A few days I posted about my scrap bin. I have pictures!
These are the two quilts that I made from pulling most of the pink scraps out of the bin: (Being scrap quilts, there are tons of seams and they need a still good pressing!)
As mentioned, I was very surprised to find out that I’d sewn together more than 400 inches of scraps into one long huge strip. So I decided to make two smaller quilts out of it instead of one great big quilt. It was a decision of porportions. I thought with all the scraps in one place I’d need thicker sashing strips to balance it and I just didn’t want to. I wanted simple and small.
I made the light pink one first. I am surprised, but shouldn’t be, to find out that I like the darker pink one better. The light pink in the second quilt is the leftovers from my daughter’s bed quilt. At night, when I was picking fabrics, I decided that a 1″ finished pink would be fine and determined I had enough scraps to make it happen. In the light of day, I started cutting for a 1 1/2″ finished pink and really eeked out the last few inches of the border. But now it’s gone, and I have space for new fabric! Same for the dark pink. It was a 1/2 yard piece that I’d hard a hard time using because it was splotchy.
After the quilts were done, I had them sitting on the ironing board waiting to be pressed. What did I discover but a HOLE in the white sashing!
Nice and small, easy to overlook. Once upon a time, when my daughter was small, she thought that experimenting with scissors on my fabric was better than experimenting on the fabric in the scrap bin. Every once in a while I’ll come across another piece that’s been sliced at the fold. I cut around the great big 2″ slice, but missed it’s little brother.
Since the quilt top was done and dusted, and it’s to be a charity quilt, there’s no way I was ripping out that entire strip and replacing it. I also don’t seem to have any interfacing right now. So I put a patch on it. Just like my grandma would have. And from a distance it looks OK. (The patch is to the left of the brightly striped fabric in the middle row.)
Well, not everything’s intended to win a blue ribbon! This is one of those times where done is better than perfect.
Wait, there’s more! This is my scrap bin AFTER pulling all those pink fabrics out:
More scrap quilts to come!