I have to confess that Wednesday snuck up on me this week - I was so proud of having an honest-to-God scrappy sewing success, I completely forgot to make my Gypsy Wife blocks this week! Of course, working on Emmy's annual quilt was distracting me too, but I'm usually better at remembering than this. Oh well - I'll try to get them done before Friday, and that will give me something to post about then!
In the meantime, I really did have a scrappy sewing success this week! I quilted a vintage quilt top for a friend, and decided to finish it off with a scrappy binding. I may have mentioned before that I store my binding leftovers in a plastic shoebox, after measuring each one, rolling it up and pinning it with a post-it note with the length on it. Everything is placed in nice neat rows in the shoebox, and it is very easy to pull enough for a binding by adding up the lengths on each one until I have enough.
This system really works for me - I went from having an unusable pile of bindings all tangled up together to having easily accessible and useful items. But this time when I looked at the box, it was really full - even after I pulled enough to find that vintage quilt! So I decided to pull out all the solids and make a jelly roll style quilt.
To make this quilt, I added squares of the chinese red, a color that didn't appear anywhere in my pile of solid binding scraps. I gathered my binding strips and cut any that were more than 30" long or so into multiple pieces, just to get a wide variety. I had a lot of black, so I placed it every third strip. Then I started sewing the strips together, with a red square between each one. And I pressed - between every step - and trimmed threads as I went. (I find that these quilts are remarkably good at having threads peek out from the seams!)
Now I have a question for you - should I add a border to this? I have enough black to add a 5" border all around which will bring it to about 58"x70", or leave it as is? I'm undecided. I have enough of the deep red left to bind the quilt, and I think that will tie the red blocks in nicely.
FYI, I used this technique in the past to diminish my solid binding leftovers - here's how that one turned out...
It always amazes me how "artful" these quilts look, even though they are completely random. And it really makes a dent in the binding stash!
So that's my scrappy victory for the week! Have you been working through your scraps this week? I'd love to hear what you've been doing!
PS Do you realize that Christmas is two months from today?? EEK!!!