Posts Tagged patchwork from scraps
This month I’ve used some scraps and managed to increase the stock, just slightly, in the most sadly neglected of my three Etsy shops.
I made a few needle cases a while back, gave some as gifts and took some to sell at a couple of the fundraisers for the dog refuge I support. I had three left which I stuck in a drawer and forgot about until I came across them again a couple of months ago. I thought I might as well put them in my shop so I did and sold a couple quite quickly. Thinking to follow up on that success, I thought I’d make some more as they are the perfect size to use up scraps – albeit not the teeny tiny scraps. The biggest piece of fabric you need is about 11 x 8 inches.
The first one I made with a precious scrap of Echino fabric by Kokka. The quilting is done with the outer, wadding and lining, then the pocket and felt ‘pages’ added afterwards. Then the whole thing is edged with binding in the same way as you would a quilt.
Unfortunately, I messed up the first one by not mitring the corners neatly enough so – what a shame – I’m going to keep that for myself as the little needle book I bought ages ago is looking a little tatty and is only big enough to hold needles. I want something to also put scissors, etc. in for when I take small hand sewing projects downstairs occasionally (my workroom is upstairs).
The second one is also Japanese Echino fabric – another scrap from the same original yardage.
All the bindings, interior fabric, felt and trimmings are also leftovers from other projects.
The last – for the moment, but I have more plans – is the Llamas in Love. Llamas are ‘a thing’ at the moment – I think they are the new flamingos – and this was a scrap of organic cotton I had left over from a bag project.
It’s fun trying to find coordinating fabrics from the scrap bin to make it look as if that’s the way you planned it all along.
I really enjoy making these although I would prefer a quicker way to bind them as I’m hand-stitching the binding down on the inside as I do for quilts and it takes time which doesn’t really make them cost effective. Any suggestions?
Still, it’s using scraps and that can only be a good thing can’t it.
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.
Kate Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn,(me) Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean,
Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline, Sue L
Here are some of my cotton scraps. I say ‘some’ because there are quite a few more. I was industrious at some stage – can’t remember when – and cut some scraps into squares and strips so there’s a box of those somewhere and also a box totally dedicated to scraps of Liberty of London tana lawn which I get out and stroke now and again.
Anyway, I think it’s time something was done with all these bits of pretty floating around and, inspired by the beautiful quilt Kate has made entirely from scraps, which is so lovely she’s entering it into her local Quilt Show, and by the fact Kate and Gun host a Scraphappy Day once a month, I thought I’d throw design and colour coordination to the wind and make a scrappy quilt myself.
I’ll be making them all with a 12 inch finished size and using the QAYG (quilt as you go) method to join them all up.
I know I’m already starting on the F2F Block Swap that Kate organises but those blocks will be more complex and I’ll be strictly sticking to the chosen colours of the other participants whereas these ones will be put together in a vaguely random fashion – let’s call it ‘organic’.
My first block was put together on a whim and, if I’d had my head on, I would perhaps have chopped those large pieces up a bit more but, hey, it’s an organic process, remember.
The next one’s better and even has some yellow in it which I don’t usually countenance but I must have used it in something in order to have the scraps.
They probably won’t end up next to each other but, as I only have two at the moment, there is no option. I’ll think about sashing etc. further down the road.
If you want to see what can become of joining scraps together, you can see Kate’s beauty here – but don’t expect mine to be ‘show worthy’ necessarily. Although I might be able to show you a much emptier scrap box by the end of it.
Here are the others who take part in ScrapHappy Day every month or every now and again. If you fancy joining in – you can use any scraps you want to – fabric, yarn, paper, etc. – just contact Kate or Gun.
Kate , Gun,Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon