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The Summer Scrap Elimination Project: Week 3

This week we are making a super cute table topper. While going through my scraps I found several 1" strips that were all left over from a color value project I had done a couple of years ago. I almost threw them out because they were only an inch wide, but then I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a project with tiny strips! So here are the directions to a great project for skinny strips.

You will need the following

1" strips by Width of Fabric of 5 reds, 5 oranges, 5 yellows, 5 greens, 5, blues, and 5 purples

borders: 2 strips 2 1/2" x 32 1/4" and 2 strips 2 1/2" x 21 1/4"

backing: rectangle 38" x 24"

batting: rectangle 38" x 24"

1. Begin by stitching each set of colors together from darkest to lightest to create 6 color stratas. To make them easier to handle, I cut my strips in half so that they were 1" x 20".

As usual, I am stitching my stratas using an ideal seam guide from Sew Very Smooth to achieve uniform seams.

Press each seam in the same direction.

2. Sub-cut all of the stratas into 3 1/4" rectangles.

3. You will have 12 sub units of each color.

4. There are a variety of ways you can arrange your sub units to make your runner. This is the row arrangement I chose, making use of the value change in each sub unit.

5. When the rows all come together, the center of your table topper will look like this.

Measure and cut two long side borders. Attach both long side borders. Press toward the borders.

Measure and cut two end borders. Attach both end borders. Press toward the borders.

6. Layer your completed top with the batting and backing. Baste your table topper and quilt as you desire!

Bind your project and enjoy this beautiful bright spot on your summer table!

Stay Tuned for next week when we will do another larger project that helped me clear out a huge pile of scraps!

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