“Flyover Country”—Scrap Happy Day

My local quilt guild has some very interesting challenges. This year we were given a piece of vintage fabric, of which we had to use 1 square inch in a 9 x 12 inch quilt.

The theme was something we had done without this year. As an introvert, I have adapted pretty well to isolation But there was one major disappointment: my daughter’s bargain tickets became null when Covid caused airlines to cancel flights. So airplanes would be my motif. I consulted my reference book for ideas.

I found 9 blocks that showed airplanes and several more designs named “Airplane” but were not representational. I chose #904, Airways (Washington), attributed to McKim’s Patchwork Parade of States. A square block. I had a rectangle to fill and also wanted to do more than make a block. I pondered making a city across the bottom, but couldn’t make the combination work. So the idea remained dormant till the deadline was a month away.

I thought of how many times I’d heard a comment about how land looks like a quilt from above. The background would be “made fabric,” an idea from Victoria Findley Wolfe.

So I went to my crumb jar and pulled as many green, gold, and tan bits as i could find.

Not nearly enough. So I dug deep into my scrap bin for baggies of sorted crumbs. Yes, once in the past I actually sorted what I had on hand.

And started sewing.

When I had some sizable pieces, I made templates and tried to fit them on the pieces. Most pieces needed additions.

That process took way longer than I expected. I think the basic idea of “made fabric” is that you mindlessly attach pieces when you don’t have any other ideas, then when you need it, it is ready. Maybe someday.

Finally the piece was finished and ready to mail. It is amazing how quickly a 9 x 12 inch piece quilts up. Time was absorbed not only by making fabric but also by working with the odd angles. I even basted and pinned—gasp! And ripped because when it comes to angles, I am spatially challenged.

So here it is.

Flyover Country. 9 x 12

It’s all scraps, batting and backing. At last a use for small pieces of batting other than making Frankenbatting.

If you want to check out other scrappy projects, find the Scrap Happy list on Kate’s blog : https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/

And if you want to see the finished scrappy Surprise Jacket, click on “ previous post” below.



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18 responses to ““Flyover Country”—Scrap Happy Day

  1. Louise Hornor

    I enjoyed seeing the airplane over on Sunshine’s site, but learning about the challenge theme and how you created the quilt of land underneath made it even better!

  2. Love this idea, and the use of the vintage fabric as ‘passengers’!

  3. Those scraps worked out very well as “scenery” beneath the airplane!

  4. bettystitch

    Very nice interpretation of the challenge AND use of challenge fabric.

  5. Nice effect – I like the use of the older fabric to make an older-looking plane too.

  6. very clever, the patchwork fields are perfect and are those little patches of skyscrapers ?

  7. I love aerial views and this little quilt is just perfect! Love, love, love it.

  8. That is a great piece and I am impressed by your collection of crumbs!

  9. Susan Nixon

    That is fabulous! You did a great job. That IS an interesting challenge.

  10. That turned out great, and I love the concept. As to made fabric, I have trouble with that, too. I’ve gotten better at piecing stuff together as needed, but I still can’t cope with irregular shapes and sizes, and it is NOT fast!

  11. Your kick ___ on that guild challenge!
    You know that book is quite valuable and like out of print. I bought the new version of it recently that the EQ company released.

  12. “frankenbatting” that’s a new one on me. At the moment, I have access to twin size batting, but I need to back a King size quilt. How does one go about “franking” two pieces of batting without creating a ridge… and by hand.

    • I used to sew them together with a herringbone stitch after butting the two pieces next to each other, then I learned about iron on tape for the purpose and have been using that. There are a couple brands; I don’t have the label with mine anymore to know what brand I bought.

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