Happy Wednesday! I love the idea of “works in progress” posts and have done many of those over the last few years; however, I’ve been thinking that along with the “progress” the important thing is the actual “process” used in creating quilts; I think this is especially interesting in relationship to scrap quilts.
The other day I shared my 9 mini Nested Churn Dash Blocks–you can see from the photo above that although the blocks haven’t changed in size yet I have been working on them. I’ve cut out all the parts and pieces for all of the outer layers: in doing so I found out I had a lot more blue Minick & Simpson scraps than red. It was a good thing I began cutting the biggest pieces first so I would have enough.
After getting everything cut out for those 9 blocks I realized I couldn’t stop at 9. I’m kind of in love with this quilt already, and I really needed this to be a king sized quilt so I can use it every summer in my room! So I set out cutting the mini churn dash sections for 7 more blocks. And then I realized I really didn’t have enough reds for a king size version (I must have used more reds than blues in all of the quilts these scraps came from). I figured out that just a few fat quarters would be enough, though, and I was lucky to find some on Etsy that will work just perfectly!
So while some scrap quilts really can be made completely from left-overs–it’s good to stop and evaluate at the beginning to make the best use of fabrics.
My other major project for July is to get all of the arcs pieced for my Double Wedding Ring project. I shared my beginnings quite a few weeks ago and have just been itching to get back to working on this. I’m using the Pickledish tutorial by Aneela for my blocks with one slight change. Callie used this pattern last year for our Bees Knees quilting group and changed the template slightly, adding seam allowances to the paper pieced arc templates.
This is also a scrap quilt (although I have been picking up fat quarters in these colors here and there when I find them). In order to make those first four arcs without any repeated fabrics I started cutting without much thought. I figured I was roughly about ¼ of the way finished with the cutting. The other day I stopped and actually counted each of the rectangles I’ve cut and listed by color how many I have of each. Since my squares at the end of the arcs are going to be navy and grey I’ll want more of the other colors.
I started making notes…I have 124 arcs to go! I’m going to start cutting more fabrics and keep track of the numbers. Then the paper piecing should go quickly!
How do you start a scrap quilt that needs a little planning? I’d love to hear any ideas on your process!
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