January 10, 2010

2010 Project

Getting rid of this!

My scraps (and a lot of my stash) have been cut into 2 1/2" strips and stacked neatly in plastic shoebox-size storage containers. After cutting these strips, there is almost always a tiny strip left over. This is what happens when you save all of those tiny strips, and throw other leftover strips into the mix.


What a mess! And this is only one bag. If I told you how many bags are stashed in my play room, I'm sure there would be an intervention.

I began sorting the strings and strips and ended up with a manageable pile of pieces that I thought looked good together.

After a few minutes of "no rules" sewing, I ended up with these.

It was actually quite fun. I sewed the strips onto the blocks as they were -- no pre-trimming. I'll show you some different fabric combinations later. If you're interested, I'll be happy to do a tutorial showing how the blocks are constructed.

Hope you're having a great weekend!
Kim

41 comments:

Coloradolady said...

These blocks are beautiful. A tutorial would be great...such inspiration to turn those scraps into something great! Love the colors.

Darlene said...

Oh my goodness,Kim I love these blocks!!!! Please please do a tutorial - remember I have tons of bags, too. LOL

Cornfield Quilter said...

Please do a tutorial, I love the blocks and would love to use up some of my scraps like that! I am not that creative so I need designers like yourself to keep me supplied with patterns! LOL

Barb said...

I love these blocks--would love to see a tutorial! Thanks so much--I will clean up some of my scraps too! Yeah!

Darlene said...

It would so much fun to see your organized strips - you've inspired me to start pulling out all the hermetically sealed bags (LOL) and organize as you have. Would you be willing to share a picture, please????? :-)

Kathie said...

of course we want to see more blocks!
I am having fun this year working with what I have and YES hopefully reducing the strips/scraps bins/baskets!
good luck!
Kathie

*karendianne. said...

Oh! These are scrumptious. They match my Exuding Color things I have going on, too! Cosmic. *karendianne.

QuiltSue said...

They look really great. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Cara said...

I'd love to see how you did that. I just couldn't see that.

Karen said...

You certainly turned a "mess" into charming blocks.

Laura said...

I love these blocks! Mindless sewing is the best!

Linda said...

Love the blocks, and a tutorial would be great. Such bright fun colors on such cold winter days.

Carol said...

What yummy and very fun blocks.

Annette said...

Beautiful blocks!! I love working with scraps. P.S. I just ordered your book and I'm so excited for it to get here!

call me crazy said...

They look fabulous! And good for you for organizing and using those strings!~ I still need to work on that. :-/ LOL

Doodlebug Gail said...

What fun blocks - I'd love to see a tutorial and I'd also like to see how you've organised all those strips - could you share that with us? Please.

Connie said...

Love what your doing with the strips very pretty!

luv2quilt2 said...

I really like the blocks. A tutorial would be nice.

Stephanie said...

This seems to be the month to use up scrappy strips. They so colorful and pretty. I'm doing string blocks right now.

Loris said...

Gorgeous! I love the idea! I think I'll give it a try myself. Thanks for sharing it.

Kim said...

Tute away, this looks like fun and any relief from fussy cutting and sewing to use scraps is welcome by me!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful blocks = tell us more!!

Crafty Mama said...

Those are so pretty! Yes please on the tutorial! :-)

Michelle said...

Love this idea, I have so many scraps, I'm right there with you...your blocks are looking beautiful, glad to see another idea other than the strip quilts. Interested to see your layout/borders/yes/no etc.

a good yarn said...

These blocks look amazing! I can't wait to see what you do next. My scraps live in two shoeboxes - yep, just two. Happy Stitching, Ann :-)

Trudi said...

Oooh, LOVE those! Can't wait to see some more of them, and the possibilities in setting them are endless :) Keep going it's great to see where it will lead!

Cynthia said...

Of course we want a Tutorial and to see more blocks!!!! Love the colors I wish I was more free with my quilting. Sounds like a resolution. Cynthia

Lori said...

I'll be right over to start the intervention!!! LOL
Such fun cheery blocks! And no pattern!! The best kind of scrap quilts.

Bunny said...

These are wonderful blocks and a fantastic idea I am overwhelmed in scraps. Love yours

Anonymous said...

How lively! I would love to see how you made them. Please share. Such beautiful fabrics.
Tammy

Jenny in Belgium said...

This quilt turned out so nice that I would love for you to give a tutorial on how you made them. I have so many scraps that I could use.Thanks for sharing your quilt with us.
Jenny in Belgium

Wendy said...

Wow that's awesome. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

belinda said...

What a 'good' little quilter you have been...using up those scraps. These are just wonderful 'freeing' scrappy blocks!!....I probable use my scraps more than I cut through my new yardage....I have been trying to add in some new with my scraps and that seems to work out!!

Lynn said...

The blocks are great. They will be fabulous in a quilt. And, don't you feel great that you're using up all your fabric?

Cheryl said...

Love your blocks!

Tam said...

Lovely blocks! Do tell!

Sherri said...

Absolutely love these blocks! This is going to be my year to organize and use up even smaller scraps! So any and all ideas are much appreciated!

bingo~bonnie said...

I just found your blog tonight - Snippets of a quilter shared a link to yours over on her blog when she posted photos of her newest quilt from your book - Kitchen Sink. Her's is too cute! Now I have to FIND out where I can get my hands on a copy of my own of your book!!! ;)

did she share photos with you yet? if not here is the link.
http://snippetsofaquilter.blogspot.com/2010/01/surprises.html

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

OH and I'd love a tutorial for your newest blocks that you posted about too ;)

jaybird said...

yay for no rules sewing... you got some super cute blocks out of it!

Jenny said...

What are you planning on doing with the blocks? If it's a quilt how are you putting it together?
Love them by the way

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Just discovered your blog, and you've got so many yummy projects! I'll be bookmarking your blog, and I'll visit you again, for sure!
Have a great and creative weekend,
Laila