Scrappy Bits Update

Just a quick update on Scrappy Bits, although, now that I have cut it out and started sewing it, I think a more appropriate name might be scrappy bricks. It is so easy it is a great little sewing project to work on while I think about other things I am planning. 

This top is made from two jelly rolls, cut in 6.5" x 2.5" blocks. Because I am not a big fan of quilts with lots of sashing this quilt will look like a multicolored brick wall. 
  1. I have grouped the blocks by the colors I plan to put in each row. 
  2. Then numbered each group on a piece of paper to keep them separated. 
  3. As I finish each row the top color is moved to the back so the next row from the color set will not be exactly like the newly completed row.  
  4. A benefit of the paper besides keeping the rows grouped, is being able to stack them up which makes storage easier and keeps them away from the cat, who will scramble the pieces for me if I let her.
pieces grouped by rows
The next photograph is a test lay out to see if the results are what I want before I commit to sewing the rows together. There are still a lot of rows to go, but I think it will go quickly because it is the speediest quilt top I have ever put together. It is something a beginner could make with very little trouble. Quite the departure from my usual hexagon shapes I love so much. I am thinking it needs to be quilted with leaves so it looks like ivy on a brick wall.

Testing the lay out
There seems to be some irony here that I am working on a brick wall shaped quilt top when I hit the wall and mull over ideas for other projects. 

From Online Etymology Dictionary:

irony (n.) 
c.1500, from Latin ironia, from Greek eironeia "dissimulation, assumed ignorance," from eiron "dissembler," perhaps related to eirein "to speak" (see verb). Used in Greek of affected ignorance, especially that of Socrates. For nuances of usage, see humor. Figurative use for "condition opposite to what might be expected; contradictory circumstances" is from 1640s.

illusion (n.) Look up illusion at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "act of deception," from Old French illusion "a mocking, deceit, deception" (12c.), from Latin illusionem (nominative illusio) "a mocking, jesting, irony," from illudere "mock at," literally "to play with," from assimilated form of in- "at, upon" (see in- (2)) + ludere "to play" (see ludicrous). Sense of "deceptive appearance" developed in Church Latin and was attested in English by late 14c. Related: Illusioned "full of illusions" (1920).


  1. The best art can be inspired by the worst moments! It's lovely.

  2. Thanks Susan, it is one of those auto pilot sews that lets me work out other things as I work on this one. Plus have something to show for it along the way. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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