Tuesday, January 06, 2015

What do You do With Leftovers?

I try, not always succesfully, to cut only as many pieces as I need for a particular quilt. If I'm working with squares, I don't fuss. Whatever is left over can go in the box for another quilt down the road. But if I'm cutting a shape or size that I'm not likely to use again, I'm more careful.

With Little Letters, I was making up the pieced borders in my head and had no idea how many pieces I'd actually wind up using. I wound up with a little pile of nine-patch bits. It was hardly any fabric at all, and even I could have  tossed it out without feeling a pang of guilt. 

But my mind doesn't work that way. I sewed them together and within the hour, I had a new mug rug. 

Sure, I could have tossed those bits. But it feels a lot better to make something cute with them!

What do you do with your leftovers? Toss them, or make them into something.....or save them for "someday?"
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Kristie said...

Very cute! Mine usually just go into a big pile for a "someday" orphan block quilt. I have everything from orphan blocks to odd and end 4 patches.

Kathy S. said...

This year I'm going to just make scrap quilts (as much as I can go without buying fabric). I like to use the little left over bits in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015 at So Scrappy blog. I like to put orphan blocks on the back of quilts. Use 'em up!

Dar said...

I don't throw out any fabric that is at least 1 1/2" square. I save them in a drawer by size to use in future scrap quilts - aka Bonnie Hunter style scrap savers technique.

Gemini Jen NZ said...

If I am in love with the fabrics I will make another project eg a pillow or bag, or else it all just goes in the stash (if big enough pieces) or into the scrap bin.


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