I would like to wish everyone a big welcome who is visiting from Oh Scrap! I was really excited when Cynthia asked me to share something I like to make with scraps. I haven't made many big quilts with scraps, because I am trying to build up my rainbow scrap stash to make one of the fun quilts from her Scrap-A-Palooza series. However, I have made a lot of little things with my scraps.
My favorite thing to do with my scraps is make a smaller quilt with the same fabrics--especially if I gave the big quilt away. Then I use the small quilt as a wall hanging, table topper, dust cover, or doll quilt. These smaller quilts are also great for trying out new-to-me quilting designs. I have created some collages of projects I have done in the past, which will hopefully give you a few ideas.
I forgot to include this first mini quilt in the collage. ;) I was commissioned to make two baby quilts for my husband's work to give to a couple of their clients who were having a babies. With the left over fabric I made this fun mini quilt called, "Good Morning, Doll." I just cut three inch squares out of the fabric I had left to make it. I use it as a dust cover for my Cricut machine.
This second quilt was made with the scraps from the "American Hero" quilt I made as a gift for my friend whose husband is in the military. The original quilt has squares cut out at 18 inches, and the smaller quilt has squares cut out at 6 inches. I love having a smaller version of the one I gave away. I use it as a table topper for the month of July.
This next quilt was made with the scraps from "Scatter Sunshine." I donated Scatter Sunshine to Margaret's Hope Chest for someone going through postpartum depression. I made this mini with the left over pieces and had fun quilting one loop in every two inch square. I use it as a table topper in the fall.
This mini quilt was made with the scraps of two different quilts. The first quilt was given to Panda and I call it the "Richard Scarry Slideshow." The second quilt was given to Monkey, and I call it the "Hungry Animal Slideshow." The leftover pieces from the sashing were an odd size 2.75 inches. So I combined them into one small quilt. I have used it as a doll quilt, but it is currently hanging up in my bedroom.
Both the large quilt and the mini Simply Woven quilts were given to Cheetah. I just kept making blocks with the scraps. Four of the extra blocks were used to piece the backing, and the other four extra blocks were used to make a mini. I quilted the mini first with loops and stars. I thought the stars were too distracting, so I quilted the larger quilt with just loops. I was very grateful I could test the quilting design out on the mini.
This project was made with the scraps from the two Elk in the Pines quilts I made for the grandpas for Father's Day. With the scraps I made a wall hanging for my husband. I gave it to him for his birthday and he has it hanging up in his office at work.
This mini quilt was made with the scraps from my big red finish. I kept the large quilt and table runner, but the small stacked coins quilt was given to my sister-in-law. The mini was fun to try improv piecing and matchstick quilting. I use it as a table topper in February, July, and December.
While I am at it, I will admit that sometimes I keep all the quilts. The big and the small. :o)
There were a lot of strips left over from my Colorwash Trip quilt, so I used them up for a wall hanging I display in my kitchen. I quilted the wall hanging a little more densely than the bed quilt.
There was a lot of fabric left over from my "Kitty and Me" quilt, so I made "Kitty Scraps," a table runner, and this mini quilt. I had fun trying out a long arm ruler to do the dogwood quilting. I use this as a little doll quilt in my craft room.
This is probably my favorite mini. I had so much fun quilting the chevron with feathers. It was made with the HST I trimmed off of my "Through the Woods" quilt.
This was such a fun post to write. Many of these quilts were made before I started blogging, so I had an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Someday I will have enough rainbow scraps to make a big quilt. Here is my little collection of rainbow scraps.
|I got the idea to store my rainbow scraps on a shelf like this from Cynthia.|
I wish all the women a Happy Mother's Day. I believe we all mother someone, whether it is our own children, nieces and nephews, neighbors, or friends.
P.S. All of the collages were made with PicMonkey. It is a free online photo editing site.