Scrappy Happy Rails - a Finished Quilt

My goodness - how long has it been since I had a finished quilt? Queen B, if we’re not counting the Quilts of Valor. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, so expect a nice round of Friday finishes in May!

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

First up, my guild challenge quilts! We were asked to bring forty 9.5”x18” strip pieces to the October meeting, where they were put on a table and swapped around until everyone went home with a new set of forty. And then - we could do whatever we liked! The reveal was at the May meeting, so I can finally share my two quilts.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

This is the first one - Scrappy Happy Rails from No Scrap Left Behind by Crazy Mom Quilts. I adored this quilt in the book, but I hate string quilts, so I didn’t think I would ever make it. Well, these strip sets were basically strings, right?

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

My block size is a bit smaller than the book, since my strips were 9.5”. Luckily that divides by three, so the center strip measurements were so easy a seven year old could do it. (Yes, I asked mine.)

After starching the heck out of the strips and trimming them down, I put them in a bag and shook them up. Then I just sewed to the center piece without any plan other than not matching both sides. I could get twelve center strips from one cut of fabric, so I did that for a week in the evenings, just sewing those twelve. Then I sewed two together with no plan. Then I sewed the pairs into fours with no plan. Then… Well, you get it. It’s 8x9, so I didn’t even lay it out until all the rows were pieced.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

Luckily, it still worked and nothing ended up right on top of each other! The backing is a vintage(?) sheet from an estate sale a few years ago. It was big enough and I figured there was no reason to hoard it anymore. I used it for binding, too.

The neutral fabric is a rainbow dot similar to this, that was in my stash. I also auditioned some plain cream and white-on-white, but the tiny bit of rainbow-ness worked best with all the colors in the top.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is “Lombard Street” from the book 180 Doodle Designs. I’m a part of the “Just Wanna Quilt” Facebook group, and the leader sent a copy of the book to me to test out a few doodles. Then I’ll send it along to the next person on the list. It’s something to do with copyright. But hey - it worked! My Lombards aren’t the most straight and even, but they were fun to do and I didn’t loose track of the design! That tends to happen when I’m changing direction.

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts

And here I am presenting it to the guild! I went through a few days when I didn’t like it at all - I thought it was going to be too much chaos. But as you can tell, I ended up LOVING it. Organized chaos. It’s a good thing. I’m so happy to have this fantastic reminder of the guild when I move next - we did a sampler last year and those are so not my thing, so it’s already been passed along to Quilts of Valor. But this one is staying with me. Forever!

Scrappy Happy Rails by Katie Mae Quilts