Sunday, December 30, 2012

I love scraps do you?


Tanya and I went shopping today for some stuff I need to make a couple quilts I want to do..  More about that later.  While shopping, I found a brown bag that said scraps $5 bucks.  I do not know why, but I just can't pass up a good bag of scraps.  Above is what I found crammed into the bag.  Most of it I was able to cut up into 2 1/2 inch blocks (I love that size block and love making random quilt blocks out of them).  I have been in a mood for a long time to make a new quilt.  It will include tons of 2 1/2 inch blocks which leads me to what I bought.


Any idea what colors my next quilt will be made out of?  The picture does not show all of them well, but they are gray and orange (even though some of them might look white, they are not).  The plan is to make a quilt with 5 X 5 blocks alternating in oranges and grays.  Tanya still thinks I am nuts for liking orange, but every time I go shopping I seem to come back with more orange fat quarters.

Today my daughter found a phone book on the front porch and promptly threw it into the garbage.  I told her to take it too the sewing room, I had better ideas for it. (Does any one still use phone books to call people any more any way?)


I chopped a few dozen pages into 6 1/2 inch blocks which just made my daughter give me a even more puzzled look. Then I showed her what we were going to use them for.

My guild a while back made some string blocks for a charity quilt.  They suggested using news paper, a phone book or dryer sheets as a foundation for the string blocks.  I had none of those, so my pile of strings has just been growing.  Well today I made my first string block and starting Sunday I am going to start Rebecca on a task to make more of them out of my scraps so we can make a string quilt.

Well Rebecca and I (Richard) were doing the above. Tanya was quietly making a quilt top.  She spent a lot of time leading up to Christmas quilting our Christmas wall hangings (which never got finished and is stuffed in a box for next year, well we did give away 10 or 11 of them so some got done).  Any way she quilted all of them so I look forward to her quilting this quilt.


This is a baby quilt in size and its made out of Cowboy type materials.  Very cute if I say so my self.  Tanya did a fantastic job.

7 comments:

Elisabetta said...

I really like your string block, I prefer easy blocks and this is one of my favorite ^_^

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

I would have fallen for the bag of scraps too. I'm a sucker!

Carrie P. said...

scrap bags can be really fun to go through.
I like the combination of the orange and gray. I look forward to seeing what you make.

carla said...

Hi!! Yes I love scraps and orange!!! Orange is very pretty with grey!!! Love the string block too!!! Thank You!!!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love scraps! My best scrap find was on eBay several years ago... a box crammed full of Christmas fabrics and pre-cut squares. Vintage and wonderful! Enjoy yours.

Foolish Feathers said...

Oh I love Scraps! I am hoping though to get through most of my scraps and stash next year before I bring on too much new fabric! The $15 FQ Shop Gift certicate I won from you guys a month or so ago I gave to my husband to buy me fabric presents!! Yay! He got in while they were also running a 20% off sale so he got me a FQ pack. Thanks again!! (I will be posting about the fabric later today and I will be sure to mention I you guys!)

M. E. Stephens said...

So, I have a question. I've considered using the phone book before for making paper pieced quilt blocks, but I wondered if the ink would smudge off onto the fabric. Are you noticing this happening at all? I bought a book at a second hand book store to use because the paper felt like it would perforate and tear well and it didn't seem like the ink would smudge. But, phone books are free, so if it would stay clean, I'd be happy to put them to good use!

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