Saturday, July 28, 2012

More Leftovers Strategies

So where to begin?  My quilts kind of run in styles. So I  store my leftovers by style too.  I have a blue and gold basket, batik basket, kids fabrics etc.  I recently tackled my “Amish” basket.

First thing I do is put all the players up on the design wall.
 I look for units that have similar sizes, geometry etc.  I start grouping these to see if I can make bigger units without any extra cutting or fiddling around.

After the first round of grouping I put these units back on the wall to see what emerges.  

It seemed like since I already had some long skinny units sewn together maybe organizing these into bars of varying widths would be an easy approach.
I rearranged them to see if that would work.  The whole thing looked like it was going to be to narrow for the length...

 So I deconstructed some leftover blocks to add two more vertical rows and some more width. Yes sometimes backstitching is easier than sewing more!

That seemed about right ,  I mixed up the deconstructedblocks into 2 bands so would not be so obvious.
 I sewed all the rest of the units and rows together.  a little trimming and it was done!

 I quilted this top really simply.  x's in all the black patches.
Finished and bound.
You can tell I don't sweat the little stuff.  If you do the color sorting and style first and you have sufficient number of units you can construct a top very quickly.  This was leftovers from at least 4 other quilts. Sometimes it takes awhile for a basket of leftovers to get big enough to inspire a quilt,  but once it's there it's pretty easy 'cause you've already done alot of the sewing.
Recognize this quilt?  It is my avitar.  cheers, CW


  1. I love it! I have sooo many leftovers and now I know how yo tackle them. Thanks for the inspiration! Louise in Sweden

  2. I love being able to read about your thought process!

  3. What a creative idea to use some leftover fabrics. The outcome is fantastic. Very cool design.

  4. fabulous quilt - sooo much fun. congrats!!!

  5. Congrat's on your 100 posts. Please do NOT include me in the giveaway, as I'm trying to downsize all my stuff and though tempted, I don't want to run the risk of having still more goodies coming to my house.
    I want to pass on my thanks for all your enjoyable posts. You always have something interesting to share or some technique to demonstrate.
    This is one of my favorite posts, as you shared your technique for combining like-fabrics, and look at the wonderful outcome. It's lovely and timeless!