Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Scrap Happy in March

 It's time once again to share anything we've repurposed or made out of scrap materials. This blog hop is hosted by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden on the 15th of each month. I've been very remiss in that I've not kept up with the efforts of the other bloggers. I'm guilty of a degree of laziness, but for the most part it's just my health issues that keep me from visiting everyone. My sincere apologies. And my deep gratitude for those who visit and leave kind comments. 😊

I wasn't sure I would have something for this month, having just completed the quilt top for my husband (see previous post). However, I was prompted to pull out the small selection of vintage feed/flour/sugar sacks I acquired somewhere along the way. I maybe had fabric from four whole sacks, the rest are pieces that have been cut or ripped from sacks and even a couple that were taken out of old quilts. The stitching lines are still visible on those pieces. I washed most of the fabric but left any stains that didn't come out. 

You probably can't see it, but there's a very fine, brief line of feather stitching on one of the half-square triangles in the red gingham Churn Dash block. The blue stripe I used for some backgrounds is not feed sack material but scraps from previous projects. In fact, anything that did not come from a sack is scrap material. I did try to stay with prints that would be similar to the era from which the sacks came. Mostly I think that would have been the 1940's or 1950's. The yellow block below is more likely to be from the 1930's. 

Because my source materials are limited I knew this would be a relatively small quilt. And it will need to be handled gently. I made as many Churn Dash blocks as I could and then managed to cut some pieces for flying geese units. I've been designing as I go, in the spirit of "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." 

I liked this layout but needed to figure out how to make the flying geese and the Churn Dash blocks come out to the same length.

My solution was to use some recent scraps and add a couple more geese. At this point I will have 54" in height (finished). Now I get to figure out how to go about adding width. I think I have a workable plan; you'll have to come back in a few days (or longer!) to see how it turns out. In the meantime, please visit these other folks who may have something to show you. Amo and Alissa are joining us for the first time this month; we offer them a warm welcome!

KateGun, Eva, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
 JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera, Edith
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol, Preeti,
Amo and Alissa


  1. Great use of feedsacks and scraps!

  2. That 'airmail' stripe background fabric was an inspired choice. I do love a nice vintage print; a decade or more ago I bought a whole lot, and I'm still eking out the last fragments of them here and there.

  3. Scrap busting in the true sense! Lovely old fabrics.

  4. This is LOVELY -- hooray for making this work! Quiltdivajulie

  5. Good to see the parts department is still hard at work making new opportunities. I love this version of the churn dash. Feedsacks of any kind or size are wonderful!


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