A little secret is I kind of pride myself on being able to judge fairly closely how many blocks I can get from a pile of scraps. And most of the time, I am pretty accurate. So I was quite surprised recently when my scraps that were supposed to yield me over 50 blocks only made about 36 blocks. Hhmmm....Not nearly enough for me to make the quilt I had planned!
After I cut the required fabric for my Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along from all of my 1930's scraps, I decided to cut the leftovers into strings and make a baby quilt. I was going to use the same technique I shared on the Scrap-A-Palooza string quilt. Now with fewer blocks, I knew I would have to come up with a different layout.
Then I remembered the layout for the Scrap-A-Palooza Ripple quilt I made. So I decided to combine the quilts and make a Scrap-A-Palooza mash up!
I used Kona Snow for the solid and decided to add a few Snow strings into the blocks.
I really like how it looks.
Because I only had 36 blocks, I just kept playing with the layout until I was able to use almost all of the blocks. I think with this layout using 12 blocks in the center, I had two extra blocks that went into my Orphan Block Suitcase. I will hopefully find a use for them at a later date.
I was even able to stretch a 1930's print I had with the use of a lavender solid for the backing. I love it when a bit of creative problem solving results in a sweet finish!
And as awkward as it can look, I do sew my string blocks as a leader/ender project. Working on your own leader/ender project? Don't forget to link up with A Quilting Chick this week.
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