Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pretty Scraps and Remnants from Westwood Acres

A few weeks back I won a wonderful little package of fabrics from Amanda @ Westwood Acres! 

One day I posted a pic of my Blogger Girls Block of the Month blocks on Instagram {they are made with fabric I bought in the Westwood Acres shop} and Amanda picked it to share with her followers!  When she does that... you win a Pretty Scrap and Remnant fabric package from her...  So fun!  I received these three little wonderful bundles in the mail a few days after my pic was featured. 


I thought you might like to see what I did with them. 

1] I opened them up and gave all the scraps, strips and pieces a good pressing. 

2] then I cut them into usable pieces. 


This is what was left of two of the little bundles... Hardly anything at all! 


Let me explain "usable pieces".... 

At the first of the year I decided to try a new method for organizing my fabric and fabric scraps.  I'm pretty organized and things have been going pretty well in my sewing room. But I knew there was room for improvement. 

So after a couple text msg's to my friend Ms. Lori... I headed over to her blog and read THIS POST....  

Fellow fabric friends... it has changed my life!  Seriously.... I do not joke... 

Instead of throwing all my "scraps" into my fun and cute wire bins... I now cut them into usable fabric pieces... And I have one plastic pin in my closet for 1 1/2" scraps. Another for 2 1/2" scraps and one more for 3 1/2" scraps.  

So... when I am cutting fabric for a project and I have all the left over pieces less than a Fat Quarter... I throw them in a little pail.  After I'm finished cutting my project, I dump the cute little yellow pail and press and cut all the scraps into either 1 1/2" pieces, 2 1/2" pieces or 3 1/2" pieces.  The bigger scraps usually get cut into a combination of the three sizes. {Anything a size of a Fat Quarter and Larger is stored in larger bins by color.} 

Then just like Lori shows in her post... I have some lovely scraps that I can use as Leaders and Enders to make some uber fantastic scrappy quilt blocks! 

So back to the Pretty Scraps and Remnant Winnings... 

3] I cut 1 1/2" pieces, 2 1/2" pieces and 3 1/2" pieces and put them in the right size bins. 

The very day I was doing this... Selena texted me and asked if I'd make her a Table Topper, for her new table, in her new house. :)  She sent me a pic of her dining room and I knew exactly what fabric I would use! 

Yep... some from the little bundles of Pretty Scraps and Remnants from Westwood Acres! It was perfect... 




I sewed 1 1/2" strips of fabric together to form 4 patches... Then I sewed the 4 patches together and added some natural creamy solid in between to create this gorgeous square table topper.  



Now how cool is that for starting out with remnants... Very cool I think! 

I'm considering putting this into a pattern.. Whatcha think?    Yes?  No? 

And here's the back... Left over 4 patches...  



And I can't sign off until I show you my little set up for Leaders and Enders.... and the beginnings of a Scrappy Quilt that I'm sure is going to be one of my favs! These cute little pans and fabric now sit next to my sewing machine at all times... 



Lori keeps her little 1 1/2" pieces for her scrappy blocks in a cute little pink muffin tin. I remembered a cute little white and red enamel one that my mom gave me, and promptly took it off the display shelf in the dining room!  It's perfect!



And I found this little 8" square pan at the thrift store... painted it a sunny yellow....it's perfect to keep my finished scrappy blocks in! 



The block is a Courthouse Step block.  You can google Courthouse Step Quilt Block and find many illustrations, diagrams and tutorials.  I started mine with 2 1/2" squares from my 2 1/2" scrap bin.... So fun! 

So... be sure and hop over to THIS POST on Lori's blog to read a more in depth guide to saving your scraps and making a 'bonus' scrappy quilt with leaders and enders!  It's a great post. 

And thanks to Amanda at Westwood Acres for the fabulous Pretty Scrap and Remnant's!

22 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

You have the prettiest scraps....! Gorgeous!

patsy said...

thank you so much for leading me to this tutorial- it's absolutely brilliant.

Now I just need to do it!
I can see so many possibilities from learning this organizational system.

Love the table topper too-
you are awesome

Unknown said...

Yes, Patsy is right. You are awesome! It is perfect in every way. I like to sit at my table just to look at it :) thank you a million!

Kelly O. said...

and the star of this post is the yellow square pan! love that colour!! what a great idea!

Carla said...

I have a system very much like yours except that I don't use such cute containers for my leader/ender pieces....that needs to change!

Cynthia said...

How fun to read all about your transformation of organizing!!! I am doing the same thing, thanks to Lori :) I'm still in the process, but almost finished. She is a genius! Thanks for sharing.

Gumbo Lily said...

Good, good ideas! Thank you for sharing your organizing tips and your adorable scrappy quilt.

Irene C said...

Thank you for sharing your scrap organising tips - I'm off to buy some pretty baskets and get mine organised too. I love the table topper - I've been looking for inspiration and I've found it!

Pam said...

I follow Lori's scrap scheme and it has been a real boon, I do not part with anything, even the sliver trimmings get used as stuffing..What is new to me is how you keep the strips ready, I do not have a little muffin tin but I do have a pretty little tray. The courthouse step blocks are so cute, that may become my next leader and enders project. The table topper is spot on, I think that it would make a lovely baby quilt.

Kathy E. said...

I adore your table topper! As a newbie to quilting, but not sewing in general, I would love to have a tutorial on how you did this. I'll keep watching! thanks for sharing.

Lori Holt said...

They say that copying is the sincerest form of flattery!
Right down to the muffin tin...

Rosa said...

Your scraps are yummiest and thanks for the tips.Your topper looks fabulous!

315c2b1e-7b1e-11e3-a7ff-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Dear Jodi,
After reading your post I clicked on your instagram photos. I always love visiting these sites to see more of the blogger's work. But yours was packed with those delightful little sayings and I was totally smitten. They added embellishment yet were so meaningful. Thanks for that special touch.
Pam

Nancycim said...

Yes, I think your idea for the table topper pattern is a great one!

Becky said...

Wow - You are so extra organized now!! I am impressed.

The Table topper in adorable.

Those "unusable" pieces? Here's what I do - I save 'em, along with thread pieces, in a clean trash can. When full, I make a pillow for the cats and dog and use the trash can full of scraps for the stuffing. No waste.

Mary Ann said...

Love the table topper you made....

Jeri said...

You continue to amaze me girl! Your organization is beyond fabulous. And, no matter what fabric you are using, you always manage to put them together in the best ways! I just love what I learn from you and Lori!

Art and Sand said...

Oh my goodness! You are so organized.

I love the little table mat and the colors.

I am visiting via Cozy Little House and will be back.

maggie said...

Love your scraps!! Scraps in pretty piles just make me happy!
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

kitblu said...

Your scrap quilt is gorgeous, which I think is mainly due to the bright colours. I love Becky's idea to use small bits as filler and do that myself.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

YOu turned those scraps into something that absolutely wonderful, well done! I love your sweet little set-up too!

Steph J said...

I love the scraps! I work mostly with scraps and small pieces now I find. It's so much fun and every time I make something it's so unique. The table topper is gorgeous! I would buy a pattern! :)

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