Monday 14 November 2016

Scrappy Skyline

When I saw that Shannon Brinkley was doing a quilt-a-long for her scrappy skyline patterns I jumped at the chance. I have loved her world map quilts for a while now, and the quilt-a-long was a good opportunity to give her Scrappy Appliqué technique a go.

It is a fun and pretty easy technique for the most part. I loved pulling fabrics from my scraps and then cutting out the London skyline. My biggest difficulty came when I needed to appliqué the skyline to the quilt top. I didn't have any stabiliser, and so trying to satin stitch or even zig-zag stitch around the outline made everything pull out of place. In the end I just did raw edge appliqué and used some Fray Check so that hopefully all the little details won't disappear over time. I also quilted over the skyline with matchstick quilting, using three different colours of Aurifil thread. 

The quilt was still looking a bit plain so I enjoyed practicing some FMQ swirls, and then went back to straight lines in the green section to try to draw the eye towards the skyline! 

I used a long hoarded fabric for the back, and resorted to stripy binding - always one of my favourites!

This quilt has been gifted to my new little nephew who was born in London - perfect!

Scraptastic Tuesday


  1. Perfect! I'm sure it will be treasured!

  2. Lovely and unusual. Well done.

  3. Interesting approach and turned out really lovely!

  4. This turned out beautifully! And what a perfect backing, too.

  5. I love this Deb! Your quilting is amazing! I wish I had taken some lessons from you while you were here.....

  6. Wonderful skyline! Lucky nephew....Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday!

  7. I love how I knew which city this is without hints. It must be an effective skyline!

  8. Thats really cool, I love the effect!

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