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What can I say ... I LOVE CRAFTING. Over the years I have done a wide selection of crafts, including Cross Stich, Tapestry, Long Stitch, Card Making, Beadcraft, Patchwork, Quilting, Pottery Painting, Slipcasting, Calligraphy ... plus others that I can't think of right now. I have however, only recently started to sell the items that I make - watch this space!

Monday, 28 March 2011

Stripping Scraps!

I made a log cabin quilt top a couple of years ago as shown in the photograph above, (it still  needs to be quilted!).  I pulled out the scrap bag of stripped fabric from that project today.  There were lots of little pieces in various lengths in there.

At some point in the past, I had started sewing some of these scraps together.  I'm not quite sure what I had in mind at the time, but I decided that I would continue sewing them together.  When I  finished, I had an extremely long strip of scraps.  I had a quick measure up and counted a total of just over a whopping 13 yards of fabric scraps just 1 1/2 inches wide.  They took some time to press the seams I can tell ya.  

Then came the maths.  Now my maths ability isn't too bad, until I get past counting with my socks off then I'm lost LOL.  My working out was as follows :-

I had approx 13 yards @ 36 inches per yard = 468 inches

If I then cut these into 20 inch strips, I would have 23 full strips and a little bit left over.

But to avoid the wastage, I decided to put 2 ends together and sew down the entire length, then cut in half and start again with those 2 ends.  I had a lovely finished piece when I'd done ...

Close up ..

Now the next decision is, what do I make with it?  I did think about a quick and easy tote bag, I would need to border it though as it isn't quite big enough to do both sides.  Any other suggestions gratefully received :-)


  1. That log cabin is stunning! How about a pillow to go with it?

  2. Thank you for your lovely comment ~ I really do need to get that top out and make my sandwich ready for quilting. I'm not very good at free motion, so it will just have to be straight lines, probably around the squares somehow.

    A pillow is a great idea, not one I thought of to be honest ... I made a couple when I made the quilt, but you can never had too many pillows on the bed. This design would compliment the quilt nicely.

  3. Great way to use up scraps. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do with it.

  4. Thanks Em, still undecided, but will post when I've made something with it.