After I finished up my last quilt, I had a giant pile of leftover coordinated scraps from mitered borders and extra blocks. I stared at this pile of fabric for a while and couldn’t come up with a solution, so I shoved it onto a corner of my cutting table and left it there. I’m finding that whether I’m quilting or writing, this is a strategy I use often – shove the fabric or plot mess into a corner and ignore it until a solution somehow appears. It always does. I just have to be patient.
For this particular quilt mess, I waited until I drove 300 miles to Fallon, Nevada to watch my daughter play soccer. During a break between games, I found a great quilt shop, Uncommon Threads, and the owner shared a technique to use all my color coordinated scraps. I’ve already been making my own scrap fabric on a smaller scale, so it was easy to use it with my pile of bigger pieces.
First, I sewed the scraps into a giant strip that was 13-13 ½” wide, and I have no idea how long. I just made it as long as I could.
Then, I used my 12 ½” square to cut out giant squares, and I got these blocks.
Finally, I cut all those in half and paired them with some tone-on-tone blue I had on hand. I haven’t sewed the blocks together yet, but when I do, they’ll look something like this.