Sunday, 31 July 2022

taming my {leftover} scraps




I ended up with quite a selection of leftover strips from my 'courthouse steps' quilt last week. So I decided that before I started anything new, I needed to sort & put my fabrics away... in a tidy manner... into my strip basket {one that is constantly full!}... a good plan, yes? 

And I'm sure you will all know where this is going 'cos, well, one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was pulling strips out instead of putting strips in!  
And once I began sewing, I couldn't stop!

It's another value oriented scrappy log cabin quilt, very much along the lines of a PDF quilt pattern I recently purchased from Annabel 'picnic in the park' and further inspired by an amazing rendition by Rachel from stitchedincolor
I'm sewing these blocks together in full scrap mode, with no real plan yet - apart from making lots of blocks and using a little assortment of red centres as a bit of a traditional nod.

I’m super happy with the contrast of the prints vs the plains. And it makes me smile how something so simple as mixing in a healthy dose of solids has helped to tame all these multi-coloured scraps.









Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here

Thanks for stopping by,
Linda

12 comments:

dutchcomfort said...

Love your blocks and it sounds a bit familiar... I've been looking in my cupboards for fabrics for a quilt I started years ago and I discovered so many projects I once started. I'm a project hoarder! I have the impression that you are great in finishing quilts that you start! Rachel's quilt is so beautiful, I also feel inspired to start one, but I try to be wise... and work on those projects that I started.

Julierose said...

I love how those solids "tame" the prints in this one!! Really nice blocks you've got going. Strips are hard to resist aren't they?;))) hugs, Julierose

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I actually recognize a couple of those as being in my scrap bins too :)

FlourishingPalms said...

So interesting that you and I are both making log cabin blocks. For me, the log cabin block has always been one I don't care for - not sure why. But, I've never made a quilt with them, and here I am... making a quilt with them. However, your blocks and mine look a fair bit different don't they? Your blocks look look so good made with prints and solids! What a great way to tame a strip bin... a bin that I do not have! I'm cutting logs from fat quarters and yardage. Yes, we're approaching our log cabins quite differently, but look at how we're both making them work according to our tastes and needs.

gladiquilts said...

Log cabin blocks appeal to me because of their graphic nature, their seemingly endless variations and settings, and their simplicity of construction. I find myself going to them especially when I want simple, fairly mindless sewing with lovely fabrics and I can just make blocks and have fun arranging them later. I’m currently making “chevron variation” quarter log cabin blocks with 19th century reproduction fabrics. Yours are looking good!!

Cathy said...

Lovely mix of fabrics and colors. I can see why you were inspired by Rachel's log cabin. I am too!

Chantal said...

Love your blocks. I love that the light side is not always white/beige type of neutral but also flowers and such. Looking forward to seeing this one grow. Enjoy! ;^)

Karen S said...

These blocks look lovely. I really like the way the fabrics repeat in each half.

Linda said...

I love your Log Cabin blocks. A great idea to combine solids with busier patterned fabrics. Lovely colours in each block. Good idea to use up some scrap strips.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I tend to make a lot of log cabin quilts. I just love them. I love playing around with layout, once a batch of blocks are made. And log cabins are a great way to use up scraps. You just can't go wrong! You've got really great dark/light contrast going, and adding the solids was a great move!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Your lead photo of the delicious scrappy strips pulled me in immediately. I see that Rachael is going to do a QAL for her Circus Log Cabins come January - which I've bookmarked as a way to use up a log of my binding leftovers. Your blocks are awesome - I only hope mine come out as well.

Kleine Vingers said...

I like the mixture of plain and prints. It will be a lovely quilt