Each month Angela at Soscrappy gives a colour and some sampler patterns and lots of people round the world use that colour: some to make the sampler blocks, others to work on other projects. This month the colour has been yellow. On Saturdays we link up to show one another what we've been making in the last week
I sewed some 1.5 inch squares into nine patches; I don't know what for, but just because they were there. I was going to use nine patches in the border of the 2014 RSC quilt, changed my mind, but kept on making nine patches.
Last week I posted about this:
and asked you what the smallest size is you think worth saving. The answers ranged from:
- 0.5" square to 2" square, or
- 0.75"wide by 2.75" long, or "anything with a seam allowance"!
I'm amazed! I hadn't expected anything less than 1" wide.
I also asked what you do with really tiny scraps. Here is a summary of the answers I received:
- spread out on the garden as mulch
- donate to junior school / child care institution for craft projects
- save for appliqué
- use the tiniest pieces under tulle in appliqué
I don't have a garden any more, and I'm not sure if (excess) dye in fabric is good for plants, nor how quickly it rots away. If I still had some land I would try mulching the neighbour's hedge! Just testing, of course!
The other three ideas I found very encouraging.
I've just put a bag of scraps (mostly from dressmaking) together for my granddaughter who, according to my daughter, is always cutting and gluing.
The other small pieces I'm saving for appliqué.
Last week a no-reply blogger asked how I sewed the crumbs together. Now I don't know about everyone else, but I start with an irregular pentagon and just keep adding pieces round it. Just like a log cabin, a wonky log cabin that is. When I need a longer piece than I have in the bin, I just sew two or three together until I have a long enough piece. I don't use any foundation fabric or paper. I try to straighten up the sides by cutting off as little as possible, but if I need to cut off a large piece I make it really large and it can be the start of the next crumby block. So far it seems a lot like crazy quilting, except the pieces are much smaller, and there are no embellishments.
The other sewing this week was quilting my 2014 Rainbow quilt which came to a stop on Monday. Can you see what's missing?
A trip to the LQS on Wednesday remedied the situation and the last quarter is quilted and the quilt is being assembled. I'm putting it together by QAYG, I don't know yet how successful that will be, but quilting the smaller pieces (approximately 42" square) was much easier than holding a full-sized quilt under the needle of my machine,
I saw this afternoon that Angela has changed the background colour on her blog, so it looks like April's colour is purple. While I was pulling fabric for my granddaughter I kept all purple crumbs for myself and even found some purple blocks in there already made.
On Saturday I shall be linking to
so hop over there to look at more scrappy sunshine.
PS What's missing? I ran out of wadding! But you all saw that!!!