ScrapHappy February 2022 — The Scraps Escape!
In 2020, I was given bags and bags of scraps, and one of the projects I started was a quarter Log Cabin, but the blocks were turning out too unruly even for me. Instead of making a large bed quilt as I had planned, I turned some of the blocks into lap quilts for donations, but I still had blocks left over.
I turned to other projects but I kept my antennae up to find a solution for these leftover blocks. Throughout the year I kept noticing layouts that had blocks of solid fabric alternating with the busy blocks, and I thought that was my solution.
Online, I particularly liked Circle of Nine and Cherrywood Toss from Mary at Zippy Quilts. And then I found the pattern “Scattered” in the book Stash Statement by Kelly Young.
I had enough gray fabric to set 20 strips of scraps. I cut some of the log cabin blocks into thinner strips, and created some fresh strips too. I really liked the way it looked.
But I still had so many scraps left over! First I thought of making a border of scraps, but as I was moving the blocks around, it occurred to me to put all the leftover scraps in the center. Then the widely-spaced scrap strips looked like they were splintering off and flying away,
Here it is up on the design wall, and I love it!
I am doing this Quilt-As-You-Go. The central section is all done. One gray section is quilted with wavy triangle shapes, but the others are still just blocks. I am going to have to experiment with their placement, and big surprise, I will probably have some left over! Then I will quilt each long gray rectangle, and then attach them around the central panel.
Maybe I will get it finished by the next ScrapHappy Day! which is the 15th of each month, hosted by Kate and Gun, the first two names on the list below.
And lest you worry that I will finally run out of scraps, my same friend from Dallas just passed literally 80 more pounds of scraps on to me.
So I plan to be here for many more ScrapHappy Days, with all of these inspiring bloggers:
Kate , Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Claire,Jan, Moira,Sandra, Chris, Alys, Jule,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon,Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen (me!),Bekki,Sue L,Sunny,Kjerstin,
Vera,Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2,Noreen,
Bear,Carol,Preeti and Edith
I love it! A medallion quilt, traditionally so disciplined and organised, but this time reincarnated as a sort of wild union between Mondriaan and Mad Robot! Or maybe it’s a disintegrating space station, or a view of microscopic DNA particles. Gorgeous!
Thanks, I feel like it captures my usual mental state perfectly. 🙂
Love that pattern you found! But I must say I have plenty of scraps of my own; I’m thankful nobody gave ME 80 lbs of scraps!!!
And she gave me more than that 2 years ago! I love it, I love sorting them, and petting them, and naming them George…. 🙂
Clever solution to your excessive scraps problem.
That pattern was perfect for your scraps – I like the way you tweaked it a bit! Will be fun to see what you do with your next round of scraps!
Yes, I am so anxious to get started with them. Now that I have found this solution (for me) of part scrappy, part sedate, I have lots of ideas. 🙂
The escaped scraps 🙂 I love the name, and the quilt will be so cheerful!
love it – wild and crazy, going off in all directions! Great use of scraps.
Hi! 80# of scraps – I can’t even picture that. 🙂 Your scattered design is really pretty.
Hi Maddie! I came across your first book when I was importing my Kindle books into Good Reads the other day! I hope you are doing well.
I am, thank you! I’m coming out of a 3-year funk and am coming back to blogging as well as writing full time. Hope to be by often to see the amazing works of art you create.
Have you considered reinforcing your home or sewing in the basement/on the first floor? You could always throw a bunch of the ugliest into an indigo vat to see what happens. Yourscraps solution looks like joyful fun.
I know! I told my friend that my house was going to sink. Fortunately, my father-in-law (who built it) was a big believer in overdoing all aspects of construction so my slab is pretty thick. I just want to hide away in my sewing room and stitch!
OMG! This is the most modern looking scrap quilt I have ever seen! Wow! Nice work!
I love that you’re turning scraps into treasure. Your layout is so colorful, too. Nicely planned and executed.
Love the idea with the scattered blocks!! It´s a great way to use scraps!!
That quilt is “scrapalicious”!!!!
Thanks, I love your term!
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Thank you, Chris
This is the most joyful, happy scrap quilt I’ve seen. I think having the scattered blocks as the border is a wonderful idea 🙂
Scattered scraps of fabric are abstract creations of your own Picasso! I love the color palette.
Thank you! I was using donated scraps and initially I grouped them all together, and they looked too busy to me. Once they were calmed down with all that gray, I liked them better.😊
You are just the one to turn all those scraps into something fun and useful–I’d probably just stash them somewhere for another day. I love the design, and agree with your first commenter!
Thank you! I love corralling them into a finished object before they can multiply. 🙂
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