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Sep 2015

Scraps Galore

Scraps Galore

Ever think about how much you love scraps! Isn’t this how it goes, we cut out our quilts but have tons of scraps left! Then we try to decide what, when or how we’re going to use these scraps! Well, just think of all of the fun quilts you could make. Here’s an easy way to get started. When you finish cutting out your next quilt, cut the left over fabrics into 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ strips. Then put those strips together by color or light, medium, dark. How fun would that be then to start, say, a log cabin quilt with that? Look at the scrappiness of this log cabin block by Snuggles Quilts
Log Cabin Scraps
Cut some of those small strips into small squares for a border! Scraps are good! If you’re afraid you don’t have enough scraps for anything, here’s a great way to build your “scrap stash”! If you’re making a quilt that calls for a yard of a green fabric, don’t buy a yard, instead buy four fat quarters! You get the same amount of yardage but your left over “scraps” will get scrappier!

When you visit a quilt store and just don’t know what to buy, buy a few fat quarters! They can be added to your scrap stash and you’ll become excited about starting another quilt soon. Mix the colors, match the colors, just get that scrap madness going!

Have you ever made a bowl out of scraps? It’s easy enough to do, just wrap strips of fabric around clothesline cord (1/4″ or 1/2″ is fine). Start by zig zagging them into whatever size of bowl you would like. Once your “base” is the size you want, slowly start building up the sides, much like pottery!

Ever made a rug out of scraps? Aunt Philly’s Toothbrush Rug pattern is a great place to start. So, the next time you’re pondering over what to do with “all the leftovers” or why they put “so much fabric” in a kit- use your imagination and see what grows in your creative mind!