Monday, January 26, 2009

boxed in quilt---aka ultimate scrap quilt

I finally finished this quilt, I started it months ago. I finished most of the blocks, and then it sat and sat for 6 months I'd guess. Once I picked it up again, it went together fast.My only goal with this quilt was to use up the piles of scraps that are taking over. I LOVED putting this one together, each scrap reminded me of the particular quilt I made with it (some of them years ago).
Now I love it because it's big, probably one of the top 3 biggest quilts I've made--it measures 73x64in (which i realize isn't huge, but is definitely big for me). Since we made the move from Houston (warm) to Denver (cold), I have been desperate for a quilt large enough that two can snuggle under.
I went with a simple back and binding. The front is VERY busy, so I wanted the back to be calm, and I wanted the binding to frame it. I especially LOVE the navy blue with the green back.

78 comments:

  1. it's so great to have former quilt memories in a scrap quilt like this. i love it. how big is this one?

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  2. It's beautiful! Way to use up those scraps!

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  3. It is wonderful! So colorful. I love the back, too.

    Have you been to any quilt shops in CO, yet?

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  4. This is gorgeous-bright, happy colors! Beautiful work.

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  5. This has got to be one of my favorite quilts EVER! Great job. I love it.

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  6. This is beautiful! I also have a large number of scraps begging to be put into a project! It has been really cold the last two days here in CO so it will be put to good use.:)

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  7. You really have an eye for color, I just love this one. It's a treasure.

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  8. wow! what an accomplishment! i love your backing and binding combo too!

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  9. I really like this quilt! Bright and cheerful, but best of all snugly.

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  10. I love reading your blog and seeing all of your creations. Question for you - what kind and color thread do you use for your quilting? How do you choose the color (if not invisible) front/back/etc?

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  11. I really like this. I have a big box of scraps just itching to be made into something. Is this a particular pattern I could purchase?

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  12. Great quilt.....visiting Denver soon...any "must see" quilty things? bbean33@bellsouth.net

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  13. i love looking at all the fun fabrics in this one!! so many lovely ones!!

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  14. Wonderful! It is true, the best works come when must use the creativity.

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  15. Wow wow wow! It's so so pretty and lively!! I love it!!!

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  16. Oh it's just beautiful! And I love the back and binding! I love finishing quilts that have been sitting for a long time.

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  17. nettie, this is another fabulous quilt! I am so inspired. I need to make a wonky-box quilt with all of my scraps!

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  18. mmmm, it looks like it just came out of the dryer all warm and cozy, I love it, so bright and fun, love the back too!

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  19. so are you keeping it or selling it?

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  20. Your quilt is GORGEOUS! I want to make one!

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  21. I'm cutting and sewing scraps this very minute. (When I'm not making comments about the beauty of your scrap fabric quilts, that is).

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  22. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Lucky for you (&us) you picked it up again!

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  23. I love this quilt! It is wonderful!

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  24. I love the colours and that it is all scraps (I would love to rummage around in your scraps - so many goodies there!).

    It will certainly keep you both snug in Denver.

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  25. Love, love, love! There are so many beautiful fabrics to look at! I love what you used for the backing and binding also... I think that pear or kiwi color is one of the prints I'm missing from that line!

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  26. Spectacular! Inspirational! Beautiful!

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  27. oh my goodness, nettie! i love it!!! the backing and the binding are the perfect finishing touches to a fantastic quilt. nice nice job!

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  28. I SOOOO need to do this. my bins are over flowing. it's a beauty!

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  29. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!

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  30. jacquie--i added the dimensions (64x73in)

    michelleb--I have only been to 2 quilt shops here. harriet hargraves shop (great if you like reproductions) and the quilt cabin??--I think that was the name. They were both good, not favorites. Any suggestions?

    renee--i usually choose thread based on my backing. I like my thread to disappear (I'm not a perfect quilter, and I like the imperfections to be hidden). when a quilt has a lot of white in it, I always use white to quilt, for the reason mentioned above. I then choose a backing that will work well with white thread. I ALWAYS use the same color of thread on top and bottom.

    kelli-I am keeping it.

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  31. I don't live in Denver, but I have spent quite a bit of time there this year. Have you gone to The Great American Quilt Factory? http://www.greatamericanquilt.com/
    or Creative Needle? http://www.thecreativeneedle.com/

    I love your quilt and the red that you used throughout. I just discovered your blog, and I am enjoying it!
    Jean

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  32. Beautiful quilt!! Vey inspiring :)

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  33. Lovely lovely quilt! Using up scraps is so great!

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  34. I love it! I have a box of scraps staring at me right now. I need to make a pretty plan like this with them.

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  35. I just love this quilt. So deliciously scrappy.

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  36. that is so nice. i love the fabric you used for the back! so pretty.

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  37. I just about spilled my coffee when I saw your gorgeous backing fabric. If you only know how jealously I have been saving that exact fabric, only using teensy little pieces here and there for maximum impact... and then to see a whole quilt backed in it! BEAUTIFUL!!! =)

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  38. I love this quilt, it is spectacular! The back is perfect for it.

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  39. What a great quilt!! I love all the colors and I think you picked the perfect back and binding. You are truly an inspiration!

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  40. Nettie, you make such awesome quilts. Another beautiful scrappy quilt - I love it!

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  41. This inspires me. It is crazy and gorgeous all at the same time.

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  42. Wow, it's awesome. I love the way the dark binding frames it :-)

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  43. I love love love this. It's fantastic!

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  44. Amazingly fabulous! Did you quilt it yourself?

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  45. This is an amazing quilt...I love how it looks from a distance and how the colours pop...great use of scraps!!

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  46. you have totally inspired me! I was just looking at a couple baskets FULL of scraps and trying to think of something to do with them. Now I know! And I'm thinkin perhaps I'll do one each new year with all the scraps from things I made the previous year! Wouldn't that be cool. ooxx`jodi

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  47. You did an awesome job with your scraps...it's quite stunning. Nettie, your way of mixing your colors is pure genius. I bet you have a huge smile on your face everytime you look at your quilt and cover up with it.

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  48. WOW!!!
    that quilt is fantastic
    julie

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  49. I just found your blog and I have to tell you - I LOVE this quilt. It's beautiful and I am SO inspired. Thank you for sharing it.

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  50. i love this very much! this will be on my to do list this year to wittle away those scrap piles. golly gee this is gorgeous and beautiful!!

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  51. Lively and lovely! I have made a similar quilt, and will probably use the pattern again. Love your color and fabric choices...
    ; )

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  52. this is very fun! i love scrap quilt. especially when the scraps are so personal. great job.

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  53. I've always been a fan of log cabin quilts, but I'm LOVIN' your Wonky-Scrappy Log Cabins! I'm gonna have to try that myself. :D

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  54. This is amazing. I love scrap/memory quilts and this one is very special. I really like it.

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  55. It's so beautiful! I love scrappy quilts :) stay warm

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  56. oh all your quilts are gorgeous!

    Corrie;)

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  57. Just Beautiful, love the colors, Hugs Mary
    http://mary-myneedlethread.blogspot.com

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  58. What an incredibly beautiful way to use up your scraps!!!
    ~Emily

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  59. I wish that I could get together with you and quilt!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your style, and fabric choice. I could just look at this quilt all day! I have some of those fabrics and that's why I want to make a scrap quilt so that I can remember the other quilts that I made with it. I could gush all day but I better get something done.:)

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  60. I'm totally smitten with this quilt! I really need to dig into my scrap bins!

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  61. Gorgeous !!! Did you use a pattern for boxed in ? If so, where can I find it ?

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  62. LOVE it! My sissy and I gave it lots of Oooos and awwwws. :D

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  63. Simply love this quilt! I wish my scraps looked so nice together. :)

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  64. Awesome scrap quilt - love your backing & binding choices.

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  65. This quilt is just perfect! Wow!

    I just found your blog and am looking forward to checking back often!

    sheree

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  66. Love this quilt Nettie, I think I'll try it but frame the squares with the white like in your scrappy log cabin. Have you started putting flannel on the backs? I've found that for quilts going up north, it's definitely warmer. Sure miss you! Our stake quilting bee is just around the corner. Why you don't come for a visit? and bring some quilts for our display? Oh, by the way, I saw your green lady bug fabric at "It's A Stitch" the other day in their clearance pile. There's a yard or two, need any? They're having their big "SWEETHEART" Storewide Sale this week, so I'll be headed down there. I really enjoy your Blog!! It is aggravating, though, cuz it just makes me want to quilt more, and it's hard to justify the time. I did just finish an "I-Spy" quilt for Richard, Marilyn's boy. It was so cute! Kathy H. embroidered selected words all along the binding for the guessing part. Marilyn thought of a brilliant idea. She wants to make one for her mother to use when the grandkids come over - her kids use it as a game. Loved your Christmas card, especially a picture of your adorable children. love ya,
    Linda M.

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