Friday, April 11, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday - Angel Scraps

I received my newest issue of "Quick Quilts" yesterday. I haven't had a chance to really read the entire magazine, but one project really caught my eye. It was called "Angel Scraps and Fairy Dust" Well, I didn't think of that name first, but the name "Angel Scraps" really hit home with me.

I love fabric scraps! I tend to keep every tiny piece and have bought scraps on Ebay several times. I'm a scrap-a-holic.

This week I have made two more John Deere Pocketbooks, three more grocery bags and a clothes pin bag, but didn't want to bore you with those again, so here are some of the Angel Scraps I have been working with.

I am working on a boy's and a girl's scrap quilt. I keep a container of strips beside my machine to use with the "leaders and enders" system I learned from Bonnie at "Quiltville". They will be like this quilt that I made about a year ago that now belongs to my grandson, :o) and this Fall Quilt that is my favorite.

This picture shows the container of strips and a ziplock bag of pink scraps I have been adding to for a while. I use my rotary cutter to cut the scraps in the strips. They don't have to be any certain width or length. After I sew them together I'll even them up with the rotary cutter and mat.

I have the blue strips sewn together and have started cutting them to the size needed for the pattern. I'll add white triangles to the sides to make the squares.

These are some of the pink strips I have been working with. They don't look like much right now, kind of raggedy, but when I press them, trim them and sew them together, they will be so cute!

If you have been reading my blog, you will know that I have been making grocery bags and have posted a grocery bag tutorial. The bottom of the rectangles used for the bags require that 2 1/2 inch squares be cut out. I was accumulating a lot of these so I decided to start storing them together for a future project. I do trim these so that they are exactly 2 1/2 inch square while at the cutting mat so when I start using them I'll have the correct size. You might recognize some of these fabrics.

I'm not sure what I'll end up using them for or how long it'll take to accumulate enough to make a project, but I'm looking forward to it!

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Terri & Crew said...

LOL! I thought I was the only one who saved every little scrap of material. The colors look great together and they will be beautiful when they are done.


Rhonda in OK said...

You are amazing! working full time and still getting so much done at home.

The Happy Housewife said...

I love the idea of saving the scraps in ziplocs! I am going to start doing that today! My sewing table is a mess! I have a question for you if you have time to answer. In your sidebar you have a picture of a blue purse. How do you get it to stand up? All my purses end up really floppy...
Any ideas?

Miranda said...

I've seen in some magazines that little girls skirts and dresses are being made out of fabric scraps. I'm hoping to piece together one for my daughter soon.

Pen Pen said...

I loved seeing your scrap bags and works in progress! The little quilt you made for your grandson is so cute and wouldn't be nearly as pretty without the scraps!

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