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Monday, April 1, 2013

Scrap Basket Sunday


Look what's just started up!!
This sounds like me!!
I am a sucker for scrappy projects - and Scrap Basket Sunday on Kim's Big Quilting Adventure blog - sounds like an ideal excuse for me to keep working away at my pile/s of scraps. Thanks Kim for hosting this, I'm sure it will be a load of fun.
This weekend I have been beavering away to finish the blocks which I started in January/February when Pam Burda had a Orphans and Scraps Sew-along.

It was fun sorting through my scraps and actually using random spare half square triangles (and so on) that were destined for a life in the bottom of my scrap bin.
As well, there was learning new techniques and the challenge of making 'little blocks'. They all finish at 4 1/2 inches so at times there some pretty tiny pieces.
Pam pieced her blocks into a runner which looked lovely. I have had a rather long conversation with myself about what I wanted to do with my blocks, and finally decided that a more square like shape would suit me better.
And because I really wanted an excuse to make another one of the clever Block Two (see the directions here on Pam's blog) it couldn't be a straight forward 4-block square.(Also my log cabin was a bit 'light' looking and so the four squares together weren't very well balanced.)
Finally I have this ---
---a cute little table topper
I fought with my instinct to use a gorgeous brown as the sashings - it is one of my favourite colours for that sort of job, but I do wonder if I use it too much. For a while I thought I had overdone the lights and wasn't so happy until I put the red around the outer edge (another favourite colour I probably over use!) Ahh - now I was rocking -  (but I do think I may succumb and use the brown as a narrow binding .)
Cant resist, the brown will look good here, I'm sure :-)
And I am extra pleased as it has remained scrappy to the end - the 1" sashing strips even have joins in them to make them fit, and the setting triangles were a ten inch square I had...simply quartered it - whew - it was the perfect size!!
Pop over to Scrap Basket Sunday on Kim's Big Quilting Adventure to see what others are doing with their scraps. In the meantime, Happy sewing, and thank you for visiting,
PS: And if you go to Pam's Heartspun Quilts blog, you will see that she is having an airing of the quilts, showing everyone's version of them.

31 comments:

Suz said...

I'll have to remember that phrase "I had a long conversation with myself..." - love the home for those tiny blocks, whatever your choice for binding.

Janet O. said...

What a wonderful creation you made with Pam's four little blocks. Very unique layout. I love it!
Isn't that a clever way to create those 4-patches on point?

Leeanne said...

mmmm I have many long conversations with myself too! But your wee talk to yourself was a winner, I love that table runner. Is this scrap basket Sunday something I should do to tame my breeding scraps?

shez said...

it looks fantastic,i think you choose well.xx

Kim said...

How fun! And you managed to get close to a finished project out of it. Nice job!

Julie said...

I Love what you have made with your scraps Raewyn., its just so lovely,
I love the red on it but I think the small brown binding also adds to its character. Gosh your work is beautiful. Happy Easter, Julie Xo

marina said...

beautiful finish!
love those little blocks and the scrappy finish is gorgeous.

Barbara said...

Your table runner looks wonderful Raewyn. I love the colours you have used. Very inspirational.

Susan said...

I love the work you've done on your scrappy runner. Great shape....and the lighter borders look good.

Marga (MarPie) said...

You did a great job with your scraps.
Love the table topper.

Warm regards,
Marga♥

Wendy said...

Fantastic! I love the colorful blocks and the way you set them together into a nifty table topper!

Maureen said...

I NEVER would have thought to turn 5 blocks into this shape. An octagon quilt! You're a genius! Love all your fabric choices. Scraps rock!

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

You did a great job, Raewyn :-) The tabletopper looks so cute !

happy easter

Angelika

Teresa said...

So pretty and yes I want to make one too now. I need a cute table topper for my round kitchen table and I think this might just have to be what I do. I love the block layout and the cute four patch blocks.

Cisca said...

What a lovely little tabletopper you made of our blocks! Your choice of colours is great, and brown and red are both super!

Greetings, Cisca

Nicky said...

Your table topper is a sweetie Raewyn, love it. Do you usually listen to what you're telling yourself or just do what you want anyway? LOL
Enjoy your scrappy Sundays from now on.....

ms lottie said...

Very nice! My solution to my growing pile of scraps was to put them in a bigger box.....I don't think that's sustainable though!

Charlie and Wendy said...

It's so gorgeous Raewyn, I love your table topper and your choice of colours!!

GittaS said...

Ist ja klasse was ich da sehe!!!!
Lg
Gitta

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

I love this little tabletopper, that real patchwork, gorgeous!

Sinta Renee said...

I love your idea for the orphan blocks. I haven't added borders to mine yet... I just might have to copy you.

Sheila said...

Wow that is gorgeous , what a fantastic use of your scraps . I must check out the blog as I love to use up scraps too.

Sue Daurio said...

Oh so that's what you can do with 5 blocks, what a great idea!!

Fiona said...

Great use of your scraps.... beautiful finish... I find myself quite good company for conversations too!!
Hugz

Lucky Ducky Linda said...

Oh those flying geese are so pretty - I love love scrappy quilts - the scrappier the better. Your table topper is very pretty. And yes do put that brown on - it's perfect.

Gayle said...

Your version of the Orphans & Scraps quilt is spectacular! Isn't it fun seeing all the different versions of it?

Tatkis said...

Wow, such lovely blocks and they look perfect together!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Frances said...

Love the colours of your little blocks.

Shirley said...

Glad you "talked" yourself into going with what you knew was best all along. Lovely stitching Raewyn . You found a great use for your scraps. Hmm, now I might have to go and try to tame my scraps.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

It's beautiful. Love all the scrappy colors together.

Carrie P. said...

what a pretty topper!