Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 4

Good Morning Scrappers and welcome to Week 4! This is a project I have been eager to share with you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It has been hot, hot, HOT in Tucson, so I have been happily sewing away in the studio, diligently avoiding the heat and making new things for you.

This week we are going to be using a lot of a background color (I chose black as my foundation) and a variety of colors that stand out from the background. There are almost no rules to this project. It is a fabulous opportunity for improvisational quilting and design.

We are going to do a little fusing this week, but you won't need much fusible. 1/2 yard to 1 yard of fusible will be enough or if you have left over pieces of fusible, this is the time to use them up!

Cutting for this project:

Cut a stack of your background in strips of at least two widths. I cut mine in strips 2" wide and 3" wide. It doesn't matter how long the pieces are.

Cut strips of bright colors that will stand out from your background. Again, there is no width requirement or length requirement. I suggest not cutting anything skinnier than 1 1/4" or wider than 2 1/2", but you can choose to cut as wide or as skinny as you like.

Step 1: Begin by piecing your strips of background, end to end, until you achieve your desired length. I was aiming for 65"-68" long.

I pieced 4 long strips sets from the 2" wide backgrounds and 4 long strip sets from the 3" wide backgrounds.

Once I had all of my strips pieced to my desired length, I laid them out to see how they look best together and then pieced them together lengthwise to create one large background fabric. You can press your seams in any direction you choose.

This process is called building a Strata and it can be used for making background fabrics for all sorts of scrap projects.

You can make a strata and cut it up into blocks or you can use it to make a whole quilt background.

Today I gave it a good pressing and squared my strata to 66" x 16 1/2".

Step 2: Create smaller strata from the bright fabrics, as many as you like.

Press your seams in any direction you choose.

You can create any kind of shape you like with this next part of the process. I chose circles, so I have my circle templates out and as I build my strata, I check to make sure they are large enough, by setting the circle templates on top of them.

Remember that you don't need templates to do this part. Your kitchen is likely full of circle templates like glasses and bowls.

If you like the nesting templates in this blog you can pick them up from Quilter's Rule, my favorite template company!

Step 3: On your two sided fusible paper, trace the shape of your choice. I traced several concentric circles.

You can also offset some of your circles as shown below if you like.

Step 4: Set up your fusible on the wrong side of your strata, so you are fusing to the seamed side of the fabric.

Every fusible is different. Be sure to read the directions that came with your fusible material before you begin to press.

Don't be embarrassed to count. My fusible choice means I use a count of 3 at this stage. So I count 1 - 2 - 3 and then move my iron and count again, until I have pressed the whole surface.

Check to make sure your fusible has fully adhered and then move to the next strata and the next piece of fusible.

Step 5: Using a good pair of sharp fabric scissors, cut out your circles on the outside drawn line.

When you are ready to cut out the interior circles, it helps to start the line with by cutting a half inch or more with a small rotary cutter, so you can insert your scissors, and still cut a smooth line.

When all of your circles are cut out, you are ready to lay out your project.

As you can see in this image, it would be hard to go wrong with the colors you choose. You can really have fun with this part.