We’d like to welcome Candi Weinrick (@candiweinrick) of Raccoon Creek Quilts to the blog today.  Candi is an amazing quilter, an officer in the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild, and today’s designer for our Shades of Grey Scrap Bag Challenge!  We first met Candi when she was helping out Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts in her Quilt Market booth in Salt Lake City and were immediately drawn to her fun and infectious spirit.  We hope you’ll visit Candi’s blog and get to know her, too!

Let’s see what Candi did with her scrap bag …

Im a lover of traditional blocks with modern fabrics. The fabrics from Daisy Janie are a perfect modern fabric to go with a simple block which I felt would show off the prints to their best advantage. And Hello – I love grey fabric! I chose not to add any fabrics because I really wanted to hold myself to what was given to me (exception being backing and binding). I opted to make a wall hanging because one of the solid fabrics is this fabulous {what I like to call} martini olive green and my sewing room is that same color. I have the perfect spot to hang it!

I decided to sew the fabrics into 9 patches and make value play an important role in each block. I normally dont hold myself to following the rules of value or negative space. The way I decided to twist it up was to go with a 3 in, 6in and 9in layout. Meaning the largest block would be 9in sq and all other blocks had to be divisible by 3. I ended up making 10 – 3in blocks, 5 – 6in blocks and 2 – 9in blocks. Since I had limited fabric I sewed the two 9in blocks first. I also only had a small amount of the solid red so I knew I had use that in the 3in blocks. I had lots of 1.5″ squares floating around the sewing room.

The wall hanging is 18 inches wide by 24 inches long {18 and 24 both being divisible by 3}.

Deciding how to quilt the hanging was probably the hardest part. I really wanted to do free-motion but I’m horrible at it so I opted to do some straight line quilting. I didnt want it to be heavily quilted. I used blue painters tape to put my first line down across the corner and then used a 4″ ruler to make sure my lines would be evenly spaced. After the quilting was finished I attached the binding by machine.

Now I just need to properly hang my new quilt.