Scrappy happiness

Starting today’s post with a scrappy mosaic of flowers in my garden. 😀

I’ve had a word with myself! ‘Look at your to-do list! Humm! Time to do some admin!’ ‘Admin?’ Well, immediately quilt projects came to mind… The procrastination queen is on her throne! But I think I’ve found the perfect project, providing me with respite at the sewing machine but not sapping my limited brain power away from the admin list :-). Remember I started a ‘leader and ender’ quilt?  I tapped into the Scrap Vortex instructions posted by the Queen of Scraps, Amanda Jean Nyberg at Crazy Mom Quilts? Well! No! I’m not surprised you don’t recall the start of my scrappy quilt as it was way back in March!

Anyhow, I feel I’ve now enough pairs of scrap fabrics sewn together (the leader and ender phase of my scrap quilt) to move onto stages 2 and 3 of the Scrap Vortex quilt. It’s very relaxing just grabbing two pairs of fabrics, straightening out the seam edges and then stitching them together before repeating until the chain pieced scraps are all behind the machine. Actually, even pressing a heap of seams has it’s charms after a half hour or so of admin-ing 😉

Leader-ender scraps

My workstation – teaming up scraps, trimming edges straight and then chain piecing the lot.

Scrap units sorted

Small scrap units on the left, medium-large on the right

After stage two (that is: sewing the paired pieces together to make squares or rectangles of four or more fabric pieces) I pressed all those seams and sorted the misshapen blocks into one pile of small blocks and another of medium-large blocks. My intention was to stitch together some of the smaller blocks so all the blocks would be similar in size. Fortunately I paused to read Amanda Jean’s instructions which clearly stated that, although it goes against a patchworker’s natural instincts, at this stage we should not be concerned about blocks being uniform in size!

I hastily jumbled my two piles of blocks together and began matching, trimming and chain piecing…

Then I did some admin… and pondered how my bin of scraps remains half full despite all this sewing…

Half full scrap bin

My half full/half empty scrap bin!

Time for pressing and trimming away fabric tails to even up the outside edges of the blocks of many sizes.

Blocks of varying sizes

Blocks with edges trimmed

Stage four of the Scrap Vortex process requires more pairing of the ever enlarging blocks. If blocks need adjusting to match up the advice is to add pieced strips to make blocks bigger, rather than cutting them down to fit together.

Scrap Vortex blocks on the design wall

Scrap Vortex blocks on the design wall

I have absolutely no idea how these blocks will all fit together but I am really enjoying the process 🙂 Linking with Leanne for Scraptastic Tuesday.

Head on over and find inspiration for your bin of scraps – I don’t promise you’ll have fewer scraps at the end but you’ll give yourself the opportunity to bask in scrappy happiness 😀



About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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5 Responses to Scrappy happiness

  1. Laura says:

    Love seeing this come together! It is so much fun to see many different prints and colors of scraps used and the end result is so wonderful!

  2. Thanks Laura. It really is a fun process. I keep being tempted to break up the scrappy blocks with plain sashing or maybe add a border at the end but then I think, ‘No, stick with total scrappiness!’

  3. Looks so fun! You can always frame anything with anything, maybe just on 2 sides, to create a block the size you want. Each of the frames would be differently sized, so would continue the scrappy wonky look.

  4. Yes! I’m going with the advice to add extra strips that are pieced so they merge into the scrappiness.

  5. Nicky says:

    It is going to be fun whatever! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday we will be picking winners later in the week thanks to Finish-A-Long

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