I love scrap quilts.
When I was growing up my mother made a lot of scrap quilts. I told her that I want one for graduation. It took her four years to make it, I helped with the hand-quilting, and on graduation day the quilt was mine. I was 18. The quilt was “retired” over a decade later due to a lot of love. It needs patching, but all the wear and tear will result in the patch looking very…wrong. Currently I’m on a the lookout for a sealed quilt display case. It doesn’t need to be large, but it does need to be sealed against dust, cats, spiders, moths, and other critters. I want to show off the beautiful quilt that means so much to more to me than I can’t possibly put into words. Right now it’s in a vacuum-sealed bag to keep it safe.
My love for scrap quilts is never-ending. I’ve kept as many scraps as I think I can work with since I took up quilting three years ago. My sister recently sent me all of hers. I now have enough to make a lap quilt! It’s strips because I have more of those than I do anything else.
For my new project I’m making a strip square quilt. I cut a bunch of standard computer paper to 8.5″ x 8.5″ and am sewing diagonally across them with the strips, trimming the excess off afterwards. Today I finished the first row. Originally it was going to be 8 rows of 8 squares, but I’ve opted for 7 x 7 instead.
Thanks to Teresa Down Under for helping me figure out how to do this. I had tried this before, but the blocks were so…flimsy and busy that I couldn’t get the blocks to meet at the corners. It was a mess! I watched a few of her tutorials and decided sewing to paper would save me a headache. IT HAS!!!
What I’ve done is sew the blocks to paper, arranged the blocks to create a chevron effect, then sew them to each other one at a time, removing the paper from one block AFTER they’re sewn together, then repeating this to the last block. All paper removed, all blocks pressed in one direction. I don’t want to press the seams open but instead will nest the seams instead. This will make lining everything up much easier!
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After I finish this quilt top I have a few others lined up. By a few I mean around half a dozen-ish. I don’t have the funds to purchase any fabric right now, which means going through my stash to make a bunch of quilt tops. After this quilt I think I’ll make a log cabin quilt. I have others planned, but I just want to make some quick-and-easy tops for now. Something to kill time while I wait for my Etsy inventory to be purchase. Most of the quilts will be baby to lap size, but there are a couple larger ones as well.
I’ll take photographs when I finish the quilt tops. This one will take only a few days to finish and already has a name: “Whimsy Sticks”.
Ideally I want to finish at least three more quilt tops before shopping for backing. I have backing for my skeleton quilt, but that’s a personal project and 100% going to be mine. What I need to focus on is making things I can sell. “Cool Chill”, a baby quilt top I started and finished in a day, is hanging in my closet with the binding fabric of choice. I’ll have at least five quilt tops done before I purchase more fabric.
Do any of you create a bunch of quilt tops before choosing which to make into a finished quilt? Do you keep your scraps and make things with them later, give them away, or toss them out in the trash? Do you enjoy scrap quilts at all?