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Monday, December 17, 2012

Scraps, glorious scraps!

"Suddenly she whirled from the window and stood before the glass. her eyes were shining brilliantly, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds."
- O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi"

There are two basic rules about scraps: (1) The more you use, the more you have, and (2) Other people's scraps are more interesting than your own!

At guild meeting Saturday Rosa gave me a humongous bag of scraps - I was scrap happy!  I couldn't wait to dig into the bag, there's some wonderful stuff in there! Isn't that the cutest little toady-frog? 

I had some paper foundations that I keep in a folder, I can always use those shapes.  Actually this is a modified flying goose (geese?) that I manipulated in EQ by moving the peak over to the left and right, to make the top flat.  This makes the perfect roof top for a tiny house!

I pieced a 4" rooftop, scrap, then I cut another piece roughly 4 x 6 to make the body of the house.  Does the measurement have to be exactly exact?  Nope, we're only doodling!

To make a door for my little masterpiece, I cut off a 1-1/2 x 6" slice, then cut the bottom part just slightly off center to insert a door.

It can be left or right of center, or even IN the center, doesn't matter - here a doodle, there a doodle!

To make the door, cut a 1-1/2 x 3" or so piece of contrasting fabric.  Insert it between the two bottom pieces, reattach that 1-1/2 x 6" strip you sliced off.  Before attaching the body to the roof  I trimmed only the bottom of the roof unit, NOT the sides. 

Then attach the roof to the house, trim around all sides, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Voila, houses!

These little houses can be used as a border treatment... or I can add a piece of background at the TOP, and/or make the house part taller to make them different heights.  Who knows where we'll go from here... I just know I love playing with scraps!

That's it for now, I plan to stay in today and sew sew sew!  I have a challenge I'm working on for my guild and Christmas gifts for my bee.  Have a great Monday - sew forth and sew on!


  1. I need to go through my bins and re-organize my scraps. I had a system set up, but it's not working well. Need to re-think it.

  2. I love your idea for the house roof, I don't have EQ but could easily do the same thing, also think it would make a great border design

  3. I go totally dancing giggly when someone hands me a bag of their scraps. I have several that were given me by members at our guild X-mas party - I am resisting looking at them til after Christmas (or I won't stop).

  4. How abut show the pile of scraps? I know I wpuld enjoy it.

  5. I love scraps quilts and yes,I`d love to see your pile of scraps.Merry Christmas!!

  6. How true! One quilter's scraps is another quilter's quilt!

  7. LOL.. I so agree, another person's scraps are a joy to me also.


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