This was the second quilt I ever made. I made it using all of the leftover pieces of background fabric from my first quilt. I think of the leftover fabric as the remainder (R). The 1 signifies both that the pieces were left over from my first quilt, and that they were enough for one quilt. Thus, I named this quilt Remainder of 1, or R1.
All of the pieces that I had were already cut into squares and rectangles. I figured out what the biggest possible quilt was that I could get out of the pieces on hand, and then I started sewing them into partial rows. When I laid them out, I tried to stagger the seams and not end up with too many of the same shape stacked vertically. It was a little bit challenging, but I really like the effect it created.
I quilted it with an all over stipple in cream thread. When I'm wrapped in the quilt, it's relaxing to let my eyes follow the patterns of the meandering thread. The simplicity of the stipple is a good match for the low volume fabrics. It also provides a wonderful crinkly texture.
The quilt finishes at 56 by 68 inches. It's a bit small for cuddling up on the couch, but it's perfect for car rides and summer evenings.
This quilt deviates pretty far from what normally catches my eye. I consistently go for bright, bold, happy colors. This doesn't fit that bill, but I love it just the same. I don't know what it is about this quilt. The neutral fabrics somehow feel quiet and calm to me; I would even say that it feels restful. I didn't expect it, but this quilt has turned out to be one of my favorite quilts that I have made.