Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Playing with scraps

I adore using scraps in projects. This week I have made two projects using predominantly scraps:


  1.  A charity quilt made from scrappy 2.5" squares
54 four patch blocks for the center

a pale pink border and binding and simple cross-hatch straight line quilting
Project 2.
A scrappy tote bag:


I used heaps of my scrappy strips in this, everything from horses and firehydrants to wheels and flowers


The lining was leftover backing fabric from my Celtic Solstice quilt.



The only non scrappy thing used was the batting, it has two layers of polyester batting to make it stiff and box-like.


I made it to haul all my bits and pieces to quilt club each month.


Here it is almost full with a charity quilt i made, some disposable plates, cups and cutlery for the snacks and my binder full of paperwork. I also have room to throw a show and tell item in on the top if I want to. 

I made one of these bags last year in a class at Wooden Spools my favorite Denver quilt shop:


I've used that bag so many times for sooooo many things since I made it and I've always wanted to make another one! I have carried sewing machines in this bag even, it is big with a wide opening and the handles are a great length. I'm glad I made the time to make another one.


4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful bag! I like using scraps too. The charity quilt is delightful.

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  2. I just love your charity quilt! Did you do the 4 patches as a leader/ender project? Your scrappy tote bag is just adorable! I love the strips used for the pockets. I'd love to know the dimensions of your tote and the length of the handles.

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    1. The leaders and enders idea went by the wayside once I got my Juki machine because it has automatic thread snips that are quick and easy. I just chain stitched these all at once, 4 patches are pretty quick. The whole quilt took only half a day to do. The tote is made from batting rectangles that are 27" long x 18 deep" cover them on one side with any patchwork you choose and then 4.5" squares are cut from the bottom corners later to make them boxed corners. You then make the same thing again for the lining but with a slightly wider seam allowance.It is a lot of layers for a machine to go through especially one you get to putting the lining in and handles on, but I made the last one on my $200 brother and this one on my Juki.

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