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Thursday, March 28, 2013

scrap happy again

Three things to be happy about:
(1) silent wishes
(2) the art of reading faces
(3) varying an old recipe

Have you ever clicked on the BlogHer  links on blogs that have ads?  You can find some interesting blogs that you might not otherwise get a chance to see.  Or how about this one:  try exploring with the "Next Blog" button at the top of different blogs!  I did that once and went to a quilting blog, then from there to another quilting blog, then that one sent me to an art blog(??!) then something relating to symphony music - hmmm...  It's almost like Forrest Gump's box-a-chocklits, you never know what you're gonna geyet.  I give you no guarantees y'all!

I'm still having fun playing with all my scraps!  I have an abundance that I'm playing with... scraps from Rosa and Charlene and Deb and Pat - I'm just plain ole scrap happy!

I've been using two methods for piecing them together: I sew scraps to a strip of fabric until I get a pretty good chunk, then I cut them into squares - or I set them aside as large pieces.  The other method is piecing as described by Victoria Findlay Wolfe in her book 15 Minutes of Play  whereby you sew scraps onto a central piece in a log cabin-like arrangement. 
pieced two-by-two
Both methods work beautifully; the second method is useful if you're working with odd-shaped pieces.

For a change I thought I'd make a few square-in-a-square blocks, just to see where it took me...

I immediately thought "star!"  Here's my test block:

I made the square in a square center block 6-1/2", then cut the side pieces at 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" to get a 12-1/2" star.  I also used scrap yardage for the star points... I'm making those points larger next time!  They're really cute on that star, but the scrap yardage I cut them from was something like 3", cut diagonally across.

Finished star...
see how small those points look?  I think bigger will be better in this case!  I'll cut the point pieces at 4-1/2" and cut them diagonally... make it worthwhile to fool with. 

The center was made larger than the outside strips on purpose, you know me... Miss Do-Your-Own-Thing!  And here's a tip... notice in the diamond above how the two outside edges are the same pink fabric?  If you have a really large scrap and you don't want that particular fabric to be all in the same place, just split it and sew a smaller piece in the middle of it.  Make sense?

That's it for now, enjoy your Thursday - the last one in March!  Time flies whether you're having fun or not, sew forth and sew on...


  1. How fun... I ma going to take your idea of sewing scraps into a strip, but change it to "my way" and just use the scraps and make a strip of them.
    And I have cut a larger scrap to "split it up" just like you did with the pink- what do they say "great minds ..."

  2. I love "made" fabric and do it all the time. My current goal is to take all the scraps from whatever I've just finished, and sew them into made fabric, making blocks or "blobs" along the way and when all the scraps have been sewn.....I have a new quilt in process. Gotta love that!!

  3. Your scrap play is tempting today - cold, rainy, sleety - an indoor day. But I have three swaps for April and maybe I will get to one of those today.

  4. I'm rebuilding my scrap stash. I'm hoping to have some awesome ones. LOL!I love "made" fabric.


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