Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scrap Blocks

What do you do with all those scraps?  Are you spending just as much time organizing and re-organizing your scraps as you do with the new fabric the mail man brings you?    Do you spend just as much time searching on-line for ways to use your scraps as you do looking for new quilts to make?

I have the perfect solution for you.  Make a quilt with your scraps, by making a block each time you make a quilt.

Here's how:
Upon finishing a quilt top, add a final step.  Make a block or two with the scraps you've accumulated for that quilt.  Just start sewing them together.  No rhyme or reason, don't stress over it, just sew, press and trim, sew, press and trim till it all fits together.  Go for a 13 or 14 inch block.

You can even add that last triangle that you have left after cutting your bias binding as shown in the 2 blocks above.  If you choose to do that, make 2 blocks with your scraps, cut them in 1/2 diagonally, then add your triangular bias scrap.

If you follow this procedure, making a block or two after each quilt, pretty soon, you have enough for a  quilt top.  You can either square them up all the same size and sew them together, for a truly scrappy look,  or you can put a little order to them.  

 Kona Stone (shown here) or Kona White are good neutral colors for sashing.

The easiest method is to use the Log Cabin process with 2 1/2 inch strips of your sashing fabric.  

Sew your blocks together to finish your quilt top.

It's much faster to take a few minutes at the end of each quilt top you make to sew up a block with your scraps then it is to start from "scrap scratch".

UPDATE:  This quilt top is finished.  To see it, go here.

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