Oh, the scraps
If you've been following me for a while you know that when I make a quilt I have to deal with the scraps. By "deal with", I do not mean "throw in the trash". That would be a horrible waste of good resources and free projects. By "deal with", I mean USE. That's even doubly required for the Indonesian Batik scraps because they were even more expensive than the hand dyed fabric that I sell. I'm not throwing away good money.
Back in April when I cut out the quilt I cut the scraps into as many 2.5" strips as possible and then matched each of the 10 fabrics up with a hand dyed green from my stash. I set it aside until this past weekend. With the big quilt top done it was time to start dealing with the scraps. I was pretty sure that I have enough fabric for a veteran's quilt top so I wanted an easy project. Let the fabrics do all the work!
My first idea was to make blocks like this. This one would finish to 5.5"
There are dozens of ideas to use a block like that but I was considering this. Thankfully I made the test block first and determined that it would be just too much trouble with a lot of trimming and a lot of waste.
I went back to EQ and after a few ideas I settled on these blocks. They finish to 6" which is perfect for a veteran's quilt (48 x 60).
The layout will look something like this but totally scrappy. It will sew together very quickly with string piecing.
I got the whole thing cut out in one evening so I'm ready to go when I get in a piecing mood.
Here's what's left and they will probably get sewn into crumb blocks for placemats or something. For sure, they will not be thrown in the trash.
11/21/2018 12:52:19 pm
Such gorgeous fabrics. How could anyone ever throw out the scraps! Your quilt will be stunning and appreciated by one of our heroes (heroines).
11/21/2018 01:56:44 pm
Those blocks look like the ones I'm making - super easy and the perfect size - ;))
11/21/2018 04:18:23 pm
I love using the scraps. But then I often cut up my "good" fabric into scraps just to play with. The fact is that I find a scrappy quilt a lot more to my liking.
11/21/2018 06:27:41 pm
It's always fun to see what you do with your scraps - and to think about how close you come to what I consider what true quilting should be....the use of scraps as our grandmothers once did.
11/22/2018 08:58:38 am
that is what i call the 'sew preeti' block. it is where i first saw it. i just made a quilt like that....but my blocks are cut randomly and not all the same like yours. i have cut 2 more tops with that same block and they are waiting to be pieced. it does sew together very quickly and is fun to do.
11/26/2018 08:11:53 am
I agree that those fabrics are too pretty to waste! I assume when you make the blocks for the quilt that you will pair the prints all with the same color to get some consistency.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.