My scrap bins are overflowing so I decided to start cutting them in useful sizes. Scraps that are 11” long or longer I cut into strips. I have drawers for 5”, 3-1/2”, 2-1/2”, 2” and 1-1/2” strips. Smaller scraps are cut into squares and I have boxes for squares in the same sizes as the strips. The box of scraps I was going through this morning has several stacks of rectangles, including these:
At one time I didn’t save small scraps, but now I save everything–these are only 1-1/2” x 2-1/2”. I hated to cut them into 1-1/2” squares so I devised a plan to just use them up and be finished with them. This is the result.
It took 48 rectangles which happened to be exactly how many I had! How nice was that? I sewed eight rows of six rectangles each, then sewed the rows together in pairs. There is a 3” (cut 3-1/2”) strip between each set of rows and on each end. I just quilted straight lines and added binding. It took less than two hours for everything but hand sewing the binding and I did that in the first quarter of the Badger game.
It’s the perfect size for a teapot!
With that success under my belt, I’m ready to tackle this pile of scraps! They are a little bigger so I have a different idea for them.