Friday, April 18, 2014

From a Bag of Scraps

A good friend of mine recently asked me if I would like some of her bags of scraps.  While she is wanting to use her scraps, she was feeling a bit overwhelmed with her current scrap situation.  Over the years, she has saved all of her scraps but simply tossed every thing into bags. So now she has MANY bags.  Many, many bags of scrappy goodness.

She recently dropped off one of those bags on her way to the gym.  I immediately started sorting them for storage in my scrap system and I noticed there were an awful lot of turquoise and gray strings.



Before she got home from the gym, I sent her a picture of my design wall with about 15 blocks finished.  By the end of the day, here is what my design wall looked like.

In that bag of scraps was also those fun orphan blocks (Oh my goodness!)  

I have a plan for those too!






Well, now this little quilt is all quilted and the last of the binding is hand sewn on.  I think scrappy string quilts are some of the best!


I sewed up 10" blocks so the quilt finished out at 50" x 60".










I simply quilted it with some easy swirls.  It was fun to see these fabric scraps and remember the many quilts my friend made with them.











I even had the perfect piece for the backing in my stash.  I had picked up this gray and turquoise hexagon fabric from a sale section when I was rounding out an order a few months back.





After I had sorted all the scraps, I realized some of you may be in the same boat and are not sure how to approach those bags of scraps in your sewing room.  If any of you are interested, I hope to get another bag someday and I can write about the process if some of you are interested.  
Just let me know in the comments.

Have a great weekend!


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38 comments:

Katie said...

I love scrappy quilts and am working on a scrappy string quilt as well. This looks amazing

Lauren Deel said...

I LOVE this! Great job!

Newbie Jen said...

Wow! I want friends like both of you. One to give me her scraps, and one to show me a finished top within a day of passing something along. You are both amazing! Want to be my new BFF's?

Pat said...

I LOVE how you made this quilt from her scraps! I, too, am overwhelmed by the scraps! a peek into your process would be wonderful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your scrappy string quilt!

Quiltin Jenny said...

Love seeing these string quilts - especially since I am in the middle of one myself. Yours is gorgeous!

Beth said...

Love this. Scraps are always greener on the other side of the fence! At least that is how I feel about mine and then I see someone else s and think I wish I had their scraps! Great quilt.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Love this! And that backing is perfect for it!

PeggyinNO said...

Great colors! Has that "controlled" scrappy look! And you finished FAST!! Lovely finish!!

Karen Rowland said...

Love your string quilt. I have one in the works too. I'm not as fast at making my blocks though.

Cathy said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see what you do with the orphan blocks...

Linda said...

Love the quilt and I would love to see your process. I am all about scraps.

Alycia said...

1. I don't think you ever sleep.
2. just come visit me, and show me how you organize your scraps. I will take photos for you and you can blog it.

Deal? Deal!

Mary Huey said...

nicely done!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is so fun! Do you have or recommend a tutorial for string blocks?

Anita said...

Love your scrap bag quilt! Great color combo!

Dona said...

Wow!! I love it. I just donated a string quilt last week, one of my favorites. Love the colors you have.

Kristyn McCoy said...

Love the string quilts! I am teaching a learn to quilt class with this string pattern. Going well for the ladies who have never sewn on a machine before.
I love the colours you have used.

Love Of Quilts said...

Love it!

SewPsyched! said...

Oh my goodness! Love it! I would definitely be interested in learning more about how you use scraps. Starting my first scrap project following your scrapapalooza series. Woohoo!!

Clare Moore said...

Fabulous colours and gorgeous quilt. Love the whole process. I know what you mean about scraps...I have spent the past couple of weeks trying to sort mine into sizes...am loving the walk down memory lane.

Chris Matsche said...

Great scrap quilt. I would love to know your process. Someone else's scraps are always so much fun to go through.

jeifner said...

It looks wonderful. Nice color combination you were gifted! Those strings really show it off. Now what are you going to do with the orphan blocks? :)

LynneP said...

What wonderful scrappy goodness!

LA Paylor said...

It just sparkles! I enjoyed your scrap system post too. Thanks for always being a good read!
LeeAnna Paylor Not Afraid of Color! lapaylor.blogspot.com

Christine Feldstein said...

Very beautiful! I found your blog through the linky party. Greetings from Greece!

Emily Breclaw said...

Gorgeous quilt! Wish you could come to my house and whip up something that lovely from my overflowing bin! And I really appreciated the link to your scrap organization post. You've inspired me to turn my one tub of mess into something organized by color. The size organizing method has never worked for me either. Thanks for the great posts, and for linking to the FW fabric studio party :-)

Lea said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love scrappy quilts and string quilts.

Paula@TheSassyQuilter said...

This is amazing! Love the palette and the quilting works perfectly. You are pumping these out....go Cyndy go!

Mary said...

perfect! I love this design!

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

It's lovely and you're so FAST!! It would take me weeks to get that far. :)

Lynn said...

I would love to see how you choose the colors. Your choices are fabulous. You make light play over the quilt with your fabric choices. Thanks for the offer.
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Barb said...

What nice Scrappy friends you have! I love those colors, and I do remember say you were getting low on your scraps....I want to do a string quilt one of these days...

Fort Worth Fabric Studio said...

Okay, can you come to my house and do that for me? lol! Seriously, you are one amazing quilter! :) Love how it turned out! I adore string quilts, and really love the color combo on this one!

Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
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Jess and Steve said...

I made a baby quilt of triangles in turquoise and grey. Such a great combination. I love your version...so striking!

knitnkwilt said...

I always like to hear how others deal with their scraps; helps me tweak my system.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

every now and then I try to tackle my scraps - I too save almost all of mine, I have boxes and a huge basket full - the boxes are full of I cut to make my own pre-cuts by sizes so I will use them, I also have a box of 2.5 inch strips - the wicker basket is not organized and I really need to get to that one one day.

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Looks like those scraps just needed a fresh set of eye :) Lovely quilt!