I’ve always been a scrap quilter at heart. From my earliest log cabin quilts decades ago, I’ve enjoyed pulling out the leftover strips and strings and turning them into something interesting.
Inspired by my friend Susan Lapham’s scrap quilts in the month of January, I decided to gift myself some time to play this week.
So far I’ve made a start on a strip quilt using my warm yellow/orange/red scraps along with some leftover print strips from a quilt I made last year. I chose that color recipe, and the strip shape to start.
I’m trying to let the strips define the lines–that is, I didn’t trim or square them up–so the lines are a bit organic and not ruler straight. Some purples snuck in, and that’s OK. I’m just building slabs of color and putting them up on the wall to see what happens.
I’m not sure how big it will get. Maybe that depends on how the scraps hold up! Currently it’s about 20″ square before taking the strips on the upper left into account.
Also in the mix are these 8″x 8″ quiltlets that use some of the same scraps in a smaller Improv Log Cabin format. They are pieced, quilted, and mounted on painted black canvas so they hang on the wall like a picture–or they can stand on a shelf or bookcase if space is at a premium.
I had fun adding some unexpected elements into the outer borders to make them more interesting–two gray linen fabrics that are similar but not the same in the one on the right, and a narrow black and white strip plus a similar but not the same rectangle in the one on the left. To let you in on the secret, I had to do that because my strips weren’t big enough, but I like the way the “coping” elements add to the design!
If you are interested in my method for mounting on canvas, visit my free tutorial at https://cindygrisdela.com/2017/05/17/mounting-art-quilts-on-canvas-tutorial/
How do you use your scraps?