MCM #44 – Crushing on Scraps

One of the side effects of quilting is the accumulation of scraps.  Lots and lots of scraps. (Thought I’d share that tidbit of info just in case you didn’t know..)  Although I don’t have as many as some other quilters, I do have way more than I want. My issue is figuring out what to do with them.

I love seeing all the wonderful projects in blogland that are made with scraps. But when I look at my fabric bits, I just become paralyzed with indecision.  How do I put all those different fabrics together so they look cohesive and not just a hodge podge? It hurts my head to think about it!

I have made a couple of baby quilts from the scrap bins, but dang, they didn’t even make a dent. Over the weekend I was doing some sketching and drew up a block that I think is perfect for scraps. I decided to concentrate on my orange/yellow bin and started cutting.

These are the fabrics I’m working with:

Orange Yellow scrap bin

And here are the start of the blocks:

Scrambled Scrap block

Scrambled scrap blocks

So far, I am loving how these look and I am seriously crushing on the way these fabrics are playing together!  As Tim Gunn says, “I’m having a very positive response to this.” Ha!

It takes four of these sections to make one large block. The picture of the bin above is what it looks like after I made 32 small blocks. Right now I have enough blocks to make a baby quilt, but I really would like to make it bigger. So I’m going to dig in and see if I still have enough variety in that bin to make more blocks. I hope to make progress on it this week but time in the sewing room will be iffy – we’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this week for all the family.

I plan to do a tutorial so you can make your own scrap busting quilt if you want. It may be next week before I get it posted.

So these scrappy blocks are what I’m playing with and crushing on this week and I’m linking up with Oh, Scrap!  How about you? I would love to see what has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic below – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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12 Responses to MCM #44 – Crushing on Scraps

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  2. Jasmine says:

    Everyone’s style for scraps is different. I really like how you found something for you. The different sizes in this block will be perfect!

  3. Love those blocks! They are going to make a very happy quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  4. I love your yellow and orange scrappy blocks, Beth! They look so happy and modern/vintage somehow at the same time. Like Brady Bunch Meets Modern Family. 🙂

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  7. Anne Beier says:

    Love the yellow – orange color combination. I’m looking forward to your tutorial. I love Tim Gunn, and some of his quotes are priceless.

  8. Kate says:

    Scrap bins are a challenge. Your solution to that is looking great. Hope you get some time to stitch this week.

  9. These look super, Beth! Have fun with scrap busting 🙂

    -Soma

  10. I keep making mini mini quilts from my scrap bin, but making something that finishes at roughly 4-inches square just isn’t making a dent. I really like where your scrap quilt is headed, and I hope you have time among the busy Thanksgiving prep to get more sewing time / therapy in this week. 🙂

  11. Cath says:

    Well Beth, I have the very same reaction to my scraps so I look forward to your tutorial to see how you achieved what I have failed to do for very many years!

  12. Maureen says:

    Beth, I love these rich colors. Thanks for the upcoming tutorial!

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