I use and talk about scraps all the time. But the little treasures that don't get mentioned much are the extra or orphan blocks that are leftover when I finish a project. There are a number of quilters who believe these have no value and just clutter up a sewing room. Some even toss them....Gasp!
I think they are little gems and I save them to use in future projects.
I even have a special box (okay, a Mickey Mouse suitcase) that I store all of mine in. I keep any and all pieced blocks (even test blocks or blocks I made that did not come out to the correct size).
I keep HSTs, 4 patches and QSTs in their own separate plastic bags so they are easy to find. The rest of the blocks I just store flat within the case.
Then, when I need to make a quick gift, I can look through these treasures, pull some blocks and voila...the project is already half finished!
Such was the case in this table topper I just finished. These were some triangles left over from a Ballerina quilt (Jaybird Designs). I simply sewed them up, added some borders and in less than an hour, it was ready to quilt.
And a few more past projects from orphan blocks...
Turning leftover blocks into potholders are a great idea for holiday or hostess gifts. Orphan blocks are also a great starting point for snack mats and bags.
And I still enjoy every day the orphan block sampler I made from a number of leftover blocks.
So don't give up on those leftover pieced blocks. Just like those bits of scrap fabric, you can work them into great projects too.
Now it is time to share what you have been making with your scraps. Here are the details for linking up your projects:
- This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
- You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
- If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
- If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
- This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
- Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do!
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