Hi everyone! I'm Cara from CaraQuilts and I am soooo excited to be here!
Thank you Madame Samm for inviting me! I'm truly honoured!
I'll tell you a bit about me. I design quilts for Moda Bake Shop, and will soon be doing some for sale patterns as well for my company, CaraQuilts Designs! I also am the designer of Stitchin Heaven's Charm school, and Perse-Anality monthly clubs.
If I don't do this as I go I find I just end up throwing all the pieces in a shopping bag, and I forget about them and they never get used. This way they can be put in baskets with like sized pieces and whenever I need them I know if I go to that basket it will have the right size, and all I have to do is look for the right colour or value.
I also throw all my left over precut pieces into the baskets, otherwise they end up lonely and unused! And how sad is that! With so many designers lines being similar in feel and colour, you'd be surprised how quickly you can have a new jelly roll or charm pack, made totally of scraps!!
Because scraps take up so much space I keep smaller baskets near the cutting table and when they're full I transfer to the larger, often less attractive, tupperwares.
Because these are soooo much cuter than these
Which is still better than this!
Another thing I like to do is stitch scraps together and then use them as yardage. This is especially fun for applique. It give projects a really interesting look, and there is no way two will ever be the same!
I know a lot of people love to make HSTs with their scraps and once they have a gazillion and one turn them into some of the awesome scrap quilt patterns out there. Me? I love nine patches. LOVE them. And the nine patch is so versatile! Here's a cute way to put them together to get something a bit more interesting than just straight ones. Play with the setting, add plain blocks or snowball blocks, and you've got some super easy, and fun, quilts!
Decide on the size you want your nine patches, it's easiest if it's a multiple of 3, and whenever you have finished a project take some of it's scraps and make up some nine patches. Put them in a basket. Or raid you scraps for the right colour if you want it to be more monochromatic. If you want to do a checkerboard, everytime you do one switch up the light and darks, so which one has 5 pieces and which has 4, and eventually you will have about an equal number.
If you have strips use them! Just stitch together dark, light, dark or light, dark, light, and then cut them into smaller segments. You don't have to use them all together, you can put them aside until you have enough to make each nine patch from different strip sets.
Here are some setting ideas. The chains use a snowball as the alternate. The boxes one uses plain white strips, the same size as the nine patches. This one require fewer nine patches but also uses smaller ones.
To make the box of ninepatches, sash the middle nine patch with fabric the same width as the nine patch, so if it's a 3" finished nine patch add a 3.5" square to the top and bottom, and then a 3.5" x 9.5" strip to either side. Alternate dark and light nine patches, for around the sashing. For the sides go light, dark, light. Add to the sides. For the top and bottom go dark, light, dark, light, dark. Stitch to the top and bottom. Make 9 of these blocks and sash them in a 3 x 3 setting.
Now if you read through all that I have a reward for you! Leave me a comment here and then head over to my blog for a giveaway sponsored by Stitchin Heaven!