Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Scraptastic Tuesday - reducing the new scraps

This regular weekly focus on my scrap mountain is making a difference for me, slowly but surely. I pay attention to the new scraps that are being created as I work. 

I've been working with the Artisan Cottons from Windham Fabrics and making log cabins, wonky or not, leave scraps behind. So one thing I did was pull out my large bin of white and light solids and made some wonky stars.

I find that for late night, "I'm too tired to think hard" sewing, improv is the easiest for me. The less precision cutting the better, and safer for my fingers. I am thinking that if I make improv stars as a leader and ender type of project, adding a star or two when I sit down or as I finish up for the night, before I know it I will have made a dint in that bin of neutrals and also in the scraps.

I can make these any size and as I just love them, there will be a place for them in projects or a quilt or quilt backs. I can even play around with multiple star blocks placing them in circles or whatever.

Another idea I use fairly often to use up the last scrappy bits of the fabrics left over from making a quilt is to make a scrappy binding. That is what I did last night, and so today I just need to stitch it to the back of my quilt, and I will be ready to show you the finished quilt tomorrow for my spot on the Artisan Cotton blog hop.

Nicky, over at Mrs. Sew and Sow has made another block for her scrappy sampler, it is beautiful so don't forget to go over and see it. I am going to catch up to her this week, you know that she is posting all the instructions to this informal scrappy QAL.
Oh, and excuse these iphone, late night, not good lighting photos. I am now following along with Katy, The Littlest Thistle, for her camera challenge and I am hoping that will inspire me to take out my nice camera more often even when it is dark and I am tired.

Enjoy your Tuesday and if you are in stormy country, be careful and I hope you are inside, safe and warm.