Friday, October 7, 2016

Every Last Bit



Remember these little trimmings I just couldn't throw away?




I have been using them as a leader/ender project to make these little blocks.  I used a 2.5" pre-cut square for the center, sewed a frame around it using those trimmings and then framed the whole block using some leftover binding pieces. The only precise cutting I really had to do was to square up the block at the end.




For colors, I tried to only pull scraps that were in the blue, green, black and gray colorways. 




I used up every one of those trimmings and ended up with this sweet 42" square quilt.
I even used scraps for the binding!



I am not sure yet what to do with this quilt so I kept the quilting easy - swirls are definitely my go to pattern!  I used a medium gray for the thread.



And I was able to use some really old stash pieces for the backing!

I find it silly that I made a whole quilt just to save a few little trimmings.  But I enjoyed the process and loved that there was virtually no cutting.  

Plus, I think the little detail added by those scraps is kinda cute!





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34 comments:

Jan A. said...

I love these little pieces. You did a beautiful job saving them. I love how it framed out the squares.

Judy said...

I can totally relate to being reluctant to pitch those little pieces and I love what you did with them. How very creative. Bravo!

SandraC said...

I love what you've done with your scraps...turned them into a beautiful little quilt!

AmyScrapSpot said...

Wow! Talk about making somehting from your scraps,
You took it to a whole new level!
What a beautiful quilt!

Libby in TN said...

I had some bits left after cutting a new quilt at retreat this week and it's posts such as yours that made me bring them home with me rather than throwing in the trash. Now I know what I can do with them!

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

I love the narrow strips around the inside square

katyquilts.net said...

This is beautiful! Those tiny frames pack a big punch!

Jodi said...

great idea made a fabulous quilt!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Fantastic idea - you never sleep do you?

Barb Neiwert said...

Waste not, want not. Very true for you! I love this idea! Did you use the same fabric around the center blocks (can't tell on my computer)?

em's scrapbag said...

I love it! Great use of the precious trimmings

Clare M said...

Love it Cynthia, it is really pretty. Of course you needed to use those scraps, we all totally understand lol. Thanks for inspiring me and many others.

quiltytherapy said...

I don't think it's silly at all. You used more fabric and used some big pieces from your stash. It's an adorable quilt.

Jenny said...

Very clever recycling indeed Cynthia. I'm not that good - I'd probably throw those little pieces away!

Jen said...

What a clever idea! I love using all those pretty little bits. Your quilt turned out wonderful!

Mystic Quilter said...

I agree with others, a great idea to use all your trimmings. I'm not what I would call a modern style quilter myself, but I do like this quilt. I think the simplicity appeals to me and your swirly quilting pattern.

knitnkwilt said...

I think it lovely to make a whole quilt to use up small strips! It isn't like you went out and got new fabric to use them, but you also used scraps for the bigger parts. And the result is really attractive!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Sometimes when you get an idea, you just have to go with it! I love the colors you put together. That's what drew me to your scrappy quilting style in the first place - you are so good at putting scraps together that work!

Vicki in MN said...

It might be silly, but it was an 'oh so good silly', it's a super cute quilt! As quilters we do it because we can, LOL

Elizabeth Ant said...

Wow, this is just wonderful

Sandy said...

That turned out so cute! What a fun project. And like I tell my husband when I make something out of my stash or scraps, "It didn't cost a cent!" Good job!

Kathi Riemer said...

Boy Cynthia, you can make lovely quilts out of a little of this and a little of that.

Kate said...

A very fun and pretty quilt. It's great that you can use such little pieces as inspiration for a great scrap quilt.

Tammy Stack said...

Reminds me of a colorful card Catalogue! Remember those from the library? Very cute finish!

Vic in NH said...

Wonderful scrappy quilt, congratulations on another fine finish!

Christine Puniello said...

Love this quilt!! Colors are so nice together!

Heather J said...

So the question that comes to my mind is how many scraps as there from this quilt that need to become a new quilt? It can perpetuate itself for years I think. Especially when you do such a good job at making scrappy look good.

Jo said...

Love the idea of your scrap quilt.
It is great to get a finished project out of scraps that people throw in the rubbish

carie @ space for the butterflies said...

It looks gorgeous - it's such a pretty colour, and I love the way the whole quilt comes together :)

Sarah Goer said...

Another win! I'm pretty sure you've never made a quilt I didn't love!

Bernie Kringel said...

Cynthia, you always amaze me with both your ability to create from scrap and your use of color. Great job on this one - it is so pretty.

Jasmine said...

Awesome! I love how you look at scraps and can find such perfect ways to use them.

Sarah @ Georgia Girl Quilts said...

Great quilt - love the color combo and the quilting! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Carol Stearns said...

I love this idea! So glad I found your blog!