When Life Gives You Scraps – Make Quilts

scrap quilts

I love that saying – I first saw it when a friend went to Golden Colorado and brought me back a book marker with it on it – she had visited the quilt museum there – ever since it really has given my sewing a meaning if you know what I mean.  I love scrap quilts.  I do make quilts that I have to plan a purchase for and sometimes have even made a two color only quilt – just not very often.  If anyone has neutral scraps that they no longer need or want send them my way LOL – I sure do go through them.

I changed out the quilt on my bed already – Patchwork of the Crosses only lasted about a week – it just wasn’t quite enough quilt – I do wish I had made that one a little larger – good thing it fits the bed in the camper – I have several that fit that bed better and they rotate to the camper when we travel.  Seeing as I decided to change the quilt I put Going in Circles on the bed instead – some of you might remember it – I finished it in 2011 – a lot of you really liked it back then and it gets used for awhile almost every year.  Going in Circles has machine piecing and hand applique – all the circles are done by hand and I hand quilted the quilt.


The border is on all four sides


After awhile while I was quilting I had wished I hadn’t put quite so much hand quilting in it as it was taking forever to finish these sides.


A close up of the blocks.  The pattern is mine but I never wrote anything down – the 4 patches finish at 3 inches  and the squares the circles are applique to are 3 inches using 2.5 inch squares that I cut the circles on.  I used the method explain in the circle tutorial on the side bar.  I had no lay out plan in mind, I just started to sew them together  alternating the blocks so the squares are not all in a solid line but kind of zigzag through.


Two borders for Tumalo Trails are now done.  I had to cut out more border pieces as I believe I had mentioned that I was way off in my count – it went quickly – just got my 5 inch squares out and lined them up on the strip cutter and got to work and less than 5 minutes later I had enough to get back to work on this weekend.  Right now the finial measurements will be 104.25 inches or something like that.


If you look closely on the left side of the hummingbird feeder is a hummingbird – I find these birds some of the hardest to get a photo of! they just flutter so fast.


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12 comments… add one
  • Kate Heads Jul 15, 2017

    I love Going in Circles, I only started reading blogs about three years ago and I haven’t seen it before. Three inch finished four patches? that’s small, it must have been a real labour of love and taken ages. It is a stunning quilt though, I’m going to have to check your tutorials out now.

    • Karen Jul 15, 2017

      I have made several quilts from 1.5 inch squares so this wasn’t that hard – I actually find it fun to work with little pieces 🙂 call me crazy I know some of you will laugh at that.

  • Marianne Jul 15, 2017

    What a pretty quilt Going in Circles is! I love the turquoises and teals you used. They really soften the look, and the arrangement of blocks is really unique.

    • Karen Jul 15, 2017

      thanks Marianne

  • Liz Jul 15, 2017

    Wow a great morning of eye candy. Awesome quilts!
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    • Karen Jul 15, 2017

      thank you Liz

  • Dottie bishaw Jul 15, 2017

    Love the colors of Going in Circles and your work is exquisite! It looks so pretty on your bed. I have been buying more neutral fat quarters to get more of a variety. It seems I go through them too quickly. Aren’t humming birds just the cutest little things to watch?Tumalo Trails is going to go in the hand quilting pile in a few days I think!

    • Karen Jul 15, 2017

      I have the last two borders made now they just have to be sewn on but not today – I’m done with sewing machine work today 🙂 I really have to start to expand my neutrals also!

  • Sandra B Jul 15, 2017

    Karen, I love Going in Circles! I have not seen this one before….I cannot remember when I started following your blog, but I am guessing it has been about three years…. I am always amazed at how such simple shapes can result in such amazing quilts…. The appliqué border is great, and your hand quilting is just perfect! Thanks so much for sharing all your quilts!!

    • Karen Jul 15, 2017

      thanks Sandra – it has been awhile since I made this one but it has always been one of my favorites – maybe because I didn’t use a pattern and it is me?

  • Charlotte Jul 15, 2017

    I’ve always loved the Going In Circles quilt. Such an original pattern and made from scraps, my favorite.
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    • Karen Jul 15, 2017

      thanks Charlotte I always love this one too

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