Summer Scrap Elimination 2020: Week 6

Good morning Scrappers and welcome to our last week of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2020! It's been amazing making new projects for you this summer. I can only hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. This week, I'd like to talk to you about the project you see up top here. In this poignant moment in our history, so many of us are asking "What can I do? How can I help? How can I lift my voice?" I've been asking myself the same question. We have a long history in the United States of using our art to call attention to major issues of concern, to protest, and to show our love.

As I've been watching my friends in Portland, Oregon, in Chicago, in New York, in Los Angeles, in Houston, and all around the nation stand up and call for justice, I've looked for a way to help all of them. Change is difficult and that notion stuck in my mind. Being an example of what you want to see in others is often even more difficult, which is what led me to a phrase one of my favorite teachers used to say to me "Be the Change you want to see." BE THE CHANGE became my plan for a call for action.

Today I'd like to talk to you about creating letters and either making a replica of this project or making a message of your own. To start a project like this, decide how tall you want your letters to be and begin with a sheet of graph paper. The letters in this project finish at 9" tall. Skinny letters are 5" wide and bigger letters like Cs and Gs are 7" wide. I have a 2" spacer between each letter and 5" between words. I chose all my strips to be cut at 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" with 1" finish HSTs (Half Square Triangles) and 2" finish HSTs. The backgrounds use all the same measurements as the colored strips and HSTs.

I started with a pile of brights and blacks that match.

Tip: when sorting black fabrics, look for qualities that pair well. You've likely noticed that no two black fabrics are the same. Some have a little blue in them, some grey, some are slightly green. When I sort my black scraps, I take the time to put them in at least 4 groupings and give attention to things that are really out of character with the others in the stack.

Cutting for B:

Three 1 7/8" background squares

Three 1 7/8" colored squares

One 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square

One 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle

Two 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles

Two 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles

Three 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" background rectangles

One 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" background rectangle

Make 6 HSTs

Arrange them as you see here.

Another tip. Once you determine how many HSTs you need for the whole project, you can improve the scrappy feel of your project by making all your HSTs in advance and spreading different colors around in your letters.

Take a look at the series of images below to see how to assemble. Press as desired while you work.