Sunday, May 29, 2011

Leftovers

As a kid I hated "leftovers".  The reason they were left over was no one wanted them.  That's not the case  with fabric.

Last year I had some scraps I felt were too good to throw out and with reference to the frugal patchworkers of previous generations I thought I'd try to use them.  I made lots of these


I had an idea and put them together but they didn't really appeal so if you look closely you may see some threads still at the edges.  There are quite a few more where these came from and it would be a shame to toss them out so I am trying to come up with an alternative design to use them.

Speaking of leftovers I seem to have accumulated lots of 1.5" strips so I thought I'd try a slightly different version of "Muffet's Way".  If you do look back, it is the quilt in the middle picture of that post.  Below, I have used reproduction fabrics in smaller blocks


I have been working on it this weekend and would like to have 25 blocks all sewn up by Tuesday.  Scrap quilts appeal to me above all other styles, even though I love album quilts.  It feels good to avoid throwing leftovers out.

10 comments:

Sharon said...

Oh please don't toss these. They would make fabulous flower petals or could be used as funky leaves on an applique border to a pieced center. So many ideas, as they are soooo cute.

Nicky said...

I see those pieced leaves/petals in your first photo and see an orla keily inspired quilt but with striped leaves mixed with solids. Love your scrap Muffet's Way - I think I love scrap quilts most because you can fit even more fabric and colour in!

Metanoia said...

I can't tell you how much I love those tear drops. I'd love to see what you end up doing with them.

Carol G said...

I see flowers with snake "sashing." Or a fabulous border. Keep making them! Your spiderweb is looking great. The fussy cut centers really draw me in.

Crispy said...

I love the tear drop shapes. It's so different from what you normally see in scrappy quilts. I will be really interested in seeing how you end up using them. How big are they?

Crispy

Andie said...

Oh I love those petals! My first thought was what Sharon said - great big whimsical flowers with funky stems and leaves. And I like them like you've laid them out on your design board - never seen anything like that! And your Muffet's Way quilt - dee-lish!

Munaiba said...

I agree with the other commenters. My first thought was flowers petals on a cushion or two. They're lovely, don't throw them out.

Kathie said...

those petals are adorable.
I hope you use them in a quilt soon! I can see them as a border with a vine...or actually 4 together points facing to the center and maybe an appliqued circle in the middle!
endless possibilities I am sure you will come up with something wonderful.
love , love the muffets way quilt, love how you made the centers happen like that and uslng that fabric for the outside , perfect!!!
off to read the other post. Good luck finishing it by Tuesday would love to see the whole quilt
Kathie

Dawn said...

Beautiful petals - if they were mine I'd applique - love them and the string quilt.

Nifty Quilts said...

Your tear drops are wonderful!