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Thread: Sooooooo much waste.... need ideas (with pics)

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    What about some pillow shams or pillow cases. Beautiful quilt.

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    What a gorgeous quilt - the colors are just beautiful. I'd be delighted to have it, if you don't like it.

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    They are great looking, all ready cut and can be used in another quilt. I would put them in a quart size baggy and mark how wide and how long they are. At some point these will comin in very handy in another project.

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    Like someone else just said , a matching pillow would be really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Can you sew them together to make strip borders? Kind of like stacked Chinese coin strips. Another idea would be to sew them together lasagna style and use it as the back of the quilt or partially as the back of the quilt. I agree that is not a well thought out pattern. Hope you can incorporate them.
    What is lasagna style, please?
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    You could use the extra strips for binding. I love scrappy bindings for scrap quilts, it looks great. You can see my scrappy binding in this quilt.
    Sharon W.
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    I always hold my breath in the hope that I have purchased enough fabric using the pattern requirements in case I mess up the cutting or the measuring somehow. I would much rather have LOTS leftover, then not enough. I just take all of the extra and put it with the rest of my scrap extras.
    I love that Candy Dots quilt.
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    Quote 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?
    I would take some measurements of the top and try to coordinate some borders. Couldn't hurt if it were bigger and you would be using up the extra fabric. Also maybe a pillow case or two to match the quilt.

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    The reason there was so much left over is because these folks are in the business of selling fabric. If you want to make something they have published, and they tell you what you will need - you will buy it. Or you can figure out for yourself what you want to make and/or figure out how much you REALLY need. I LOVE graph paper!
    That said: there is always a way to use the scraps. I do hope you enjoy the journey.

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    pretty quilt, I would save the scraps for your next swap.

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    Waste??? Not in my sewing room. Leftover make scrappy quilts.

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    Leftovers feed creativity as this topic displays. You go girl...

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    Quote 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?
    Try making a colour wash quilt or a bargello,which are similar patterns in concept. You sew all of the strips together lengthwise so that you make a striped sheet of fabric. Then sew the sides together to make a tube. Place this tube of fabric crosswise in front of you and cut strips across the fabric so that you end up with bracelets of fabric that you can unpick in one spot and move up and down to create interesting patterns. When you are happy with your result (usually a stepped design) sew these new strips together and you have a new quilt.

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    I love your quilt and the fabric, you could make place mats pot holders sewing machine cover, the colors would complament any room. God bless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    You could use the extra strips for binding. I love scrappy bindings for scrap quilts, it looks great. You can see my scrappy binding in this quilt.
    Sharon W.
    I love your quilt. So colorful and no waste.

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    I am using all my strips leftover from projects to make potholders. Or, you could sew them all together until you get the required 27" for a pillowcase, then add a compimentary border. It would be beautiful with those fabrics.

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    Your quilt is beautiful. I have that pattern saved to try sometime. From the looks of you scraps, you might be able to make a log cabin quilt. Just an idea.
    Karen

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    I have made many things from scraps. I sew together pieces of batting and then sew on scrap strip of fabric and bind and make baby bibs. I have even found a purse pattern made with small scraps. But I just took a class with Bonnie Hunter in Hershey, PA this summer and I am now making "Crumb" quilts with my scraps. Any size, any shape. Let me see if I can post a picture.

    If this works, it is photo of the lettering I did along with some of the blocks. I guess the other photos are in the other computer. I do have to take photos of the quilts completed.
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    Sarabelle: I think your idea of using the left overs in a border is great. Unless the quilt is for someone really using it for a lap quilt, bigger is usually better.

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    How about a pillow to go with the quilt.

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    You have nice colors, I'd probably use them for applique flowers, maybe the magic vine. If you bought this as a kit, that is really a shame it was so over the top fabric wise.

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    Your quilting assistant looks like my Schmooey.

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    I am dealing with the same problem with a quilt as you go quilt. It called for one yard to a yard and a half of fabrics and then didn't tell me how much batting I needed. Plus the backing amounts were more than needed. Believe me I have lots left over. My friend is making the same quilt and using fat quarters and has plenty left over at that. None of the fabrics did I need a yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobylehnj
    I have made many things from scraps. I sew together pieces of batting and then sew on scrap strip of fabric and bind and make baby bibs. I have even found a purse pattern made with small scraps. But I just took a class with Bonnie Hunter in Hershey, PA this summer and I am now making "Crumb" quilts with my scraps. Any size, any shape. Let me see if I can post a picture.

    If this works, it is photo of the lettering I did along with some of the blocks. I guess the other photos are in the other computer. I do have to take photos of the quilts completed.
    I take a picture of everything I make and keep them in a small photo album. I have four daughters and someday they will see all the things I made. None of them sew or are the least bit interested in homemade things right now so it all goes elsewhere.

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    I love the idea of putting one's quilting scraps in a bag and labeling said bag with sizes, etc. I have cut varying sizes of blocks and strips and put them in baggies...I also have leftover flannes from a Turning Twenty quilt waiting for me to play with and turn into a doll's quilt for my GD for a Christmas gift. Lots of terrific ideas in this thread!

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