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Thread: What to do with all this scrap and left overs.....

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    Okay I really need some ideas here, I have tons of left over blocks and squares that I dont want to toss but I need to do something with. I have strips from my sons scrappy in my avatar, 4 patches of different color combos, some whole blocks that I had made too many of, and they are all different prints and colors.

    I have enough to make a lap quilt I think but how do I do it and what sort of pattern would I use. Photos would be very helpful......

    So what do I do with them?

    Billy

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    Something scrappy

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    billy,
    Go to
    http://quiltville.com
    All she does is scrappy quilts..

    or:
    http://www.maryquilts.com

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    Yeah but what? Thats where I am at a loss, for some reason I can not vision this in my head.

    Billy

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    How about a scrappy 9P. I've seen a few of those and thought they were beautiful.

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    If you don't find a use for them, please don't toss them. There are many here who can use them and/or cannot afford anything else.

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    ok what colors do you have?? What do you like to work with, smaller or larger pieces?? are they already 'cut-up' into squares? strips?


    you can use color groups.. all reds.. all blues.. all browns for the 4 patch furrow squares..

    Bricks and stones..
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    crumbs- my favorite!!
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    You could work out the size of your largest block, then make scrappy/randoms out of the rest (adding bits and pieces 'til they are all a uniform size). Pick a nice bright solid (black is my all time favourite) sash them, say, an inch and a half all the way round and there you have it.

    I am doing one at the moment and since it is going on our bed, I got my husband to pick the sashing (he went with red)...he also got the most peculiar Wizard of Oz fabric (demented looking trees with faces) and red apples...looks quirky and that will be the backing. It is purely an exercise in loosening up, improving my skills and depleting large amounts of bits and pieces. I also want to see if I can quilt a queen size quilt on my domestic machine, without messing up. Let us know how you get on....it is fascinating to see what different quilters get up to!

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    I think I can pull the bricks and stones off fairly easily or do a bunch or 4 patches and have at it. I also have 4-2 gallon bags full of crumbs to try and do something with them.

    I just need to clean out some of my left overs and was wondering how to do it.

    Billy

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    luvtooquilt- your quilts are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    luvtooquilt- your quilts are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!
    Wish I could take credit but they belong to Bonnie..


    Billy,
    I'm right there with you.. I'm currently using up my 3in half square bin..
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-89015-1.htm

    scrappy half squares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    luvtooquilt- your quilts are FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!
    Wish I could take credit but they belong to Bonnie..


    Billy,
    I'm right there with you.. I'm currently using up my 3in half square bin..
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-89015-1.htm
    I like that!!

    Billy

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    This is what I did with the scraps from Jenny's corduroy quilt.

    one side of pillows
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    The projects in the pictures are VERY NICE!!!

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    Very nice!

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    Do I understand that you already have blocks made and need a use for them? We use our (quilt guild) left over blocks to make a backing for a reversible quilt. You may have to add borders to get them all the same size for a row but it is a scrappy. My kids love them.

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    those quilts are so pretty, have to bookmark them.

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    I use orphan blocks and leftover bits and pieces to piece backings together. Here are two links to photos I posted with pieced backs.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-77776-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-85150-1.htm

    I also have a stash of scraps cut into 1 1/2" and 1" logs for a scrappy log cabin and another bunch of HST I am saving for a scrappy ocean waves, these are only 1 3/4" unfinished. There are tons of uses for scraps. I even started saving my teeny tiny square up cuttings and trim offs from paper peicing to stuff pet beds with and another ziploc bag full of trimmings (actually closer to shavings as many of these trims are no more then a few threads wide) I will be setting out for the birds in the spring to use in nesting material. Odd size scraps I am saving in batiks only to make crumb blocks.

    I recently realized I have very few placemats so I plan on using orphan blocks and leftovers to make some placemats. You can use them for potholders too, just have to use that special batting for those.

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    Well I have been out in the studio working on the scrap problem and I have come up with a way to make the vast majority go bye bye! I am making a crumb style block but they are huge in comparison to what you would think. I am calling the quilt the "Holy Scrap" quilt!!

    I will post photos of it and the progress in the Photo Section. But thank you for all of the wonderful suggestions!!! I knew I could count on you guys to help me get rid or this stuff and come up with something useful. There is another variation of this quilt that I am going to make with the next round of scraps. Right now they are 9 1/2" blocks, the next one will be a whole cloth type of quilt............

    Billy

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    Excellent....can't wait to see what you come up with.

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    Yay!!! Glad we could inspire!!!! Cant wait to see the pics!!!!

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    I have all 30 blocks made and could go for more but I am really getting tired of messing with the darn things. :lol: I am going to go get some Orange fabric for the inner border and will do something for the outer and binding. But this is designed to be a utilitarian quilt and will be used like there is no tomorrow.

    I have actually have had fun being able to sew again and relax at my treadle and leave 2011 behind. But I will work on the assembly of the top and hopefully start quilting it this weekend.

    Billy

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