When you can’t get at your fabric stash properly because you are in between houses, but need a sewing fix, what do you do?

I’m lucky enough to be staying with a quilter who has a dedicated sewing room, but it’s just not big enough for me to be able to find the fabrics I want to make anything big, so the answer was, make lots of small things from scraps.

It has been a great opportunity to try a few new techniques. Like this mini prismatic medallion using single paper piecing.

I also wanted to try a New York Beauty block, so used free patterns to create this mini quilt.

A few pot holders were next. These will be donated to the Quilters Guild tombola at FoQ.

I’ve used up lots of triangle trimmings from covered corners from my Labyrinth quilt. In this case I hadn’t made them as bonus half square triangles as I thought I would want to pair most of them with white. If you haven’t come across them before, bonus HSTs are those extra HST’s you get when you are doing covered corners if you sew an extra line half an inch away from the main seam and cut between the lines. Taking the time to do that extra line of stitching before you cut does give you much more usable scrap pieces.

I did have to cut a few extra pieces – the white was an old cotton sheet, and the tangerine a piece of new fabric acquired on a visit to Scarborough. If I’d been making this pattern from new fabric, I would have assembled in a different way using flying geese and some rectangles to reduce the seams a bit, but this version did use a lot of scrap triangles.  I think I might now use this piece as the centre of a medallion quilt.

A few more random strip blocks foundation pieced, and then when I realised that I had at least nine 6 inch blocks in greens, they were the perfect base for the little bouquet quiltalong. That one has also given me some valuable FMQ practice.

A couple of printed panels (from a local charity shop), some orphan blocks cobbled together, and raiding Carole’s scrap wadding and backing fabric stash has also made several small quilts to be donated (neonatal unit), and while I was doing that I realised that my sample FMQ piece from a recent class would also make an interesting “mini” to be hung in my new sewing room when I move, so that has now been bound.

And last, but not least, making for the UKQU postcard swaps is a perfect use for small scraps. Here is my poppy field postcard for the “summer” theme swap.

I am looking forward to shopping my stash for my next big project, but that can wait till I move. In the meantime, there are plenty more small projects to be going on with.

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