Another Sunday and a little more scrappiness from the Overseas Office. Limited progress on these dinky hexagon stars –
but lots of scraps available to make more progress.
Looking for something else entirely in archive files we came across this photo –
this was one of the very first quilts Barbara made. Before we understood about quilting! Measurements and templates made more by guesstimate than precision and mathematics, machine pieced with enthusiasm but absolutely no skill or consistency, backed with cheap curtain lining, top composed entirely of furnishing fabric (heavy cotton) offcuts and scraps. It’s a wonder that any seams met – and if you look closely, most of them don’t!
But it’s still holding together after all these years – a great testament to scraps and enthusiasm.
We can’t believe it’s more than 12months since we started this series of Scrappy posts. Barbara was looking through her photos from the past year and was quite surprised at the number of scrappy projects she has started, worked on and taught during that time. We thought we’d share just a few of them – absolutely no prizes for guessing which ones remain at the “begun” stage!
Another Sunday and another scrappy idea for using up those strips. This is the classic Chinese Coins quilt – rows of strips sometimes separated by plain rows as here (or you could use a print)
or sometimes just rows of strips. The strips can be all the same width as above or you can use strips of different widths as in this example.
Whichever one you choose to make they are really quick and easy – join strips of the same length (you choose) together until you have a strip the length you want your quilt to be, Make more strips – as many as you want and either sew them together or sew them to alternate plain strips until the quilt is the width you want.
All you have to do then is quilt it! If you’ve used plain strips then you can treat it as a ‘strippy’ quilt and stitch a different border-type design in each strip or if its lots of strips, as in the second example, you can use an allover pattern or treat it as a wholecloth quilt and quilt it from the plain ‘back’.
At the Overseas Office more scrap sorting and folding has taken place and it has now been determined that there are sufficient scraps stowed away to make several quilt tops, many bags, hundreds of cushions (possible exaggeration there?) and no new fabric is needed. Of course, as we all know, there is a difference between “need” and “want” …. But, for now, Barbara is still finding plenty of scrappy project inspiration from the freshly-organised scraps – you may remember these from an earlier post –
Sorting scraps has led on to sorting the basket stuffed with project bags. This simple little 4patch piece was put together probably four years ago (not that anyone is counting). Time to get this out of its bag and quilted then rummage back in the scraps for a binding. Lots more quilting to be added but it’s looking good so far –
Somehow simple always seems to work really well when pulling together a wide variety of scraps. Scroll back to see some of our earlier scrappy posts on squares and –
Its time to look at our September EQ Doodle and magically turn it from greyscale to glorious scrappy technicolor. Our block this month is Drunkards’ Pinwheel (download the templates to make 3inch units here) which in colour could look like this
Or you could use different shades of the same colours
A few more bags of small scraps have surfaced at the Overseas Office –
– so there may be more sorting, smoothing and re-packing to come.
We started Scrappy Sunday posts almost a year ago and, during this time, we feel we have barely scratched the surface of “Scrappy”. Barbara has come to realise that almost everything she has made over the past decade has had a scrappy starting point. And it certainly is the case that sorting and sifting scraps can often lead to a new scrappy project – look lower left in the picture above. It’s another hexagon/diamond star – EPP this time – which just might be the first of many.
No plan at this stage for the many, yet to be made, star blocks. Maybe a variation on the setting of some earlier scrappy star blocks which are a little smaller scale. The diamonds in this piece measure 1 1/4inches along the side, the newer diamonds are 1 1/2 inches along the side.
Trawling through photos of quilts looking for inspiration for a scrappy post I came across this little quilt.
I’d called it Higgledy-Piggledy Stars many years ago before computers got too smart. But now? Spellcheck really doesn’t like that name – perhaps we should just call it Wonky Stars instead. But whatever its called, it is a great way to use up scraps. This one is a 9-patch with smaller 4-patch stars in the cornerstones of the border.
You can make each block with scraps of the same colour – as I have in my quilt
Or you can make them with different scraps.
You could use different prints, but similar colour, backgrounds as in my quilt.
We thought we were done with squares but in tidying (!) the cupboard of ‘class samples and Blue Peters’ ( it sounds better than abandoned bits) Chris found her bag for Cathedral Windows classes. Squares! Big ones and small ones.
If you just want to give it a little try then make a Christmas ornament (sorry, its a bit early, but . . .)
or, more useful perhaps, a pincushion
Or make lots and turn them into a whatever this was meant to be (a pencil case possibly?) – but do make sure you actually finish yours as this one is just tacked and the small squares are falling out.
There is also a variation called Secret Garden. Again – you could make a thing to dangle on the Christmas tree (and you might even finish yours!)
or you could combine the two techniques and make a ‘mat’. You don’t have to use the same fabrics for the ‘window’ and the ‘garden’ as I have.
If you find you love the technique and/or are feeling really masochistic you could try this idea Chris found in one of her old books (Learn Patchwork by Lynette-Merlin Syme, 1986) – a window blind. I imagine the background fabric was a sheer one of some description!