After making a scrappy trip around the world quilt in 2013 and two scrap quilts this summer (my Nested Churn Dash quilt and my Jumping Jacks quilt), I thought a lot about how much I enjoy quilting with my scraps. Not only are scrap quilts easy to work on between other projects, but they also allow you to have fun again and again with bits and pieces of favorite fabrics.
This weekend I was able to finish up four more scrappy log cabin blocks, but as I dug through my scrap bins for fabrics I realized I needed to do some more "scrap organization." Some of the fabrics are more suited for a couple of other scrap quilts I'm working on: my scrappy strings quilt, and my scrappy strings quilt with Fig Tree fabrics.
My scrappy strings quilts have kind of been neglected lately, but I plan to revisit them soon after finding more suitable fabrics.
I plan to take a little bit of time this week and work on filling two new containers: scrappy strings and Fig Tree strings. I'm going to define "strings" as pieces of fabric 1 1/2" and narrower. Strips larger than strings but narrower than 2 1/2" will go into my log cabin scrap container.
And I also realized that a postage stamp quilt or two is inevitable. I just can't throw away perfectly good 1 1/2" squares. As I've tried to get better organized in the sewing room and especially in the sense of how I use my scraps I've come up with a list of ideas to help me get more of these projects finished up.
Tips for Scrap Quilts
- Choose a variety of scrap quilt projects so you can best utilize scrap fabrics.
- Organize specific scrap bins by project to make it easier to work on the projects at any given time.
- Use simple scrap sewing as "leaders and enders" for regular sewing. I've been using my postage stamp 9-patches and my scrappy log cabins as leaders and enders this week.
- Realize that it's okay for scrap quilts to be longer works in progress. Don't rush scrap quilting.
- Take time on a regular basis to organize and separate scraps into appropriate containers.
- Enjoy quilting with those scraps!