Monday, June 4, 2018

Scattered :: Stash Statement Blog Hop

It's finally my turn to share my Stash Statement quilt and I couldn't be more excited!  Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation  asked if I would like to be apart of her book release blog hop and naturally I said yes of course!  Stash Statement shows you that improv can be achieved by anyone.  I'm not new to improv, and throughout my quilting journey so many people have said they were scared to try!  This book shows you three different methods for improv piecing with step by step instructions.  Plus, it focuses on using your stash and scraps.  improv and scraps for the win!  

I recommend and encourage those who have always wanted to try improv to get Kelly's book.  You can purchase the book on Etsy and Amazon.  Check it out, it could be a game changer for you! 
34 1/2" x 46"
You all know I love solids and sewing small pieces together.  No scrap is too small to keep or use!  Once I pulled out my solid scraps, I saw a beautiful rainbow appear before my eyes.  I had to do it!

Isn't it pretty?!  It not only has the rainbow I was hoping for, but it has a stained glass thing going on too!

The rainbow isn't as apparent in this picture, but with my other scrap did appear!  I opted to make the quilt a smaller size than what is in the book.  That way I could make less blocks and accomplish the rainbow look I was going for.

The improv method for the Scattered quilt uses the panel method of improv piecing.  That method requires a big pieced square that you can cut many different pieces from just one panel.  With the rainbow theme I choose, I had to make one panel in each color and then cut.  It takes more time, but in my opinion worth it.  Another great thing about this book, once you learn the basics you can take what you learned and adapt it to fit your needs. 

My panels were trimmed to size and with that, I had more scraps!  Me...I saved and used them!  Check out this post:  Bits-n-Pieces to see what I made from them. 

The blocks went together so fast!  Once I started the quilt it was hard to stop until it was finished!  The back ground fabric I used is a Charcoal Gray from Moda.  I wanted a dark background without going with black.  

However, black did make it into my quilt!  I used it in the binding as a frame and on the back.  

How could I resist using a rainbow of thread to complement the rainbow theme?!  I couldn't!  I pulled out my Aurifil 50wt thread and had all the right colors.  Twelve to be exact.

I free motion quilted a funky 'improv-ish' design in each panel.  Since I used black for the back I knew the colors would create yet another beautiful rainbow explosion.  I do love a black backing for that very reason!

The Charcoal Gray received the straight line treatment.  One side of each panel I used a dark gray thread and the other side I used a lighter gray.  Something different and hopefully it enriched the overall design.

It looks complicated, doesn't it?!  It really isn't.  My quilt is made using twelve (12) 12" finished blocks.  I rotated and placed the blocks until I found a placement that I was happy with.  This quilt finished at 34 1/2" x 46" after washing.  Perfectly baby sized!

This design has me thinking of the next version I might do.  Perhaps prints, possibly a scrappy version like the original.  You never know!

Now that you have seen my version of Scattered, I hope you catch the improv bug and check out Stash Statements!  Capturing the improv vibe couldn't be easier with this book.

You can check out Kelly's original version of Scattered on her blog.  You can also see other quilts from the Stash Statement Blog Hop:

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                    Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23- Louvered           Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts 
                                    Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious        Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                                    Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
5/7- Beach Retreat    Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                    Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
5/14- Fire Pit               Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                                    Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
5/21- Detour               Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                                    Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
5/28- Murrina             Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                                    Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
6/4- Scattered            Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal      (you are here)                
                                    Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
6/18- Regatta             Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                                   Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                                   Christa @ Christa Quilts
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
7/2- College Prep      Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                   Lori @ Crossquilt
7/9- Take Flight 
                                     Paula @ The Sassy Quilter



  1. This is really pretty! Rainbow improv really has my heart!

  2. I really love how the improv piecing looks like crystals against the Charcoal. It's a beautiful version!

    1. I loved making this quilt and think Stash Statements is the perfect book for those who are afraid to try improv! I couldn’t be happier with how the background highlights the colors…I was a little worried about that!

  3. Thank you for your comments!

  4. This is beautiful! I love how all those colors pop against the Charcoal background. I just might have to give this book a look :)

  5. I love how this one turned out, Jayne! Makes me want to go dig into my solids drawer and start sewing little pieces together! The charcoal background is really perfect with your rainbow.

  6. Well done! Feels good to use those scraps, doesn't it?

  7. So pretty! What a pretty wall hanging this would be. Nice work Jayne.

  8. What a great quilt!!! It would've looked great as it was on your design wall, too--just sash and quilt! I have the book and the scraps. Just need some time...

  9. I looooove the funky chunky quilting design you did in each color section! It looks fantastic on the back. Great quilt!
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  10. Just solids and your stash is so impressive. That is one lucky baby!!!

  11. pretty. I like the rainbow effect. The quilting is great.

  12. What a cool quilt! I love the way the quilting design shows up on the back of the quilt.

  13. your Scattered quilt is absolutely gorgeous, Jayne. I love that you made it with a rainbow of solids. Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop. I'm so happy you enjoyed the process!

    :) Kelly

  14. That is so cool. Love the charcoal background!


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