Sunday, October 30, 2016

Camo Rag Quilt #6 (A quilt for the Crafty Camper Girl!!)

This should come as no surprise to many of you quilters, but I have never made a quilt for myself. Sure I have made some clothing for myself but most of what I create I give away as heart felt gifts to others for birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, weddings, etc.

 After finishing my last Military Memory Quilt (#5) my friend encouraged me keep the remaining uniforms to make a quilt for myself. I was a little unsure about doing this as they were not my (or my husbands) uniforms and not my memories to keep but I had an epiphany of trying to make a strip quilt so I decided to take him up on his offer.

 Not having much fabric left from the previous quilt and losing a lot of fabric to waste in making the long strips I needed more fabric to complete this quilt. (You know I did not waste the remaining fabric... I cut circles to make fabric yo-yo's out of them!) So if you are a follower of this blog you know a couple of things about me...... #1 I love to upcycle almost anything I can get my hands on, and.......#2 I use a lot of my husbands dress pants (and jeans) to make quilts! So of course this quilt was no different. I found an olive and tan color pair of pants in my magic tubby of upcycle prospects that were a perfect match for this quilt.

 CCG Update: This is Jordan, he is the Crafty Camper Family's new dog!!! He thinks he needs to sleep very close to me while I am sewing (or anything else I am doing).  He is currently snoring behind my chair as I type this post. He is learning that when he sees fabric on the floor in the front room he is not allowed anywhere near it. Although he did break this rule when he heard me utter a huge gasp and then start to cry the other day when I shook out a quilt top piece that sent air waves across the floor and caused the remaining pieces to become scattered all over the front room. He was very concerned, as was the rest of my family, as to why those sounds were coming out of my mouth! (I was just super excited those were the only things coming out of my mouth, ha!)

 I cut 4 inch wide strips from all three fabrics and then placed three rows of camo, one row of tan, three rows of camo and one row of olive fabric alternating down the quilt. It has such a modern look to it, I love it!!! It reminds me of subway tiles. I tried to make sure that the vertical seams did not match up at least three to four rows down (which made it a little tricky but was well worth the extra work!).  It was also a lot less work when it came to the seam clipping phase as there were not as many vertical seams to clip. (I still haven't gotten my scissors to the sharpener guy yet, ugh!)

I backed the quilt with the same Lux fabric in brown, I think it turned out great!!! I have kept it on my couch in the family room and use it almost daily. Now that I have an idea of how long the quilts take to construct I will soon be making these quilts as a special order item. So if you know of someone who is interested please leave me a comment and I will get contact information to you.


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