Thursday, December 23, 2010

Scrappy Potential

I browsed my Flickr favorites today in search of projects with itty, bitty scrappy potential.  What da ya think?

Scrappy Potential

If I was real ambitious I would make a quilt, pillow or other such large surface with itty bitty tiny squares.  Oooh, I do like that idea!  The opportunity for pattern is pretty enticing.  I particularly like the quilt up there, but a "postage stamp" solid scrap mini quilt would also be lovely.  Dare I?

Christina's patchwork bunny ornament has that same captivating look (tutorial here).  Not quite a scrap buster, but it would put a dint in my scrap jars.

I think that a ticker tape quilt, like Penny's, would be the quickest, most thorough scrap buster.  Raw edges = fast.  And, I like that you could work it up block by block as time goes by, and that it uses random sizes. 

And then there's this mini flag bunting.  I've been wanting to make it for my kitchen for ages.  Granted I'll have to be a bit picky about sizes and prints.  My kitchen is not so eclectic that just anything would go. Hm.  Well, using some scraps is better than none.

So, what is your vote for my bottled rainbow?

Bottled Rainbows

15 comments:

  1. They're all good choices, but I dlike the rapid speed that would come with the ticker tape quilt option. Happy scrap-busting!

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  2. I absolutely love the ticker tape quilt. I've never heard of this style, but it is adorable.

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  3. I vote for the ticker tape quilt. I'd love to cut into my yardage to make one of those but I guess I should wait until I have true scraps. Trying to figure out what to do with your scraps is what I call a happy dilemma. Have fun deciding.

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  4. I'm going the other way from the above comments and am putting in my vote for the Postage Stamp mini quilt!

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  5. I just LOVE the bunting, but honestly it's all good!

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  6. I vote the bunting... and/or the ticker tape quilt. The others are amazing, too, but the thought of that teeny-tiny piecing sort of puts me into cardiac arrest.

    Btw, your *sweet* card came today - LOVED each little bit of it! You are such a darling - thanks ever so. :) Hope you're having the merriest kind of Christmas!

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  7. I think that the bunting would be fabulous in rainbow colors...and it seems like it could be a little easier than a quilt. But the ticker tape quilt is definitely a quick and possibly easier way to use up scraps.

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  8. Ugh. You know what - I'll just have to make them all... eventually. Isn't that how it always feels? Good thing we have our whole lives to sew!

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  9. This is funny.... you are trying to use up all your scraps... and here I am trying to build my scrap collection. I love the idea of having scraps to forage through for random things here and there.

    If you want to do some sort of quilt, but the time is killing you..... maybe you should consider doing a quilt full of raw edge applique... just sew those suckers right on in any design you wish... like a bunch of those fabulous little trees, mixed in with some other fun stuff... or just squares all around. This might make the quilt more of a decorative option and less usable (as the applique will fall off if used too much).

    I've actually been wanting to make some wall art... something to stretch over those canvas frames (I have a 50 x 40 one over my couch) and I'm collecting scraps for that purpose! I haven't decided on a design yet though. I'd like to incorporate something medical (from the human body) in an abstract form since I'm in nursing school and have some sort of freakish obsession with the body.. maybe like a heart and lungs (abstract of course!) Or maybe a huge animal, like a lion. Orrr maybe a cityscape or landscape. I haven't decided yet!

    Have fun choosing something! I think the raw edge idea will give you more creative freedom.

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  10. I've been wanting to make that ticker tape quilt, it's a great way to show off all the scraps that seem to be multiplying in my scrap sack (I swear they seems to multiply on their own and it just gets bigger and bigger). Really all the projects are nice but I like the ticker tape the best!

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  11. Great selection! Personally, I've been thinking about the ticker-tape quilts for my overflowing scrap bin. I try to be good about sewing from scraps, but they still multiply fast.

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  12. Really loving that one on the bottom left, Rachel. Is that the ticker tape quilt? So cool. Happy holidays!

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  13. I want to make myself a postage stamp quilt one day. I love the simplicity of the tiny squares with a white background. I think the raw edge ticker tape quilt always looks amazing, but I wonder how it will hold up to repeated washings...? I think your jars are just beautiful as they are!

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  14. My vote would be for the bunny. So cute!

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