Colorful Scrap Quilts
WE all like to get stuff done. Nonnie, as known to her 12 grandkids, is my mom and she is no exception. Her sewing nook is a space nestled in the eaves of her very old Cape Cod house, hums with creativity. She makes quilts and lots of them to give away, hang over the couch, for her kids, plus the grandkids who are entering college to brighten up their dorm rooms and "to just use up the old stuff I've got"! Yes, she is talking about lots of my old stuff that I have handed to her over the years. Strike offs, samples that never went into production, things I designed over the last 20 years plus my most current collections. She likes lots of color and is traditional in most of her methods. Nothing too complicated, prefers a scrappy look and to quote Freddy Moran, "when in doubt just keep adding more color because eventually it all goes together!"
I love her relaxed attitude toward quilting and life in general. She doesn't worry about it, enjoys the process, blends all kinds of prints together and relies on favorite magazines she gets at LQS and books from C&T for inspiration. She usually has a picture or project page she is using as a guide whether it be loosely followed or not. One if her favorites is by Cheryl Arkinson and Amanda Jean Nyberg, Sunday Morning Quilts which is full of cheerful scrap quilts. We spend hours looking at ideas together when she is deciding on a new quilt to make.
This quilt below was a super fun quilt to make hence the name "Scrappers Delight" design by Amanda Jean Nyberg. I sewed up a few blocks with mom too for Ella as she left for upstate New York to school. She says it's the cheeriest thing in the dark days of winter and loves having it with her. Lucky girl!
So that is just a glimpse of Nonnie's World. She has made many more quilts than sampled above and she will continue to work with all her stash to WOW her kids. Lucky us is what we all say. Lucky us.....
Written with Love,
PS- I have a collection of assorted Print Packs in my shop if you want to beef up your stash like Nonnie's. Buy 5 or more ($9 each) I will give you the book, Sunday Morning Quilts for free as I have a few in my studio that I would love to give away. Offer good while they last. Note that scrap bags will vary slightly from photo at times.
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