The Summer Scrap Elimination 2021: Week 3

I'm so delighted with this week's project! It was fast and fun, cut and finished in a weekend. In fact, I liked it so much I'm already planning to make it again in cool colors.

This time around, we'll be looking at working with small left overs that can be cut to the same width (in this case 2 1/2"). Because we're working with a very diverse pile of warm temperature scraps, I'm going to introduce a solid fabric to unify the scraps and create a visual resting space.

Cutting for 1 block (Finishing 8" x 8"):

Solid fabric: 2 rectangles 3 1/2" x 8 1/2"

small scraps: cut 2 1/2" or greater width X any length

I had so many small scraps that fit my color palette that I decided to make a throw for my reading chair. I wanted to make 49 blocks, which meant I would need 2 yards of black to complete a square quilt with 7 rows of 7 blocks each.

Step 1: Choose a color palette and a solid or solidish background. I went with all warms (red, orange, yellow, and warm purples) and stayed in the realm of brights.

I removed a few fabrics that were too greyed from my scrap set to pair well with the other fabrics and checked to make sure that all of the fabrics I had chosen were at least 2 1/2" wide.

A few scraps needed some pressing and I spritzed them with a little Best Press to make them a bit easier to work with.

Step 2: Get organized

I made sure my pieces were all cut straight on the top and bottom. I didn't care if the pieces were longer than 2 1/2" at this stage.

As I cut the pieces, I sorted them into piles by color and value, so I could easily choose what I wanted to stitch together.