or is it - Scrappy Happy?
All I know is that I have been working on this project for awhile, but the scraps seem to be growing....hmm
What to do with all of these scraps! I hate throwing out scraps, but they are taking up too much space! The bags are multiplying! It's time to use them up and get some storage space back. So my mission this winter is to use up all of these scraps.
For some reason, most of my scraps are long strips so using this foundation pattern works well for using up all those scrappy strips. It is a 6 1/2 inch block so the scraps can be pretty small. Yes, I'm bad about saving the very small pieces. I think after this quilt is finished, I will use a larger block size and get rid of the larger scraps.
I love using paper piecing. No measuring or miscalculations! Well, okay...sometimes I underestimate the size of fabric and end up short when I fold it over. But that rarely happens now. After a few of those mistakes, I double check and when in doubt - I look for a larger piece! I've got plenty of them!
|older pattern from Quiltmaker (sorry, I don't which issue)|
I separated the scraps by colors. Two colors per bag. Yellows/oranges in one bag. Reds/purples in another. Blues/greens in a third. Whites/blacks in a fourth and centers for fussy cutting. Oh yea, plenty of scraps to work with on this project!I picked out a center and decided to start with the reds and purples.
light box* so I can see the pattern through the paper. I place the center scrap face up and the second scrap face down on top of the center. Just like sewing two pieces together except there is paper attached to them and the seams don't have to line up.
I make sure there is a little over 1/4 inch of fabric over the guide line I will be sewing on. I pin parallel and away from the line using a pin with a flat flower head* for less bulk.
*I added links to a couple of my tools so you can see what I am talking about.
I like to sew over the lines to help anchor the thread in place. Sometimes removing the paper pulls the threads loose.
For trimming the extra material, I use a ruler called "Add-A-Quarter"*. It has a ridge measuring 1/4 inch. I have two rulers for different lengths - 6 inch and 12 inch long. I started with the smaller one and found out it doesn't work too well on larger foundation projects.
There's a 1/8 inch add-on ruler for miniature foundation quilts, but I refuse to go that small just because I would have doubled my scrap bags!
This shows the fabric's seams.
Back to the cutting board. Using a regular ruler, I line it up to add in the seam allowance. I trim paper and material together.
|Showing the seam allowance|
I usually save all the blocks for TV time. I can watch a favorite show and tear paper (and make a mess) at the same time - aren't I multi-talented? LOL!
Won't these blocks will make a bright and cheerful quilt for Project Linus?
Here are some more free foundation patterns at Quiltmaker.
Just a quick note: We had a wonderful visit with our son Shaun. I wish he could have stayed longer since he can't make it back for Christmas.
Well! Back to sewing! Happy Quilting All!