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)