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Sweet Things

One way to use up ‘left-over’ fabric.

A while back an inspiration for tackling the pile of fabric scraps came from “Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles’ by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe.

‘Successful Scrap Quilts’ by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe.

Decisions, decisions – made easy. From then on it’s cutting ALL ‘left-overs’ into 4.5″ x 2.5″ pieces no matter what! Time is too short to cut up bits in lots of different sizes for different projects – after all, the originals have already been used in a quilt.

‘Successful Scrap Quilts’ by Judy Turner and Margaret Rolfe.

There are lots of ways to sew the units together, especially if Bonnie Hunter’s technique is used – sew a patch as you sew-off from a previous one. A fun way to make scrap quilts. So ‘Sweet Things’ is one of them.

‘Sweet Things’ made from scraps.

These four blocks are each made up of 6 units (3 patches in a unit) and have been extended with the plain strip to make it large enough for a baby-sized charity quilt. Now at 24″ x 28″, it meets the requirements for a ‘hospital give-away’ via my guild.

‘Sweet Things’ quilting.

Quilting is with Westalee’s‘Simple Circles’ 1″ circle and Hobby Quilt’s ‘Wave & Scallop’. Makes for a lovely design.

‘Sweet Things’ back.

And there’s more … UFO #3 for 2019 is finished!

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3 Layouts for Lucy’s Leftovers

I’ve always been fascinated by Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses ever since I saw a block of English Paper Piecing using this pattern.

Having a background and preference for machine piecing, this led to making blocks of a larger size suitable for ‘American’ hand piecing.

After having a go at making blocks, it was an ‘Ahh ..’ moment, I became hooked and still am!

But what to do with the left over patches? Throw them out, give them away to a kindergarten, or maybe ‘recycle/reuse’ them.  After all, they took time to select, cut out, and consider.

During  the creation of a Pinterest board,  dedicated to collecting the fabulous variations of Lucy’s block, these three ideas have emerged – with thanks to the mathematically minded!

Have you, like me, put aside those single patches, with a feeling of ‘just can’t quite throw it out yet!’

Try this idea:

Make a scrappy quilt with the single patches …

LLL 01.jpeg

When there are pairs left over, try this layout …

LLL 02.jpegOdd numbers of three patches make a lovely swirly block …

LLL 03.jpegI think Lucy would like the idea of using up left over patches.

Perhaps these could become the hand-piecing version of Bonnie Hunter’s machine pieced scrap quilts!

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