Scrappy Bars–What to Call This Quilt

quilts, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier

It is time for me to get serious about a name for this very large scrappy quilt.  It is getting put together this week!  Amazing how fast a scrappy quilt that is such an easy layout can get put together when you set your mind to it.  And I am not in a rush – I just got started with the laying of the rows yesterday then got the sewing going to.

The coffee table got shoved to the other side of the room and laying out the rows began-no trick to it just try to not have any of the same color/print next to one another and I totally screwed that up when I started to sew two of the rows and I decided to leave them be and not take apart!!   The quilt top will finish at about 108 inches wide x 104 long  – I had to stand on top of the coffee table to get this shot.  It must have taken close to an hour crawling around the floor laying all of this out as part way through my daughter Jessica was texting and I was stopping what I was doing to answer.


Then I put a row number on the first block of each row and started to stack them up until I was done and the living room got back to normal and now all stacked on the sewing room table.


Then somehow while I was picking up pieces sewing  the long rows I grabbed from the wrong stack occasionally – I was chain piecing two rows alternately as I was instant messaging my other daughter Melanie – is it any wonder my mind was not paying attention when I show sometime in the future what her new design is going to be  – so I ended up with a few colors here and there next to each other that I hadn’t intended to be.   I’m afraid I have gotten in the “so what” mood – it is a scrappy quilt not a work of art – nothing is going to happen if I leave as is –  so the first two rows of 12 are done.  I am linking to My Quilt Infatuation today.


I was asked is it hard to quilt on a dark fabric with the dark thread – here is a close up so you can see the variegated thread – the thread is not as dark as it sometimes appears to be.


I have a light on two sides of the bar across the top of the frame and they can be pulled down and aimed at where I am working so I have good light.  There are also two lights affixed to the underside of the fabric shelf that is above the frame for extra light if needed.


This is a close up of the thread I am using – pretty colors!!


The area I worked on Tuesday night.


My appointment following the cataract surgery went great yesterday all was as it should be.  I go back in three weeks to get a further check on vision and a prescription for new glasses.  This doctor will now be my eye doctor as the one I had gotten regular check ups from is retiring and only works part time now – it is very hard to get in to see him when you need to so I made arrangements to have my records sent to this doctor instead.  I liked him and the clinic.  So glad to get this work behind me and start seeing well again.

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13 comments… add one
  • Deb Aug 18, 2016

    Good to hear about the eye 🙂
    Call it ‘Sew What Bricks” 🙂
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  • Gretchen Aug 18, 2016

    Glad to hear your eyes are doing well. It’s great that you like your newer eye doctor and can easily transfer to him. Your new quilt is so pretty and I agree with the so what method. Deb’s suggestion of Sew What Bricks sounds good. Blessings, Gretchen
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  • Kathy ... aka Nana Aug 18, 2016

    So glad to hear that your eye is doing well. I agree, Sew What Blocks is a good name for that quilt. It’s looking good!
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  • maggie fellow Aug 18, 2016

    I wondered what the blocks were going to make – very nice. I’m pretty sure blocks jump around when we are not looking anyway.
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  • Doreen Aug 18, 2016

    ‘Random’/scrappy is always difficult for me (definitely NOT a “grab it out of the bag” type piecer!!!), sew, when you say you ‘grabbed from the “wrong stack”‘….I hear that there was some ‘random choosing’ going on and that appeals to me! I would go along with that name, too! Glad to ‘hear’ your sight is going the right direction!!!!! Hugs……

  • Jean Etheridge Aug 18, 2016

    So glad you had good news about your eye!

  • Sandra B Aug 18, 2016

    Karen, I love those scrappy bricks! And since you have so many fabrics, I wouldn’t worry at all if two of the same ended up next to each other….cannot wait to see it all sewn together….and also looking forward to what you end up naming it….
    Final Frontier quilting is looking great!
    Glad to hear you got a good report at the eye doctor…sounds like your surgery was a success!

  • Vicki W Aug 18, 2016

    I still like The Brickyard but also just came up with Bardemonium

  • kathy Aug 18, 2016

    Hi Karen,

    Check out this blog post for an inexpensive and portable design wall.
    It looks and sounds like a great way to keep your layout in place.

  • Kathi Aug 18, 2016

    Your scrappy quilt looks like basket weaving to me… hmmm 🙂
    Loving your Final Frontier up close too!
    So relieved that you got a good report from your dr.. Kathi
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  • Clara Aug 18, 2016

    Question for Karen (or for one of her readers):
    How big are you cutting the scrappy bricks and the white bricks?
    This has probably been explained in a previous post—but I can’t seem to find it. Sorry!
    Thanks for any info you can give me.

  • Karen Aug 18, 2016

    2.5 white squares – 2.5 x 6.5 for the bricks — anyway you want to do it works – I do not know the origin for this pattern. I most likely saw it on pinterest and came up with my own measurements

  • Mary Ann Aug 19, 2016

    Happy to hear your eye appointment went well. Also, thank you for giving the dimensions for your pattern. You got a couple of interesting names for the quilt, Sew What Bricks and The Brickyard. Looking forward to hearing what you decide.

    The Final Frontier is moving along – love the color of thread you are using.

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