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Scrap Quilt-A-Long: Week 3

Posted: July 25, 2014 in Sewing
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Week 3 was easy. I was going to go camping so I needed to make this week’s blocks pretty quick since I sew mainly on the weekends. I decided to do some scrap crazy blocks. I saw a pin on Pinterest that gave a simple and quick way to bust these out. It only took me 2 evenings to make 5 of these. 

I also wanted to share a picture of my scrap bags. I have been filling these up for 4 years!005

At first I made 4 big squares and sewed them together. The I turned it on it’s diagonal and cut 5 8.5″ squares. I was only able to make 3 on their own and then piece the remnants together for two more. 

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Here’s what I have so far! 18 squares in 3 weeks!



So my goal is to do about 160 8″ squares to make a queen sized quilt. I thought that I could only make time for 2 a week. After calculating how long that would take (80 weeks) and then the quilting and hexi edging… ya that would make this a 2 year project…. As you can see from week one, at least 4 a week is a more realistic goal for a year long project. Fortunately, I have been making about 5 or more a week so far.

The trouble so far is that my blocks range from 7″ to 9″. I attribute this to my inexperience with HSTs, block design, and my insistence on a 3/8″ seam allowance (this is the width of my machine’s foot).

Here’s week two’s success:

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This was just a scrappy throw together one with left overs from the block with batiks and corduroy and some 2″ squares I had cut for the disappearing 4 patch block.

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I loved making this one. Polaroid pictures of superheros.


This one is actually the start of week 3. This was a first for me. I haven’t sewn anything close to paper piecing before. I think it turned out okay for a first timer.

9 blocks! Wooh whooo!


Scrap Quilt-A-Long

Posted: July 11, 2014 in Sewing
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It’s been a while huh? I got a new job and bla bla bla life happened. But I did do some sewing and I will catch up, I promise… when I have time…

For now, I will keep you up to date on my scrap quilt. 

I have this big bag of scraps from when I used to sew every day and I swore that one day I would use those scraps for a queen sized quilt and that day has come!

Here’s a link to my brainstorming sessions with Pinterest

Here are the first ones from week one:

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I also decided to experiment with my first hexagons. I’m not sure what I am going to do with them yet.