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sarahbelle 09-18-2010 06:08 PM

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I am making a 'Candy Dots' quilt that I bought from KQ. I really like the fabric and how it is turning out. I knew that it was going to be lap size and I was ok with that..... what I am not ok with is how much waste their was with this pattern.

The pattern called for 2 Bali Pop packs (those aren't cheep).... but when i got done putting it together I had 28 10 1/2" sets of 3 strips sewn together, 8 strips not used and some 10" (and less) cuts from other strips.

In my book, this much waste is unacceptable. I have enough strips to make 7 (yes 7) more rows, but nothing to make the boxes (cause they are made from near solids, and there aren't any more). I can't supplement and make more boxes because of how random everything is. Also, because of the way it is put together, I can't add to the ends (the rows that start with strips start with a smaller length of strip).

Any ideas on how to use these extra strips so they dont go to waste?

The Left overs

cherylynne 09-18-2010 06:12 PM

Just use them in another project. Sew them together and make something small. Coasters, table runner etc. Beautiful quilt!!

wvdek 09-18-2010 06:14 PM

Sure turning out pretty. How about just sewing together and make borders, or sew together and make binding.

Wonder why the 'waste'?

MaryStoaks 09-18-2010 06:15 PM

Could you make a scrappy border?

Jingle 09-18-2010 06:17 PM

Very pretty. No such thing as leftovers, that is what scrappy quilts are made from.

Twilliebee 09-18-2010 06:17 PM

I'd probably make something pretty random. Can't go wrong with those lovely batiks. If you have a yard of a batik in a colour lighter (or darker) than any of these, you could frame the leftover blocks and let them 'float', then you the remaining stips for a pieced border.
Looks like you've got the makings of another whole (lovely) lap quilt. And I'm sure you get lots of great ideas from more experienced quilters (which I am not!)
Good luck!

Dina 09-18-2010 06:17 PM

I have no answers for you, but I love your quilt assistant!

justwannaquilt 09-18-2010 06:18 PM

Could you buy a little bit of similar solids and make a whole nother quilt?

gale 09-18-2010 06:19 PM

Wow, gorgeous quilt!! I think I would use them for part of the backing. Or if you have enough, make a table topper or a pillow or something.

CarrieAnne 09-18-2010 06:21 PM

Pretty quilt!

sandpat 09-18-2010 06:21 PM

Thats really pretty! I'd probably use them as a scrappy border, use them for binding or make a pieced back for the quilt. That does seem like a lot of waste though

deedum 09-18-2010 06:22 PM

A strip quilt, but then that is a scrappie! I made one, and I love it!

Blue Bell 09-18-2010 06:24 PM

Your quilt is beautiful. I am sure you will find a way to use up the scraps.

charmpacksplus 09-18-2010 06:30 PM

Maybe you could make a matching pillow from the leftovers, or sell them in the buy, sell, trade section.

Candace 09-18-2010 06:32 PM

Make a baby girl 9 patch quilt.

SharonAnne 09-18-2010 06:36 PM

Pillow shams?

memathomas 09-18-2010 07:44 PM

may be a cell phone purse on another hand bag look at mine on face book

memathomas

wolfkitty 09-18-2010 07:50 PM

If you want a larger quilt, outline the squares in a solid, matching color, and use the strips to line up around the outside.

amma 09-18-2010 08:21 PM


Originally Posted by wvdek
Sure turning out pretty. How about just sewing together and make borders, or sew together and make binding.

Wonder why the 'waste'?

This is my suggestion too.

quiltluvr 09-18-2010 11:12 PM

Great suggestions.

I totally get what you're saying about the waste, but after a few times of getting caught short I temper my thinking more.

Just a thought, did the pattern have other larger sizes that may account for the leftovers?

Lacelady 09-18-2010 11:29 PM

You could set them to one side until you have more strips, then use them for a piano key border. I love the quilt though.

ckcowl 09-19-2010 01:22 AM

that is not called waste that is called adding to your stash! most of us are very happy to have that much left over fabric from a project!

DebsShelties 09-19-2010 02:27 AM

How about a small wall hanging, tablerunner, pillow cover?

leatheflea 09-19-2010 04:06 AM

Pretty quilt, could you add a border, or a pillow case?

katier825 09-19-2010 04:10 AM

It's really pretty. I'd do a piano key border with the scraps.

quiltinghere 09-19-2010 04:10 AM

Sew the strips together and use that as part of your backing.

or

cut the strips into squares - and rearrage to your liking and make another quilt.

julybaby8 09-19-2010 04:15 AM


Originally Posted by quiltinghere
Sew the strips together and use that as part of your backing.

or

cut the strips into squares - and rearrage to your liking and make another quilt.

I was thinking this way too.

Joeysnana 09-19-2010 04:20 AM

borders, binding, or backing!

memathomas 09-19-2010 05:31 AM

a small wheel chair lap quilt for a senior at the center

katiebear1 09-19-2010 05:34 AM


Originally Posted by Jingleberry
Very pretty. No such thing as leftovers, that is what scrappy quilts are made from.

Ditto

pieces 09-19-2010 05:50 AM

Theres plenty of scrap quilts the leftovers can be used for.
Add them to your stash and when you least expect, there they will be, ready for your next project.
This is why I have never bought a 'quilt kit'. Use whats in your stash for a quilt top. Or buy fabric, make a quilt top and add to your stash. :thumbup:

Mariposa 09-19-2010 06:15 AM

Maybe buy a couple of batiks that read as solid, and either make another quilt, or even make your quilt bigger with a scrappy border.
There's always smaller things too: table runner, pillow, sachets, small tote, coasters, book cover, pin cushions, etc.
Hope you make it work to your satisfaction! :)

Dora 09-19-2010 06:19 AM

you might could make you a sewing machine cover, or placemates for your table,
HUGS Dora

wolfkitty 09-19-2010 08:14 AM

Such pretty colors on your quilt. I really like it! Which Bali did you use?

debbieumphress 09-19-2010 09:04 AM

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No such thing as waste. WHile at a quilt retreat, everyone was buying the Balipops strips and making beautiful change pruses, full size grommet purses and such. YOu can probably google a few purses. I have the pattern but it is missing in action right in my sewing room.

WilliP 09-19-2010 09:21 AM


Originally Posted by wvdek
Sure turning out pretty. How about just sewing together and make borders, or sew together and make binding.

Wonder why the 'waste'?

Probably to allow for the various mistakes some of us tend to make and then are apt to call and complain that we were shorted fabric.

BellaBoo 09-19-2010 10:12 AM

Left over fabric is very acceptable to me. It's just more I don't have to shop for later. There are too many small projects to use the leftover for to list. Check modabakeshop.com and Bali Pops website for ideas.

littlehud 09-19-2010 05:59 PM

That quilt is beautiful. I'm sure you will find a use for the scraps. I always do. Scrappy quilt maybe.

moonwolf23 09-19-2010 06:14 PM


Originally Posted by sarahbelle
I am making a 'Candy Dots' quilt that I bought from KQ. I really like the fabric and how it is turning out. I knew that it was going to be lap size and I was ok with that..... what I am not ok with is how much waste their was with this pattern.

The pattern called for 2 Bali Pop packs (those aren't cheep).... but when i got done putting it together I had 28 10 1/2" sets of 3 strips sewn together, 8 strips not used and some 10" (and less) cuts from other strips.

In my book, this much waste is unacceptable. I have enough strips to make 7 (yes 7) more rows, but nothing to make the boxes (cause they are made from near solids, and there aren't any more). I can't supplement and make more boxes because of how random everything is. Also, because of the way it is put together, I can't add to the ends (the rows that start with strips start with a smaller length of strip).

Any ideas on how to use these extra strips so they dont go to waste?

Use them as a border in a rail fence type of pattern. Or go through your stash, find a coordinating solid, border that and then use those strips to make another border. So you go from a lap to a full???

or send em my way eg

freezeframe03 09-19-2010 06:21 PM

Really pretty quilt. Your quilt inspector is hinting that he/she would like a quilt out of the leftovers.


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