I was having a bit of a stocktake one day and realised I have rather a lot fabric scraps. I do love a bag of scraps, but I’m becoming increasingly interested in quilts made of solids and/or a more limited palette. As one of my goals this year is to use my stash, what to do?
Carolyn Forster’s scrapbuster quilt in Today’s Quilter in (issue 31 ) got me thinking.
I used this Liberty print to help me plan, and pulled out all the scarlet, turquoise, mustard, fuchsia and chocolate scraps, along with a few neutrals.
Carolyn suggests using fabric rather than paper as a backing, which means it doesn’t have to be removed. I happened to have some cream canvas from a giant Organic Textile Company remnant bundle. I want to use this quilt to keep the back seat of my car clean – and Hetty comfy of course – so the canvas is perfect to make the quilt stronger.
The blocks are made from triangles, each with a blue centre strip which make up the outlines of the squares when they are sewn together. As well as strings, it’s useful to have some larger scraps for the corners. I saved the pieces as I trimmed each block and incorporated them into the next, so no scrap was left behind!
I absolutely loved making these blocks (they’re roughly placed together – not sewn – in the photo above). There is something very liberating about not having to stick to a plan. I just picked up the scraps and sewed them together without thinking about the colours too much.
I’ve finished the twelve blocks I planned, but the scrap bag is still quite full. I’m planning more – maybe a purple, blue, green and gold quilt for the garden bench?