Friday, December 17, 2021

Gray Bits B Gone

 I have been busy working on my small gray scraps.



At the end of October, I shared that I was going to start purging my scrap bins of all the tiny bits and make some placemats.  I finally finished the ones I made from my gray scrap bin.




I was able to make a total of eight mats in varying shades of gray.




I used a simple improv method of just sewing bits together until I had a piece big enough for a mat.  After I quilted them, I trimmed them to 11 x 15".




I ended up with a total of eight placemats.  I could have made a few more but most of my small bits were the same colors of solids.  I worked them in as much as I could, but I really felt using more prints added more character.




I was able to clean out some "unwanted" fabrics for the backs.  I also used up leftover solid gray bits for the bindings. I love that I had enough to match the shade of the mat itself.

I think it will be fun to see how many I end up with at the end of 2022.  If I made eight just from the gray bin, that means I can project I will make over 100.  My plan is to donate all of them to be distributed during the next holiday season.

I can't wait to see what color will be announced for the RSC in January.  
I am ready to get started!




15 comments:

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those are great! Who knew there could be so many different gray fabrics? I love it when you catch a pop of color peeking out of the gray prints. Hope you've had a good week - missed you at Oh Scrap last Sunday!

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

great idea and a way to use up the small pieces

Jeanna said...

This is a great use of scraps. Love the look of these greys.

Libby in TN said...

You go, Girl! Great idea.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great idea - and they are so pretty all put together like that!

TerryKnott.blogspot.com said...

Bits of gray are so wonderful in those placemats! Who knew? You continue to amaze me with what one can do with the smallest of bits!

Susie H said...

What a great way to use up bits! And each turned out so pretty. I may be a bit biased as I LOVE GRAYS!

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh, what a great use of your scraps. And I love getting to see them together with that ombre blend; this will be fun to watch you work on in 2022!

tubakk said...

I love yoour idea and your place mats. Looking forward to seeing more next year.

Sandy Panagos said...

Oh, wow, they're great! May I ask where you are going to donate them?

Vivian said...

Love these! This confirms an idea I have for making a banner. Definitely got to work on it for 2022. Thanks for sharing and the renewed inspiration!

Cathy said...

Great idea for using up little scraps. I actually spent a lot of time this afternoon gathering and sorting ideas for using up crumbs in 2022. I love that these make something useful! Merry Christmas, Cynthia!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Very cool placemats!!! Just proves that a few scraps can go a long ways!!!

Anonymous said...

These look great! I think you should use them while watching Turner Classic movies! Lol!
Kathleen - kakingsbury at verizon dot net

Vicki W said...

Ooooh, I love these! I want to make a lot of placemats in 2022

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