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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Diving into the Scraps

Over the years, I have established a habit of dumping all my leftover scraps from my projects into a big Rubbermaid tub. It is BIG - 40 gallons, maybe? Every year, at some point, I find myself compelled to dive into the scrap tub and make something useful of all those scraps.

One of my very good friends is getting married this summer. I wanted to make a bed quilt for her, and I wanted it to be a scrap quilt. I could not decide on a pattern, but I also wanted it to be EASY to use my scraps. Since so many of my scraps are strips, I decided to come up with a pattern using string piecing. Here is what I came up with:

This has not yet been sewn together, but the blocks are shown here on my design wall.
I used only commercial prints (not any hand dyed fabrics) for this bed quilt.

As I was sorting through my scraps, I pulled out all the hand dyed pieces and set them aside.

Then, I sorted them by color. I had four piles.

Here is the first one I put together of greens:

BLUE - this is the collage of blue fabrics

RED - this is the collage of the red scraps.

I have one more to go - it is a pile of neutrals - beiges, blacks, and browns. It will probably be my favorite.

Then what?

I will probably do some screen printing on these collages, maybe some discharging. I will probably cut them apart and sew them back together after that, maybe inserting some other strips of a contrasting color. I dunno for sure. Any suggestions?


Louise in SW Saskatchewan said...

The green collage looks to me like a series of landscape type vignettes (what else would I see, being landscape oriented as I am). I'm not quite sure what you could do to play this up.... I may have to think about it some more.

I do LOVE the way you have done the collages in colour families though........

louise in sw saskatchewan

Tricia McKellar said...

I love them all! Maybe the green is my favorite, no, maybe the red! :)

Gerrie said...

Oh, you have inspired me. I need to do this with my scraps. I love the idea of the color sort.

alice said...

The scrappy quilt is fun. I like the color family collages, the green being my favorite. Looking forward to seeing where you go with them! alice

Lisa Walton said...

I really love these collages - you have really inspired me to attack my scrap drawers