These are the pillow shams on my sister’s bed. The quilt on her bed is a simple rail fence scrap quilt (shown on a full-size bed) I’d made sometime last year with a group of fabrics that had included a rose floral print in two styles (one larger than the other) and coordinating green, gold and cream tone-on-tone prints. I added the bright red to it and the white. I couldn’t find matching fabrics for the pillow shams, so I chose an all-over rose print that had the same range of colors. As I was also in the process of reducing clutter, I gave my sister the crocheted-top pillow (it had been a shower gift from our oldest sister, Jean, back in 1992) as well as a number of knit t-shirts from Kohl’s that had shrunk considerably in the wash. (Cabin Creek brand. I never put them into the dryer, either. I washed them on gentle and hung them up afterward. They still shrunk. This is one reason I don’t shop at Kohl’s any more.)
What you cannot see of the rail fence quilt photo above is that the bright red bits make a border all around the center blocks, and then all of the strips are used to create a “keyboard” type of outer border(shown here on my king-size bed):
I like the rail fence quilt block. It’s something that can be laid out in a plan or completely in scraps. I like to use it as a stash-buster with my fabrics, but don’t let the simplicity of the design fool you: true scrap quilts are a lot of work.
If you could see my craft room now (no, I won’t post a photo — it’s frightening!) you’d see how I’ve gone through leftover scraps as well as my fabric stash and sorted out various bits of prints in reds, greens, golds and black. The are in a variety of widths and lengths. I will cut down the true scraps first, then supplement with what’s in my stash. Next I will have to decide what to do with some of the scraps that are too small to make a full “rail.” I have small squares of fabric, 2″ x 2″, leftover from other projects. Do I use them to start Log Cabin blocks, or do I use them to make stars? Do I set them aside for something else, or do I discard them completely?
Design is mainly a series of decisions sparked by a fragment of inspiration. It appears to be all scrappy chance, but it is not. It takes some planning, but it also takes a lot of “grunt work.” Even the color of the binding is a careful choice.