MCM #15 – Orange Crush

Nope, not the soda.  Orange Crush is the name of the quilt I finished over the weekend and I am so attached  – it’s going to be hard for me to send this one off.

Scrambled Quilt - Tutorial for Block on Blog

You may remember I originally showed a few of these blocks to you in this blog post. At the time I couldn’t decide if I wanted sashing. I had seen several quilts with a skinny sashing and liked the look a lot but was a little worried it would come out all wonky. I am so glad I decided to add it here. I think without it, the quilt would’ve been a Scrambled mess. Yep, pun intended…

I was super excited to practice quilting this ribbon candy design. I showed a few pics on Instagram, but here’s another one in case you didn’t see them. The design got easier to quilt the more I did and I am really pretty happy with the way it looks.

Ribbon Candy Quilting DetailAnd look at this little piece I managed to sneak in:

Cotton & Steel Selvege EdgeThis is the first time I’ve used a selvege edge. I love the fun it adds to the quilt!

For the back, I used a coordinating piece from Valori Wells. The texture of the quilting on the back is so fun and I like that the thread — Bottom Line, Superior Threads — just sorta disappears into the fabric.

Valori Wells Backing fabricThis quilt is a LOT of orange, and except for the backing is all from my scrap bins. I used Kona Tangerine for the binding and it was so nice to work with. If you’ve been around here awhile you know I use a lot of Kona Solids – I’m a solids junky! I have noticed that the darker colors tend to have a bit more stiffness to them, maybe from the dark dyes? I don’t know, but I like working with them.

Orange is a hard color to photograph, especially for a novice photographer. I have had this top pieced and hanging in my sewing room for a few months now and it just makes the room feel bright and happy. My sister saw it and immediately asked me to finish it for her – she said it is so much prettier in person. I have to agree!

Orange Scrap quiltI think it is time to raid the scrap bins and see what other color combination I can come up with. 🙂  If you would like to make your own version of this quilt, I have a tutorial for the Scrambled block here, or in the Tutorial tab at the top of the page.

Now let’s get on to Main Crush Monday!

I was blown away by the projects in last week’s linky party. I hope you had a chance to visit the other participants because there was a lot of inspiration.  Here are just a few:

I was so inspired by the ghost quilting Vicki did on her quilt. This is something I would love to try sometime soon.


Maartje was also working on her free motion quilting and whipped up some fun placemats. She shows us a different way of working with a printed panel.


And Julia shared how she layers fabric to create such lovely art pieces. This is something I haven’t seen before and it is so interesting!

Flying Goose

Now it’s time for this week’s inspiration – I hope you join us! You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic that shows what you are working on, fabrics you are drooling over, or techniques you want to try. Here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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21 Responses to MCM #15 – Orange Crush

  1. Tish says:

    Perfect name for this quilt! It actually makes me want to go grab a can of that yummy sweet soda. Your ribbon candy looks awesome! For me it’s one of those designs I can lose myself in. I just get a rhythm and off I go. It’s almost like meditating.

  2. Pamela says:

    awwww sweet! I love orange and aqua. Beautiful!

  3. Jen says:

    I have had a crush on orange for about a year. I haven’t made anything with it though, but this has inspired me. Time to start collecting some orange. Just gorgeous!

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  5. Just love Orange Crush! I’ll pop on over to your tutorial next – thanks in advance!

  6. Jasmine says:

    Orange Crush turned out sweet! My four year old would love it. That is his favorite color. Good job using all those scraps.

  7. It looks fantastic, Beth! The white sashing looks wonderful and I like the whimsy of the selvege edges. Well done 🙂


  8. Susan says:

    Gorgeous quilt! My son would love it too – a big orange fan!

  9. Bonnie in Va says:

    Oh I love that Orange Crush! I have a minor love affair going with orange ever since I bought way too much of it about 12 years ago. I’m sad to say it is all gone now but it did grace the front and back of many a quilt. Love the sashing with this quilt and your quilting is fabulous.

  10. I still have an orange crush going; this makes me want to dig through my bins and make a new orange quilt!

  11. Colleen says:

    Absolutely love your orange quilt. The narrow sashing is perfect. Great job on the quilting. I’ve never attempted a narrow border motif like that. I can’t imagine trying to keep it all straight the entire length. Bravo!!

  12. Karen Goad says:

    I love how you did your sashing!

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  14. Anne Beier says:

    That quilt is beautiful and has a “happy” vibe to it. You are spot on with the sashing. Stunning quilting as always. The fabric on the back is a great choice and compliments to front. Another winner on your hands.

  15. Vicki in MN says:

    Orange crush looks wonderful, it really did need that white sashing. Good job on the ribbon candy. Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down and my quilt was featured, thank you!

  16. Melanie says:

    Funny. I’m not much of an orange fan either but your quilt is beautiful! Great job! 🙂

  17. Patricia Cash says:

    Orange is not a color I like. But your quilt has changed that, it is stunning and bright! Love it!

  18. Kate says:

    Bright, colorful and fun! Congrats on a beautiful finish. I really like the small amount of teal accents that you added, it keeps it from being overwhelmingly orange.

  19. maartjequilt says:

    You are right, the white sashing makes it a beautiful top!! I lov your quilting. Gorgeous quilt! Congrats with the finish!!

  20. dezertsuz says:

    I love your Orange Crush, and I don’t even like orange all that much. =) It wouldn’t have been a mess, but would have looked like a vortex quilt, not what you were going for at all. I like the versatility of this. Your sister is so lucky! So if you were working on something I like, and I dropped by and asked you to finish it for me, would I get it? LOL

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