Friday, January 31, 2014

January Finishes - Put Your Scraps to Work 2014

It's hard to believe that this is the last day of January. It has flown by in the blink of an eye, full of work, kids activities and a little bit of sewing. Today is also the first month of the Put Your Scraps to Work 2014 challenge and I hope you'll join me in showing off your scrappy sewing this month.



My plan for the month included a scrappy fabric basket (check) and a scrappy cushion (sadly no check).


I made good progress sorting out my scrap basket - I'm not quite finished, but almost there.

And I made 2 sets of scrappy blocks.

First up, I made these two QAYG blocks for Alison as part of her appeal for quilts for street children in Mexico city:


I did a version of a log cabin block with strips of increasing size. I would have liked to do a few more, but had to accept that my time is limited and that contributing something was better than having great intentions and ending up contributing nothing. I really like these cheery, happy blocks. I quilted them in an expanding square type pattern - you can see it better on the back of the block. I hope Alison can use these, and they definitely made good use of my scraps!


The last of my makes for the month were my Bee Blocks for Ruth in the Modern Irish Bee. These blocks used teeny tiny 1" squares so they were a little bit tricky, but fantastic to use up those tiny pieces of fabric you can't bear to throw out. The Kona Ash sets of the little scrap blocks perfectly, I can't wait to see what this quilt turns out like.

 
 
My aim for February is to use these orphan blocks I found in my scrap basket, and turn them into something lovely!



 So, lets see what you've been up to and what lovely scrappy makes you have for this month! Please link back to me in your post, and go visit some of the other peeps linking up. You have a week to link up so get writing :-) Don't forget to add your pics to the Flickr group, and to tag them on Instagram using the #putyourscrapstowork2014 hashtag.



15 comments:

Little Island Quilting said...

'Alison' did make use of them thank you...all sewn up into a quilt which will blog later.
Thanks very, very, much.

Fran said...

All lovely projects! I also keep looking at my small pile of random blocks and thinking I should just put them into one quilt...

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

You got me motivated so thank you !! Wonder what I will make next month? Maybe a gorgeous basket like yours!!

Rebecca McAfee said...

Do you have a tutorial for your basket? I love it. And have tons of scraps to use to make my own.

Di said...

Lovely scrappy ideas. Thank you. I will be joining you in the scrappy fun soon.
Di x

jodydeschenes said...

i just found this challenge so do not have anything to share that i STARTED & FINISHED this month for this group specifically - so i at least shared something i FINISHED in Jan (#4 above) - my Tula Pink City Sampler quilt top - i did not quilt/bind it yet in the way outside chance i win the quilting from Angela Walters (:

jodydeschenes said...

oh, FORGOT to say that the whole point is that i did the City Sampler with just scraps - little ones - i have a lot (:

jodydeschenes said...

OMG, i just went to the link you shared for the Mexico City quilts and one of your blocks is right there in the first photo, already sewed up into the first quilt she is donating - how wonderful!!!!!

Indianna said...

I love your scrap basket, I used some charm squares that didn't fit in with what I needed the rest for. Thanks for the link up ...off to take a look at the others.

Helenjean said...

the bee squares are brilliant, I really really like them. The scrap basket is brill too, and it sits flat!

Katy Cameron said...

Excellent scrap usage there missus!

Debra said...

Such beautiful work from your scraps!!! Just gorgeous! I am sure those log cabin blocks will be loved. And want a wonderful place to keep your scraps!

Flying Blind... said...

Love your makes; I will be back again tomorrow with another scrappy finish xxx

tomomi mcelwee said...

I have linked up with my blog about scraps. I couldn't figure out to put the bookmarklet though. Great fun!

pennydog said...

Hi Sarah, I'll definitely have a few scrappy things to link up, however not every month (and not Jan!), is that still in the spirit of the linky party?