Saturday, August 3, 2013

Scraps and Strips

I'm still in my scrap mode. After making two small quilts with large squares (6"-7") surrounded by large strips (1"-3"), I have been playing with small strips. Rayna Gillman's book Create Your Own Free Form Quilts calls working with strips "therapy sewing." She joins strips randomly and then slices and inserts and rejoins to come up with unexpected results. Here is the result of some of my therapy sewing. These strip sets don't have a plan yet; they are just addictive to stitch!

I liked three of the pieces enough to layer and quilt and finish them. The yellow/green piece has a traditional binding; the blue one and the sunflower (long) piece are finished with rat-tail cording.
The long skinny piece is backed with sunflower fabric; this gave an opportunity to quilt from the back to make the sunflower design show up on the strips on the front. Click to enlarge to show the stitches.



ann said...

Thanks Martha.

I have 3 bags of scraps. I think your idea will be GREAT therapy sewing when I need a break or am stressing out because an art project is not going the way I want it to go. The bonus will be to use up these pieces I can't stand to throw out.

rayna gillmsn said...

For somebody without a plan, you certainly made a few little beauties. Isn't it amazing what can happen when you don't think about it? Thanks for sharing, Martha!

Martha said...

Glad you like them, Rayna. I'm hooked! I have several more in progress.

Ann, I know you will love working with these. But it doesn't always diminish your bags of scraps!