Monday, March 7, 2011

Scraps Beware: Operation Complete Scrap Depletion

First off, I am not using the terms Scrapbusting or Scrapbuster anymore because every time I think of those words that old annoying Ghostbusters song pops in my head (Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!) and it circles around in my brain for half the day. So lets just say instead that I'm doing a really good job depleting my scrap pile.
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I made more of the random railfence blocks over the weekend. (The tutorial is in my previous post here if you're interested) I can't believe how fast they go together!
It is fun to see all my scraps sewn together.

I think I am going to make a queen size quilt to get rid of everything. I also have some solid scraps left from my Les Iles Inspired Quilt, so I have been experimenting with layouts, thinking of how I could work them in.
Maybe with some giant ric rac? The more hideous, err I mean lively, the better? The ric rac is not a scrap. I just bought it for fun. It was 89 cents a yard at my favourite quilty place so I thought that was cheap enough to get some to experiment with.

I am actually going about this quilt in an organised assembly line type way. These are my buckets of strips at various stages of production.
And after I am done cutting all the strips I want off each scrap piece, I am piling the leftovers together for my partners in a scrap swap I joined in recently. I think I am going to expand my interpretation of "small envelope" hee, hee and see how much I can send them without spending too much on shipping. I'll find out who I have for my three partners soon. I am determined to use up almost all my scraps between this quilt and the swap and I think it just may happen.
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Happy Scrapping!
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14 comments:

dreamzhappenquiltz said...

I love it... but.. I also love the Ghost Busters song!!

shirley said...

Ah....that i could use up my scraps that easily. i could make dozens of quilts with my scraps.....and am working on doing just that. the last dozen quilts have been scrap or selvage quilts. another couple years and i should be finished. LOL

DeVona said...

I'm totally impressed by your organization!

Barb said...

the rick rack is super fun. these are such cheery blocks -

Canadian Kristin said...

Chuckling at images of Riel buried in a pile of scraps heaped on the living room floor!

Love those rail fences and think this quilt is going to be fun, fun, fun...and cause lively dreams for those who slumber under it! :-)

Quilter in the Gap said...

and then we get to send you ours and you get to start all over LOL

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

What a great idea! I think I need to do something like this too. You have some great scraps!!

Karenkay said...

I have to do that! Thanks for the reminder!!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Yup, that song is going to be stuck in my head for at least the morning... who you gonna call?

Those blocks look amazing, I also like all the scraps or designs next to each other. A whole quilt with them is going to be wild and crazy -- love it!! And a big yes the ric rac!!

Riel Nason said...

My apologies to anyone who is now humming that song as well!

Thanks for the kind quilty words everyone!

Carol said...

I love scrappy quilts - but I'm not nearly as good as you are about using up my scraps - and I've been quilting a lot longer! I am working out of my stash at the moment. Does that count?

My Fabric Tuesday link is http://carolburris.com/quilting/dogwood-quilt-update-february/

Tonya Ricucci said...

love the rick rac - that is so lively and fun. but does it get too overpowering? that I don't know. maybe a narrower sashing plus the ric rac? at any rate, fun quilt!

Quiltstory said...

I love how you've put this together!! I save all my scraps but certainly haven't put them to good use...yet. You've inspired me! :) Thanks for linking to Fabric Tuesday.

Mary said...

Looks wonderful! I have tons of scraps and really should do something like this!