Hard to believe that May is drawing to a close - but it is! Schools are letting out all over the country and kids are trying on summer for size. But the end of May means a little bit more here - it's time to recap what happened with my scraps for the month.
My goal for the month was to keep working on this tub of scraps - my blues. Well, I'm telling you, this tub has got me singing the blues - because after this month, it still looks like this!
Not much difference - I think those scraps are doing something at night while I'm not looking, because there always seems to be more of them....
But I did make this pretty scrappy quilt this month, which used up a lot of 1.5" x 2.5" and 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles, and some scrappy binding. Everything in this quilt came from stash, so it's another finish for Sew My Stash 2016!
And I turned the remnants of a charm pack into a quilt-y alphabet for my grandkids to play with! This was a fun and easy (although time-consuming) project that works very well with 5" squares.
I purchased a set of Busy Kids Learning Punch Out Alpha Letters from Joann's to use as templates for the letters. I used the 4" size, which was perfect for tracing on the 5" squares. (Remember to reverse the letters so they are correct when you cut them out!) I treated the fabric using Lara Buccella's new appliqué technique, so the edges don't fray. Then I cut them out, laid them on top of some batting remnant strips, put a 5" wide strip of leftover fabric on the back, and stitched about 1/8" away from the edges. Then I cut them out and voila! A tactile alphabet! And I'm currently working on a couple more sets of these - so more scraps are going out the door! Woohoo!!
I also took these two tubs - my box of 1.5" squares and the leftover 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles - and, inspired by seeing so many of these on Instagram lately, turned them into lozenge blocks. I will keep working on this in June, and may mix them with another kind of block to make an interesting scrappy quilt! Oh, the possibilities!
So that's my report for May! I didn't get as much cleared out as I wanted to, but I did make a great quilt, and experimented with some different uses for those scraps. The alphabets also use up batting scraps, which is almost as good as using up fabric scraps!
And I just keep remembering, in the words of my favorite movie heroine...
"After all, tomorrow is another day!"
And it's for sure those scraps will stick around for the sequel!
Now it's your turn! Have you been playing with scraps this month? Link up below to show off what you've been doing and inspire the rest of us to use up our scrap monsters! I've been seeing lots of new scrappy sewing on Instagram lately, so I know you guys are out there....
And be sure to come back next week, when you can link up your goals for the month of June. I'm thinking hard about mine, because we will be traveling a good bit - I want to come up with something I can work on even while not in my studio! So if you've got a creative idea that will solve that problem, I'd love to hear it...