Now maybe you have lots of small scraps but have no idea what to do with them, or maybe you’re new to quilting and you bought scraps. When I first decided I’d like to quilt, I was drawn to Jelly Rolls, it was all those fabrics that ‘go together’. So here I’m going to tell you what I did with some scraps that I bought, but the same results can be achieved by using small left over scraps (think this will be a future project).
Have you ever bought a Moda Scrap Bag, and then thought what am I going to do with it.
It’s the lure of all those lovely coloured fabrics peeking out through that little window, and then it’s the surprise when you open it as you’re not exactly sure what is inside that little brown bag, but you just know it will be nice because it’s Moda! And it’s like buying yourself a present because it has that surprise element.
So you’ve got your little brown bag home, and you’ve opened it, now what are you going to do with all those strips. You could make a railroad fence quilt by sewing those strips together, maybe in 3’s and then cut them into blocks. How will you decide which strips to put together? You might want to sort them out into sizes to help you decide which to put together.
The problem (or is it?) with a scrap bag is that not all the strips are the same size, it’s not like buying a jelly roll, some are narrow, some are even narrower.
Now I’d opened my Scrap Bag, and then put it away in a cupboard, what was I going to do with it, I really had no idea. The strips were from the Kansas Troubles range, and I loved the colours. All the strips were selvedges and by the time I’d cut the edge off some weren’t even 2” wide, so one Scrap Bag wasn’t going to make much. Anyway one day on my travels out and about I visited a quilt show in Scarborough (July 2015), and there was a stall from Quilt Sandwich, and there were lots of Scrap Bags for sale. Fiona who owns Quilt Sandwich let me rummage through the bags until I spotted what looked like it might be a match. You have to remember that these Scrap Bags are sealed until you’ve bought it, so you can only glimpse the edge of those rolled up fabrics. Anyway I struck lucky, and the bag did indeed contain Kansas Troubles, not the same designs as the one’s I had but being from the same range they were going to go.
So, now I had two Scrap Bags and this would be enough to make a decent sized lap quilt, but I still didn’t know what exactly I was going to make with it.
Fast forward a few months and I spot that Moda are going to be publishing their Sampler Shuffle from November 2015 to January 2016, and the blocks are only 6” square, so that’s it, I will join in and use my Scrap Bag, lots of different blocks with small pieces perfect for using up the narrow strips.
Now I’m not sure on the Sampler Shuffle setting, the blocks being on point with different coloured fabrics, and I don’t seem to have much fabric that I can use between the blocks. A trip to Scarborough Sewing Centre, and a chat with Vanessa there, and a decision is made. I’m going to put borders on the blocks. And here is the result.
I enjoyed making the small blocks, and I can see these will be in my future sewing. Of course you could just pick a few of the blocks, or just choose one block and make the same block in lots of different fabrics. I did actually repeat a couple of blocks, and missed out a couple that were applique as the strips weren’t big enough for applique.
So now the quilt is still on the ‘to quilt’ pile. You can see more of that in another post.
I hope you’ll let me know if you decide to use a Moda scrap bag like this.