Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lost in the Scraps

The scraps are taking over my sewing room.  And my life.  At least the quilting part of it.
I've been using Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Users System for years, and it does work, but I need to do something will all these bigger scraps.

I had this fantasy that I could trim them to useful sizes and control them.  And I did that, for some of them.  The suitcase holds 5 in. squares for charity quilts.
This box holds 5 in. squares of reproduction 1800s fabrics, sorted into lights and darks.  There are still more lights to cut.
I got a little distracted, and started making these blocks with floral 5 in. squares.  The pattern is called Flower Girl, and is a free pattern from the Moda Bakeshop.  You can find it HERE.
These are the ones with the bonus triangles, that I made into pincushions (see last week's blog).  They're piling up again.
I made 20 of these blocks this week.  Don't they make you think of spring?

But 20 blocks was not enough, even for a twin sized quilt.  Back to the scraps!
To get enough solid yellow 1.5 in. squares for the centers, I dumped out baskets and rooted around on the floor.  There is some really fun stuff in these baskets.
There, 22 more cut!  The yellow centers are not all the same, but that's not a problem.

While I was at it, I cut out some kits for our quilt group to use to make donation quilts.  Each one has a sample block already sewn.
First, this one, made with 4 patches and alternate blocks. I used novelty fabric printed with band-aids in the 4 patches and teddy bear doctor fabric for the alternate plain blocks.  This one will be crib sized.

Next, another novelty baby quilt.  This time we're making hearts, each one with a different fun fabric.  I still need to add borders to the package.

Lastly, a twin-sized quilt, made from some of those good old cottons from the 90s.
I guess the kits are my finishes this week.
How is it that I'm still knee deep in scraps?

Have a great week, and check out all the links at Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Love that Flower Girl pattern! You look super organized to me. I love your Singer machine with Aurifil thread--old meets new!

    1. Thanks, Nancy. Good thing I didn't take photos of the REST of the room!

  2. A great use for floral fabrics, and I like your kit idea. Claire aka knitnkwilt

    1. Thanks, Claire! We try to kit things up for people to sew at our monthly sew day, or for them to take home. Our group makes a lot of quilts for donation.


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