New Orleans House Project

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Some Veggie Leftovers

A few weeks ago, I finished one of the quilts on my "Finish It" list for 2015 - a snowball quilt featuring some wonderful woodblock prints made with vegetable-based dyes.  As I petted the new quilt and started to put away the leftover fabric, I was somewhat dismayed with the amount of leftovers!  In fact, those leftovers haunted me for several days and inspired lots of thoughts on how to best utilize the remaining fabric. 
In particular, a bag of bonus HSTs kept calling out to me, and eventually they formed themselves into the center of this mini quilt (26" x 26").  Those HSTs are only 1.25" finished - that's a lot of seams!

The leftovers included some stripes, which were just calling out to be a mitered border.  I didn't have enough black or blue for an entire border, so I used them together.  I hadn't done a mitered border in years, but I enjoyed it and plan on making more mitered borders in the future!

The leftover HSTs still aren't all gone, so I've been using them as leader-enders and making pinwheels.  I'm going to randomly float them on the back of the quilt.  

I really hadn't planned on starting a new quilt just now, but sometimes you have to go where inspiration takes you!  I feel very satisfied to have used up at least some of those veggie leftovers and look forward to another project with the bigger chunks of fabric.


  1. Looking at this quilt it seemed large. I was surprised when you said how tiny it is! I don't know if its the scale of the prints, or the border, but it doesn't look so tiny in the photo. Maybe it's just me?
    I love it, and I love that you used up such tiny scraps! Good for you!

  2. Some quilts just keep going and going. Those litte bonus triangles turned into a lovely mini. Beautiful borders.

  3. Looks great. I'm looking forward to seeing how you quilt this, given all those seams to tame.

  4. The quilt looks great! What a great use of leftovers!

  5. What a great use of those extras! The mitered corners look great. I should try them sometime.