Ever wondered just what 1,032 2.5″ squares looks like???

Well, even if you haven’t I’m going to show you, ’cause that’s what I am up to in the quest for the No-Repeat Scrap Vomit Quilt.

Actually, pause a moment, perhaps I should start calling it by its more formal name now that there are a bunch of people watching. What do you think? Scrap Vomit or Technicolor Yawn???

Anyway, the picture:


The two towers on the left include all 1,032 squares cut to date. And yes, that is a tidy pile of scraps still in need of cutting; they just came in the mail today. Once I get started on laying out blocks I will be posting about the people who are making this quilt possible by sending along fabric love; this quilt is as much about them, and their stories, as it is about my making it. I am loving seeing the bits of fabric come in with notes and emails about the stashes they came from.

But today I gotta go ahead and showcase a really special square. It was sent to me by one of Bee’s godmother’s mother; let’s call Bee’s godmother Dr. S, and her mother Martha. Anyway, Martha sent along a square from her remaining bits of Dr. S’s favorite shirt from when she was 10 years old. I love this square; it is totally part of the family. Thanks Martha. We totally love you and your super-awesome daughter. I love having something special from the two of you in this project!!!


And to me that is the point of this quilt, extending my community, my family, and then, when the quilt is all done, having a giant reminder of everyone involved, and all the love sent with those 2.5″ squares.

Oh, and having one giant, incredibly insane, and absolutely beautiful quilt.

Yay quilts!!!


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14 Responses to Towers…

  1. 1

    I was just cutting your squares today so Happy Zombie can bring them to you at QM! I am including some of mine with some from my mothers stash, I think you’ll be able to tell the difference.

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    auntie pami says:

    I would be happy to send you some 2.5 squares. I can send them to HZ since she is just down the highway a bit…any particular color you are lacking? Trust me, I have 2-3 copy paper boxes full of bits & pieces.

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    Hannah says:

    O my goodness! I can’t wait to see it when its done! Itwill be fabulous! Do you have a completion date? or just going with the flow ?

    • 3.1
      thomas says:

      This is going to be my summer project. Gathering squares now; then sort by color after Market. Once sorted I’ll start laying out blocks and get stitching. Hope to have it done by the end of July…

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    Dr. S says:

    That’s the shirt I was talking about when I described the charm quilt! I’m glad that she still had fabric left from it–even I didn’t know that. And you have no idea how I loved that shirt. I wore it so, so often. With my acid-washed jeans, naturally.

    • 4.1
      thomas says:

      I am so glad it is gonna be part of this quilt!!! So freakin’ excited! You and your mom rule!!!

      Now is there anyway there is a photo of you in that shirt? Would love to include that when blogging about the process of this quilt this summer…

      • Dr. S says:

        You would think there’d be, right? But I don’t know. Certainly not among the photos I grabbed when I put together my early-childhood photo album back in high school. Maybe my mother knows…?

        In any case, the photo is likely to be super embarrassing–big framed purple plastic glasses, hair in tight-back ponytail, afore-mentioned acid wash. Maybe you’ll get lucky and I will also be wearing the charm necklace. :). On the other hand, maybe it was a little bit before acid-wash. All those years become one big clothing bad dream.

        • thomas says:

          If you find and let me post that photo if it exists I promise dig up an equally embarrassing photo of myself to post along with it, maybe of the same era, or maybe my hair from my freshman year at Kenyon… (Think striped eyebrows…)

  5. 5
    Liz says:

    Hey Thomas. During the past two days I have cut 220 scraps for you – roughly cut, a bit bigger than 2.5″ sq.

    I think I have the penguin’s complementary giraffe and leopard for you. they look like they come from the same fabric. 🙂

    Once you receive my package I’m wondering if you might be able to tell me roughly how many of the scraps I sent you are duplicates. It would be interesting to know the approximate number. I’m hoping it’s zero!!

    Again, I can’t wait to see your finished quilt! And last night I started trimming some of my small scraps into 2.5″ squares…. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • 5.1
      thomas says:

      Thanks so much Liz… Do you mean duplicates of what other people send me??? That might be a serious undertaking to try to track with all the wee squares, but I will do my best…

      • Liz says:

        Yes, I meant duplicates compared to what you already have from your own stash and from others. I thought you might be kind of cataloging them as you go… since you don’t want any repeated in your quilt. No worries if you can’t answer my question.

        • thomas says:

          I am cataloguing by color, but doing so by color and contributor against all other contributors might be a bit beyond my organizational skills, at least with a toddler in the house. I should be able to give a rough guess at the moment though.

          • Liz says:

            Thomas, again, no worries if you can’t answer my question. If you want to, I’d be tickled with a guesstimate. I’m kinda curious how many “rare” fabrics I might have and how many are more common.

            On another note, I saw your gorgeous blob of PlayDoh and it reminded me of making homemade playdough. Easy to do, your 3 or 4 year old could help measure ingredients, then a quick cooking time on the stove. End result has this wonderful, therapeutic texture. My husband and I liked playing with it maybe even more than the kids did, and I liked knowing what was in it.

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    Liz says:

    Thomas, you might want to enter to win these lovely scraps!

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