is absolutely a beautiful quilt--beautiful fabric combinations!

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  12. It turned out beautifully! thanks for the cutting tips.

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  13. WOW such a beautiful quilt, you all my admiration... not able the sew beautiful curves!

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  14. I just love this quilt, both the piecing and quilting, and thanks for the tips on the cutting :o)

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  15. Very cute Jess! Perfect for summer.

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  16. Love this! Clever to trim down after constructing block!

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  17. Everything about this quilt I am absolutely in love with - especially the liberated quilting, good for you for trying something new. I'm going to go serve myself a big bowl of ice cream in honor of the design.

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  18. That's a very cool quilt! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. This is just beautiful!! I love the colors. Very springy and perfect for a picnic. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. This is such a fabulous quilt, Jess! Thanks for sharing how you made it. Your quilting is amazing - all of those little scallops - yikes! - did it take forever?!

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  21. This is just adorable ! it looks like it took FOREVER to stitch ; and oh my , curves ....

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  22. Thanks for sharing your quilt, Jess, it's so summery and pretty:) You did an amazing job on the quilting. I may have to get an Accu-quilt!!

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  23. I love how you used the drunkards path block to make clamshells! I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  24. Wow! This is a great quilt pattern and what a great way to show off my favorite fabrics! Thank you for sharing this!

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  25. You're making me hungry for ice cream...I give it 3 scoops up. {That's the maximum!}

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  26. Such a fun pattern! Can you tell me more about your labels? I haven't quilt figured out the best way to tag/label my quilt. I like yours in the binding.

    ~Michelle (LemonadeGal)
    ms.michelle22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I can see careful planning is the key here! Beautifully done.

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  28. I really love this quilt.. it looks like the planning would be the hard part...but so worth it!

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  29. Wow, I really love this. How challenging was it to sew the curves? Did you need a lot of pins? Thanks for any advice you might have! I am a beginner and have finished 2 quilts so far. Very anxious to start curves!

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  30. I love this quilt! I made a mini pillow version inspired by it. I really enjoy all of your work and seeing your pics in my feed.

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  31. I stumbled over here via Flickr and I just had to leave a comment -- I LOVE your "scoops" quilt, and I'm so intriqued that you made this from Drunkard's Path templates because I just finished a DP quilt myself a few weeks ago. Now I have to hunt through your back posts to figure out how you put this together after trimming the excess fabric away.

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