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Thread: Using scraps for Quilts

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    I read the post on scrap quilting and thought I would share this. There are two things to note on this quilt;
    1. A Grandmother's Fan pattern is a great way to use scraps. I am very bad at curved piecing so I simply turned the curved edge under and sewed it down. I taught myself later to use one of my machine stitches for machine applique which is what I did for the pansies on the borders.
    2. The quilt has a surprise inside! I had an old Ohio Star that was so faded and worn, it was beyond repair but I couldn't throw it out - so I used it as the batting! If anyone ever took this quilt apart, they would find the old quilt inside, which I thought was a neat way to recycle. If you quilt by hand, I wouldn't recommend using the old quilt as a batt - it would be pretty hard to sew - but it machine quilted just fine!

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    cool!

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    Very pretty quilt! What an ingenious way to recycle old things!

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    Very pretty, I don't use anything old in my quilts. Old quilt as batting may work if it doesn't show through.

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    smart thinking!! looks beautiful.

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    very pretty

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    you're so good at this! Love the colors & adding the pansies made it more eye catching.

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    Fan quilts are my all time favorite!

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    nice job! great use of an old quilt. :D

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    Thanks to all for the nice compliments!It was fun to make.
    Responding to Jingleberry about the old one showing through - I was worried about that as well. Fortunately, the old one was faded enough and the pattern busy enough that it doesn't. However, I did consider turning over the old quilt so that the old quilt top was facing the back of the new quilt, which was white. I figured that even if it showed through, it might make an intriguing design.

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    Very nice :!:

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    Love the fan quilt pattern.. it is on my someday list ! Great Job :thumbup: What kind of machine do you have... I would have thought using another quilt inside would be too much for a regular machine :shock: Glad it worked

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    I loooove your quilt. I"ve been kind of scared of dong that fan but sounds like you found a great way of making it. So what stitch did you find on your machine that you used to applique?
    I also love your Pansies on the border. What a pretty quilt.
    Also the recycling was a great idea. I love scrappies.
    Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

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    That is exactly what they did in days gone by. They recovered quilts. Put new tops and backs on old quilts. Always thrifty. Your fan quilt is lovely.

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    I have a 15 year old Bernina 1230 that I used for the blocks and the machine applique and a Baby Lok Quilter's Pro that I used for the straight stitch machine quilting. Because the quilt was so old and it was a low loft anyway, I machine quilted it with no problem and in fact could have used my Bernina but the Baby Lok has a 9" bed and MUCH faster stitching!
    The machine applique was done by cutting the pansy design into 3 shapes and layering one shape on top of the other. I used deep seam allowances (about 1/2 inch) so the edges were easy to turn under. The stitch was a blanket stitch on the Bernina which I had to reverse because the straight line side of the stitch was on the left side!
    Oddly enough, the whole project came together very easily - the pansy blocks were simple because they were large (12" square)and the fans were easy as well - cutting the pieces was tedious (I usually strip piece with a rotary cutter) but I just cut them while watching mindless TV!

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    Great ideas for used quilts and I like the current quilt.

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    What a great way to recycle!!! I love the whole concept of this quilt, beautiful job :D:D:D

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    My maternal grandmother did that to a quilt that was worn our that my paternal grandmother had done. It is now in my possession. I was born in 1937 and I know the encasement was done before 1943, the year my paternal grandmother died. I don't remember the quilt being other than the way it is now. I haven't been brave enough to undo it to find out what the original quilt's pattern was. My maternal grandmother tied it instead of quilting it, as she only quilted by hand.

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    Do you have a picture of it? I would love to see it. Its really hard to find old quilts these days - like anything else that is well-used, eventually they do start to wear out.

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    Great quilt. Every time I cut a quilt I wonder what am I going to do with the leftovers as I put them in my tube. This has inspired. Thank you for sharing.

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    I am always fascinated by scrap quilts. I found 2 good ways to use scraps;
    1. When you do any project (even if it isn't a quilt), make a block with the leftover pieces. Don't worry if all the blocks aren't the same size - you can always add borders to the smaller blocks. I have already gotten 6 blocks for my nascent sampler quilt by doing this.

    2. String piecing makes some beautiful and unusual blocks using scraps.You can even sew small pieces of fabric together to make a 'string' and really end up with some cool patterns.

    If you can't tell, I have a LOT of scraps!

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    Oh, its really pretty! I love the colors!

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    What a pretty quilt. It's a stash buster and I love the way you recycled the old quilt. Great job.

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