After finishing a big project and preparing classes for the next quarter, I took a little break and used some of the scraps from the unsorted pile. This is where scraps go before I cut them into the standard sizes I use for storage.
Cheryl Arkison, who blogs at Dining Room Empire, calls this type of block a slab. Of course the idea of joining scraps as you find them has been used by many people in various ways. I really enjoy making them in a single color, so I made a few when I had a minute.
Of course, this didn’t make a dent in the scrap pile, but it was fun! Has anybody out there found a way to make a real dent in the scrap pile? It seems to me to grow and grow, with no decrease in size no matter how many scrap quilts I make!
The only way I’ve found to really reduce my scraps is to give them away. 🙂 I DO use them, but I make about as many as I use.
Indeed. I just haven’t found anyone to give them to. Possibly leave them in a basket on another quilter’s doorstep? 😃
HAHA yeah. May Day is coming up. You could make up May Day baskets. Or Easter!! Easter baskets full of scraps. 🙂
Wonderful work. I love the colors.
Thanks! Most days it’s all about color 😉
I like color coordination too; what do you do with multi colored prints that don’t seem to have a dominant color?
Usually they have areas of dominant color, and I cut them up further to isolate those as much as possible. My pink block includes an oriental print that had pink, green, and RED, so cut a mostly-pink section to use and you didn’t even notice the other little bits.
I’ll have to study them harder and cut smaller. LOL
These blocks are wonderful and I love seeing what other quilters do with scraps (plus I love photos of people’s scrap piles…yes I am weird!) 🙂
We’re all wired. Just think of spending hours cutting perfectly good fabric into tiny pieces!
I love those bright colors on these gray days. And to me, nothing is more satisfying than turning those scraps into something pretty and useful. Let other people invent driverless cars and build bridges and so on — putting scraps together is my personal achievement. 🙂
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Not sure where I heard it but I call it “found fabric.” Not really found because you do have to make it! It is creative, in itself, and somewhat mindless and meditational, all at once. The scrappy pieces can look very interesting used in other projects!
Yes, it’s a good thing in several ways 🙂