Saturday Scrap Strategy #9

2 06 2018

“After completing a bed size quilt top, I prefer to use up the scraps right away by making coordinating accessories. Unused scraps make me feel like I need to use them make another quilt. And that would mean more UFOs!” So says my friend and longarm customer, Linda G. Are you chuckling as I was when I read Linda’s comment?

Perhaps you also tend to purchase more fabric than a project calls for “just in case” you make a cutting mistake or you decide to make a larger quilt. Instead of allowing that yardage to pile up in your sewing area, why not follow Linda’s example and make coordinating pillows and pillowcases?

Note the pillow on the left made simply of squares. Expanding on that patchwork design, Linda used a leftover charm pack of 5″ squares to make a lovely runner. Won’t this look fresh and pretty on a chest of drawers?

What quilted accessories or smaller projects have you made from your scraps?



First Quarter Challenge–More from Blog Readers

15 03 2017

Just a little reminder about our First Quarter Challenge–make something with your secret stash of Fat Quarters or Quilter’s Candy (packs of 2 1/2″ squares) and share a picture to inspire others.

Kathy used her stash of Fat Quarters to make a darling 60″ x 68″ heart quilt which she may eventually give to her granddaughter. “The pattern is Blended Hearts by Judy Dohrman of Black Cat Creations. The pattern calls for 32 fat eighths but I used 16 fat quarters.”

It took me a minute to notice that the red hearts are right side up, while the pink hearts are upside down. Don’t you love the lime green heart? It adds fabric bling!

Maridee has been busily using Quilter’s Candy to good advantage. This table runner would look great with white dishes or blue pottery as well! (Maridee is unsure of the pattern info for these runners.)

A second runner by Maridee is equally appealing. Floating the Nine Patches on a light background certainly adds interest.

“I have 6 more Quilter’s Candy packs to use, but think they’ll get put on the back burner for now. I’m busy working on the bzillion charm packs I have!”
Thanks for the inspiration, Maridee. I sometimes wonder what substantial project I could make with the tiny package of squares I was tempted to purchase. You have inspired us with attractive table runner projects which stretch the minimum to the maximum.
Helga transformed a package of 2 1/2″ squares from Zen Chic into a modern wall hanging. For inspiration for this quilt for her brand new grandson, she turned to the October 2006 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Click here to see Lise Neer’s quilt, “Skyward Nines.” As you will see, Helga downsized the design by substituting 2 1/2″ squares for the Nine Patches Lise’s design calls for. The squares show up so nicely against dark blue solid linen.
Stephanie is working on a scrappy table runner. “On the Bright Side” is a free pattern from All People Quilt. “In keeping with the first quarter challenge, I pulled out two packages of Quilter’s Candy and used them for the Nine Patches.  If you want variety, it becomes a slight challenge.  This table runner requires 90 2 ½ inch squares. Each 42 piece package of Quilter’s Candy has 21 different fabrics.  With two packages, I ended up with four squares of each fabric.  There were several black fabrics ‘discarded’ from consideration.  There was a little cheating – I cut some squares from yardage.  The Churn Dash blocks are cut from Fat Quarters.”

“I may change the center block before quilting.  The light blue flowers on a white background blend in with the white background too much for my liking.  This table runner is a great way to use up an impulse purchase of Quilter’s Candy found on a sale table.”

Thanks, ladies, for sharing your projects. You have reminded us how fun it can be to accept the challenge!

“Prism” – Variations on a Theme

6 04 2014

Have you downloaded the web bonus pattern for a table runner based on my “Prism” quilt published in the March/April 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine? If not, click here for the link.


The blue and purple tints of the instructions inspired my search for springtime fabrics which I found in the bargain fat quarter container at the Calico House in Lincoln, Nebraska. I added a white tone-on-tone and green leaf print from my stash.

The “Prism” directions call for 4 1/2″ wide strips resulting in a 12 1/2″ width for the table runner. Since my dining table is fairly wide, I desired a wider runner with more color and less white background. I also wanted the runner length to measure no more than 42″ so the backing could be cut from 1/2 yd., selvage to selvage (without piecing it).


From white background and green print fabric, I made three “Pinwheel” blocks that finish at 5.”  I cut the heather and lavendar prints 5 1/2″ x  8 1/2.”  From white background fabric, I cut two rectangles each of the following measurements: 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2,” 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2, ” and 5 1/2″ x 15 1/2.”

The runner was quick and easy to make. I pieced it in about an hour–no kidding! White thread was my choice for quilting figure eight loops in the three long strips.


I’d love to see your “Prism” table runner in springtime colors!