Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Heart Scraps


Hi!  It's Sherri from A Quilting Life!  It's always fun to be posting here at Stash Manicure (thank you Samm)! I also have a post over at my blog today--that post and this one begin the same but also have different ideas at the end--I hope you'll stop by a A Quilting Life as well!

Well, I love scraps and all the fun things you can do with them...so today I thought I'd share just a few of my ideas. I've been collecting 2 1/2" squares for a scrappy quilt for a couple of years now.  It's okay if this quilt takes a long time to complete...I want it to have lots and lots of variety.

 When I first started this project I didn't have enough of the colors I wanted.  So I've been patient (sort of).  I've been saving my squares.  Every now and then I go through and make a few more blocks.


I'm making blocks in six different color ways--pinks/purples, reds, oranges, blues, yellows, and greens.  Actually, just the other day I figured out how I want to set them all together--when I started this project I had no idea what I was going to do with these blocks, but now I have the quilt completely planned.  I just need to save a few more scraps.

But sometimes you don't want to wait years to use your scraps, right?! Sometimes you want quick projects...something you can make in a couple of hours or an afternoon.  Jodi (yes, THE Jodi of Pleasant Home) made me the adorable "Snap Happy" bag above. She used scraps, and it's just as cute as can be!


I recently made these two little zipper bags--again using strips from my stash.  Whenever I cut out a quilt I cut the remaining pieces into strips or squares so they're ready to go for a scrappy project!

Well, these are just a few of the ways I use my scraps.  I also use a lot of my scraps to make hexagons...but I'll save that for another post!  Have a great day!

25 comments:

  1. Good Morning Sherri...and I HEART your post..now I like this idea about the small blocks... NOW that I am actually saving scraps...I already have quite a few potential "wantobe" 2.5 in sq. mmm today when I return to my Day retreat...I will take my bag of scraps and cut me some squares for a MUG RUG. lol I note yours here are in the same value...purposely of course..sew you must have some idea on a design already ? lol. and to think I used to throw all of my scraps out...had no idea you were to save them...Imagine that? Now I will hop over to your blog...C U there...

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  2. I love your strippy zipped bags
    Gill

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  3. OMG I love your zippered bags! I just love them...I need to get over my fear of zippers!

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  4. Love your post and your projects. I'm making a long term scrappy project...a log cabin quilt for the bed. It should be finished by the time I retire in about 15 years! lol

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  5. Such bright and summery colors on a fall day! Will be heading over to your blog to see the alternate ending.

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  6. Beautiful scraps!!! I just love those zipper bags, so cute, and they'd make great holiday gifts!

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  7. Nice job! I love all those fabrics and the bags are adorable!!! =) Makes me wish I could sew!

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  8. Gorgeous scraps...I also love to save my scraps and am working on a string quilt 6-inch blocks, long-term project...it will be done someday...like you said variety! or maybe a lesson in patience! LOL

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  9. I love your scrappy 9 patch's. The colors are adorable!

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  10. I must learn patience. I must learn patience. I must learn patience! Those scrappy blocks are adorable, waiting two years to see the finished results must be so hard... although I see you find lots of fun ways to pass the time with other great projects while you wait!!!

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  11. I've made only one zipper bag and put the snap part in backwards. :( Must try that again! I love the zipper bags...but hate zippers. Oh I'm sounding negative today! I don't mean to be, I really want to do both those things. I always frown when faced with something new to learn - OMG I've become an old dog! I'm steadily cutting 2 1/2" squares out of scraps too so I'll be excited to see what you do with yours. I like your idea of doing different color blocks - thanks for a great post! blessings, marlene

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  12. I love your nine patch blocks!! They look wonderful. Love the colors. I love saving my scraps for little projects like this. Those zipper pouches are adorable, eh! Love your post. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Ariane

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  13. Great post, Sherri! I love your scrappy blocks, and those bags are too adorable. And great idea about cutting your leftover fabrics at the same time so they're ready to use. That's half the work already done!

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  14. I just love the idea of the small squares kept over the years. can you imagine a quilt of every fabric you've ever used? how fun!

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  15. I love your scrappy blocks. Soooo sweet!

    Like Carol I need to get over my fear of zippers.

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  16. Love the little bags - great showcase of how scraps can be used to make a variety of projects.

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  17. LOVE your scrappy projects! Thanks for sharing :o)
    Have a great Sunday,
    Laila

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  18. Great scrap projects! Thanks for the ideas!

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  19. I love your post, Sherri. Thanks for sharing you beautiful scrappy blocks.
    Have a great day too!

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  20. Great post! Thanks. I love seeing what others do with their scraps. Maybe one day I won't have scraps anymore.......well THAT won't happen!

    glen

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  21. I love your bright and happy, scrappy nine-patches...just a few at a time, then POOF! A quilt! The scrappy zippered bags are cute, as well.

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  22. As soon as I scrolled down I knew this was Sherri's post before reading anything. You've got style Sherri!

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  23. Love all your scrappy ideas and those little bags are adorable!
    Valerie
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting/

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