* Scrap Reduction Project *

January 14th, 2015 at 8:42 am

23 Scrap Blocks

While I was sorting and cleaning the studio, filling the two boxes that Marilyn and Kathy won, I sewed all the scraps to small to save into these Scrappy Crazy blocks. These are 12 1/2 inch blocks, but you can make them any size.

Basket of Twos

To get started, pin scraps of similar size together in twos. I keep mine in a small basket near my sewing machine to use as chasers when chain piecing.

Sewn Chasers

Here are some of the chasers sewn and pressed. I don’t trim until I am ready to add a third piece, because I won’t know which side I will want to match.

Strips and Strings

Then I add the stringy pieces to the scrappy pieces until I get “new” fabric big enough to cut my desired size block. Any trimmings 3/4 inch or bigger go back into the mix for the next blocks. There are usually 5-10 blocks in progress.

Blocks in Waiting

This box contains the blocks in progress and pressed stringy pieces. Every now and then I give myself a break from “work” sewing and do some slap happy, willy nilly anything goes, piecing. This nets me 2-3 scrappy quilts a year for  give away.

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