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

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

Old 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
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:12 PM
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Just use them in another project. Sew them together and make something small. Coasters, table runner etc. Beautiful quilt!!
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:14 PM
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Sure turning out pretty. How about just sewing together and make borders, or sew together and make binding.

Wonder why the 'waste'?
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:15 PM
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Could you make a scrappy border?
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:17 PM
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Very pretty. No such thing as leftovers, that is what scrappy quilts are made from.
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Old 09-18-2010, 06:17 PM
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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!
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I have no answers for you, but I love your quilt assistant!
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Could you buy a little bit of similar solids and make a whole nother quilt?
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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.
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Pretty quilt!
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