Sunday, June 10, 2018

Scrap Magic :: Bits-n-Pieces

As promised, I'm sharing my finished table runner that I made from scraps.  Scraps from a secret project that has since become 'not' a secret project!  That project is here:  Scattered, and the process of how I used the scraps from it is here:  Improv Scraps.  

I'm a sucker for using every last piece I can and its not unusual for me to use the 'cast off' pieces and finish it before the original project.  When I was making the panels for the Scattered quilt, there was an excitement brewing inside me as I trimmed down the blocks and saw the scraps grow!  Gotta love a challenge!


Stained Glass
14" x 54"
I use gray as a background in so many projects, don't I?!  Usually I go with a very light grey, but decided to use the charcoal gray leftovers for this.  And I'm super glad I did!  It makes me want to replenish this one again. 



The black binding gives it more definition, or frames the pieces as if it were a stained glass window!



I quilted a combination of straight lines and free motion pebbles using a dark gray thread.  



You can see the quilting a little better on the back.  Pretty simple and easy to do!  The back is three different shades of gray pieced together.  I often have large scraps laying around that aren't large enough for one project, but when pieced together they certainly are!



Scraps of all sizes can become something.  By adding a larger piece of fabric to a small piece on one side or all sides become instantly more manageable.  Try it!  Once the piece is bigger you can trim it into a shape such as a square and piece several together.   



You could add strips between each scrap and make a long row and leave it as is, or it could be chopped up again.  The hardest part is letting go and letting it happen when faced with a golden pile of bits-n-pieces! 



This type of piecing and playing with scraps isn't every ones favorite thing to do.  You may look at it and think 'what the heck was she thinking'!  Imagine if we all did the same thing, imagine how boring that would be!

I tend to appreciate a style, theme or technique regardless if its my thing or not!  Its about the journey, the dedication, the time and work that goes in to a quilt.  

If it weren't for our community and it's support of one another, we wouldn't be who we are now or who we will become in the future as quilters.  So, a huge thank you for all the support I've received over the years.  This community has made me a better quilter!


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19 comments :

  1. This is fabulous! I really love the small pops of colour against the dark grey background. I don’t get excited by scraps, but I think it’s pretty awesome that you do! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I can't help myself when I see a pile of scraps!

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  2. Very striking, just like the sharp shards of rainbow in the quilt.

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    1. I couldn’t help playing and using every little left over scrap! You know…scraps…and me!

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  3. I just glows, Jayne, and is a fantastic piece made from your leftover bits from Scattered. The black binding is a perfect frame.

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  4. That finished up nicely, I like your scrap bin, hehe.

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  5. Thank you for inspiring all of us! You did a wonderful job turning all those trimmings into a beautiful runner.

    I am so glad you shared it with Oh Scrap!

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  6. You have a really special talent for allowing a project to evolve and then taking it a step higher. It is inspirational to me. I love this one and especially the pop of color against a very dark background. Also, like the addition of a little bit of pebbling with the straight line quilting.

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  7. I love your work with scraps and I am learning more and more about using them. Thanks to you and others, I am now a devoted scrapaholic! Your table runner is very like a project I just finished! It's a wall hanging based on a photo a friend took of windows on a rainy night. My sashing and binding are black, and I used scraps to make the lights in the windows. I would show you a photo but I don't know how to do that on here. Smiles and hugs, Linda

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  8. Wonderful use of scraps! The dark grey background is perfect for making the colors really stand out and the design is very whimsical and fun.

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  9. Love it! It's so playful with the funky triangular pieces and trapezoids. The solid background holds it all together but doesn't keep it from dancing :)

    I'm falling in love with tiny pieces, too, although mine are all patterns instead of solids. My crumbs are pretty wild but somehow they all play together!

    louise dot hornor at gmail

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  10. Ditto, Ditto, and Ditto!! I love doing it all!! Scraps, Civil War, Modern, etc. This is a super look and scraps!! I use all my teeny tiny pieces. Great Quilt!!

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  11. I really like the dark gray background with such bright scrappy pieces! I'm going to have to remember that, and try it myself. Fun finish!

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  12. Your stained glass project is beautiful and yes, the black binding was the perfect choice. Congrats on a fabulous finish!

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  13. I think the community makes us all better quilters, doesn't it. The encouragement and inspiration is wonderful. This one is truly inspiring. Thanks Jayne for encouraging us to play.

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  14. Hi Jayne! This turned out just great. I especially love it as a wall hanging - not that it isn't perfect as a table runner. Very cool!
    Happy Tuesday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  15. I think this is an amazing project - I love everything about it - the scraps, the colors, the gray and black. Really beautiful!

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  16. It does look like stained glass. Once again, well done.

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