Sunday, January 12, 2014

Scrap Bustin’

IMG_0117I have had an urge for quite a while to get my scraps in order and under control so I decided to ‘Hop to It’ as Edyta Sitar would say.  I started by sorting through all my bins which I have organized by color and pulling out all that small stuff.  My sewing table was filled with scraps for cutting up and my drawers are now so neat and tidy. 

IMG_0118The next step was to decide what size pieces I might want to cut them into so I started with 2 !/2 “ strips and 5” squares, but there was still some smaller fabric left that seemed usable so then I was saving 1 1/2” strips.  I found too that I have been using a lot of 3” squares for HST so I starting a 3” pile.  I have them all in this one Art Bin, but I think I will be making a bin for each size strip as soon as I can get to Michael’s or Joann’s to pick more up.  I cut for hours and still have my old scrap bags to go through, in fact there is a whole drawer under the table full of plastic bags sorted by color.  I have decided to sort my scraps by size now and drop the color idea.  We’ll see how that works.

IMG_0120  Well, I couldn’t cut all day without sewing and I had been inspired by a quilt I saw on Pinterest so I figured out the sizes and started sewing strips of different sized together and cutting and ended up starting a quilt that is really going together rather quickly.  Before I knew it it was 11:00 at night and I had been there most of the day.  I had a blast!  I am making the corner squares from the 5” blocks.  I started trying to making pleasing color combos then I just went with the scrappy look and worked my way down my stack.  I spent more time figuring out the setting corners since I decided to turn it on point til I remembered that I had this handy little reference tool put together by Harriet Hargrove, Alex Anderson, Sharyn Craig, and Liz Aneloski.  The plan is to do some fun FMQ in the tan squares.  I am also thinking of doing some fun scrappy border so I don’t have a plan yet how big this will be, maybe I will finally have a quilt for my queen size bed which has been a quilting goal of mine for a few years.IMG_0121

Boy am I hoping for more rainy days of sewing to work on this!



Karen said...

You had a fun day for sure. I have scraps by color in plastic bags. And mostly use them for applique. I don't have much that could be cut into strips. The scrappy quilt you are working on will have space for some nice quilting.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

That quilt you are working on is darling!!

I am so happy that I organized my scraps and cut them up to usable sizes. I found I am much more apt to use them!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Ferne. I just love working with scraps--so many possibilities. Your bands are gorgeous.
best, nadia