Monday, January 15, 2018

Scrap Happy in January

I wasn't sure I would have anything to share for this first Scrap Happy Day of the new year. I've already shown you the first of the string blocks I made for the current block drive for Covered in Love. 


I made another set of four since then:


Do you think there's a noticeable difference in the number of strips and strings I have laying about? Yeah, I didn't think so. 😉 Regular readers know better than that. It seems no matter how many scraps you use, there are still more than you began with somehow.

To make matters worse, when I pruned these blocks to the required size (10.5") there were some trimmings big enough to cut into tiny triangles. I have a ruler called the Scrap Saver from That Patchwork Place that makes it easier to cut half-square triangles from odd pieces of fabric. So of course I had to cut as many 1⅞" triangles as I could from the leftovers. I'm compulsive that way. It would be so much easier to just toss them in the trash but I couldn't do it. I ended up with 101 half-square triangles from the first six string blocks and another 31 from the more recent batch of four blocks.


As you can see, I haven't pressed the most recent triangles yet.


I was happy to find this 4½"  tin in which to store the pressed units until I figure out what to do with them. There are several options swirling about in my head. Whatever they end up in will be a truly scrappy product! To see more scrap projects in the works hop on over to Tall Tales from Chiconia. Kate co-hosts a gathering of scrappy endeavors with Gun every month on the 15th. She has the complete list of participants on her blog. Be careful - you might get inspired to do something with your own scraps!


9 comments:

  1. Love your cheery strings Sue, and for a good cause. That little tin for left over triangles is perfect.

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  2. Your scrap blocks are so beautiful. And also the cute little ones that fit perfectly in your new box. :-)

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  3. You are definitely a dedicated scrapper!

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  4. Those are great, and I foresee a scrappy strings quilt in your immediate future :-) It always entertains me that we can extract whole quilts-worth of scraps from our 'collections' without apparently making the slightest difference. I wonder how many yards of fabric we're really hoarding in all those bags and boxes...

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  5. Yeah, I can't throw away even the littlest itty bitties. Waste not, want not is firmly embedded in my brain!
    Love those string blocks, and also love that tin!

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  6. The strings look great. I had to laugh at this: It seems no matter how many scraps you use, there are still more than you began with somehow.

    That's SO true! I've often thought that. It's why I keep having to add more Kleenex boxes to the stack!

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  7. Saving those tiny bits fits so perfectly with our studio name - Magpie's Nest. But those tiny bits help make some marvelously interesting quilts!!

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  8. Thank you for linking to us!!!! I can relate this saving of scraps to myself :) I have quite a big number of HST squares now and I still don´t know what to do with them!

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  9. I do not think I would throw such useable HST bits in the rubbish bin either!

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