Here it is - the second part to our scrappy sew along! I was so pleased to see everyone's comments regarding the first post on my scrap series - I really appreciated all the support! I know a few of you are sewing along and I cannot wait to see what fun quilts you come up with!
***Before I get too far along, I must apologize for the lack of photos on some of these steps. When I do find time in my sewing room, I am usually sewing on two or more projects at a time. I was sure I took lots of photos as I was sewing but when I sat down to write the post, it appears I only thought I took them! (sigh) Please have patience with me as I get my rhythm down on this series. I am going to try a different approach on next month's project!***
Last week in Part One, we got everyone choosing fabrics and determining cut sizes. Because I think sewing up your scraps should be painless and enjoyable, we will keep this week's activities simple too.
You will need to clear off your design wall (or floor) to do a bit of planning for this week's assignment. Once you find some time, loosely start laying out your scraps in bars.
Remember there will be sashing between the rows so don't worry too much about the same fabric being above or below.
Remember, to overlap the pieces by 1/2" to account for the seam allowance.
(Or for those who like quilt math, just count the number of pieces in your row and divide by 2. This will also give you how much shrinkage in inches there will be due to to seam allowances. I prefer this to overlapping.)
Once you get all the blocks up on the wall, step back and check that the lights, darks and what I call "eye catchers" are spread throughout the quilt. You might also realize at this point that you need to cut a few more pieces to get to the size quilt you want.
I find I am most successful if I do this step quickly and try not to over think it. I simply mix up colors and block sizes as I go.
Note: If you "named your quilt" and pulled fabrics accordingly, you should find laying out the top will be quick and easy as your scraps will all work together.
Last week, I mentioned I wanted to try to work in some strip piecing that was left over from a previous quilt. On this quilt I grouped them all together in one row (the bottom row in this picture.)
Grouping them creates an area of interest among all the randomness. Sometimes I will insert whole orphan blocks into quilts like this.
Unfortunately, this detail doesn't show up much with these fabrics but it is still a great way to use up all those pieces floating around your sewing room.
Once you have everything placed as you want it, you can pull the pieces down off the wall. On each row, I grab the left most piece and safety pin a beautiful row marker (...made from a bit of fabric from the trash and a marker of some kind.) I then pull the entire row off in order from left to right. (To keep the row organized, I use the safety pin to pin the entire row together.)
Your rows are now ready to be sewn together. I love this piecing pattern because it can be sewn in between another project's blocks as a leader/ender. Just work on one row at a time to minimize confusion. Keep the pile of blocks next to your machine and the row marker always pinned to that first block (this is why I use a safety pin). As you sew each piece onto the strip, you know it is placed at the end furthest from the row marker. I just continuously work these through as I sew up blocks for another quilt. (You can go back and press the strip once you have it all sewn together.)
We will talk more about sewing up the strips and the rest of the top next time but feel free to start sewing up your rows now if you have the time this week.
I think you will find you'll have a scrappy quilt top sewn together in no time at all!
Here's an overview of the important stuff to do before the next step!
- Find time on your design wall
- Layout the rows to the desired quilt size
- Pull off blocks by each row from left to right keeping rows organized with a row marker
- Start piecing rows together (I use these as leader/enders while I sew other quilt blocks)
I always enjoy starting to see a scrap quilt come to life. Hopefully you are starting to enjoy what you are creating from your scraps. You will find each quilt using this same pattern will look very different, depending on the type and color of fabrics used. If you are sewing along, feel free to grab the button in the sidebar to share with your readers what you are up to. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
Now let's get back to the Party!