Monday, 8 May 2017

Scraps plus a Finish

I'm still playing trying to use as many of my strings as I can. Up first is my finish for the Hands2Help  quilt, you can read more about it here. I went with wavy line quilting kinda. You would think that someone who can do free motion quilting would be able to make wavy lines. Seems like an easy enough thing to do, but getting the lines to flow and wave took a lot more effort than I thought.


back shows the kinda sorta wavy line quilting
I pieced the back as I didn't quite have enough of the fabric I choose for the backing.

scrappy flange binding
Keeping with the scrap theme I used leftover flange bindings. I keep all my leftover bindings in a plastic container that was overflowing.

ready for a child to snuggle in, this quilt is going to Ronald MacDonald house

They were a lot of strings left even after making the string quilt. Now what to do with them? I grabbed a few 1 1/2'' odds and ends and sewed them together in pairs. Trimmed them to 5 1/2'' just because they were the shortest size pieces. I then added a 1 1/2'' by 5 1/2'' white piece between two strip sets. The blocks are 5 1/2'' square. I threw some of them up on my design wall. 

one possible layout

Then I moved on to the bits and pieces of the 2 1/2'' strips and cut them into 2 1/2'' squares. I am making these into 16 patch blocks using them as leader and enders. 

16 patch blocks

There you have my scrap story. Are my strings all gone. NO!!! I don't believe they will ever be all gone but they are more manageable now.





13 comments :

Tish Stemple said...

You sure are moving right through those scraps :) I think manageable equals a huge win. Plus you are creating some great charity quilts.

Barb Neiwert said...

Don't you know this secret? Scraps reproduce at night while we're fast asleep! True story. No matter how fast you sew them up, there will always be more....

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Scraps and string never seem to be all gone, but congratulations on making them more manageable!

Magpie Sue said...

Well done! I don't think any quilter will ever use up her scrap stash. You've got a couple of starts for new quilts out of your leftover strings; keep up the good work!

Louise said...

Your H2H quilt is lovely! I love the scrappy flange binding.

Marsha Hodgkins said...

I love the scrappy quilt. It's so fun to look at all the fabric in the quilt. I think there's an unspoken rule that scraps can never be all gone. Try to make a quilt without having any scraps left over!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Good Morning! I love, love, LOVE the scrappy 16-patch block. All your strings are gone?!! I could send you a few. HAHA
Roseanne

Sandra Walker said...

Great ideas to help control the chaos! That is my strings life in a word, ha, maybe my real life these days too to a large part! I really like the rail fence one with the white strip in the middle, and then that is genius cutting leftover (which I ahem seeming to be getting along the way of my strings quilt) into 2.5" squares. Love the scrappy flanged binding too!

Susan said...

Congrats on all the scrap finishes and for using everything up! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your 'string' quilt is lovely and will be treasured I'm sure. Great ways to use up the fabric, I like the way you've added in the white strips to this.

Karen said...

String quilts are alway beautiful.

Heide said...

beautiful string quilt!

Sarah Craig said...

I love your string quilt! I too use my binding scraps as strings when the leftover bin is overflowing - so convenient when they are all the same width!