Scrap Project #1

For the longest time I was saving my scraps in a big tub with no organization at all. Earlier this year, I finally tackled the scrap tub and managed to somewhat tame the madness. I sorted the scraps by color and each color group got their own little (shoebox size) container. I figured this would be all the scraps I would keep so I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed by them.

Scrap fabric storage

Since this picture, I’ve added a few more containers and my scraps are threatening to take over the closet. And we all know what comes next – soon they will be overflowing into my sewing room because scraps multiply. Every. Single. Day.

Time to do something.

When Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs showed us her disappearing nine patch baby quilt a couple of weeks ago, I decided that would be the perfect project for some of the scraps I have. I chose to use pinks/reds, because that bin is the most stuffed, and because I have the perfect flannels for the backing. I’ve also been so busy doing quilting for other people that I really needed to do something quick and fun.

Scrap Baby Quilt - Disappearing Nine Patch

I used white to keep everything from looking too scrambled, and I like the way it looks. This is the perfect size baby quilt measuring 41″ x 41″. I still have to baste and bind, and then I’ll donate it to a local group that makes quilts for sick children.

While I feel good about doing a quick, easy, and ‘just for the fun of sewing’ project, I’m amazed at how few scrap pieces this actually took out of the scrap bin. It made me realize I have waaaay more scrap fabric than I thought, and I’ll be able to make many, many quilts.

I think I need a bigger scrap project!

I’m waiting to pick up some white batting, which I’ll get tomorrow, and then I can finish this one up. I plan on making a blue/green one next, and then I’ll find a bigger project to do. It’s so fun to make a quilt from scraps, it feels like I’m using free fabric! 🙂

Don’t forget – today is the last day of the New Quilt Blocks Blog Hop and there are 16 more tutorials to check out. Today’s host is Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination. Head on over to her blog to find the tutorials and to register to win your own bundle of solids!

Today I’m linking up with My Quilt Infatuation, and Oh, Scrap!



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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8 Responses to Scrap Project #1

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  2. Bonnie in Va says:

    Your quilt is darling. You’ve done a great job of coming up with very fresh looking colors. Good job!

  3. Very cute baby quilt. Scraps do seem to take over the sewing room. You might be interested in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Angela picks a color each month to use in a scrappy project. The last two years she’s also sponsored a sampler. It doesn’t fix the scrap problem, but the weekly linky parties encourage me to do something with my scraps each week.

  4. Helen says:

    Come and organise mine ? I’ll put the coffee on!

  5. Susan says:

    Looks great! I need a baby quilt soon, maybe I should think about this one.

  6. Anne Beier says:

    I love making scrap quilts. I know what you mean about the fact that it didn’t make the big dent in the scraps that you thought it would. This quilt has a “Valentine’s Day” feel to me. Well done.

  7. Tish says:

    Congrats on getting control of your scraps and making such a sweet little quilt. You should see the mess I have made…yikes! I recently inherited the scraps of a well seasoned quilter.

  8. Jasmine says:

    What a darling quilt top. This will be treasured. Have fun figuring out some scrap busting quilts!

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