Sunday, January 15, 2017

No Scrap Too Small

You've probably heard the saying,

When life gives you scraps, make quilts.

Today, I was thinking ... when the scraps are too small, make fabric ... to use to make quilts. Or in my case a quilt block.

Purple HeartAfter a couple years of making blocks for the Rainbow Scraps Challenge, I find that the fabrics in my scrap bins have become quite small.

So this weekend, I pulled out a bunch of too-small scraps and made the fabric in this 8-inch heart block.

The pinwheel block is made from the bonus triangles created by the snowball corners on in the stars. It is 2 1/4 inches (finished size)

I created the heart block pattern for the January Block Lotto.  We're making the lotto blocks from fabric made from (mostly) red scraps.  So far, 23 quilters have made 120 heart blocks. If you're interesting to take a look, follow the link for some red hot eye candy.

Heart Block Cover ImageWhether you call it crumb-piecing, string-piecing, improv quilting or making fabric, if you're in the mood to make some crumby, scrappy heart blocks of your own, you can find my pattern by clicking the image on the right.

That's Grace Hopper photo-bombing my attempts to photograph my blocks.

Sometimes when life give you too-small scraps (or a cat that insists those quilt blocks are hers), you just have to go with the flow.


The Joyful Quilter said...

Wonderful use of the smallest of your PURPLE scraps!! Thanks for posting the link to the Block Lotto, too. Quilter's Eye Candy!!

gayle said...

I love that sweet little pinwheel, too!
I've been chucking little bits into a 'crumbs' box for a while now. I should dump it out and see what I've got to play with... 8)

Kathy S. said...

I love made fabric! Glad to see you are blogging today too.

Terri said...

I love the red hot hearts. Your purple heart is very pretty, too. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy Panagos said...

That looks really good. After I finish my string blocks I'm going to make some fabric out of the rest of my scraps. Love it!

Anonymous said...

That is a GREAT pattern cover! She's very photogenic, as are the hearts. I like the heart in purple, too. I wonder if American Hero Quilts could use a purple heart quilt? =)

Barbara said...

This was my first time doing fabric making, and it really was fun. I can see making square quilt blocks in lots of colors and sashing them in black or white. Could be a nice quilt!

Sewing Up A Storm said...

I think the photo bobmer looks great there among the blocks! All my stuff is in storage but when I get my fabric scraps unpacked someday I want to "make fabric" like that to put in quilts. Sounds like work has you really busy and hopefully things will calm down so you can enjoy your quilting again. Your basket quilt is making progress and looks great on the design wall.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Scraps are THE BEST. Fun kitty photo, too.

Needled Mom said...

I love this month's block. The purples make such a beautiful heart too. I want to make a full sized heart quilt in all different colors.

Glen QuiltSwissy said...

Maybe Grace Hopper wanted to do some programming of her own with those "bits".

( I must be getting my groove back....that was funny, right?)

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