Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Scrap Cutting - Part 1



I started cutting my scraps tonight. I've decided to use the braid, diamond and half hexagon templates I got with my Charm Quilts book last week. I started with the scraps leftover from a quilt I made last year. This is what those scraps yielded. Not a bad start and it only took me 45 minutes to get that much done.

I pulled out the scrap drawer from my charm cabinet. Here's what the drawer looks like right now. I don't know if I'll work on those tomorrow or wait for my cutting party with Victoria this weekend.

I don't have as many scraps as I thought. I guess that's because when I first started cutting I was cutting my scraps into charm squares of various sizes. Somewhere along the line I changed my methods. First I stopped buying fabric just to buy it. Then I've been using my charm squares and FQs for most of the projects I've been working on lately. I may cut some 5 inch strips from some of my yardage for cutting . . . wait . . . I just got a semi-brilliant idea . . . I have a package of Hoffman Christmas fabric I bought at Keepsake Quilting. I've used a couple pieces of it. But I think the remaining pieces are half-yard pieces. Wouldn't it be cool to have some Christmas charm wall hangings. I could get a start on Christmas. I like it . . . I'm off to find that fabric!!

PS - I have figured out that the best way to cut charms using templates is to use a rotating cutting mat. I suppose some of already knew that. But, oh well, it was a revelation to me. I'm off . . .

7 comments:

Karen said...

Hi, SweetP, oo, scraps, it looks enticing. My 1 1/2" stack is growing for my future Chinese Coin quilt.

Doodlebug Gail said...

What lovely looking scraps .... now if your scrap box is anything like mine it seems to multiply even more when you start cutting! LOL - have fun with it!

Carole said...

Looks nice to me! I once made a scrap quilt, gosh perhaps 5 years ago. I ended up cutting my scraps into strips for a rag rug. My bin need to be filled up again. I decided to seperate my applique scraps from my other scraps. I became tired of searching in the general scrap bin. Looking forward to seeing the finished results. Happy quilting!

tootsiesmom said...

YOur scrap bin looks lovely compared to mine! I just can't take a photo of it yet! I have made one lasagne noodle twin top and one twin crumb top. I have been saving the 3 inch pieces to do a crumb chinese coins. And yes, I do throw some pieces away! But I think when I push that drawer in, they multiply like rabbits!

Wendy said...

I love scrap quilts. The scraps just seem to grow and grow in my closet.

Susan said...

Didn't you love those quilt pink fabrics?

Your scrap plan sounds good to me. The Christmas will be fun to work with.

Patti said...

Good for you! You got a lot done in a short amount of time! I sure wish I could work that fast when cutting scraps!