Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Some Scrap Busting








Every once in a while, I find myself with a large amount of scraps in a specific colors.  The fastest and easiest way of busting these scraps that I have found is to sew up a single color string quilt.





One of the great things about these monochromatic quilts is you can really hide some really old scraps!









To make the sewing as mindless as possible, I do sew the strips onto a fabric foundation.  I can then just sew on the strips using the Leaders/Enders method as I work on other projects.











And before you know it, the scrap bin is empty and you have yourself a twin size quilt!





I even had a backing on hand that worked perfectly.











So this makes finish number six so far for 2014!  I had included this quilt as part of my goals for both the 2014 Finish-A-Long with Katie over at The Littlest Thistle and the 2014 UFO and NewFO project over at Joanie's Trendy Quilts.  Let the finishing trend continue!

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I will be sharing this with the following linky parties. Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Really Random Thursday at Live A Colorful Life, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and WIP Wednesday with Freshly Pieced.  Be sure and check out these blogs for even more quilty inspiration.
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27 comments:

Beth said...

i have not thought about using a string quilt as a leader and ender project. I may have to pull that out. I have on my list and the tissue paper cut for a low volume or better know as lights that I want to start! The blue is very pretty!

thebutterflyquilter said...

You are on a roll!! Six done! Love this blue string!!

Nicki said...

love the blues

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Turned out great!

sharpie (sarah @ {no} hats) said...

Beautiful!! And I totally agree about hiding old fabrics - color play is everything!

OPQuilt said...

What a terrific idea to use strings as leaders-enders! And an even lovelier idea to gather them together by color to yield a quilt. I love how yours turned out, and think you've given a lot of us a great idea for a challenging problem in the sewing room. Many thanks!

Elizabeth E.
opquilt.com

wombatquilts.com said...

Scrap-fabulous.

Mary R. said...

I love string quilts and this monochromatic one is beautiful!

Alycia said...

Goodness - you are on a roll!! That is a beauty!

Lorna McMahon said...

Blues are my favourite! And I love the little pops of colour added in here and there. You are sew right. That backing fabric is perfect! Nice!!!

Valerie Reynolds said...

Number 6! Way to go! Awesome finish! I love it! Sorry for all the !!!! But..really...you are amazing!

Seams Sew Together said...

Great way to use up your scraps, I must give this a go. Well done!

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Love the strippy scrappy blue! I never thought of using leaders and enders with stippy quilts. Fabric for the backing is perfect with the quilt. Just lovely! And a huge congrats for finishing 6 quilts thus far in 2014!! Your are on a roll!

Hilary Florence said...

It may be out of the scrap bin but it still looks great!

Char said...

Beautiful quilt Cynthia! You know I love strings.

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful! I love string quilts, I think they are such a great use of scraps and yours is simply stunning!

Michele said...

Really great and a fantastic use of all those scraps.

Julie Hirt - 627handworks said...

This is so great. When you say you sew the strips onto a foundation, is that kind of like the quilt as you go method without the batting?

dq said...

Congratulations on your finish!

Dar said...

Love your blue string quilt. I finished my really scrappy string quilt too using the Leader/Ender trick. I'm working on another one right now, but it's a little bit more planned than I usually make. I see some familiar fabrics in those blues of yours. My scraps don't seem to disappear though after making one. Sometimes there are more string everywhere!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

My goodness! You're a speed demon! I better get in gear!

Love strings and love blue! This one has win all over it. :)

Joanne said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the blue strings.

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

funny you mention that- I just did a log cabin in blues and greens for that same reason. Strips and strings can really be sewn up so easily. Beautiful quilt!

Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Elizabeth said...

Wow! You are really on a roll with the finishing! I love all of the many blues in this pretty string quilt! Congrats on another awesome finish and thanks for linking up!

xo -E

Anita said...

A perfect string quilt! I adore those blues.

Katy Cameron said...

Congrats, and good luck :o)

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

love the scrappy blues!

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