Saturday, 16 April 2016

No scraps

At the beginning of the year I was already two months into the Quilty 365 project and, full of post Christmas enthusiasm decided I would also join in with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Only one problem with that: turns out I have hardly any scraps.  I thought there was a lot sitting around, but  I use my leftover fabrics on my quilt backs so my scrap box contains mostly teeny tiny little snippets, quite a lot of which is only good for the compost/mulching the garden.  Oh well, I thought to myself, when for the second month in a row I couldn't even find enough of a colour to make some tiny 9 patch blocks, this clearly isn't meant to be.

At the same time I have to admit that much as I like my circles, I don't want to make any more, at least not of this particular version.  So maybe I can combine what I have from the two projects?

I have started playing around with the strip sets I had cut from old shirts, using them as fillers. 


I'm also playing around with the idea of having some 'blocks' that are not denim: I'm not sure if the strips are quite what I want, so I'll keep playing with that.  Maybe more little squares (though I think I would make plain ones, not use the one that I've put down here).  I did tiny 9 patches for the days that I was ill in February, (bottom left of the photo) so maybe that's the way to go.


Actually I realise I may well end up making more of the blue on denim circles to get where I want with this, and that's fine; it gives me time to think about what else I might want to do.

In the meantime I'm linking up for the first time with Oh Scrap at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

13 comments:

Monica said...

Gosh, now, this is very interesting, Kaja! You already have such strong repetition with all the blues, and blue circles, and I think just a few breaks like you have here really increases the impact. Great idea -- it'll be fun to see what's next!

audrey said...

Oh, I really like where this is going! It really does draw more attention to the circle blocks!

tubakk said...

Lovely blocks! And I like the way you play around with your blocks. One day you will find the perfect way of matching these circles.

Lisa J. said...

I also like that you play around with your blocks. I'm sure you will figure out what you want.

Kat said...

Love where this is going!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

DENIM, yes, this is going to be rugged and lovely too!

Lynnwa said...

Gosh, when I run out of scraps I make new ones, we cut up fabric for quilts of other kinds why not for scrap quilts or whatever. As always fun to watch what you are working on and how you figure things out. I enjoy it bunches.

JanineMarie said...

So many possibilities...I like how you said you wouldn't be doing any more circles, and then by the end of the post, you considered doing some more. Time will tell. But it's all good. I was really surprised to find that you do not have a lot of scraps.

JanineMarie said...

So many possibilities...I like how you said you wouldn't be doing any more circles, and then by the end of the post, you considered doing some more. Time will tell. But it's all good. I was really surprised to find that you do not have a lot of scraps.

Ann said...

This is looking so good. Like you, I'm thinking I may stop before a year is over. I'm thinking about some borders.
The nine-patches and pluses work well with your circles. Some plain squares might be good, too. Have you thought about some X's or even the lattice block that Sujata made?
I look forward to your progress.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

It's fun to see what the possibilities are! Why not try something different, if your original ideas or plans aren't inspiring you anymore!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

As much as I like the denim circles, I think adding a few different pieces other than circles would definitely make it more interesting. I like where you are going with this one.

-Soma

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I really like how this is looking! Adding those strips is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!