When Marian over at Seams to Be Sew set up the Nuts about you blog hop, I wanted to do squirrels…I really wanted to do squirrels. Because Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts has the cutest squirrels and every time I saw the nuts in the blog hop button…well, you know how it is. But there wasn’t really time for squirrels and my theme of the year is, well, scraps not squirrels. I am, however, very, very, very nuts about scraps! I have a really hard time throwing out a scrap and have the best intentions of using them all someday.
It was the Little House books that sparked some of my love of scraps. My mom sewed and I remember being so intrigued with the idea of making something from “the scrapbag” like Laura and Mary did. So, when you save every scrap you end up with a scrapbag, and another, and another. Thanks to Bonnie Hunter, I’ve been able to get my scraps more organized but there are a lot of them (and then there’s that irresistible “free table” at guild meetings.) So a while back I decided to start with the triangle drawer. Which looked at lot like this…
I decided to make wonky star blocks with the smaller triangles (most left from cutting mitered joins of 2.5″ strips from bindings.) I cut 2″ light backgrounds from the 2″ strip drawer and added random center squares. I built my little stars a few at a time and eventually had enough for a small quilt. Then, I rummaged in the lovely finds from the “free” table to find a piece of red that yielded just enough squares for setting and a piece that kept calling out to be the border. The selvage made me smile.
I used a bit of black that was in my stash and a piece that was just the right shade for a binding. I put together a “franken-batt” from leftover strips of batting. I just butt pieces up to one another on the cut side and use a large zig-zag stitch. I named them “Franken-batts” because they are patchworked all over with big stitches like, well, Frankenstein’s monster. It takes a bit of time but you basically have a free batting!
Backing came from a leftover piece of flannel. I intended to piece the backing but was running out of time.
So, with all that build-up, I hope you like my little quilt. I love it and I love that I made it entirely out of what was lying around.
It’s not the best shot and I may try to add one in the morning if I can. Here’s a close-up of some of the blocks which finish at 4″
So, there you have it. One quilt made almost entirely out of pieces that some may have pitched! Now, I’ve decided to switch gears with those small triangles and I’m working on Wild & Goosey blocks to use the rest of them. The W&G block just uses more triangles per block and I’m fighting the tide here as each new project adds triangles!
Now, I thought long and hard about pulling a bag of scraps for a prize but not everyone is as nuts about them as I am and I thought fat quarters might be more fun (and meant I didn’t have to decide what to part with!) But mine is not the only giveaway. We have wonderful sponsors for this hop,
Click here to enter a rafflecopter giveaway for a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop or a pattern from Anypattern. There will be prizes for each day of the hop so come check out the great quilters playing along each day! For a bit of an extra prize, leave me a comment to win this set of fat quarters that might show up in your own scrappy quilt.
Now, hop over to the rest of today’s bloggers. You’re going to love what you find! My deepest thanks to Marian for setting all this up and for our sponsors for being so generous! I love being a part of these hops!
February 4, 2016
Words & Stitches – that’s me!
Quilt In Piece
February 5, 2016
Just Let Me Quilt
Lulu & Celeste
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Tea Time Creations
February 8, 2016
Batts In The Attic
Life In The Scrapatch
In The Boon Docks
February 9, 2016
Quilting Queen Online
All Things Sewn
February 10, 2016
Sew Many Yarns
From This To That
Seams To Be Sew