What do I do with ALL those strips and squares!?

So, now you have your scrap stash shrinking and your strip and cut square inventory growing. How do I use all that new found treasure? First, I look at the bulging bags or overflowing bins. What needs to be used? I can almost hear them calling me! Lol! There’s a quilt in the making….or a border……or sashing…..or cornerstones.

The larger squares can be cut into smaller sizes. I had a block pattern that needed four 3″ squares that were the same. Instant match! One 6″ square provided what I needed. Plus I had a whole bag of 6″ squares, so I pretty much had my quilt set up.

I have one large bag of miscellaneous strings. Do you ever have a day where you just need to do something mindless? I sure do. Some days I just need to zone out! That’s a good day to sew those strings together. As I sew, I vaguely sort the lengths, and sew the ones that are similar in length together. Now I have long strips that can be cut into squares or used as a border. I have not used these for borders yet, but I’m sure there will come a time when they will add just the perfect touch. They are waiting patiently in “time out”!

Whew!  Looks like enough to make a quilt!

Whew! Looks like enough to make a quilt!

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Another, neat idea is to sew those squares, end to end to make your own sashing. Mindless, to be sure. But what a statement! Talk about scraps with attitude! This top has been in “time out” for a while waiting to be quilted. I’m a hand quilter so my waiting to be quilted pile is never ending. Those pinwheels will pop when I give it my special touch. 2014-11-19 11.59.44

So, look at those bags or bins and say
“Speak to me!”
Happy Quilting!

  • Barbara Olson
    November 23, 2014

    I want to do your do your scrapitude mystery quilt starting in 2015. But do not know where to sign up. please sign me up

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      December 5, 2014

      Hi Barbara, Hopefully I will have a sign up soon.

  • Teresa Craig
    January 7, 2015

    How do I register for the block of the month quilt?

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      January 8, 2015

      Hi Teresa,
      We will be doing a mystery quilt and you can subscribe on the front page to receive notices. No block of the month at this time. Thanks for your inquiry and I hope you will join us for the fun.
      Happy Quilting !

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