A little over two years ago, I was sick for quite awhile with an awful sinus problem. I didn’t have much energy, so to prevent too much boredom I looked for some simple tasks to do. First I sorted all my small fabric scraps by color and organized them into containers. While doing that, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to see how small a fabric scrap could get before I couldn’t make something out of it. I wanted to upgrade my hand-sewing skills and learn the rudiments of piecing for quilt making.
I started sewing fabric pieces into strips to combine into a scrap quilt later, after seeing some beautiful examples on Pinterest. As I accumulated strips, I combined them with other leftover fabrics such as a jean pocket, a waistband from some corduroy pants, a seam from blue jeans, old clothing tags, ribbon, binding strips, selvage pieces and some rather primitive embroidered panels I made a long time ago for use on a tote bag which has since been retired.
Over the last couple of years, every once in awhile I’d add a little bit more on. Then I finished it with blanket seam binding from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts where I taught classes in hand sewing, general crafts and jewelry making before the pandemic.
Following are some close-ups of sections of the quilt.
“Experimental Art Quilt #1” is for sale on Etsy. Here is a link to the listing:
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Love the scrappy experiment . I started doing the same thing with my scraps making pillows and used baby fabrics to make pillow fot niece to put I her lap when she was nursing. It is so much fun because there are no rules or measurements but a whole lot of creativity. Kim
I was a Creative Crew member for Canvas Corp Brands for a little over a year. We each did a profile piece for the blog for which we answered questions about ourselves and our inspirations. For the question “what is your muse” I answered “collage” because all my life I’ve been inspired by bits and pieces of just about anything that is “leftover”. I tried to analyze and explain that a bit in this post here: http://www.chasenfratz.com/wp/johndaddy-johndaddy-johndaddy/
If you have pictures online of things you’ve made with scraps please feel free to post links here!
Great quilt and you are recycling to good advantage ! Hope you are all healed now and looking forward to your next quilt !
Absolutely gorgeous, I love it all….
That is so clever. I love it
Thank you everybody!
Your quilts are so meaningful and gorgeous. I also love bits and pieces of fabric, trims, lace, yarn, ribbons, and all kinds of items. I’ve never tackled a quilt but, you have inspired me. Maybe I’ll work my way into a quilt.
Thank you for your wonderful post.