Sunday, 22 February 2015

sewing with scraps

found this old beige fabric in my stash...perfect! 

I seem to have been working on lots of log cabin blocks {here}and using low volume fabrics lately {here}. This week I decided to combine the two, using inspiration from Gwen Marston's book, Liberated Quiltmaking II. Gwen gives lots of ideas for when making these liberated log cabins...and I've tried out quite a few! After a bit of experimentation, I found it easier if I went wonky in the center and then, as I progressed out, I tended to opt for longer strips to finish to off each block nicely. The idea is to add more strips to one side than the other, so your red 'squarish' center isn't, if you see what I mean? Each of my blocks is 13" x 13" ... it's just the way it turned out!

So I've been busy sewing these up during my spare time, it's a nice break from making the Moda Modern Building Blocks. I'm really trying to use fabric I have here at home at the moment, just using what appeals, and trying not to over-think it all. It does feel good keeping it simple, and working within this selective scrappy colour palette! I'm using up lots of neutral fabrics from my stash -white, creams, & grey- and adding in a bit of that beige for interest, oh and some red as an accent.

Linking up with 'oh scrap' over here 
- if you are like me & love scraps, check out what others are making too! 


  1. Love the colours you are using Linda!

  2. What a great low volume project for your scraps. I really like your color choices. You have inspired me to start thinking about how to use my light scraps. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  3. I love how the red in each wonky log cabin is a different shape or a different fabric. What a fun idea! That's going on my list to try!

  4. Wow, looks like a fun time!! Neat way to use up your scraps too!

    1. Yes, this improv style is fun, quite different from precise piecing. And the fun continues as I have border fabrics in uneven lengths, so it will truly be a scrap quilt made of leftovers! Thanx for popping by, Linda


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