Quilt Finish: Scrap Crystals

Remember that never ending string of half square triangles?


Well it FINALLY turned it this!  The quilt is Scrap Crystals.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt and can be found in her book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

I’m super happy to have this one finished.  I had lost my mojo and it really stalled out.

To be honest…I likely wouldn’t have finished it but I’ve learned a little trick….Load the quilt into the frame even if I’m not really in the mood to quilt it.  Then, at least that part is done…and the other thing, I HAVE to quilt it before I can get something more pressing on the frame.  In this case, I had to get Lucy’s baby quilt done so I HAD to finish quilting this as it was on the frame.

To make my life easier…I had enough fabric to bind the quilt with the same fabric that I used for the border so I just used it.

This is half of the quilt….

The original quilt was in a 4 x 5 layout.  I increased it to a 5 x 5 setting.

Check out my lovely brown grass.

I had a few extra blocks so I added them to the backing.  It is also a batik.

I attribute two factors in this quilt coming about…
1- My friend Connie said she was thinking about  making Scrap Crystals all in batiks.  I loved the idea but had no batiks.
2-A blog reader gave a lot of green batik scraps.  They are all in this quilt.  They were the perfect size I needed.

Without these two factors, I’d likely not have made this.

The lighting wasn’t the best the day I took pictures.  This is more of the true colors….all batiks.

I did some simple loopy loops for a quilting motif.  I used a light variegated thread.

When I showed the quilt to Hubby…he said, “Wow, that is a lot of little pieces.”  I think that’s better than his typical “cool”….right?

Betsy, Kalissa’s dog, was at our house when I was taking pictures.  I didn’t take Ruby out with me and oh, she was MAD!  See her in the window??  I was getting the stink eye.

So I let her out so she could do her modeling…what a dog!

So check that one off the list…It is finished!  I’m so happy.

41 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Scrap Crystals”

  1. Shame it turned into a slog for you at the end, because it is a beautiful quilt. The colours are just lovely. Good job!

  2. This is a real beauty with a lot of sparkle! Love the picture of Ruby in the window, lol, she was doing her best to be involved. She knows it isn’t a finish without Ruby!

  3. The color you chose for the sashing and border really gave this quilt glam…over the top. You really did a lovely job….preservence paid off. Love the picture of Ruby.

  4. Stephani in N. TX

    I probably would not have thought to piece a quilt with such small pieces in batiks. Your friend had a very good suggestion, and your completion shows just how beautiful batiks can look in more detailed pattern. I love it. Wonder if I could manage all the HSTs (kind of scary). But look at your results for your persistence. Really a beautiful quilt.

  5. I LOVE the border fabric, it is perfect. So glad Ruby got to do her part, its not a finished quilt until she gives it personal touch!

  6. I’m glad you finished it. I think it’s one of the prettiest quilts you’ve made. The blues and greens are gorgeous…sooo spring like! And I really like the binding being the same as the border next to it. Great finish!!

  7. Love the quilt! The colors are fabulous. That picture of Ruby is priceless – she knows where she is supposed to be.

  8. Beautiful quilt, Jo! You should be VERY PROUD of this one! Love the colors. I have to laugh at the first picture of Ruby in the window. She’s saying, “I’m going to be in this picture, one way or another!” Hope she got her pose treat!

  9. I love the quilt! The greens added an extra dimension to the blues and your quilting was perfect. I agree with your husband about all those tiny pieces. Good idea about loading it onto the frame instead of letting it sit in a corner as mine sometimes do (I quilt on my sewing machine so I have to be ready to twist and turn before I start the quilting). Great job. rnwillis@velotech.net

  10. Beautiful quilt … the colors are perfect! I’ve never seen a batik I didn’t like … but I really looooove your border fabric! Fantastic finish!

  11. That’s a beautiful quilt. I really like this color combination. That being said, the thing that really made me happy was the story and pictures of Ruby. That gave me a chuckle for the day. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Jo, what a beautiful quilt! I didn’t think it could look any better until you showed the pic with better lighting and I gasped—it was stunning!

  13. The colours and patterns are perfect together. You must be so proud. Putting the colours and patterns together is the fun part for me the artistic side, I often stall on the finishing and likewise have to bribe myself to finish before starting a new one!

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  16. Absolutely Beautiful quilts. I’m still amazed at how much you accomplish. Enjoy your retreat and the fellowship with like minded friends.

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