Happy Tuesday! Summer is the time I get a lot of quilting (and organizing) done in the sewing room. And since I’ve been working on several scrappy projects lately, I thought it might be fun to share some of my tips for making scrap quilts.
It seems like every year at about this time I feel like sewing something red, white and blue.
Last summer I made my Scrappy Nested Churn Dash quilt using Minick & Simpson fabric scraps (you can read about that quilt here if you are new to my blog). When I finished I thought my red white and blue stash might be depleted (after all, I made a king-size quilt), but as is often the case, scraps seem to multiply even more when you use them.
So I’m at it again this summer, this time combining other red, blue, navy, and neutral fabrics with my Minick & Simpson left overs. And I’m having a lot of fun.
When I piece scrap quilts, however random they might look, I actually use a little bit of organization as I put everything together.
I start by pulling a pile of strips or scraps and pile them up on my sewing machine table. As I “build” each block I do pay attention to where I’m placing lights and darks, and I try to make sure there is a good mix of the colors I’m using in each block. Having the pile of strips right on the sewing table makes it easy to choose what I want to use next. As I add layers I can always change it up if I feel like there is too much of one color or not enough of another.
When my pile of strips starts getting low or is made up of pieces that are too small to use in my project I choose a new set of fabrics to start sewing with and replenish the pile of strips on the table with new fabrics in different sizes.
If the scrap quilt requires pieces cut to specific sizes, I’ll cut a lot of strips in the sizes I need and organize them in piles on my block boards. This way I can make sure the piles all look semi-balanced before I even start sewing. It takes a little extra time, but if each block is balanced, then I feel like the entire scrap quilt will be balanced.
I’m only about half way finished with these scrappy log cabins…but I’m in love with them already!
Do you have any favorite tips for piecing scrap quilts? I’d love to hear!
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