Tuesday, June 9, 2020

scrappy strip quilt

The vortex quilt project was a great scrap buster.  I got 2 quilts out of that project.

But for some reason, after all the mess all over my sewing room, and working several months on those vortex quilts, I still had a huge pile of scraps!!  

They just seemed to multiply!!!

So I decided to try scrap strips instead to see if I could lesson my scrap mountain.  I put my scraps into piles strips that were about the same length.  

I had 6 or 7 piles of different lengths.  I pulled two from the first pile (let's say they were 5 inch strips), and sewed them together, then without cutting strings, I sewed 2 together from the next pile (lets say they were 7 inch strips), and on down through all the piles. 

When I had sewn 2 together from each pile, I started back at the top.  I picked one from the 5 inch pile and sewed that to the existing 5 inch strip, without cutting strings. 

I kept my nice big scissors near by, there was a lot of chopping at the machine.

This was a donation quilt.  So, I used a sheet for the back, and wrapped it around for the binding.  I was careful to start and stop my quilting just 1 time because when you're carrying the backing around to the front, you can't just go running off the edge when you're quilting.  

Do you have a good way to get rid of scraps?  I'd love to hear your ideas.


  1. I am so glad to see your posts again! I'm making some scrappy log cabin blocks and of course I still make string quilts for meditative sewing as I catch up on my youtube channels...

  2. Thanks for sharing your pretty Scrappy strip quilt I think I'll try that I've got a lot of fabrics men's shirts that'll look great for this

  3. I absolutely love this quilt! For the width of strips did you stay with 5" and 7"? What was the finished size of this quilt? I think I will make a FEW FOR QUILTS FOR KIDS! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Connie. The width of the strips is what ever that group happened to be. It may be a good idea to decide ahead of time to make them a certain width. Those rows were probably about 5" and 7". Thanks for your comment.


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