Using up some Fabrics

I spent the past week cleaning out fabrics and organizing.  Sometimes you just want a clean work area.  But I also think it’s time I use up some of my fabrics in case we’ll be making another trans-Atlantic move sometime soon.

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  I was having a hard time trying to figure out what I want to do with all my scraps and fabric bits.  I honestly think that I’ll have enough to make several quilts but I picked out a pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s “Addicted To Scraps” book to start with.  I spent several days cutting out the pieces and I had almost everything the quilt called for.

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I love it when that happens!

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I don’t have enough of the brown that I need for the setting triangles so I’ll try to buy just enough.  I thought maybe I could cut them out a different way but I cut one and remembered making the 1930’s quilt earlier this summer and watching a video that stressed the importance of cutting your setting triangles in such a way that the outside of the triangles isn’t cut on the fabric bias.  If the outside of your quilt is all bias cut, you can have a lot of stretching and fabric distortion.

So, I’ll need to buy a bigger piece of brown fabric so that I can cut the setting triangles from a 9 3/4 inch square.  Those squares will be cut diagonally twice to make 4 triangles that are not stretchy.

I sewed a couple of the blocks together to see how well they work out.

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They went together beautifully.  I always love using Bonnie’s patterns because she even tells you which way to iron the seam allowance!

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So I’ll work on these easy blocks this fall and try to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my scraps.

I even have this bunch of selvedge scraps that would be fun to use in a project.

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I used the last bunch in my spider web quilt and I absolutely love it.

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I love the challenge to use up what I have to make something new and fun!

One thought on “Using up some Fabrics

  1. What an awesome way to use up the left-overs!!!! I really like how you’ve used those selvages in a design. I would have never thought of that. I really liked how you used them. Hope that maybe you’re headed back to the states!!!!

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