As part of moving into 2017, I wanted to make a record of what I had done in 2016...so here goes! Today is the scrappy edition!
Oh, did I ever have such a great time with scraps! I was initially inspired by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and her i may have a scrap problem posts. Now, I don't have tubs and tubs of scraps...I don't even have as much fabric as she has scraps...but I did have one little medium size tub that was full of scrunched up pieces that bothered me.
Keep in mind that I live in a house that is less than 1400 square feet right now, and although I have a room dedicated to sewing/crafting, it measures less than 10 x 10. So, my little box and I became friends...over several weeks I pulled out a few fabrics, pressed them, then cut them up into 5" squares, 2.5" strips and squares, strings (strips less than 2.5" wide) and crumbs (pieces less than 2.5" square.)
|Bin of scrap fabrics|
Wonderful! I had made progress...now instead of one medium size box of jumbled scraps, I had four shoe size boxes of scraps in various sizes. It was progress, but not as much progress as I wanted...so I started sewing...
First up was a value hst (half square triangle) lap quilt top from the warm/cool 5" squares...
|Warm/Cool hst quilt|
A bit later I started sewing together the 2.5" squares into two-patches, then four-patches, then eight-patches. I got really good at swirling the seams! I added a rectangle to each long side and then had this twin size top...
|twin scrap quilt|
Next in the scrappy sewing it was back to the 5" bin for a rainbow baby blanket...
|Rainbow baby quilt|
Then it was time for the crumbs! I'd never sewn with crumbs or strings before, it's addicting! This top is twin size...
Back to the 2.5" bin...and I emptied it! This sixteen patch quilt is a generous lap size
|sixteen patch scrap quilt|
And the final scrappy project of of 2016 took me right back to the beginning...remember those hsts? I made many more than I used in the first quilt...enough for a baby quilt!
|warm/cool hst baby quilt|
Now, these are all still in the flimsy stage...I have planned some backing for some of them, purchased some for others...so I have plenty of work to do...but this is some fantastic progress for the year! I definitely understand why some quilters work almost exclusively with scraps!
And it all started because Sarah had such a great series of ideas on her blog about scraps! Thanks for stopping by!
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