Yesterday I blogged about cleaning the scraps off of my cutting mat. That was Part I and I cleaned up my 3.5 inch scraps as well as some 1.5 inch scraps. Today I worked on the 4.5 inch scraps I found on my cutting mat as well as...
...a bin of 4.5 inch scraps.
First I found a UFO that needs some 4.5 inch parts. This UFO will be 64 x 80 and consists of 20 each of four different 8 inch blocks as seen here - 16 Patches made with 2.5 inch scraps, rails made with 2.5 inch scraps, happy blocks with 4.5 inch center and 2.5 inch sides and four patches made with 4.5 inch squares. I found I needed centers for nine more Happy Blocks and 11 more Four Patches...
...so I cut those.
Then I have a new donation quilt in mind that consists of 20 ten inch blocks that will be made of 4.5 and 2.5 inch scraps. So I cut the four 4.5 inch squares I need for 20 blocks.
Then I found a bunch of HRTs made from 4.5 inch scraps. I made these parts one year as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project. As I made them I didn't know what I was going to do with them - I was just using scraps. I decided I will make a quilt 60 x 80. I need 600 HRTs for that. I counted what I had and the total was 452 so I need only 148 more HRTs.
Using 4.5 inch scraps I pair colored scraps and low volume scraps stacking them all face up then I use a Tri Rec ruler to cut the pieces.
I make two cuts.
I'm not sure how many HRTs I cut but I'll sew them together then count. I used most of the green, blue, orange scraps (already called RSC colors) and all the scraps on the table for these HRTs. If I need more I will follow along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors to make them until I have enough for my quilt.
Then I finished up by cutting 4.5 inch squares for a project to be determined later. I'm trying to clean out all my scrap bins I keep by width by cutting all the scraps into squares this year.
Any pieces less than a 4.5 inch square and wider than an inch will get sewn into strips and combined with other strips for a Chinese Coins quilt at year end.
Now I think I will go sew for a few days before I move on to those piles of 2 inch scraps and 2.5 inch scraps that were on the table and cutting mat.
Stay tuned for Parts III and IV