I really love making a quilt from small amounts of novelty or patterned fabric and combining it with largely plain or sold fabrics. I think that this combination makes the novelty fabric pop when this fabric may be the smallest component.
A lady at work has asked me to make a quilt for a grandson who will be born shortly. I had some scraps of fabric I bought cheaply last year which I thought would be suitable for this project, but I knew there would not be enough to make an entire quilt. I think the fabrics are from Timeless Treasures. I made a quick dash to my local patchwork shop and decided three largely solid fabrics would work well here.
I cut the circus fabrics and some solids into 2 1/2 inch squares and then pieced them together into these squares. I was quite random about how I did this so none of the pieced squares looks the same.
Then I decided to bulk the quilt out my bordering the pieced squares with the solids. I really like how these look together. I think the solids really make the circus fabrics much more interesting and exciting. On there own, they didn't really wow me; now I really quite like them.
I have quite a bit of the solid fabrics left so I am going to make my first scrappy binding. I want this to be a project with very little left over. I've had a look at some scrappy bindings on pinterest and I think they can work beautifully, I think especially if the scraps are not too long. Unfortunately neither of the two local fabric shops in Sheffield opens on Monday so I cannot finish this today. I haven't chosen the backing yet so that will be a fun shopping decision on Tuesday.