Happy Holidays, everyone! This is Teresa from Fabric Therapy! The strips and scraps have been FLYIN' in my quilt cave lately as I get last minute gifts ready in a flash! I came up with a neat project to reduce my overflowing strip and scrap bins while making a useful and pretty gift.
I started with heaps and piles of strips and scrappy pieces.
See? Chaos does take over every now and then in my compulsively organized quilting area. I have to get all the scraps out where I can touch and feel them.
First I made a lot of trees using green strips and scrappy chunks of backgrounds.
Then, in honor of Tonya's Ricucci 's new book, Word Play Quilts (hot off the press in December!), I decided to make some free-pieced letters.
All with an exclamation mark to get the point across!
Then I put it all together to make casserole hot mats. It seems that mug rugs are the number one cool gift to make for everyone this year, so I decided to make hot mats following the same basic ideas and using Insul-Brite batting. Ta da!!
I used some of my longer scrappy strips to border the crazy pieces. They are thick! I machine quilted the little top to some Insul-Brite, then layered batting and a back, then used little scraps of prepared binding left over from previous quilts to finish them off. They are truly scrappy from start to finish.
When I got bored with trees, I experimented with a couple of different styles.
They are an awesome way to reduce those scrap bins while wow-ing your friends and family!
Thank you to Madame Samm and all of you for letting me share a project. I've been sharing organizational secrets of my stash with you lately and it was fun to pull things out, make a mess and a project, and share it with you (and, of course, clean up...I can only stand the chaos for so long before I start trying to find the tops of my tables!).
May you all organize your sewing areas and manicure those stashes in the new year!!