Sunday, August 5

Things you should know about a Scrap Vomit Quilt

I took me almost 18 months to finish but it's done: I finished my Scrap Vomit Quilt* top last week. It is quite hard to get a good photo of the whole thing and I promise to make a better photo when it's quilted (which will take another year I'm afraid). It's a comforting thought that Tijger already approves of the quilt in it's current state....

A common misconception about the Scrap Vomit Quilt is that it's a collection of crappy fabrics. Not true! For a successful Scrap Vomit Quilt (at least that is my opinion) you need to pair pretty fabrics with umm..other fabrics. Also some of the more challenging fabrics (guess which one it was from the picture below) suddenly seem not so bad when cut into 2.5" squares. :)

Actually it's a lot of fun to work with these less obvious fabrics and the variety makes it the perfect I Spy Quilt.

Dinosaur butt  and beige flowers? Yes please!

Find your daily portion of Fruit & Veg in the quilt.. (I actually spent 10 minutes looking for the Cucumber bit in my quilt top!)

And no Scrap Vomit Quilt is complete without some holiday fabric and coffee inspired prints. :)

Believe it or not but I have about 5 different 'Cats in Paris' fabrics in this quilt. And I think they all came from my own stash!

The Scrap Vomit Quilt certainly is also a kind of Scrappy Log Book which holds memories of fabrics you bought and used in projects (or not) or received in fabric swaps.  Actually for maximum scrappiness and variety you really need to swap your most 'special' fabrics with others as well. We are having a swap at the Scrap Vomit Appreciation Society Group on Flickr at the moment but sign ups are closed now (sorry!). However there will quite possibly be new swaps in the future.

I already started my second SV Quilt last week but with different solids for the diamond pattern blocks. I also got two smaller (and quicker) quilt tops I finished, to show you but I'll save those for another post!

*I have written about this quilt many times and regularly hear that it has such an unfortunate name. I know, but the name has stuck.  Recently it also has been abbreviated to SV quilt though.  :)


  1. I love it!! and I'm serious thinking of giving up on my shells quit and try something different. A SV quilt is a good option.
    As about the time, I always have this debate about quick quilts. I think I rather spend good 18 months finishing a quilt top, it's kind of
    meaningful ...

    1. I always have several quilts on the go and when I run out of steam with one or something I just go and work on another one... :) I always believe you should put your energy into things you enjoy!

  2. Love this quilt and sorry I missed out on the scrap exchange. I've got so much and would love to share and be shared with.

    1. Thank you! :) Are you planning on making a SV quilt too?

  3. A quilt is not a quilt without a cucumber!

    1. So true! Also a reminder of the one sip of Pimms I had on the Fat Quarterly Retreat in June *shudders* ;)

  4. Oh my word, that is a gorgeous quilt top and that puddems (kitty cat) is adorable.
    Love your scraps and what it created.

    Slowly I'm gathering scraps to make my first one while my girl is finishing her scrap quilt (all in polka dots)top.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Nicole. You do fantastic work.

  5. Wow, what a wonderful quilt! It's inspired me to sort out my scraps and see what beauties I can find in there to make my own!


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