Sunday, May 26, 2013

Feeling Scrappy

 I'm slowly recovering and battling an infection but wanted to play with some scraps so I've been taking it easy and sorting through my scrap bins. I found this set of 12 snail's trail blocks which had been donated along with a lot more triangles to make more blocks. I decided to sew these blocks together and I'll add a border and donate it a smaller size for the kid's camp. The other pieces will be added to my scrap bins and made into other tops.
 The second top was a good way to use up some scraps that have been sitting here for too long. The nine patches were not very interesting and have been waiting for their turn to become a quilt. I almost tossed them out as they aren't very pretty colours. That would be a waste of the time I put into them as well as the fabric so I decided to make them into 9" blocks by using up some of the 6" squares I have sitting in boxes. I used to cut all donated fabric into 6" squares and firstly my lovely Mum and Dad used to make the squares into tops that I donated. Then when Mum was unable to sew any more, a lady I worked with took over making the tops. She has now moved interstate and I still have lots of boxes of 6" squares so I thought I could use the brighter ones to make the nine patches look a bit more interesting. I am determined to use up all of these scraps that are filling boxes and bins and now I'm not taking any more donations I am making time to go through all my scraps.
  The last top was made using Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Sting X pattern and I have made enough for a quilt of 48 blocks. It's a quick pattern and a great way to use up smaller scraps that are too short for QAYG blocks.
 I have 5 more quilts to make before we leave so I plan to quilt some tops tomorrow. At least taking it easy has given me some time to think about how I want to use up some of these older scraps and projects.
 Thanks for your kind words.
Hugs, Jan Mac


Maria said...

Good to hear that you are feeling a lot better, Jan. Love those quilt tops!

Gina E. said...

WOW! For someone who's not feeling well, you have been incredibly productive! I doubt if I have one tenth of the scrap fabric that you have, but what I've got is more than enough to deal with. Hopefully one day I'll actually find the time to deal with them,lol!
Hope you are feeling on top of the world again soon.

scraphappy said...

Using up scraps can be so therapeutic. There is no stress about making mistakes when you are using up extras.

phxquilt said...

Jan Am glad to hear that you are on the mend. You put me to shame even when you don't feel well. Lovely quilts! Feel great soon.

Linda said...

Love your recent output. Don't know how you work so fast especially as you are still not completely well. The nine patch is a great quilt, love the bright triangle corners you added to the original blocks.... Such a super idea. The String X is definitely on my list of Quilts to Make!