Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sundays are for Scraps

In an ongoing effort to reduce the enormous bin of scraps, I try to spend an hour every Sunday afternoon cutting scraps into usable sizes and shapes.  I use the "Scrap Therapy" theory -- cutting 5" squares, 2 1/2" strips and squares, and 3 1/2" squares.  If there's enough, I cut a 1 1/2" strip for a future Log Cabin quilt.  After spending an hour cutting, I reward myself by making a scrap quilt!  This week's quilt is called "Scrappy Thirties," calling on an overwhelming collection of 30s reproduction fabrics.  The design is from one of my favorite books, "Scrap Basket Sensations" by Kim Brackett.  It's called "Summer Daze" in the book, but since I added enough blocks for an extra row to make it twin-bed size, I get to rename it, right?  The challenge was deciding on borders -- should they be green:

or red:

or blue?

Blue won, with a red inner border. 
I love these fabrics -- and really, I'm making a dent in the collection.  This year I've made enough quilts to empty one whole bin of 30s fabrics!


  1. Great idea! I think I will try to do something similar.

  2. I love it. The blue is a great choice, the concept of using your scraps up so intentionally even better.


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