SEW … we’re suppose to SEW …
Scraps … I have lots and lots of scraps …
I have 2″ squares … lots and lots of 2″ squares … The picture below shows only a handful of 2 ” squares (I have a large container of them), then random pairs of 2″ squares joined together (anything goes) and then a pile of 4 patches. I sew these while I’m sewing other projects. I do NOT sew a scrap of fabric over and over … what a waste of thread and time. I sew a 2″ square together. Bonnie Hunter calls them “Leaders & Enders” and has a few books out explaining the technique. Before I heard of Bonnie’s “Leaders & Enders,” I called it “working on 2 at a time.”
My 2″ squares are everything and anything from my quilting scrap pile. The greater the variety, the better. See the bottom left fabric on the 4 patch at the bottom of the above picture? I’m pretty sure that’s a scrap from my friend Donna. She used to give me lots of her scraps.
I once made a whole quilt with scraps from other people. Not a single fabric of mine was in the pile! Since that day, I have refused scraps from others and I no longer dumpster dive into garbage cans on sewing days or at retreats. I have enough!!! More than enough!
One of my favourite quilts to make with random 4 patches, is to add a solid colour (white/ snow/ mist/) and put the quilt on point. I’ve made it straight & it’s OK, but for some reason, I prefer it on point!
The 4 patches for this quilt were started in 2017. So, eventually, when it is finished it will count as a UFO finish.
Here it is up on my design wall … the rows are sewn. I just need to add the setting triangles and the corner triangles.
As I was sewing this together, I decided that I wanted a rectangle quilt. Sew … I made 2 more rows with 11 – 4 patches and will add those in. Below … in the fuzzy picture is an example of quilts using 2″ squares (on the left) 2½” squares (middle) and 3½” squares (right). Obviously size does make a difference! (GRIN!!!) These quilts were all made with my grandmother’s fabrics and you can see better pictures of them HERE.
I have the quilt pieced together … I just need to add the corner triangles. Then, of course, it will be sandwiched, quilted and bound.
Scrap Everyting Blog Hop
Here is a list of everyone who is participating in the Blog Hop!
- April 1 Patti @ Lemon Tree Snippets
- April 2 Gail @ Quilting Gail
- April 3 Bea Lea @ Beaquilter
- April 3 Cynthia @ Cynthia’s Creating Ark
- April 4 Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
- April 4 Jeanne @ Quilting Jeanne
- April 5 Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More and Patti @ Lemon Tree Snippets
One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!
Happy SCRAPPY Quilting!