Scrapping Onward

Hey, what's next.  I've started a quilt from a pattern called Hidden Wells. A number of years ago, a guild I belonged to used this pattern for a mystery.  There are quite a few images on Pinterest and you can use different widths of strips,  but I decided to use all the same size strips. 

For several years, I've been making Bereavement Quilts for our local VA Medical Center.  These quilts are given to Veterans who will be passing away in the hospital.  The quilt is then gifted to the family afterwards.  I'm always looking for ways to make red, white, and blue quilts to use up my stash and out came the 2-1/2" strips.

My first attempt was with four 2-1/2" strips, but I found that too small of a block. I ended up using 8 2-1/2" strips and made a 16-1/2" square out of them. I layered them, sewed around the outside edge, and cut them according to instructions found on Missouri Star Quilt Company. I found this method much easier than cutting first and having to then sew your triangles back together with the bias on the edge.

It is a lot of sewing strips together but everything went together very quickly.  I made quite a dent in my red, white, and blue fabrics as well and decided to clean up that messy box.  I was able to separate the colors into a 3 drawer rolling cart.  I even found some white yardage which will come in handy for future projects.

Here is the finished top, those are big blocks!  This quilt measures 65" x 83" which is perfect for donation.

Scrappy regards,  Susan 

Scrap Journey

As with most quilters, I’ve wanted to tame my scraps for many years.  There have been times that I've thrown away smaller pieces, saved them, and given them away.  Only to come back to saving them again!  Unless a piece of fabric can be cut into a usable square or strip, then into the trash it goes!  

Over the last year or so, I have organized some rolling bins and stacking drawers to place my cut strips, and squares into and have specifically cut them to become “leader’s and ender’s”.  I learned about the "Scrap Users" system from Quiltville and I LOVE this method. She makes such pretty quilts from all those little pieces and it's inspiring.  I certainly would like to put my own twist on how to use up those scraps.  There are probably as many ways to organize your scraps as there are quilters in this world, but I am ready to share with the world how this will progress for me.

One top that I finished recently was from several orphan blocks my daughter gave me.  Several years ago, she had put together a demo for her local guild.  She pulled a free pattern from “Moda Bakeshop” called “Simply Woven

The two blocks she made during the demo hung around her quilt room for a while and she finally gave them to me.  She knew I would pull more fabrics and make enough blocks for a top.  This pattern is Jelly Roll friendly and during a clean-up episode in my quilt room, I came across the two blocks and made the remaining blocks.  I love fall colors and was able to grab quite a few 2.5” strips from my bins and then cut more from stash to make this top.  The backgrounds were also pulled from my scrap bins.  Some of the background came from the cut-offs from quilt backings after they have come off of the longarm.   

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Quilted using “Meadowlyon Flowerburst” edge-to-edge pattern using Signature thread – mustard.

Now to find something in my scraps to bind it with!

Scrappy regards, Susan.