Quilt Finish: Scrap Vortex

Some of you might remember that I had a little meeting with myself in regards to my UFOs.  I wanted more finished.  I started the year with 12 on my list.  From there I finished one.

I now have three more into tops…and this one, Scrap Vortex is FINISHED.  I made a deal with myself.  No new starts until I have 6 of the UFOs on my list finished.  We’ll see how I do.

So without further ado…Here is Scrap Vortex.

This was a quilt along with Crazy Mom Quilts.  You can find out more info HERE about the quilt along.  (Scroll to the bottom of the page)

It’s not a fancy quilt…it’s totally a utilitarian quilt.  From the looks of the background of the grass and shrubs, it looks like autumn.  It’s not.  It was just another cold and drizzly day in Iowa.


I started this several years ago…long before Kelli had kids.  My friend Connie came to my house for a weekend retreat.  Kelli came too.  Kelli wanted to make scrap vortex in bright colors.  I had planned on making mine in bright colors too…but Kelli didn’t have any bright scraps so, what’s a mom to do?  I gave Kelli the bright scraps I had been saving so she could make hers.


I ended up making mine with my dark and reproduction fabric leftovers.


I tried to add a lot of yellow and gold to mine to brighten it up a bit.


I didn’t use a lot of neutral prints.  When I did, I tried to make them more of a medium print rather than a white print.

It still ended up pretty dark.  It’s okay.  It is after all meant to be a utilitarian quilt…not a raging beauty.


It sure does look fall-ish in these pictures.

I like these kinds of quilts.  They are really a historical record of the fabrics I had at the time.


I used a sheet for the backing.  It was a batik-looking gray.  I thought it would be perfect.  The only problem is that it wasn’t big enough.  I ended up digging through my orphan block drawer and found a strip from a lozenges quilt I made.  I added that.

I also found and added a row of these…

I’m happy to have these used up too.  This was the perfect quilt for a scrappy backing.


I used a rum-colored thread for the top.  I knew my quilting motif would get lost in all the business of this quilt so I didn’t even bother to use a fancy motif.  A simple stipple for the win.


On the back, I used a light gray color.  It turned out good.


I ended up using a dark red print with black flowers.  Our daughter, Kalissa, always tells me to pick the darkest color in the quilt and that should be the color of the binding.  She’s not a quilter, but I take her advice quite often and it hasn’t failed me yet.

Here is your Rosie picture…actually two of them.


I couldn’t decide which picture I like better-  begging or sitting.  I’ll let you decide.


So with that, I now have two UFO projects completely finished.  I’m doing the happy dance about that.  I only have four to go before I can work on whatever I want.  WHOOT!  WHOOT!!  The good news is that I actually do like my UFO projects.  It’s really not a chore to work on them.  I, too often, get pulled away by something else and they accumulate, that’s a problem.

34 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Scrap Vortex

  1. brendalynne1

    oh my the begging looks like Little Miss Prissy!!! so precious.

    different topic–do you have any wisdom to send my way on rotary cutters ?? Preference for one brand/style over another ? is it basically a case of experience creating better results or am I missing something ?

    Thanks so much.

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  2. June

    Both the quilts and Rosie are awesome. Yes I love the scrappy look and the fun that goes with finding your favorite pieces of scraps. It really is beautiful and Rosie seems to be begging “Encore” …Great job!

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  3. Rita in Iowa

    I love your Vortex quilt, a great finish. Rosie is such a cutie. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

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  4. Kate

    What a great a finish! It looks like a good size too. So many beautiful colors. Both pictures of Rosie are cute, but I vote for the sitting one. She is an adorable beagle.

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  5. Patty Root

    I love your Vortex quilt! I’m a crumb quilt lover so this one really makes me happy! Rosie is adorable! Beagles are my favorite breed and my last one was a hoot! Thanks for sharing your beautiful Vortex!!!

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  6. Ellie

    Rosie is a doll! She is so cute and all the effort you had to put into her puppyhood is now paying off!

    The scrap vortex is great! Such fun to see the variety of fabrics in your collection.

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  7. Carolyn

    I love scrap vortex quilts and this is a beautiful one. The backing is perfect for it. It would be great to see a picture of the bright one Kelli did. I will do a search and see if I can find a picture.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Carolyn…here’s the funny part. Kelli never finished hers. It will probably be years from now before she does. The kids are taking all of her time.

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      1. Carolyn

        I can understand that. I don’t think I finished any quilts when my kids were at home, although I started quite a few . Once they left for college, I started pulling all the old UFO’s out of closets. I bet Kelli will do the same.

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  8. Elle

    Scrap Vortex is terrific! Congrats on finishing UFO #2.

    I hope you have a terrific weekend :-) Happy Mother’s Day to you and all your girls.

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  9. Gayle in Tennessee

    I am not a scrap quilter but I love your vortex quilt. Maybe I will try to do a small one. Both Rosie pics are adorable but the one of her begging is so sweet!

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  10. joy

    I’m usually not a scrap quilter but I love this! Rosie is so cute! Love the one if he in her haunches!

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  11. Susan Quinn

    You might not consider this a raging beauty but I sure do! I think it’s gorgeous Jo ❤

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  12. Lori

    LOVE your scrappy vortex quilt! And also love meander, I think the meander is a classic for our era, it’s a good one.

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  13. Cindie Winquist

    I bet this quilt is on the heavy side with all of those seams, but that’s just the way I like my quilts to be. Heavy enough to give me a warm hug. Yours is beautiful. I do love the way you worked in lots of yellow to brighten its darkness, but even the darkness is soothing and comfortable. Such a wonderful collection of fabrics you had in your stash too. I can’t say enough good things about this one. Enjoy it!

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  14. Ginger

    Love your quilt, Jo. I always lean towards those darker, reproduction colors. I think Rosie has such a pretty little face. i love her begging pose!.

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  15. Carmen Montmarquet

    Love your Vortex quilt! I like the colors you chose very much! Can never get enough of cute Rosie, with her cute heart shape nose! Just adorable!

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  16. Gail L Piper

    Congrats on your progress – perhaps your posts on the subject will motivate me! :)
    I like both of the Rosie photos, she looks happy in both of them.
    Love the crumb quilt – pretty nice for a utilitarian quilt!

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  17. Barbara Kramer

    Just beautiful!! U did a fantastic job with colors, binding, and the backing ties it all together, just makes me want to snuggle up with a cup of tea. Rosie is so cute, I vote for the begging picture.

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  18. Kris in WI

    One vote for the begging Rosie picture. I think she NEEDS a tummy rub!

    The surprise orphan blocks on the back of Scrap Vortex fit in perfectly and made me smile. All this quilt needs now is some popcorn and a movie, fireworks on the 4th, a table to make a tent, and grandchildren to make the memories.

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  19. Cheryl havens

    I love the one of Rosie begging, I think k your right about the older rescue compared to a pup, as the older ones have all ready established theirs habits and that of the owners, a pup you can bring up with grandkids and your habits , I volunteer at a shelter here in Michigan and the older rescues are and can be a challenge,
    Vortex is lovely good idea to piece in extra blocks to make up for part of the back of quilt I always just gave those blocks away, I’ll be keeping those and doing that from now on, thanks for that great idea, hope you have a wonderfully mother’s day, and good luck on you finding the right pup.

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  20. Anne Fisher

    Love, love Rosie sitting up and begging!! She’s cute in every picture–but I love to see the dogs that can set up and beg!!
    Great –another quilt finished—-Loved the gray on the back and the additions too!!! Scrap Vortex is almost too much for my eyes!!!! Not meant to be criticism, believe me!!! Busy busy quilt top–where to look?

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  21. Wenda

    I love scrap vortex quilts and yours looks so inviting! I am curious if it is heavy and if you used anything different for the batting? I bet it becomes a favorite of the grandkids!
    Rosie’s “gopher pose” is precious!

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  22. Shelley Dionne

    OMG! that quilt is a GODDESS!❤ BRAVO for seeing it thru to a finish! I love every inch of it! I don’t mean to sound crazy but it makes my heart race. It’s my all time favourite quilt that you have made! As a long time quilter, who has been battling severe depression and trauma PTSD for the past 6 years (I’ve been unable to quilt) I just want you to know that seeing this quilt has brought me great joy and a big smile to my face. Tonight, I will go to sleep smiling and thinking about your quilt, instead of trying to get to sleep in a all consuming state of anxiety that’s my goal! Thank you so much Jo!

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    1. Jo Post author

      Hang in there Shelley
      Depression and PTSD are a big load to carry. I hope can take tiny steps forward and work your way back to the sewing machine. It brings me such solace and I know I’d just be lost without it. Take Care.

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  23. Beverly from O-H-I-O

    Jo I’m not a quilter but love to see what ones you make. The scrappy ones always catch my eye & this one is a beauty ! As is Rosie, I especially like the one of her begging. So cute!

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