Last spring my friend Karlene and I decided to work on the same scrap quilt design. We were inspired by Lori Holt’s Sew Your Stash #16 “Spare Squares,” as seen in her You Tube tutorial. Over the months we encouraged each other and compared notes on our progress. Karlene even shared white print squares with me from her stash.
I selected my fabric layout as Lori Holt’s video showed, using a lot of light or white in the blocks and setting them with white alternate squares. I made 72 of the patchwork blocks for a queen size bed. The text print adds interest in the inner border and a teal blue outer border consolidates all the scrappiness of the interior. What I did not envision at the outset of the project was how light the finished quilt would be. While it is true that I used many, many 1 1/2″ squares for this quilt, the presence of so much white delegates it as a quilt for the guest room because daily use would quickly soil the pristine white fabrics.
On the other hand, Karlene reversed the coloration and used lots of colors in the blocks and set them with colorful alternate squares. I love her cheerful quilt so much! And it could certainly be used often since the colors will camouflage smudges.
It was so much fun to work on a project separately, but together! I am looking forward to another scrappy adventure with Karlene in 2022.