I showed a glimpse of my latest quilt a few weeks ago, but then other things came up, as they do, so I'm only just getting around to showing you properly.
It started when I noticed my scrap bin was overflowing. I had a vague thought that I would make crazy scrappy place mats for our outdoor table so I started sewing rough rectangle shapes. They got put aside to make way for other projects. One day Melissa P of 100 Billion Stars did this post about her amazing picnic blanket in which she mentioned the word Cattywampus.
Melissa P explained that it means cockeyed, messed up, out of whack, screwy.
Great name for a quilt, I thought to myself, and a lightbulb went off in my head as I remembered the scrappy blocks I'd been playing with.
At first I thought I'd just sew them all together but it looked too hotchpotchy. It needed depth and places for your eyes to rest. I considered cutting the blocks into regular squares and putting sashing in between but that felt too predictable for such a cattywampus quilt.
A few cups of tea later I decided on irregular, partial sashing with solids. The orange I'd recently bought because I liked the colour, the dark green solid was from GBF's mum ( thanks Joan!), and some other greens and aquas were left over from my Magical Lands Quilt.
I quilted Cattywampus myself. It's been a while since I've done any machine quilting so I started off with a walking foot, stitching in the stitch, cruising around squares, but then changed to FMQ, and had fun doing zig zags, curly whirls, wiggly squigglys and some echo quilting.
Scrappy binding framed Cattywampus and it ended up being 70 inches square. Gbf put up a hanger in our entrance hallway where it hangs as a warning to anyone who enters there's a crazy colourful quilter inside.