Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Love Leftovers!!

No, not these kind~ well I like them but I meant the other 
Hello, all!

I'm Sarah from Confessions of A Fabric Addict and I'm so happy to be back on Stash Manicure again!  What would we do without this fabulous blog to inspire us each day?  I'm just happy to be able to be a small part of it.....

I've spent a lot of time this past week looking at magazines all containing fabulous ideas for using up the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner - and it made me think about how we can use the same concept with our stash.  

What do you do with the little orphan blocks and scraps from a project when you finish it?  You know, those small pieces of fabric that aren't big enough to fold up and put back in the stash?  When I first started quilting, I kept the leftovers of a project in a ziploc bag, all together.  I did't know what I would do with it, but it seemed like the logical thing to do.  So they sat languishing on the shelf.......

When I began quilting, I made quilts for Quilts for Kids - a wonderful organization that will send you quilt kits for free.  You make up the quilt and return it to them, and they donate it to a child in need.   But each kit left several orphan blocks, which I faithfully saved.  When my sewing group met last January, we sewed up eight of those kits, and had leftover blocks.  So I took all those leftover blocks, and made this quilt....

Then my daughter needed some quilts for a fundraising auction, and she sent me a picture of this quilt, saying that she really liked the design.   Aha!  A place to use the leftovers from the quilt I made for my granddaughter for Christmas last year!  So I took the leftovers from this quilt....

and made this one.......

Recently, my husband and I were invited to dinner at a friend's house.  She is European, and apparently they eat incredibly large meals there - when I asked her what I could bring (a very Southern tradition!) she told me she thought she had everything taken care of - she was serving soup, two meats, a casserole, three vegetables, potatoes, and two different desserts!!  Well, I certainly couldn't go empty handed, so I dragged out the little bag of leftovers from this quilt.....

And made these.......

Those leftovers from previous projects can be a great reminder of what you've done in the past, too.  My friend Beth of Love Laugh Quilt recently came up with a great idea that would be perfect for using up some of your leftovers.  She is challenging all the members of our great quilt blogging "neighborhood" to create a house block representing their little portion of the neighborhood, and send it to her by January 1st, 2011.  (Be sure to check out Beth's block on her blog - it's so cute!)  Everyone who sends in a block will be entered into a giveaway for 9-12 of the blocks to make their own neighborhood quilt, and the number of winners depends on how many people send in blocks.  (You can read more details about the challenge and giveaway here. I want to make my block to be a representation of my quilting life over the past year - maybe using stripes to remind me of the Stripes Challenge I participated in; there might be a clothesline of quilts in the "back yard" to indicate all the quilts I've made for charity this year; maybe a boat, for my hubby; definitely some of my favorite Marimekko-like flowers growing in the yard - a fabric leftover from the Simple Sampler Quilt-Along!  There's no telling what might make an appearance...  but no matter what, it will use up leftovers from this year's projects!  

So - - - do you have a special plan for using up your project leftovers?  Share with the rest of us!  

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!



  1. I am so glad you added to your post about the house block party - I had forgotten to bookmark it and sew wanted to join in - I have a shoe box full of orphan house blocks. My orphans go into quilts, a backing of a quilt, placemats, mug rugs, greeting cards and postcards. Since I work 90% of the time with scraps - newly established niblets find comfort in a new design. Even left over bindings find new life in a scrappy binding, an oven mitt, or a mini wallhanging edge - or ironed and used in the scrap pile for a quilt.

  2. I loved seeing the original quilt and then the quilt made from the scraps! Great idea!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Gmama Jane

  3. Good Morning Sarah...OK, I am hungry...who is serving up leftovers...lol. You are amazing...no really, I would never think of making something else out of scraps the way you gals do...Finally I am saving all of my scraps..and look at what can be done...Love the Quilts for kids...I have made many dolls for kids...not quilts yet..but that is on my list now..thanks to you ...Great Post Sarah...leftovers mmmmmmmmmm

  4. What a great post. I love using my leftovers too. Everytime I make a quilt, I put all the co-ordinating leftovers in a ziplock bag. That way I know they all go well together and can use them for a small project. I like using them for potholders, mug rugs, mini quilts, pincushions, etc... It's fun to use these fabrics again. It brings back the memories of the previous projects I've made. Thanks again for sharing. I'm going to check out that house block giveaway! Hugs Ariane

  5. Yes yes yes..leftovers. I always can make something good with leftovers. great post. You brought smiles this morning as always on Stash.

  6. I look forward to reading Stash Manicure every day. Today after seeing your post about Quilts for Kids, I emailed them and signed up for a kit. Looking forward to it.

  7. I'm going to write these down in my quilt notebook. Thanks for the information.

  8. I make 4.5" squares with my leftovers - whatever design or non-design I'm feeling at the moment (log cabin, liberated star, 9 patch) - and I keep them together with the idea that someday I'll sew them all together into a giant "sampler" quilt of sorts. It will probably look a little busy, but I like the idea of having a giant momento of projects gone by. Great post - great lead-in with the foodie hook!

  9. I love your quilts and the way you have made "planned overs" from your scraps!

    I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. If I have small odd shapes left over from a project, sometimes I just randomly sew them together in various odd shapes, squares, stripes, or anything else that hits me at the moment. Then I put them aside and wait for inspiration. I may put them in on a back of a quilt, or scatter them on the front. Who knows....

  11. I love fabric/quilt leftovers so much, I sometimes can't wait to get a project cut out just so I can see how much I have left over to play with! Great post, Sarah. Your leftover quilt and those potholders are adorable!

  12. I've made several quilts this year using leftovers(My 2010 New Year Resolution!) Great fun and very rewarding to use up left over blocks and scraps.
    See them on Koshka2 on Flickr

  13. I love your take on leftovers. I have a box labeled "orphan blocks" and sometime in the spring I'm going to make a quilt from them. Not now. Now I'm doing Christmas and those don't figure into the equation. :) Great post! blessings, marlene

  14. I love scraps and adore the idea of leftovers. Leftovers make the perfect little reminders of past projects (or current ones if you're slow like me!). =)

  15. Im hungry now, where's the turkey?

  16. Sarah, great topic for your guest post! It's very appropriate for this time of year.

    After reading this, I looked into Quilts for Kids a bit and found they have a local chapter near my area! I've been looking into various quilting charities, trying to find something that would be good for me to try out. So far, Quilts for Kids and the Linus Project are my favorites :-)

    ~ Meagan

  17. I love the thought of a blogland neighborhood. What a fabulous idea. I need to think about joining in on this one. Hmmm do I have enough time to get a block done? May have to talk it over with my BFF the Quiltnqueen and see what we can come up with!


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