It is Memorial Day – when the nation takes time to honor the men and women who’ve lost their lives serving our country. I also want to thank all of the soldiers currently serving and their families for all of the sacrifices you are making while protecting our freedom.
Years ago, I wanted to made a quilt using fabrics that were out of my comfort zone. When I was out shopping at a little quilt shop I found a kit (on sale- yeah!) which made it much easier for me to pull together a collection of fat quarters. They were all medium to dark in muted colors. Many of them were by Moda from their Kansas Troubles collection. Well, I made this quilt – not my favorite but I did enjoy making the wacky cut blocks.
A couple of years later I decided to try to use the leftovers to make a more contemporary (less traditional?) design. I really like it but it has been on the back burner because I just can’t figure out a border. This quilt uses the same fabric collection but for this quilt I added a light background. I named it Kansas (Toto) as in ‘We aren’t in Kansas anymore’.
The Memorial day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of Micki’s Scrappy Summer. This is where I pulled together a large collection of fabrics and then challenge myself to use them to make a few small quilts. Once you get the fabrics chosen it is fun to just focus on playing with designs. I already have two ideas for this year. You can look at the ‘My Quilts’ page and see the results of Scrappy Summer 2014 and 2015.
Did I mention that I bought two of those kits? I decided that I would also be adding some fabrics from my stash. Isn’t shopping in your jammies the best thing ever! So now I have 57 color and 20 background fat quarters ready to go.
Here are some of the Kansas Troubles fabrics by Moda. Do you recognize any of them? Do you have some in your stash? It will definitely be a challenge to use these.
These fabrics are still NOT in my comfort zone – but hey – Scrappy Summer is a time to play.