New Orleans House Project

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Aqua Bits

It seems this may be my year for really using up small scraps.  Two Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects this week involved finding uses for some of the smaller scraps in the scrap boxes.*

I have a lot of two inch strips and squares left over from various projects or just cutting up scraps into usable pieces following Bonnie Hunter's Scrap-Users System.  Last month I pulled a lot of purple squares and started piecing 4-patch blocks.  I did the same for aqua squares this month.  I don't have definitive plans for these right now, but 4-patches are a versatile quilt building block and I'm sure they will find a happy use eventually. 

This is a small portion of my very large collection of 1.5 inch strips.  Several years ago, I decided to start piecing 1.5 inch strips in anticipation of making a "Lego" quilt (tutorial by Tonya Ricucci).

Piecing bits of 1.5 inch strips into longer sections is great mindless sewing, and before long I had a laundry basket full of pieced strips ready to be assembled into blocks.

I finally stitched up some blocks last summer.  I came to the conclusion this was going to be a very long-term project, because assembling the blocks was just not that much fun.  Those pieced strips are going to age for awhile longer.  And in while they're aging, I'm going to attempt to use  up some of the un-pieced stash of 1.5 inch parts and pieces.

I pulled the shortest bits of aqua 1.5 inch strips I could find, sliced them into squares and arranged a 49-patch block with white squares on the diagonal.  Despite the number and size of squares, the block went together quickly.  I decided to go back and repeat the process for last month's RSC color.  Once I use up the short bits of 1.5 inch strips, I can do some speedier piecing by sewing longer strips together and slicing them up.  

For more scrappy aqua inspiration, check out the link-up at Soscrappy.

*Disclaimer:  I don't really like working with scraps smaller than 1.5 inches, so my version of "small" may not be the same as yours!

 
 


17 comments:

  1. wow! you've got some fantastic blocks going there!

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  2. all those seams have to match... yep not that much fun! Still it's satisfying to see them add up right? And your fabric choices are really pretty. LeeAnna

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  3. Great blocks. Love your idea of using solid white down the diagonal, works really well!

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  4. I have a lego quilt in process too. And seeing yours confirms my concern that I tend to the dark side and need more light fabrics in mine. And your 49 patch blocks are beautiful with such clear colors.

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  5. Your blocks look amazing. Way to go using these small pieces.

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  6. That's is my version of small!! Yikes that's tiny, but makes very pretty blocks!

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  7. Oh, my - my default size is 1.5" strips and squares. I think anything over 2.5" is gigantic!
    I'm loving all your blocks! And glad you're finding something happy to do with your 'small' strips! 8)

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  8. 4-Patches, Lego bits, and 49-Patch blocks in AQUA and TEAL all have the look of appeal. Keep on patching (your version of) small bits!!

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  9. Nice scrappy blocks--I think 1.5" is pretty small--anything smaller would be miniature in my book--lol!

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  10. I definitely don't go any smaller than 1.5, but I love the look of all those tiny pieces together! It will be fun to see what you do with your different kinds of blocks!

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  11. I did some Lego blocks with 1.5" strips - once. I doubt I will again. It's so much more fun to use those narrow strips in other ways. But I do like the Lego process for using up 2" scrap strips because I find I have a hard time using them in other ways!

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  12. I made a Lego quilt with 1.5" bits. There is a LOT of sewing making one of these, but they look fantastic. I made 7x7 and thought I was done but decided to add a row, so 56 blocks! I made it for my sister for her 50th birthday. She loved it.

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  13. Little bits take a lot of sewing, but definitely makes you feel good. Wonderful blocks.

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  14. You are indeed an inspiration with those wonderful scrappy blocks. I love your 4-patches!

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  15. Your experiments with squares are turning out beautifully.

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  16. Love all your blocks. Those strips are awesome. Not that I need any more ideas rolling around in my head, but I really like them.

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