Good Folks Scrappy

Good Folks Strip Hanging

It’s amazing what you can make with scraps, isn’t it? I received a fat quarter set of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line for my birthday. Two birthday’s ago. And although I still haven’t made the quilt I originally planned with the fabric, I have cut out the pieces. And I had a lot of scraps left over. I really, really, really love this fabric and there was no way I was going to let the scraps go to waste.

Good Folks Strip

I am finding it hard to take photos of finished quilts lately. There is snow everywhere! And it seems we don’t have much daylight this time of year, so my husband isn’t around during the light hours to hold the quilts for me. So today I decided to drive to the Morton Arboretum to take photos with the camera balanced on top of the car. It actually worked (somewhat!)

Back to the quilt though! I pieced together all my left over strips. This small quilt measures 39″ x 43″. I quilted straight lines vertically down it, 1/4″ on each side of the seams. It has a bit of loft to it and just looks so soft.

Good Folks Strip Back

The back is a wider piece of fabric from the same line, with Kona artichoke on top and Kona espresso on the bottom. The binding is also Kona espresso. Even though the color always photographs looking black, I just love the deep brown in real life and find myself using it often.

Good Folks Strip Birch

Next I am going to be finishing up an Echino quilt I started last summer. The blocks are finished and I plan on sewing the top together today!

ETA: Interested in this quilt? It will be auctioned off by the Katy Kidney Beans sometime in March to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation. I will post a blog post with the details when I know more.



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    January 25, 2011

    Simple, yet highly effective. Like it a lot

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    January 25, 2011

    Great quilt and the photos look great. I usually end of driving around to find a fence or gate to clip to (I’ve had good luck at the arboretum here in MN). I usually take clothes pins & two sizes of my husbands shop clamps hoping something will work!

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      January 25, 2011

      Yes! I brought clothesline and 2 clothespins, but I couldn’t find anywhere to set up shop next to the car (I had my kids with me so I couldn’t wander off). I was also scared the “Arboretum Police” would yell at me if I attached anything to a tree. LOL

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    January 25, 2011

    I am really appreciating the espresso on the back too. Deep rich colors for this quilt–turned out awesome!

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    Cathy A

    January 25, 2011

    Lovely! I started a quilt with a fat quarter set of Good Folks that was purchased nearly years ago, too. And haven’t finished yet. I love those fabrics!

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    January 25, 2011

    this is so pretty! what a great way to use up some scraps. 🙂

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    January 25, 2011

    This is a really wonderful quilt. Gives me an idea of what to do with my AMH flannel.

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    January 25, 2011

    Gorgeous. I like the colours of the fabrics you used. I also really like the pieced back and the black binding. The black makes it pop!

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    Dana - Old Red Barn Co.

    January 25, 2011


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    January 25, 2011

    Awesome! Thanks for the link on FB, by the way!

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    January 25, 2011

    well done on taking pictures in difficult conditions and for such a lovely quilt. I think it is just perfect, the pattern suits the fabric perfectly.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    January 25, 2011

    Your photos turned out great, and the quilt – LOVE! Very inspiring actually. I need to get out my Good Folks again. And, thanks for the tip on Espresso.

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    Katie B

    January 26, 2011

    This is beautiful. I love this fabric too. I’m working on a quilt using Red Letter Day, and I have tons of scraps left over. I might do something like this for the back. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    January 26, 2011

    Really so perfectly pretty! Love the way this turned out!

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    January 26, 2011

    I love this quilt! I spotted it on your blog back in November when you were working on it, and promptly purchased some AMH Good Folks as a consequence! Such a vibrant and happy quilt. Your photos are great. I reckon snow is just the most wonderful backdrop for a quilt. Probably because I don’t see much of it Australia. Hot here today, pushing 100 degrees F, so your snow looks great to me!

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    January 27, 2011

    I love, love, love this quilt. I have a pile of Echino scraps that I have been hording, and I think that now I’ve finally found a way to use them up – thanks!

    And, off topic, I also love, love, love the brown boots that you’re wearing in that first picture. What are they? It is unseasonably (and unreasonably!) snowy in Seattle this year, but I think a new pair of boots might make me feel better about the weather…

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      January 28, 2011

      Thanks Sofi! The boots are Timberland. I got them last year and they are awesome! They slip on and are really comfortable. Have you looked at Sorel boots? I have 2 pairs of those as well and they are also really good in the snow.

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    Susan K from Canada

    January 31, 2011

    WOW – I used this fabric (Good Folks) to make my daughter a quilt (MOD SQUARED by Aardvark Quilts) and I love the finished quilt. I love how you used this same fabric – I am going to make your quilt with another fabric yet to be found – thanks for the inspiration.

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    February 8, 2011

    I just clicked your link to the Katy Kidney Beans. I live in Katy, Texas. How did you get involved with that organization?

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      February 8, 2011

      How cool Jennifer! One of the group founders (Emma) is a friend of mine. We met when we were both pregnant with our now 4 year olds. Her second son was born with a kidney issue and had one of his removed when he was about 6 months old. They are raising money and I just wanted to help. 🙂

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    February 9, 2011

    This is my favorite fabric line ever. I love it just as much as FMF. I have been quilting exactly as long as this line came out. It was this line that made me want to make something awesome. I love what you did! Unfortunately for me I love it so much i have yet to find the perfect quilt in my head to use it! Crazy I know.

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    March 17, 2011

    Beautiful quilt! So colorful and happy!
    And what great pictures! I can’t believe you took them all by yourself with lots of creative improvisations, congratulations

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    June 15, 2011

    Love Love Love it! So colorful!! Did you use uniform strip widths? Hope you make some more of these…

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      June 15, 2011

      Thank you! They are varying widths.

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    June 20, 2011

    Just ordered a copy of your new book. I can’t wait till it arrives…it’ll be just like Christmas all over again! I really like the way you put color and pattern together–you do have a gift for this. I hope you continue to create new quilts.

    “Your Fan in Toledo”

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    June 26, 2011

    Is there a way of getting the pattern for this quilt. I do a lot of scrap quilts, luv to have this one.

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      June 26, 2011

      Jeannette – I don’t have a pattern for this one, but all I did was take random width strips of fabric and sew them together in rows and columns until I ran out of fabric. 🙂

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        jeannette Pickels

        July 8, 2011

        Thanks, I think I might be able to make this one. I can use 21/2 and 51/2 strips across and the lenght is whenever I think is long enough.
        Thansk so much Jeannette

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    judy lenzin

    July 31, 2011

    This is a wonderfully refreshing quilt! Pure-joy feel-free look and very cozy. I’ve been enjoying the blog so much. Mine is… See you there? Cheers, Judy

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    judy lenzin

    July 31, 2011

    P.s. I love all the backs of your quilts too! J…

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    August 15, 2011

    Beautiful! Would you begin in the middle and work outwards switching from one side to the next?

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    September 16, 2011

    I still regret not outbidding Kate on this. LOVE it.

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    February 9, 2012

    Hi, love the quilt and also the photos taken in the snow. The bark of the tree in the last photo looks very interesting, has someone cut off bark for a project? The shades of grey are an inspiration for some patchwork!

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    Bambi Jayne

    February 15, 2012

    I love this quilt-super cute. You are so talented!

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    August 30, 2012

    For every quilt I make as a gift, I keep one or two 3″ strips from each fabric or at least my favorite fabrics in the quilt (I plan this in to my total yardage ahead of time). I also group them by style (eg. batik, moderns, etc.). When I have enough strips I make a quilt for myself – so when I look at it – I have lots of memories of all the quilts I made and the friends I made them for. It’s like I keep a piece of the quilt for myself and it makes me happy to look at it.

    Love your backing on this quilt!! Thank you for sharing!

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    September 24, 2012

    I felt a jolt of energy when I looked at your quilt. I love all the colors and patterns, especially the roundy ones. In my opinion, the whiteness of the snow as backdrop makes the colors jump out and gives your quilt even more of an edge! (:

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    Kathleen Stept

    November 30, 2012

    Just discovered your wonderful blog. I had to comment on this quilt, it is so beautiful!