I have made another fabric scrap project. Instead of crumb piecing as in my last post, I cut the left over fabric in to 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” rectangles. When pieced together in pairs along the 2 1/2” edge, the pairs become 2 1/2” squares and if pieced together in alternating directions it turns in to a basket weave like pattern.
I decided to organise my left over fabric scraps so it was easier to find what I need and also to use them and not always buy new fabrics. Don’t get me wrong fabric shopping is a very fun and addictive thing to do and the best retail therapy. But scrap fabric projects is very fun too and it is impossible to throw away fabric. One way to use left over fabric, especially small pieces is crumb piecing. If you search crumb quilts in Pinterest, you will find many tutorials and projects. Here is how I made my first Crumb Pieced mini wall hanging:
Christmas will be here soon and last year I never got around to do any Christmas Sewing. This year I decided not to let that happen, so I got my Christmas fabrics out in September. Of course a lot of it was scraps, but there was two packs of fat quarters that hadn’t been used. These ten fat quarters; three red, two green and five white , became five large placemats.
I used my mug rug and pot holder tutorial that you can download from my tutorial page. I cut each fat quarter in to 13″x17″ and used a white one and a red or a green one for each placemat. I also cut five pieces of thin iron on batting in the same size and ironed them on to the white pieces.
I wanted to make something that I can use for Easter and also for spring since I live in the southern hemisphere. I made this piece using scraps from my ever-growing stash of cotton fabrics. It is a lot of fun just to dig through my fabrics and decide what to use for a new project. Of course fabric shopping is fun, but it is very satisfying to find new combinations and make a new project from fabrics that I already have.
There are lots of half square triangles in this project, which makes it very beginner friendly. I have used three different small print pink colours and a yellow stripe for tulips and pinwheels. For leaves and stems, I used two green colours, one small print and one solid. The background is scraps of tone on tone white prints and for binding I used one of the pink colours.
I quilted the wall hanging with straight lines in different directions because it is easy to do and it looks good.
I also like to put some effort into making a quilt label, to make the project my own. On the back of this quilt I used my sewing machine for my initials and year and then I appliquéd an egg shape next to the text. I really enjoy experimenting with quilt labels so much, I could probably do a blog post on that topic alone.
Are you sewing anything for Easter this year? If you would like more inspiration you can have a look here and here. Until next time, happy sewing and take care!