Saturday, June 10, 2017

Using Scrap "Chunks": Burgoyne Surrounded


Burgoyne Surrounded

I've been making a few of these each month from my scrap "chunks" which I define as anything less than a fat quarter.   I have a whole milk crate of chunks.   I limit myself mostly to those chunks to make these blocks. Sometimes I don't have a low volume or neutral to use so I cut those from yardage but for the most part I stay with any fabrics I find in the scrap chunks.  After I make these blocks I have scraps left over cut from the chunks which I usually use right away in other blocks. 

I probably would not have made these blocks if I had to choose fabrics from the stash. Sometimes the fabric choices are too overwhelming so I never get the choices made.  I also find it rather challenging to try to fit my limited choices together in a block not necessarily everyone likes but that I like.  After all is said and done I end up with kind of the "make do" type of quilt my grandmother made from her scraps.  Her quilts were the end of the chain for fabric bits and pieces - mostly from worn clothing. 

I start these blocks with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.  This month I dug through to find chunks of yellow.  There weren't many.  Then I dug through to see if I had other chunks that I could use with that yellow in a block. Each block takes two bold and two not so bold fabrics. 

So the only pieces not cut from scrap chunks?  The white floral background in the top left and the tan/white floral background in the top right. 




22 comments:

Angie said...

I love these blocks! After trying to make some of my own, I get how frustrating the fabric choices can be. I'm inspired by your blocks, so I guess I'll keep trying!

Nell's Quilts said...

Love the block. I thought yellow and blueberries, yellow and raspberries. Can you tell I haven't had breakfast yet? ; )

scraphappy said...

I like the yellow and aqua together. Lots of fun contrast! Glad that you are working through those chunks. This is a nice block to put those bigger bits to good use.

Marie said...

Just love the fact that you are making this one from scraps. It's a beautiful pattern and yours is looking soft and cozy.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Beautiful blocks. Your quilt is going to glow.

Teresa said...

These are very attractive blocks - going to make a lovely quilt

Kathy S. said...

Oh how I love this block. I want to make one of these but it is on the back burner of my list right now. I have to tame my UFOs that I have. I'll live through yours. Thanks for sharing them with us each week.

Cathy said...

These B.S. blocks are by far my favorites! I looooove the little floral prints. OMG, save me - I can barely resist these!

Julierose said...

these are so soft and lovely--the better to cuddle up with..nice colors...hugs, Julierose

The Joyful Quilter said...

These blocks look like SUCH a process to make. Nice use of your YELLOW "chunks!!

Edith said...

These blocks are beautiful, good for you for working through those chunks, quite the process, but so worth the effort for these beauties.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I always like these blocks, Cathy! The ones you made this week have really pretty color combinations in them. I've noticed when I show my scrappy quilts to my quilt group friends here, they don't always appreciate the color choices I've made either. But I really enjoy seeing what you do, and how you put fabrics together!

the girlfriend gap said...

Delightful : ) I'll take your color combos . I have decided matchy match leaves nothing to talk about when you look at a quilt. I like something unexpected.

Janita

PaulaB quilts said...

You really do have a beautiful pile of chunks. The color mixes are each unique, which gives a lovely scrappy floral feel, like a garden.

Linda said...

Super blocks. It looks really complicated, lots of pieces to cut and sew. I love the idea of you digging through your milk crate of chunks!
My sewing room is desperately in need of a BIG sort out and tidy up, but no time at present. however I did sort through two drawers last week and started a bag of "chunks"!

gayle said...

I love seeing your BS blocks! Yours are so much brighter and happier than mine.
My color choices have been constrained by what I brought along with me to my daughter's, so I'm not sure what's going to happen when I get home to my stash. I might end up with two quilts, or maybe just one big chaotic one...

audrey said...

These ara wonderful! It's great how you work from a bin of chunks or scraps or whatever. Very inspirational!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Loving these blocks! So tempted to make a start too... but must deal to a few WiPs first!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

What a great idea to have on ongoing scrap quilt. It will shape up to be really original - the blocks are so pretty. Sometimes limited choices lead to the best quilts!!

margaret said...

scraps being put to good use here like you I am a scrap lover and yesterday was busy making fabric baskets to store the scraps in.

FLR said...

LOVE scrapquilts and these blocks are wonderfull! Would like to start today!
Thank you for the idea and groetjes
Francisca

katie z. said...

Your blocks look fabulous!