Scrappy madness!

I like to keep my scraps organised by colour in polythene freezer bags, the ones that have a grip seal. I’ve got a couple of large plastic storage boxes to keep them all tidy but, now and again, I reach the point where I can’t fit any more of a particular colour in. Then it’s time to do some scrap busting!1These are all the purples I had. There’s a few pieces left over from the F2F quilt which was made as part of a block swap organised by Kate a couple of years ago.

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3 I remembered this particular fabric but I wasn’t sure it fitted in with what I’d planned. 4It’s from a very bright and cheerful jelly roll that I made a French braid quilt top with years ago. Here it is, still sitting in a box and waiting to be quilted after almost 6 years. Time flies!

cimg1528Do you always remember where every bit of fabric came from and the projects you made from it? I digress.

I pressed all the purple scraps and divided them into groups according to shape and size. There were loads of 5 inch squares, part jelly roll strips and 5 inch rectangles with selvedges still attached. I’ve now cut the selvedges off and have ended up with over 200 rectangles that are 5” x 1.5”. There’s also about 70 five inch squares and the equivalent of 60 full jelly roll strips. They’ve all been bagged up for future purple projects.

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6 I then cut all the other bits into strips as wide as I could get from them.

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9Then I stitched them all together. That’s what patchworkers do. We chop up fabric and stitch it all back together again! A bit of mindless sewing is good for you now and again, isn’t it?10Then it was fun time! Why have lots of pieces of purple fabric when you can have one big piece instead?11Keeping everything square as I went, I just kept adding different widths around and around and couldn’t stop because it was so much fun. I pressed the seams open because there are no quilt police here I thought it would lie flatter that way.

13Sometimes I added a strip to each side rather than all the way around, depending on how much of that width I had left. I ended up with purple scrappy madness. It’s a good job I like purple ;-).

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It’s now about 36” x 24” and I have no purple scraps left. Any ideas what to do with it? I’m happy to leave as it is or chop it up. Don’t say “bin it” LOL.

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28 Comments

  1. witchylin

     /  May 2, 2018

    As I love purple too I certainly wouldn’t bin it. What about a pillow or slice it up into quarters and rejoin the pieces, then make a really jazzy wall hanging embellished with buttons and other fancy things? Just an idea. 😉

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  2. Finish it up and donate to your local hospital, hospice, nursing home, church……others will appreciate this gift of your creative sewing hands.

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  3. 36×24 great size for a Fidget Cozy or Lap Cozy, check my blog for examples, then donate!

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  4. Claudia

     /  May 2, 2018

    That is such a cool quilt top! (I am partial to purple) I would back it with white, grey or black, with a no binding method and then hang it on a wall as an accent piece.

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    • Me too 🙂 My original idea was for a wall hanging and then it just seemed too bright. Maybe I could tone it down with some subtle embroidery….or go all out with beads and bling 😉

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  5. claire93

     /  May 2, 2018

    you can’t chop it up! you’ve only just sewn it all together lol. How about a really large cushion cover?

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  6. Continue using the purple jelly roll strips that are stored for future projects until it’s a decent baby quilt size?

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  7. It’s lavish! You know me and scrappy stuff. I’d make another one from a different colour, sew it to this one … and repeat, till I had another quilt top! But actually, a cushion or wall hanging is probably more manageable, as a project you can finish this year 🙂

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    • I’m not really into the scrappy look as you know but I kept looking your rainbow blocks. I did think this could get chopped up for something similar.

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      • I shall wait and see if you turn it into something, or put it away till some other colour reaches critical mass 🙂

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  8. No, I do not rememeber every bit of fabric and where it came from. Sometimes, I look at a fat quarter and ask, ‘Did I buy this?’
    Wait a bit and see what other purple scraps turn up to make it bigger, or turn it into a floor cushion for a child’s reading nook.

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    • Lovely ideas! Well, I still have the gorgeous fat quarter you sent me years ago which isn’t scraps but I do remember where it came from and who sent it. It’s still waiting for a special future project.

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  9. Christina

     /  May 3, 2018

    Wow, that’s a lot of scrap fabric and well organized. I bet it feels great to see old project fabric and use them again! Beautiful colors 😊 I think you could add to the 24″side and make it squared for a baby quilt.

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  10. Christina

     /  May 3, 2018

    Wow, that’s a lot of scraps! How wonderful to revisit fabric from old projects. I think you could add to the 24″ side and square it off for a baby blanket. Also, did you see the 2018 Pantone quilt challenge!? The color is Ultra Violet 😀

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    • I didn’t see it. I’m off to look now. Thank you!

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      • Christina

         /  May 3, 2018

        Sorry for the multiple comments, I thought my first one didn’t save. 😊

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        • That’s OK. There was extra information in the second one. I did go to look at the challenge but the closing date is 11th May. Sadly, I won’t finish for then. Thanks anyway 🙂

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  11. How about digging into another bag of scraps, say in green or whatever other color you like in combination with purple, and piecing up some border strips to make this piece bigger? Or you could frame it up with a lovely print you have in larger quantities and have a bigger quilt that way. A generous baby quilt perhaps, or a lap quilt for someone. 🙂

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  12. I´d do more blocks in other colors, a real scrappy quilt! Or you could do some appliqué on it and hang it on the wall 🙂

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