Scrap-Busting

A couple of months ago, friend Pam B and I offered a challenge to our DayStitchers group:  make a quilt top using only scraps.  Pam came up with two layouts.  One was 3 1/2″ patches arranged by light & dark to make a 16-patch block, and the other was a pinwheel pattern using approximately 5″ blocks.

We called it our PIGS project (Project In Grocery Sack).  We had a lot of fun, including bringing our scraps in (in a grocery sack, of course) for a “weigh in”.  Pam and I wore pig hats and pink boas for our final “bringing our PIGS to market”, reminiscent of Miss Piggy.  We had a GREAT completion rate.  Only two didn’t finish their project by the required date, and some even did both quilts!

I did the 3 1/2″ squares, and arranged my blocks to make diagonal rows.  There is everything in this quilt — puppies, horses, teddy bears, flowers, batiks — lots and lots of memories of past quilts, but I felt like I was sewing garbage together.  I wasn’t liking all those random fabrics and colors and themes together at all.  It felt like a waste of perfectly good thread.

Now that the top is done and I can step back from it, I love it!  Unfortunately, I scarcely made a dent in my scraps.  In case you’re interested, here is the block.  It can be rotated a number of different ways when you lay it out.

(16 patches, 6 light and 10 dark)

–Sue

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