Sunday, April 14, 2019

Oh Scrap! : How Many Quilts?

A friend of mine recently moved and I helped her pack up her sewing room.  And if you want to get a good read on exactly how much fabric you have, spend time packing it up!

After spending an afternoon putting yardage pieces into many boxes, I laughingly told her all future fabric purchases had to get approval from me first!  :)


But one of the things that happens when you move your fabric, is you identify fabrics that you will probably never use.  So I took home this tub of Australian fabrics left over from an older project she made.  My plan was to run it through my fabric cutter and use up the fabric.

Once I got it home, I began thinking exactly how many quilts I could make out of these leftovers.
Could I get more than one?  Maybe even two?  I accepted the challenge and started cutting!


There were a number of strips that had been cut at 5" wide and quite a few partial fat quarters.  I decided to cut all of these up into 4.5" squares using my Accuquilt multiple die.  This one is one of my favorites.  Being able to stack 10 layers of fabric, with a few cranks of a handle, I have 40 perfectly cut 4.5" squares.



In no time at all, I had a stack of squares - which soon turned into a 56" x 68" quilt top.
And I had not even started cutting up the larger cuts of fabric in the tub.

Which I soon used to piece a backing.  I hope to share the first finished quilt from the tub soon.  I will most likely make this quilt my second Hands2Help donation quilt.

Simple patchwork is so perfect for scraps like these!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • 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!
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20 comments:

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those look like interesting prints! I'm glad they inspired you to cut out pieces and stitch them right together. Your Accuquilt sounds so handy! Makes that boring cutting go by quickly!

Jayne said...

I get so jealous every time some one talks about their accuquilt cutter...cutting 10 layers is unbelievable! Kudos to you for cutting up the fabric right away...it could easily be tucked in a corner for ...one day!!

chrisknits said...

I'm fairly confident I don't have too many quilt quantities in my stash, but then again, I don't want to face the issue!! LOL Wonderful top you created.

Cathy said...

I love to see how many quilts can be made from a pile of scraps or a box of strings. You are off to a great start.

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

it is always amazing how many quilts we can get from scraps - I have so many small boxes full of cut squares and I know I can get a whole quilt made from some of those boxes and then I have 2 plastic tubs with a mess of scraps in them not cut and I haven't a clue what can be made from those or how many

Barb Neiwert said...

What amazes me, when I use scraps, is that it rarely makes a dent in the total amount of fabric. Sigh. I guess that's a good problem. So many possibilities; so little time. You did so well with those new scraps!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

I love what you did with all those strips and scraps! Simple squares make the best quilts--interesting to look at all the many prints. Do you have the Studio cutter?

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I am always amazed at how much can be made from what looks like so litte! Great quilt!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Wonderful, Cynthia, how quickly you had this fabric turned into such an amazing quilt top. Like other commentors, I'm finding scraps just don't ever seem to be all used up.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Even though we have no plans to move anytime soon, the thought of it is what keeps me motivated to use my stash. I like what you did with those 'scraps' from your friend. I bet they will stretch further than you think. That's been my experience so far in trying to use up older florals and fruit and veggie prints. Or maybe they multiply at night while I sleep.

gayle said...

And isn't it fun playing with someone else's scraps? 8)

Louise said...

Great fabrics! Funny how your friend was done with them, and you wanted to use them right away. "New and exciting" is all relative!

I have to move quite a bit of my fabric out of the sewing room in order to turn it back into a guest stateroom, so it's always in the back of my mind whether I will be able to still do that...

Louise said...

Great fabrics! Funny how your friend was done with them, and you wanted to use them right away. "New and exciting" is all relative!

I have to move quite a bit of my fabric out of the sewing room in order to turn it back into a guest stateroom, so it's always in the back of my mind whether I will be able to still do that...

For the love of geese said...

You are so fortunate to have such great friends.

Melva said...

I could see that it could be inspiring and overwhelming to see so much fabric. Good luck! MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com

Nann said...

I have come to love Australian prints -- as much as I've tried to resist another specialty category. (I've already got batiks and South African shweshwe indigoes.) Someone else's scraps can provide a jolt of inspiration that looking at your own stuff does not.

Jo said...

Sounds like a brilliant idea.
Maybe I could do that with mine. Borrow the groups cutter and cut into strips.

moosecraft said...

Wow! All that orphan fabric made a beautiful quilt! I bet your friend would love to have one! ;-)

Kate said...

You made quick work of those left overs. What a fun and colorful quilt. I shudder to think of packing up my sewing room. The fabric alone would probably take up a good portion of a moving truck!

Susan said...

Nice gift! I bet you'll get 3-4 quilts out of it. Keep us posted!

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