I often get asked where I find the inspiration for my scrap quilts. There are times I see something out on the internet that I want to try, but most of the time, the scraps littered around my sewing room are what drives my next project.
As I was tidying up this morning, I re-discovered a bunch of navy solid strips I had incorrectly cut for a past project. Rather than toss them into a scrap bin where I knew they would get all frayed, I decided just to start a new scrap quilt.
The solid strips were mostly cut at 1.5" wide. Digging in my blue color bin (which is overflowing), I saw that there were a number of 2.5" strips. So I decided to chop up the prints into pieces that are 9.5" long. Why 9.5"? It was the width of the square ruler I was using and it also was a good size for the chunks scraps I had.
Trying to use the cut sizes you already have gives you the best yield on your scraps and reduces the amount of cutting for the quilt. Always look at what you have and come up with a way to use them as they are cut. :)
I did not bother to cut up the navy strips to length. Instead, I just chained pieced the prints right onto the long strip. I trimmed them to size after they were sewn and pressed.
Now I have a bunch of these pretty blue strips to play with. I did find some other solids in my scrap bin that were close to the navy color. I just added those into the mix too. I think it just enhances the charm of a scrap quilt.
Hopefully next week I will be able to share with you some layout ideas
So far this project is moving along quickly!