I have a deadline for some secret sewing rapidly approaching, and I ran out of thread for the quilting. Instead of impatiently waiting on my order to arrive, I decided to play with my scrap bin today.
I have a fairly small plastic storage bin that I toss large-ish sized scraps as they get created in my projects. The lid was having trouble staying shut, so I thought I would organize the fabrics by color. I placed colors on my design wall by color grouping, and a beautiful bit of rainbow play is what “stuck”.
I decided to leave the whites, low volumes, grays, blacks, and prints that had more trouble reading as a solid color in the scrap bin. As you can see in the photo above, I had more reds (from the Marsala challenge), oranges, yellows, and tealy-greens on my cutting mat.
Because I am dealing with much different amounts of fabric for each color grouping, I knew I wanted to play with improv. I started with the pinks, and it was a lot of fun to just sew pieces together, press, trim a bit, and repeat. The pink block measures 8″ by 13″.
I had more reds, so the first red block finished out at 13″ by 11 1/2″. Not wanting much to go back into the scrap bin, I also made a second block that measures 8″ by 13″. I really like how improv allows for such differences in blocks, and block construction went pretty quickly. I probably sewed for an hour and a half to make these 3 blocks.
I think it is pretty amazing how much shrinking happens when sewing it all together, too. I didn’t throw out too many trimmings, and only a few scraps have gone back in my scrap bin.
I don’t know how far I will be able to take this fun interlude of color play before I have to hop back over to other projects. Also, this might turn into a longer term WiP as I collect up more scraps so that the finished quilt ends up a decent size. For now, a lot of the fun is in the mystery of how each block will turn out.
It felt good to get over half of the scraps out of the bin to make room for more! How do you decide when to raid your scraps and start a scrap project?
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