28 March 2013

Scavenger Hunt

Once upon a time, an amazing friend sent me the happiest little package of fabric and patterns. (Boy, does she have good taste or what?!) 
It took several months to figure out how I would use this precious little bundle of fabric but I FINALLY figured it out and got cutting. 
On Sunday night, I finally finished stitching the binding on and named it "Scavenger Hunt."
Many different scraps went into this one, but mainly Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda (comes out in May).

I'd like to make a pattern, but I keep getting stuck in the "materials needed" section (too many random scraps). I'll be more organized on the next quilt, I promise.
Shared at Randi's show and tell.  

15 March 2013

Waste Not, Want Not {Batting Scraps}

Hello everyone. Here is a scrappy little quilt-top I've just finished basting onto its batting. I'm so excited to get it quilted and bound--it sure seems like it has been such a long time since I've completed a quilt.
 
You probably can't tell just by looking, but the batting underneath this quilt-top is just as scrappy-looking as the quilt-top. It all began with one of the many heinous piles of batting scraps sitting in my sewing room. Bleck!
I have the hardest time getting rid of batting scraps! On one hand, it seems wasteful to throw them away.  On the other hand, I'm usually too lazy to piece them together for a quilt. What's a girl to do?
Thank heavens for Therm O Web's HeatnBond Batting Tape. This stuff is brilliant.
Step #1 is to align your batting scraps. If your pieces are crooked, just trim them beforehand so they fit together easily. 
Step #2 is to lay down a strip of batting tape (fusible side facing down) to connect the batting pieces.. The batting tape is thin and lightweight (reminds me of gauze) so it is not going to cause extra bulk or thickness when you quilt through it.  You will not even know it's there!
Step #3 is to set an iron to a medium or "wool" heat setting. Next, place a cloth over a section of batting tape and iron over the area for about 15-20 seconds. The heat from the iron will fuse the batting tape to your batting scraps! Neato! Repeat in sections until the whole strip of batting tape is fused in place.
Repeat to piece together your batting scraps until you have batting coverage larger than your quilt-top. 
That's it! I told you it was easy. Now it's time to move on and baste the quilt-top to the batting. Boy it sure feels good to use up a few of those batting scraps!
Now, if only I can settle on how to quilt it!