Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Taming those Scraps - Part One

 I was recently asked if I would talk a bit about how I store my scraps.  It has been years since I shared any information around scrap management so I thought I would write a few posts over the next couple weeks.



First, I think it is important to give some thought as to how you use your scraps.  In other words, are you someone who always uses patterns that call for standard sizes like mini charms, charm squares or  strips.  If so, you may want look at how Bonnie Hunter stores her scraps.  She pre-cuts all of her scraps to standard sizes.

I will admit, I tried this system in the beginning but it just did not work for me.  Whenever I wanted to make a quilt, it seemed all the scraps I wanted to use were cut to the wrong size.

One of the first thing I realized about myself, is that I like all of my fabric sorted by color - including my scraps!  I tend to work in color combinations - so I just need to pull the relevant color bins when I start on a quilt.

I also think it is important to sort your scraps immediately once they are identified as scraps. So right above my cutting table, I have a shelf with some color coded buckets that I drop scraps into every time I clean off my cutting table.  You may not have this luxury but you should be able to come up with some bags, shoeboxes or even glass jars to store your scraps in.

The nice thing about having these scraps so handy is I can usually dig through them and find a scrap that will work when I need some little bit for a project. 

 If your scraps are easy to use, you will use them!



Sometimes, when I finish cutting a project that I really like the fabric combinations I used, I don't want to break up the leftovers back into their respective colors.  A good example is the leftover fabric and scraps from my All that Jazz quilt I recently finished.  I really want to take these leftovers and add a few more scraps and make another quilt in these colors.  In this case, I simply bag up all the leftovers/scraps and store them together in a drawer.




Here are a few other projects that reside in the drawer from years ago.  Note that I don't put a lot of "universal" fabric in these bags.  They are usually genre specific (30's, holiday, flannel, cross weaves) or they are odd color combinations.

When I want to start something new, I will dig through these bags and see if I get inspired by any of them.  They give me a starting point.  Now I just need to pull from my color bins of scraps to enhance the fabric that is already pulled.


Anyone who has followed my blog for any amount of time knows that this is not my entire scrap storage.  But I am going to stop here for today because I believe that this is a good starting point if you want to get started on managing your own scraps.  For some, this may be all the storage you need.

Hopefully next week I will share a bit more of my scrap system.  I will try and explain what I have found works best for me and maybe they will work for you too!

Wishing you a Happy Scrapppy week!






Sunday, July 25, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Little Progress on Scraps



 This week seemed to whiz by again.



I did get all sixty some blocks sewn for this crazy quilt this week.  Now I am working on sewing up the quilt top.  Who knew I had so many scraps in these colors?!




I also made a final decision on my background fabric and pulled my scrap bins for a new project.  I will be participating in Kelly Young's Scrappy Improv Quilting book release tour.




I just received my electronic copy and I have to say I love so many of the mini projects in this book.
I am not going to reveal which project I am making - you will just have to wait to see the finished project!

Now it is time for you to share what scrappy goodness were you up to this week!


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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!
  • 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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Friday, July 23, 2021

A Parade of Quilts

 I was all prepared to share my Bee Grateful quilt from a shortcut pattern through the Fat Quarter Shop.  But the fabric for the kit still has not arrive for them to sell so they are holding off on sharing all the quilts.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few photos sent to me by quilters who have used my patterns.





Above are a couple of quilt photos that were included with pattern reviews from Etsy buyers.  These quilts were made using my Wiggle Time pattern.  I always enjoy seeing what colors and fabrics are used in these quilts!




Judy over at Busy Hands are Happy Hands has made a couple quilts using Wiggle Time.  I really liked this one.  On the second wiggle, you can see she did a bit of fussy cutting.





Judy also shared her Geese Migration quilt top on her blog.  Isn't it amazing?!
She did a fantastic job on her colorwork.


If you have purchased one of my patterns and have made a quilt, I love to see photos!


Happy Friday Everyone!


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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Another New Start

 Recently I finished a quilt made entirely from my stash.  It had been a long time since I have made anything from something other than scraps.  I enjoyed the process so much, I decided to see what else I had in my stash to play with.



I came across this selection of fabrics.  I also dug out a really old pattern that I have made numerous time.  It is called Studio Chic by Artichoke Collections.  I think the pattern is out of print but you can still buy used online.

I like it because the pieces are large. (Ha!)




Large pieces is why I enjoyed the last quilt I made using my All That Jazz pattern - it is a nice break from all the small scraps I am usually using!


This newest project might take me a bit to finish.  I still have all the 1" sashing to cut and then a lot of sewing to do to frame all the squares.

....and I still have about three scrap quilts currently in the works!

So are you a stash or scrap quilter?


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Still on Purple

 The new color for July is actually supposed to be blue or neutral.  But I am still working on the color purple.  I continue to fall behind this year!




I didn't have a lot of time to sew with this scraps this week but I did get these three pretty purple blocks completed.




I put them up on the design wall with the other completed blocks.  I have decided to go with a 5 x 6 block layout so I need to make 11 more.  I know I need some orange blocks and probably some brown.  I think I might have to go back through my turquoise and teal scraps too.  Maybe I will try and just finish this top up in the next few months.

Next up....I need to make some purple churn dash blocks like the ones getting covered up by these blocks.  That will be the focus in the coming week!

Happy Scrappy Quilting!


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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!
  • 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! 

Quilting is more fun than Housework


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Click here to enter








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Friday, July 16, 2021

All That Jazz Finish

 For the past few years, I have really been focusing on my scraps to make all of my quilts.




When  a friend shared some beautiful leftover prints with me, I went to my stash and pulled some coordinating fabrics to make myself a quilt.  




I decided to use my All That Jazz pattern - I really didn't want to cut these fabrics up into tiny pieces.  I love the bold geometric feel this pattern has.



I am really smitten with the orchid and gold color combination with the berry colors.  I hope to remodel my living room one of these years and this color scheme is in the running.

On the back of this quilt you will find one of the handdrawn wide backings I shared from Connecting Threads.  The purple version was perfect for this quilt.




I really enjoyed making this quilt!  It was nice to work with big pieces for a change (versus the small scrappy bits I am always digging through).  In fact, I have pulled another stack of fabric from my stash that I will share soon for another quilt.  I am just waiting for a pattern design to jump out at me.




When I was outside photographing my quilt, I couldn't help but notice my tree lilies - they smell so amazing right now.  Their scent is really bringing in the pollinators right now.  All of my lavender, solidago and sedums are abuzz with fascinating insects.

Just my small little plot of land reminds me continually of how amazing nature is. 
We really must protect this planet more.... 

Hope you are able to get out and enjoy what makes you happy this weekend!


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Monday, July 12, 2021

Wide Back Sale

 


Just popping in this morning to let you know that Connecting Threads has their wide backing fabrics on sale today only.  A few of my favorites are the Hand Drawn and Star Flower.  I have used both on previous quilts.  Just use code 25BACKING.

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