Friday, 4 December 2015

A retro look scrap fabrics quilt

Some of you may know that I am a Project Linus UK co-ordinator in Lincolnshire. If you don't know about Project Linus UK you can read about it here. We get some lovely quilts donated and I am constantly amazed at the kindness and generosity of our volunteers who make the quilts. This little quilt measuring about a metre square came in recently....

Scrap fabric Project Linus UK quilt
It was simple in design but the use of the vintage scraps and fabrics stole my heart. The quilting was hand done in an all over clam shells pattern and it felt soft and gentle to touch. I must admit it stayed in my sewing room waiting for a Project Linus UK label to be sewn on for a few days and each time I looked at it I loved it more. 

So I decided to have a go at making a similar quilt just to see how the fabrics went together and why the over all effect was so pleasing. Here is the first block which measures 6.75 inches:

Retro quilt block by Green Star Quilts
This is the centre, which looks a bit wonky here! The  strips of yellow and cream where cut 1.5 inches wide.

Retro quilt block by Green Star Quilts

Then the log strips, cut 1.5 inches were added in a Courthouse steps pattern. These are the fabrics plus lots of scraps from the ever growing stash, which I used for the logs.....


I love the use of bubble gum pink and that lovely lilac colour too. Here is the top so far:

Retro Quilt by Green Star Quilts
I am convinced it wouldn't work half so well without the bright yellow in the middle of the blocks although maybe a dark pink, mmmmmmm, I just don't know.....

Retro Fabrics Quilt by green Star Quilts
 Well anyway, it just makes me feel happy looking at it and I can't wait to finish the top. As to size, I think I will just keep going until one of the fabrics runs out, so we'll see.....

How are you all this week? Christmas shopping complete and presents wrapped? Cards written and ready for the post, pudding made, cake in the tin, decorations up ? Hmmmm I thought not...... bet you are all in denial and still in the sewing room like me! Well I hope so anyway!

I have one more commission to complete for Christmas orders and then there is a huge amount of tidying up to do and fabric to put away. In the New Year we should all post photos of our tidy sewing areas!

As on most weeks I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts because I find her so inspiring and she writes such a lovely blog which you can see here,

Happy sewing this weekend, the weather forecast is terrible here so I hope there are good plays on the radio while the sewing machine wrrrs along,

Kind regards,


  1. What a fun mix of fabrics! Loving it!!!

  2. Okay I am not a fan of the retro feedsack-type fabrics but I just LOVE what you did with these! I want one too!

  3. Yes, Yes. The mustard yellow 9 patch in the centers really makes it sing. Takes it out of just soft and sweet, to SPARKLY.

  4. This is truely lovely 😀😀😀😀 xx


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