Monday, January 5, 2015

Scraps Monday


 Happy Monday! Today is the first official "Scraps Monday" post, and I'm super excited to begin a year of using my scraps! At the end of each "Scraps Monday" post I'll set up a link tool so you can link up if you've sewn with your scraps in the last week!




This week I thought we could begin by sharing our scrap project goals for the year. One of my scraps projects that I really want to work on this year is my string block project. I've been saving strips and strings (pieces 1" - 1 3/4") in a basket...so I just need to get sewing.



 I'm also going to work on my Log Cabin scrappy blocks. I'm mixing brights with low-volume and text prints.



 And here is an idea you can use for scrap projects and/or other works in progress. The folks at AllPeopleQuilt have created a UFO challenge for this year. Begin by downloading their handy form here, and then make a list of your projects and their status. On the 5th of every month they will draw a number from 1-12...and then you work on the project with the corresponding number for the month. I think it's a great idea! Even if you don't finish the monthly project, at least you'll be further along!



 My favorite scrap quilting book right now is Handfuls of Scraps - Pieced into Amazing Quilts.  This incredible book has beautiful photos of 36 antique quilts and also has patterns for 15 scrappy quilts.



Another idea I have for my scraps this year is to make scrappy Dresden blocks...I made these blocks over the New Year's holiday for a Somerset version of my Pot Luck quilt (I'll share the quilt top in my next post). 





By the way...part two of the Dresden tutorial is ready. This part of the tutorial focuses on making the center section of the Dresden Plate block.You can watch it here or you can also watch the Dresden block center circle tutorial here (on YouTube).

Finally...I'm making a scrappy quilt with four-patch blocks...more on this in an upcoming post..

If you need some ideas for scrappy projects, this post from last fall gives some ideas and links to other scrap posts I've written.

What scrap projects are you making right now? I'd love to have you link up below.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 






12 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that looks like a great book and I love those blocks you are making. I whipped up a scrappy patchwork for a baby quilt at the end of the year and it is now on my frame - the applique quilt that I show was also made with scraps but they are mostly solids.

Renea said...

I am going to be following you closely as I have made it my mission to cut all my scraps into usable sizes and then I want to make as many scrap quilts that I can make using up all of those scraps. Thanks for all the ideas and for the inspiration.

Nanna said...

what a great way to jump start doing something with those scraps,maybe I'll get brave & make a dresdren lol! I actully ahve a "UFO' quilt made with the strip method that my Aunt taught me that I need & will finish quiltingthis year , I love all your blocks!

Helen

Laikabear said...

Thank you for the helpful tutorial! I learned something new from both videos. I remember struggling with a flimsy 1 layer freezer paper circle template, and I didn't know the trick about the basting stitch! That would have made things a lot easier! :)

em's scrapbag said...

so looking forward to this each Monday.

Jennie in GA said...

Hoping your encouragement will keep me moving forward this year. Love your cheery and informative blog.

Sinta Renee said...

This is great! I got my sewing room a somewhat organized... now I will know what Scrappy project I am reaching for!

lgoldsworthy said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I know I can use the motivation to use up my (many!) scraps :).

gailss said...

Just love the way you find new ideas for your scraps and I have started to gather my scraps.....love your string blocks! Thinking the Dresden Plates is the first for me and thanks for the motivation.

Needled Mom said...

Those scrappy blocks are gorgeous. They are just "happy" blocks.

Susie Hoover said...

Love the APQ Challenge. Just printed off my list and will be heading to my sewing space to start logging UFOs. Probably will wish there were more months in the year as I'm sure I have WAAAAAAY more than 12 projects to log in! Hahahaha!!!

Gunilla said...

Thank you for excellent tutorials!!! They were easy to follow and gave great tips on the how to's! Now I know what to make from the small mini charms!

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