Saturday, May 6, 2017

Green Scraps: Chunks and 1.5 Edition


Green is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 
I started digging through my scrap chunks - big pieces less than a fat quarter. 

I do that because when I cut into the chunk it leaves me with other smaller scraps that I use in blocks later in the month.     So, with chunks I made five 15 inch Burgoyne Surrounded blocks. 


My photo wall is just an old cutting mat covered with a piece of batting so not many blocks fit on there to take a pic.  Here's the fifth one fresh from ironing - looks like it's still a little wet from Mary Ellen's Best Press.  I think I missed ironing in those areas.  My iron shuts off automatically right in the middle of ironing after I've been using it for a short while, darn it.  

I use Best Press on my blocks when they are finished because I toss them around, throw them in boxes, lay other things on them until I have enough for a quilt. This keeps them from getting too wrinkly after all the abuse I inflict on them. 


I made these 3.5 inch units from my 1.5 inch scraps - some of them leftover from those chunks I used in the Burgoyne Surrounded blocks.  There's more green units than this - that's all I felt like putting up on the board. 



If there was a piece left over for a 2.5 inch unit I cut scraps for these little units too.  Any green 1.5 inch scraps get cut into 1.5 inch squares and I put them in a pencil box for postage stamp quilts. 

These units are pretty versatile. I'm not yet sure how I will use them - Chinese Coins?, little four inch windmill type blocks?, rail fence?, or on point they look like rick rack. 

Got green scraps?
Join us this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 

Speaking of green....looks like I will be working outside today. It has been cold and rainy for weeks which is good for quilting but not good for gardening.   So far I'm harvesting asparagus and a few green onions. I'm thinking those ingredients would make a good frittata for dinner tonight. 

18 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

So many wonderful greens -- enjoy that frittata for dinner!

Kathy S. said...

What fun big blocks! Way to tear into your green scraps. Have a fun weekend.

Deb A said...

So many greens put to great use already! That frittata sounds yummy - love asparagus.

Julierose said...

Lovely Burgoyne blocks in that fresh Spring green...I like how you use the "cut-offs" right away--good idea--i have a pile on my cutting table--plan to do some Go!Baby work today...just re-aligned some tables for better room for quilting larger pieces...ooophf!! hugs, Julierose

---"Love" said...

Your Burgoyne Surrounded blocks are very pretty! I have a question for you: When do you cut all those little squares and rectangles? Do you cut them immediately after you finish a project, or do you pitch the scraps in a bin and then cut them later when you get a lot of one color? Crazy questions, I know. I have lots of scraps from years past, semi-sorted by color, but not cut to any size. Would it be easier if I cut them as soon as I finish a project? Probably so, right? Just wondering how you get your scraps together so beautifully and so quickly. ---"Love"

Linda said...

I love the way you attack your scraps in a logical order. I am interested to see what you do with your 2 x 2.5" x 1.5" units. Think I need to use some of my smaller scraps immediately rather than let them pile up into a heap!

Nell's Quilts said...

Yum fresh asparagus. What lovely greens in your Burgoyne Surrounded blocks. Nice to have the units put together for other scrappy projects.

PaulaB quilts said...

You are making great use of your fabrics. Starting large is a clever idea for having plenty of scraps. I'll have to reorder my projects with that in mind. Have a fun week and a delicious dinner.

Cathy said...

You've sure got some great scraps there! I love your Burgoyne Surrounded blocks, as always. Like you, I start with blocks that require the largest pieces and then work down. Well, I usually cut them that way, but may vary the sewing order. Sewing ADD.

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I swear - you just have the best stuff! LOVE all those greenes - I want light ones now ;-)

The Joyful Quilter said...

SEW much variety in your GREEN blocks!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

You have lots of pretty greens, Cathy! Does ironing your blocks with the Best Press help with fraying? My scrap jar stars frayed like crazy, and I think it's because I handled them so much over the year I was making them. Maybe some starch would be a good idea for me, too!

Vic in NH said...

Great looking blocks! I like starching my blocks, too, it definitely keeps them better in the stacks.

margaret said...

like you anything smaller than a fat quarter goes into the scrap collection, green blocks look good and loving your little 3.5" blocks, I so enjoy making random scrap blocks.Not tied the best press to keep blocks uncreased

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful Burgoyne Surround, I've often admired these quilts but never made one.

Ivani said...

Great use of scraps. beautiful blocks and greens

gayle said...

Mmmm... Asparagus...
I love all your blocks, but those Burgoynes have really captured my heart. I'm starting to wonder how much longer I can hold out against making some!

Angie said...

I'm with Gayle - I don't think I can resist making some Burgoyne blocks. And I LOVE asparagus - once had an entire dinner party where all the courses had asparagus...except dessert!