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Judy T-Bellingham Posted: Mon, Sep 30 2013 12:24 PM

I tend to toss bits of fabric. I'm making a queen size quilt for my son. I had barely enough of the background fabric with a few small scraps left over. Pushed them to the side of my cutting board instead of tossing into the scrap basket. Which is what I normally do with bits and pieces.

I cut out all the pieces. Sewed together 400 HST blocks, 100 6-1/2" strips, countless squares. At least I thought I'd done that many. When I double counted I was short on the HST and 6-1/2" strips.  And no more background fabric. Searched the internet. Nope, out of print. Called the quilt shops hoping they may have a fat quarter left. Nope. Doesn't exist. Not even on eBay.

I found a strip in my scrap box and together with the bits and pieces I was able tp piece together to make 4 more HST blocks and 2 more strips. It's not that noticeable. I hope.  I had hoped to use the background fabric in one of the narrow borders but will have to use something else. I have plenty of the other fabrics.

The background fabric is Floral Bouquets and Fancies by Sharon Yenter for In the Beginning fabrics. I'll try to contact her, just in case she has the fabric.

 


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Nana replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 1:57 PM

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Your fabrics are very pretty.   I don't think anyone will notice the piecework on your fabric.

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Nana:

Judy

Your fabrics are very pretty.   I don't think anyone will notice the piecework on your fabric.

 

Thanks Nana. I just came from the quilt shop and found a lovely tone on tone fabric to replace the background fabric for the middle border. So, I'm happy.

See you in LESS than 2 weeks! Can you believe it??  

 


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Diana replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 3:13 PM

Judy,    I have an eighty year old quilt from a great great aunt and some of the small squares are pieced.  She used all those bits and pieces to produce a warm quilt for her family.   Someone once told me that scraps cost the same amount as yardage so waste not, want not

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Diana:
Someone once told me that scraps cost the same amount as yardage so waste not, want not

 

Good advice Diana and so true. I'm just not very good about following it.


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Nana replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 4:12 PM

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I tend to keep all my bigger scraps ...  about 2 in square or so.   Once I have all the scraps that I can possibly find a place to keep them then it is time to do a couple of scrappy quilts.

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MNnancy replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 9:21 PM

I'm saving my scraps to do a hexagon quilt!


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Linda replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 9:41 PM

I save anything over 1-1/2". Nearly all my quilts are scrappys. With the cost of fabrics these days, I use every bit of it. I sew pieces together until I have enough to cut a 12" square. When I have 9-12 squares I make a quilt. I also sew strips together to use for borders or make coin quilts. I also take the sewn strips and cut squares, sash them and bingo you have a quilt. You can also use the stripped squares for coasters, table runners, pot holders, whatever else your imagination can come up with. Recently a friend on another site takes larger scraps and sews them together for backings. She said friends call them reversible quilts. I have other uses too but can't think of them at the moment. But this is a pretty good start. When I go to retreats, I set out a paper bag that says "Please place your scraps here, please."

 

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Carol replied on Mon, Sep 30 2013 10:56 PM

Way to go, Linda!  All the gals in my quilting group check with me before they toss out a scrap - and we fill doggy pillows with the smallest little trimmings!

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Linda replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 8:33 PM

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Way to go, Linda!  All the gals in my quilting group check with me before they toss out a scrap - and we fill doggy pillows with the smallest little trimmings!

How do you make the doggy pillows? I have so much of small pieces of batting and trimmings and no one will take them. So I might as well make pillows.

 

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Nana replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 9:26 PM

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Just decide how big you want your pillow.   Then sew your fabric together leaving one end open.   You can hang it with tape onto your sewing table and drop your little pieces into it.   Once it is full enough then sew the open end shut and your pet pillow is complete.

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Jacy replied on Tue, Oct 1 2013 10:34 PM

Linda:
How do you make the doggy pillows? I have so much of small pieces of batting and trimmings

I keep a bag by my cutting table and add all my small scraps and batting to it. When it is full I take 2 rectangles of fabric, for my cats i use fleece for the top and something ugly for the bottom. Put right side together, sew all around except for leaving an opening. Turn right side out, fill with scraps and sew closed. When they get too gross I just toss them and make a new one.

 

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Linda:
I save anything over 1-1/2".

 

I am our guild scrap keeper too!!!! I have been using them for 15 minutes of play 6 1/2" blocks (Victoria Findlay Wolfe). Couldn't see why until I had about 8 of them - - they are now on my design wall - begging for more - - - too fun to use bits and pieces and just sew, sew, sew.... the oddest colors seem to make sense together... and orphan HST's, flying geese, even bits of strips sewn together seem to work... who'd a thunk it???

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Linda replied on Sun, Oct 6 2013 11:15 PM

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Linda:
I save anything over 1-1/2".

 

I am our guild scrap keeper too!!!! I have been using them for 15 minutes of play 6 1/2" blocks (Victoria Findlay Wolfe). Couldn't see why until I had about 8 of them - - they are now on my design wall - begging for more - - - too fun to use bits and pieces and just sew, sew, sew.... the oddest colors seem to make sense together... and orphan HST's, flying geese, even bits of strips sewn together seem to work... who'd a thunk it???

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Gail. You were surprised weren't you? I find that red or yellow, or orange borders work best                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

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YOu can always join the Postage Stamp swap group!  There's still room for a few more participants and the cutting doesn't have to be done till January!  What better way to use up scraps!?

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