The easiest way to get rid of unwanted scrap strips - because it doesn't matter how wide they are (or even if they are straight), you can just building up until you get the size square you want, and trim. If you are fussy, you can trim a bit as you go along to keep them from getting too wonky - or you can leave them fairly wonky. My strips tend to be fairly straight to start with, so it's not a big issue.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Flying Geese are always an excellent way to use up scraps. There are a number of different ways of making them, including my favourite if I have larger piecs of fabric, the no-waste flying geese method. However, if you have smaller rectangle that you want to get rid of, you can always make geese individually.
This block is very simple - just a square, bordered by the same fabric all the way around. In this instance, I did half the blocks with the odd white-looking fabric as the centre and half with the coloured fabrics. Or that was the intention. As it happened, I counted wrong, and ended up with 16 and 14, which meant that arranging them took a little creativity. But I often use this square in a border block for scrap quilts - it's simple, yet effective.
Here's another use of essentially the same block, only in this instance, the centre of the square is much larger to start with, so it makes more of a feature of the centre.
This is a variation on my standard go-to for scraps. I made some crumb blocks (stitching scraps together more or less randomly and then trimming square) and created four patches using the crumbs and a solid (i.e. only one fabric) square. Then, I used some strips to border them until they got the size I wanted - in this case, 12", but you could use any size you wanted. I like this sort of effect, because it's scrappy, but at the same time, having some larger pieces incorporated makes it easier on the eye. Also, you can use all sizes and shapes of scraps in a setting like this.
When I made these blocks, I blogged the process; you can see that here.
Always a classic way of using small scraps - you can make the nine patches with any size square - in this instance, they were 2.5" squares, I think, leftover from using a layer cake of fabric for something else. The chain shows particularly well when set in a very simple, even solid colour background, but can work with other fabrics, as long as they aren't too busy.