Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Postage Stamp Charm Quilt


How's this for scrappy? It started as a joke: a postage stamp charm quilt where the quilt is composed of one inch finished squares each from different fabric. But then I couldn't get it out of my mind, then I started collecting 1.5 inch strips from my stash, and slowly the obsession grew. The finished quilt is 64X72 inches.



Every now and then I would take the 1.5 inch strips I collected and sew them into pairs and then quartets.

  

Next I trimmed the quartets into 1.5 inch sections, then sewed four of these together to get a patch with 16 squares.


This is a close-up of the quilt. Because I built this from strips and patches, there isn't an overall design for this quilt. However, as I went along, I did try to capture characters, flowers and interesting bits of each fabric. 


 This is an even closer view.

And now if you would like to enjoy more quilts, here's the link to the 2013 Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival.

33 comments:

  1. That's awesome! I have a postage stamp quilt UFO. :-)

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  2. OMG!!!! This is so incredible....all those tiny pieces. Love all the fun little I spy fabrics! A fun quilt!

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  3. Wow, way to go! I love scrappy quilts and you've gone above and beyond in this one!

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  4. Wow! Amazing. I think I am going to have to start cutting strips and using them as leaders and enders. :)

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  5. Wow! This quilt is true dedication and perseverance. Awesome!

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  6. I want to make one. It's really an eye catcher.

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  7. What a wonderfully fun quilt! This is a quilt I would have loved as a child, trying to figure out if there were two of any one fabric. I love how you captured "images" in the fabric prints. How large is it (I know I could count squares but I'm taking the easy way out!) and how long did it take you to sew it?

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    1. I amended my post to include the size which I apparently forgot to mention! Thanks for asking. The quilt is 64X72 inches. It took a couple of years to complete. I sewed it as I went along. Collecting enough fabrics took the most time. Luckily charm packs became available and now there are 2.5 inch charm packs. But watch out for duplicates! : )

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  8. Adorable!
    I'm working on one but it is not even close to being done.....
    Nicely done, good luck

    Happy Sewing

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  9. I think I see why you've been so busy sewing lately.

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  10. I love tiny piecing and this thrills me!! Great work!

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  11. This looks great - I would love to make one like this!

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  12. I have decided you have to be slightly insane. :) Good for you, as I love insanity in quilt making. Wowza.

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  13. Terrifically captivating - I LOVE this!!! Thanks for sharing your process (doing the 16-patches) - this is definitely going on my list of ones to complete! Dynamic work!

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  14. wow!!!! Now that is the ultimate scrappy quilt!

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  15. Wow! What an accomplishment!

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  16. its beautiful! I have a 1 1/2 in project im hand piecing right now and should finish in ohhh the next 10 yrs or so!!!

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  17. I do believe your quilt is the definition of scrappy! Great work, love the little fussy cut stamps.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  18. wow! this is great on so many levels. thanks for sharing this.

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  19. Oh, I love this! I hate you. I might have to make one. Not sure I want to. Gaaaah, I feel the compulsion coming over me!

    And, BTW, how on earth did you keep track to make sure each fabric was only used once???
    Please don't answer. If I know, I'll be sure to start one....

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  20. This is amazing! What a labor of love. Beautiful!

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  21. Awesome! You definitely got my vote in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

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  22. Wowsers!! This is just awesome!

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  23. Really?! One inch finished squares?! But a really great idea to build as you go...I will have to keep this in mind for all those little pieces of precious scraps. Wonderful quilt!

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  24. Ummm .... WOW! I just "hearted" this quilt as my favorite in the scrap category. It's fantastic and awe-inspiriring. Love it!

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