Summer Scrap Quilt in progress

Here are some of my in progress pics of my summer scrap quilt:

  1. My bag of scraps that I stumbled upon that started this whole project.  I keep all of my scraps and extras and not very neatly either.  This will just give you an idea of what I was working with to start.
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This bag of scraps is from a quilt I made with my mom about 10 years ago!

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As you can see, there are multiple sizes, selvedge edges, crumpled pieces, etc. Luckily, I am only looking to use small squares of fabric!

I sorted through what I had laying around for various white fabrics.  I found solids and white on white patterns.  All shapes and sizes…

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These are all scraps of projects over time. At least I didn’t have to go out and buy new fabric!

I was using this as my inspiration piece:

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This is adorable! It’s from PurlSoHo.com. They have beautiful projects available for knitting, sewing, crochet, weaving, etc. Their stuff is gorgeous! This is the Prism Quilt and they use Liberty of London Fabrics. I am using the pattern and scraps.

As you can see, there are three different sizes of half square triangles.  I used their basic measurements but not the same ratios of the three size blocks.  It’s such a cool free form quilt that it really lends itself to adaptations well.  First things first – cut the blocks!  I sifted through all my whites and began cutting squares.

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I had fabric in all shapes and sizes. I had to create 2 sizes of squares. 4 7/8 and 4 1/2 inches.

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It took a while to cut through everything but in the end, I ended with a nice pile of white squares from various fabrics.

Then I had to sort through all my scrap fabrics and do the same for those.  Not an easy task but a fun one nonetheless.

Big messy bag of scraps!

Starting with this…

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Moving to this…

 

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Ending with this!

 

Ready to see my first screw up?  Here you go…  I am working away, feeling very proud of myself, and think “Hey!  I have to mark those large triangles so I cut them correctly!”  I take out my pencil and start marking.

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I am going to be making two half square triangles with this.  I draw a line from corner to corner.  I remember “Don’t forget to pin so they don’t shift at all!”

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I am doing so good! I even pinned (which I used to never do)!

See my screw up yet?  Keep looking…

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Sew on the line. Chain sew all the squares!

 

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I love when they are all sewn together and make a string of flags.

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Crap!  I marked and sewed it all wrong.  I sewed a diagonal line in the center which would be great if I only wanted one half square triangle but I wanted two!  Back to the beginning for me.  I used the already sewn line and measured out 1/4 inch on each side and marked it again.

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Sew on the drawn lines and cut the center.

Back to the sewing machine.

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Now I can cut the center line and have two half square triangles.

Press the squares open (press toward the dark side – but be careful because you don’t want to end up a Sith) and, voila!

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I have to trim them up and then I can move onto the next set of triangles.  They will be different because of how I have to mark them.  I will update with pictures as I go!