Monday, February 10, 2014

Busting the Scraps

My scrap bins have been getting a little out of control of late.  I'm ashamed to to say I am a hoarder in the scrap department (*hangs head in shame*), but I just can't throw away pretty things no matter how small they are.  So, I've been trying to make heads or tails of them since Christmas break. 

The easiest way for me to do that is to dump them on the floor and make some slabs ala Sunday Morning Quilts.  For me it's a happy mindless exercise that yields beautiful results.  So after spending a couple days with an Edward Scissorhands sized mess I managed to make some pretties.

 I chose to make "blocks" rather than slabs but the process is the same.  Easy and awesome!
My blocks are 15" so that when it comes time to put them together I'll only need 20 or so to make a nice sized throw.  Bigger blocks = less work, right?

Rainbow color order scrap bins

With pink and turquoise cleaned out, I've only got 7 more colors to go. WooHoo!

Pink and Turquoise Fabric scrap strips

In a fit of scrap hoarding mania, I also decided to make strips for these scrappy x blocks.  I've had them on my wish list for.ever!  Both projects will probably be ongoing throughout the year but I'm determined to empty all my bins this year! 

What about you? Do you have an over abundance of scraps, or a great scrap project you want to share?
Happy Monday!


SeeMaryQuilt said... Reply To This Comment

Love your scrap storage! So organized and ready for projects!

I'm a bit of a hoarder myself, but I love scrappy quilts, so I guess it all works out.

Becky said... Reply To This Comment

Way to go! I only started sewing last Summer but I had built up a lot of scraps. I made a scrappy herringbone quilt block last week. I like your idea of making big blocks!

charlotte said... Reply To This Comment

When you finish with your scraps, can you work on mine? lol My bins, especially blue and green are soooo full! Love your slab/blocks.

QuarterMileQuilts said... Reply To This Comment

LOVE this! Such a great use of scraps. We're moving in a month and I just keep thinking how I need to bust out a few scrap quilt tops before we move. Thanks for the ideas! I also go through my small scraps and turn them into 2" squares for a scrap project, or 2.5" squares for a hexagon project.

Renae said... Reply To This Comment

I am trying to get rid of more of mine. I did give a bag or two away but there is still MORE. It all may just have to go with a move coming up because if I keep it I feel like I have do something with it.

edeenut said... Reply To This Comment

What an excellent idea to sew the colors together as you go all year. I will have to try that, it may take a bit of dedication on my part, but worth it in the end and will keep my scraps at bay... said... Reply To This Comment

I have 5 big bird seed tubs full of scraps, I've arranged them in autumnal colours, white and creams, kids, brights and 'the won't go in any other tub' tub.