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Background Choices

Selecting just the right background fabric can make or break a quilt. Taking pictures of choices is a great way to compare, and the camera lens often exposes fabric clashes. Here are several more options for Scrappy Hexies.

Lavenderor gold options

Lavender seems to bring out the warm red tones and the more muted gold makes the blocks appear brighter.

Cheddar option

This cheddar option seems to meld the blocks together without loosing their definition. What do you think? Please comment below.

Scrap Reduction Ideas

Scrappy Hexies

These Scrappy Hexie Blocks measure 6 1/2 inches on a side. I am considering finishing the quilt with yellow sashing or a gray-blue similar to what they are laid out on. What do you think? There will be some negative space and a border of which ever one I choose.

Now for all the great suggestions on taming the scrap pile:

Lots of you make charity quilts with your scraps.

Rhonda sorts her scraps into large plastic totes by theme, then when she wants to make a charity quilt she pulls out the themed tote that fits the current need.

Kathy cuts scraps into 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch squares, then sews then into 4 patches as she is chain piecing. When she gets a stack of them done she stitches up a quilt top.

Anne and Eileen toss them into a big bag to sort later. 🙂

Deb mentioned Bonnie Hunter and her scrap projects. Google Bonnie Hunter and you will find hundreds of scrap projects.

Sherry stitches her scraps into charity quilts.

Share any additional Scrap Reduction Project ideas in the comments. Scraps happen so you can never have to many scrappy project suggestions.

 

Scrap Reduction Project

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.

Scraps to Small to Save

Scraps to Small to Save

Quilt blocks made from “Scraps to Small to Save”. These blocks are 12 1/2 inch square, but you may make them any size you like. These blocks get sewn when I am chain piecing. I call them chasers. Some people call them starters and stoppers. Saves thread and you don’t have to do so much thread trimming.

That bit of a corner of a box you can see at the top of the photo is the box where Punkin and I have been tossing all the bigger fabric scraps, yardages, notions and other quilting stuff no longer needed, while we have been reclaiming the cutting table. Please leave a comment about what you do with your quilting leftovers. I’ll toss all the names of those who comment (you have to comment, not just like) in Punkins baby bed and draw one winner. Comments must be posted by 12 midnight Pacific Standard Time, December 31st.

Big Ruched Bouquet Brings Spring Early

Ruched Flowers For Spring
Ruched Flowers For Spring

Create a bold bouquet of blossoms with our NEW Jumbo Coin Ruching Guide TR700, produced by Quilting Creations International, and bring spring into your home early. You can make the flowers for Big Ruched Bouquet and Doily #1601 or embellish quilts and apparel. Big blossoms make a bold statement adorning hats, purses and tote bags. The possibilities are endless for decorating with these easy floral beauties.

New Year- Clean Cutting Table

Two goals for today:

1. Clear off my cutting table

2. Learn how to size pictures for WordPress, so I can show you the before and after.

By following my own advice, of keeping projects and tools handy to work on in bits of time, I have managed to finish a number of projects, in between writing sessions for my new book. There remains several piles of things to put away, a couple of Trunk Shows to ship out and project leftovers hogging my work space. Today it goes!

Sizing photos for WordPress is kind of a mystery, but it will be solved today. Meanwhile, you may visit laurassagecountryquilts on Facebook to see a little bit of what I and my little helper Punkin have been up to.

How do you organize your applique projects to optimize quilting time? How do you keep your quilting space organized?

Welcome To Sage Country, Where Heirlooms Grow

Welcome to our blog. I hope you will visit us often to see what new things we are creating with Coin Ruching and other dimensional applique techniques. Each week I will give you an update on new patterns and what shops and sites are carrying them. I’ll post some photos of quick projects and some of B.J. the cat in charge, inspecting quilts for softness.

I’ll post information about events I will be speaking, demonstrating or teaching at, and if you are in those areas, I would love to meet you in person.

I welcome your applique, Coin Ruching, hand quilting and general quilting questions an comments.

Besides our extensive pattern line, Laura’s Sage Country Quilts, I design stencils and the Piecing Pals Coin Ruching Tools for Quilting Creations International. There are links on our website to a number of shops that carry our designs.

Meanwhile, Happy Stitchin.