Turkey Tracks: December 21, 2015
Playing with Fabric “Crumbs”
What do you do with small pieces of quilting fabric that are too small to use in something like a strip or a square?
I learned from Bonnie Hunter to call them “crumbs,” and to use them. Quilting fabric is now around $12 a yard and the width has shrunk from 44-45 inches to 40-42. (How greed can kill an industry.)
Like Bonnie, I throw these pieces in a bag and when it gets full, I start a project that uses them. I also throw in large trimmed pieces that have been already sewn together.
(At the very least, you could use these scraps to stuff a dog or cat bed…)
Here’s my ongoing “crumb” project:
Some of the pieces are larger, but would not cut into a 2-inch square. I don’t cut into 1 1/2-inch squares because they would be too bias stretchy. I use 1 1/2-inch strips to form small squares.
I played with making fabric from the crumbs–which was kind of interesting. And you could cut squares out of a piece like this and use the remainders to form more blocks. If you use those blocks as a center with sashings around–or as a center to a larger pieced block, you’d have an interesting quilt.
Right now, though, I’m interested in creating sashings. So here’s my growing pile of sashings:
I cut my large piece of “made” fabric into diagonal strips measuring 2 2/1 inches wide. I use a backing piece of paper to sew these sashings and then I trim them up on the cutting board. I can sew strips together to get the length I want.
I’m thinking of using these with this block, which you’ve seen before:
So, I warn you…
This kind of “play” is addictive.